US Christian bodies want RSS funds issue probed
By S Rajagopalan, Hindustan
November 22, 2002
Washington - Indian Christian organisations
in the US are up in arms against an
Indian-American charity's reported diversion of funds to 'Sangh
affiliates for carrying out their "hate campaign"
The Federation of Indian American Christian Organisations
of Northern America
(FIACONA) has demanded a probe by the US Congress into the
It has also asked the Internal Revenue Service to blacklist
the charity in
question, India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF), and withdraw
RSS sources here, however, sought to refute the charges of
misuse of funds
and asserted that the allegations were being made on behalf
of people who
were losing out in the race for conversion of Hindus in India.
Following the release of a report in India by a group of Indian
from San Francisco, FIACONA leader PD John on Friday drew
the White House's
attention to the controversy. According to him, more research
is underway "to
unearth other RSS affiliated organizations that raise money
corporations and other foundations in the US".
Countering the allegations, Shekhar Tiwari, a leading light
of the 'Sangh
Parivar' here, commented: "These charges are totally
false and motivated.
They are coming from Christian conversion outfits like World
Baptist and Seventh Day Adventist, who are very active in
The IDRF has been founded by acolytes of the Sangh Parivar
here---a fact that
Tiwari admits. No functionary of IDRF was immediately available
but Tiwari contended that the fund made disbursements "regardless
While the report has spoken of huge funds mobilised from top
corporations like Cisco, Sun Computers, Oracle and Hewlett
claimed that IDRF does not collect money from any corporation.
"The collection are made only from individuals, primarily
NRIs, who may be
The report, however, said that corporations like Cisco have
contributions to the IDRF kitty, whose collections have mostly
gone to a host
of Sangh Parivar affiliates in India.