Sewa Int'l funded
Hindu radicals in India: Lord Patel
By Nabanita Sircar
Hindustan Times U.K., March 1, 2004 original
Lord Adam Patel has backed the Awaaz report published last week,
that said that Sewa International, a UK registered charity was funding
Hindu radicals in India.
Lord Patel, who resigned as patron of the charity in 2002, said: "Sewa
International has cheated me and cheated the residents of the UK.
The organisation has been raising funds in the name of charity and
giving them to extremist organisations that preach hatred against
Muslims and Christians. The report demonstrates that Sewa International
sent £2 million, raised in the wake of the devastating earthquake
in Gujarat in 2001, to its Indian counterpart Sewa Bharati."
"This organisation is a front to the RSS, which has been involved
in large scale violence or hate politics in India."
Labour Lord Patel told a Leicester paper that: "Thousands of
Indians have died over the past fifteen years as a result of religiously-motivated
violence. Much of the money sent by Sewa International was spent
on schools that promote hatred and fanaticism."
The report could be discussed in Parliament. Jeremy Corbyn, MP,
and Vice Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Committee on Human
Rights, said: "I am sure we will all be asking questions about
this in the Lords and Commons. No British organisation should be
allowed in the name of charity to support extremists who have perpetrated
this terrible violence."
Awaaz has maintained that Sewa International does not represent
Hindus. A spokesman said: "Sewa International does not represent
Hindu communities or Hinduism. They represent a political cult whose
founders and early leaders were admirers of Mussolini and Hitler."