groups raising funds for violence: UK group
of India, PTI, Tuesday, March 4, 2003 original
LONDON: Supporters of South Asia Solidarity, a group campaigning
against the "massacre in Gujarat" a year ago, held
a candlelight vigil outside the Charity Commission here on
Monday evening demanding stripping of charity status given
to Sewa International and the Hindu SwayamSevak Sangh (HSS).
said "Hindu supremacist organisations like Sewa International,
the HSS which is the international wing of the RSS, and the
VHP UK enjoy the status of registered charities in UK, enabling
them to raise funds that go into spreading hatred and violence
against minorities in India."
In a memorandum
submitted to the Commission, the group claimed "not a
single member of Gujarat's BJP 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 over India."
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 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 which has been facilitated and
intensified by the policies of the British state."
release issued by the group claimed that the biggest Indian
charity Sewa International increased its gross income from
748,355 pounds in 2000 to 2,175,971 pounds this year and the
HSS, a sister charity under whose name it is registered, were
exposed in a Channel 4 television news report on December
urge you to immediately withdraw the charity status of the
Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, of Sewa International which fundraises
using the HSS's charity registration number, and of the Vishwa
Hindu Parishad, UK," the appeal said.
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."
branches of the same organisations were diverting funds collected
in the name of welfare to this ongoing campaign of hatred
and violence against minority communities in India, South
Asia Solidarity said.