India has one of the largest NGO sectors in the world. The country has more than 33 Lakh registered NGOs compared to 11 Lakh registered corporates. However, the funding to these organizations is not very transparent and branches of some foreign NGOs divert the funding to other pet causes, which are often detrimental to the national interest and development agenda. Only a few genuine organizations which are working for the welfare of the community face a shortage of funds.
As per a report by Dainik Jagran, the ‘Believers Church of India’, based in Kerala, has purchased land in the state of Jharkhand, with the foreign contributions received under Foreign Contributions Regulations Act-2010.
The land has been purchased in the district Ranchi, Khunti, Latehar and many other districts of the state by the Church. The Home Ministry informed the Jharkhand government about the illegal use of funds and the Jharkhand CID has been asked to investigate the matter.
The full report of the purchased land can be read here.
Previously, in the Pastor of Mulhera Church in Meerut, Father Deependra Prakash Maalewar had been converting poor Hindu families in the village. He had offered them Rs. 15,000 and a government job if they abandon the Hindu religion and embrace Christianity. When he was caught by a Hindu organization, he was making affidavits of 17 Hindu families for embracing Christianity.
Christian missionaries converting poor people by promising them good living standard is a major menace all over the world. India has been one of the top targets of the Christian missionaries.
Religious conversion is taking place in many states with the help of NGOs and it is being done through offering money.
Every other day the law enforcement agencies burst a racket involved in the conversion. As per the sources, 14 NGOs in Kerala and Tamil Nadu and a few others in Goa, Manipur, West Bengal, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh are under scanner for being involved in conversion activities.
The conversion brigade of religious groups masquerading as non-political NGOs from around the world has resorted to such nefarious tactics as paying people to protest against setting up of projects and corporations, such as Kudankulam nuclear plant agitation or the POSCO agitation in Odisha, or indulging in activities which would be outright offensive to any educated Indian.
In 2018, the Modi government had banned 1,807 NGOs and academic institutions found to be violating laws from receiving foreign funding. University of Rajasthan, Allahabad Agricultural Institute, Young Men’s Christian Association, Gujarat and Swami Vivekananda Educational Society, Karnataka are among those whose registration under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act had been cancelled.
The Christian Missionaries have also been working overnight to convert people to Christianity majorly in rural and tribal areas as they attempt to brainwash the unsuspecting and the gullible. There is no doubt that there are a lot of ‘Zakir Naiks’ in the country who continue to operate under the garb of NGOs and enjoy the protection and the funds that simultaneously come along with it. The sustained crackdown on NGOs by the Central Government is sure to force such ‘Zakir Naiks’ to come out from their hiding holes as they stand exposed.