RSS dismisses as
'false' charges of misuse of funds
Press Trust of India
Hindustan Times, New Delhi, 27 February, 2004 original
Dismissing as "wild and false" the allegations of misuse
of funds received from abroad levelled against it, the RSS on Friday
said they smacked of a "sinister conspiracy" and threatened "action" against
those making the charges.
"The whole report (by a South Asia watch group, Awaaz) smacks
of a sinister conspiracy to defame Hindu organisations," RSS
spokesman Ram Madhav told reporters here.
He also said RSS was "shocked and disgusted" over the
latest US State Department report criticising Indian democracy
Taking strong objection to the "propaganda" unleashed
by persons and organisations "hitherto unknown" against
the RSS and organisations connected with it, like the Seva Bharati,
he said "the scandalous report betrays a conspicuous anti-Hindu
bias leading us to question the motives of, and men behind, this
The RSS leader said Seva Bharati was an organisation registered
with the government in different states and guided by Indian laws
and every single penny received by it from within or outside India
is judiciously spent on the causes for which it has been collected.
The report in question is full of distortions and untruths, often
bordering on mischief," he said and cautioned people in general
and the media in particular that such campaigns "have the
potential of damaging the reputation of India and the Indian people
"We urge Indian media to verify the credentials of the groups
that come up with such fraudulent, biased and ill-motivated reports
before going gaga over their statements," he said.