RSS raising money
in Britain under false pretences: report
By Prasun Sonwalkar
Indo-Asian News Service, February 26, 2004 original
London, Feb 26 (IANS) A Britain-based group has alleged that the
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its allied organisations
have been raising money in Britain under false pretences.
The report, titled "In Bad Faith? British Charity and Hindu
Extremism" and released Thursday, alleges RSS activists had
siphoned off money donated to help in disaster relief.
The allegations, however, have been denied.
The RSS-allied groups, the report says, were involved or implicated
in violence or hatred against Muslims and Christians.
Released by the group Awaaz - South Asia Watch, the report claims
donations from members of the public in Britain ended up in the
hands of groups such as the RSS.
Much of the money in question was reportedly raised as part of
wider humanitarian appeals.
Similar allegations were made earlier and are currently being
investigated by the British government body that regulates charities.
One of the British organisations accused by Awaaz, Sewa International,
said it would be inappropriate to respond to the report while that
investigation was taking place.
However, Sewa International's sister organisation in India, Sewa
Bharati, has strongly denied that any money it has received has
been used for Hindu nationalist activity.
The release of the Awaaz report has been timed to coincide with
the second anniversary Friday of the widespread sectarian killings
in Gujarat in 2002.