Parivar raising money for violence: UK group
PTI, March 4, 2003 original
a comment on Rediff
of the South Asia Solidarity, campaigning against last years
riots in Gujarat, held a candlelight vigil outside the Charity
Commission in London on Monday evening demanding stripping
of the charity status given to the Sewa International and
the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh.
said, "Hindu supremacist organisations like Sewa International,
the HSS, which is the international wing of the RSS [Rashtriya
Swayamsevak Sangh], and the VHP [Vishwa Hindu Parishad] enjoy
the status of registered charities in the UK, enabling them
to raise funds that go into spreading hatred and violence
against minorities in India."
In a memorandum
to the commission, the group said, "Not a single member
of Gujarat's BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party] government, which
collaborated in, and sometimes orchestrated, these attacks,
or of the allied killer gangs of the VHP, RSS and Bajrang
Dal, was brought to justice despite calls to do so from all
in an election held barely 10 months after these genocidal
attacks, the same government has been returned to power."
it said, a network of organisations belonging to the Sangh
Parivar -- the VHP, HSS and others -- stand accused of diverting
funds collected in the name of welfare to wage a campaign
of hatred and violence against minority communities in India.
the same time, through branches all over Britain, these organisations
are instigating communal conflict among the Asian communities
in this country, a process that has been facilitated and intensified
by the policies of the British state."
issued by the group claimed that the Sewa International increased
its gross income from £748,355 in 2000 to £2,175,971
this year and the HSS, a sister charity under whose name it
is registered, were exposed in a Channel 4 television report
on December 12.
evidence collected by independent human rights organisations
as well as the British high commission in India and the international
media has confirmed that the massacres in Gujarat were planned
and carried out by a network of Hindu supremacist organisations,
the VHP, RSS and others.
groups have subsequently stated their intention of repeating
the Gujarat 'experiment' elsewhere in India."