ADMITS FINANCING HINDU MILITANTS
By Subuhi Jiwani
World War 3 Report, March 10, 2003 original
yet another exchange of rejoinders between the Campaign
to Stop Funding Hate and the
India Development and Relief
Fund (IDRF), the IDRF released a detailed report recently entitled "A Factual
Response to the Hate Attack on the India Development and Relief Fund" to
counteract "The Foreign Exchange of Hate"--Stop Funding Hate's report
detailing IDRF's funding of sectarian violence in India.
a March 3 press release, Stop Funding Hate stated that the IDRF admitted
to being a part of the Sangh in its report. "Having acknowledged that
is indeed part of the Sangh, the report sidesteps all charges of Sangh's
documented role in violence against minorities, and its orchestration of
communal violence, such as the Gujarat carnage of a year ago."
In its report, IDRF praises
the RSS for its "peerless record over the
providing timely, selfless and courageous disaster relief work," (http://www.idrf.org/foireport)
and claims what Stop Funding Hate has called "independence" from
the militant activities of the Sangh Parivar.
The IDRF has spent the
last three months denying Stop Funding Hate's charges and the latest denial
is that there is nothing which legally binds the IDRF
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu militant group. IDRF states
openly that it funds trusts that finance the RSS. Says Stop Funding Hate: "It
would be impossible to have a legal link with the RSS since the RSS is not
legal entity: No registration under the law of any country. No membership rolls,
and no publicly audited statements."
This ideological battle occurring through finely tuned reports and media
discussions has resulted in the filing of a formal inquiry by the Justice
Department into Stop Funding Hate's claims. As of March 10, 2003 at
14:30hrs EST, Stop Funding Hate's petition to US corporations contained
2930 signatures, while IDRF's Let India Develop, 7626.
On the US probe into Indian
charities funding Hindu extremist violence in India,
Smita Narula, South Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch told Financial
Times, "It will prove to be an uphill battle for the US to properly investigate
scrutinize these organizations because of their links to the India's ruling
BJP. The US needs India as an ally right now." (Financial Times, Feb 14,
Stop Funding Hate; India Development and Relief Fund) (Subuhi Jiwani)