Over the last 70 years, scholars, researchers, professors, students, and journalists around have been looking at India as a third-world country. Masquerading as helpers of the poor, they have been siding with the Naxals, Christian missionaries, and Islamic Conversion rackets active in the country for about 1200 years. They have been mainly doing this through Non-Government Organisations operating at a grassroots level in the country. Now Home Ministry has come down heavily on these nefarious NGOs, which were earlier operating freely in the country.
Regulatory freedom over for the NGOs
In 2021 alone, the Ministry of Home Affairs has cracked down on 9 NGOs. These NGOs had a shoddy record of foreign funds in their accounts. 6 out of these 9 NGOs have been exposed during the last 45 days. The prominent NGOs in the list include Markazul Ighasathil Kairiyathil Hindiyya, a big Kerala-based NGO linked to influential Sunni leader Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmed, their funding was curbed on the charges of misutilisation” of funds, misrepresentation of facts, and non-filing of annual FCRA returns in 2019-20. The other NGOs on the list include Odisha-based People’s Organisation of Empowerment of Tribals and Heavenly Grace Ministries and Madurai-based Russ Foundation. One of the directors of Russ Foundation was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 10-year old inmate in 2019. Al Hasan Educational and Welfare Organisation had its FCRA revoked due to its involvement in the forced religious conversion.
The biggest curb on foreign NGOs in 2021 has come off as the suspension of the FCRA registration of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative(CHRI) an NGO led by a commentator on northeast Sanjoy Hazarika in June this year. This is the most high-profile NGO of India with people like Siddhartha Vardarajan, co-founder of The Wire, Mrinal Pande, ex Editor of Hindustan Times, Salil Tripathi, and prominent left-liberal people connected to it.
NGOs-A prominent tool for Urban Naxals
Before Modi Government came to the fore in 2014, NGOs were virtually running scot-free with no regulations regarding their funding, day-to-day activities, and in effect net-zero oversight over them. The foreign funds were used to provide arms to Naxals, Maoists, and other anti-national violent groups. These NGOs had helped anti-nationals in creating a soft corner in the minds of Indians by hiring high-profile people from Lutyens media. These people acted as an ideological mouthpiece for Naxals, Maoists, conversion rackets, and Evangelicals.
According to Government data, a total of 14,000 NGOs had their licences cancelled on accounts of non-accounted foreign funds. These included high profile NGOs like Greenpeace India and Compassion international.
India is a diverse country and there is a lot of asymmetry in the distribution of Governments’ welfare programmes. Other than bureaucracy, they need an organised structure to distribute welfare programs and benefits. That’s where NGOs kick in and they help to streamline poor and helpless who want to take Government benefits.
Over the years, these NGOs have turned themselves into syndicates for different anti-India activities. They receive funds from foreigners and have been carefreely engaging in anti-India activities.