Quake, cyclone funds
sponsored Guj violence: UK report
The Times of India, 26, 2004 original
AHMEDABAD: A UK report, released in London on Thursday, has claimed
that under the cloak of humanitarian charity, massive donations
from the British public were used to fund Sangh Parivar organisations.
The report, launched just before the second anniversary of the
Gujarat carnage, has been prepared by Awaaz - South Asia Watch
Ltd, a London-based network.
The report, titled 'In Bad Faith? British Charity and Hindu Extremism',
says RSS branches in the UK have been raising large amounts of
money in the name of charity for natural disasters like the Gujarat
earthquake and the Orissa supercyclone. "Virtually all the
money raised went to Sangh Parivar groups, including groups that
have incited anti-minority violence", it said.
"We do not think it is a coincidence that the two Indian
states where Hindutva networks, violence and hatred have grown
phenomenally in recent years both had natural and human tragedies
(the Gujarat earthquake 2001, the Orissa cyclone 1999) followed
by massive amounts of funding to Hindutva organisations from overseas
under the guise of humanitarian charity," said the report.
"It is ironic that the Sangh Parivar have attacked foreign
funding of minority groups when they themselves use such funding
to expand their own influence," Awaaz says.