Ex Sewa patron says
charity has 'cheated' him and other UK residents
DeepikaGlobal.com, March 2, 2004 original
London, Mar 1 (UNI) Expressing his support for the Awaaz report,
accusing the UK-registered Sewa International charity of funding
Hindu extremism in India, a former patron of the society said it
had 'cheated' him and other Indians resident in UK.
''Sewa International has cheated me and cheated the residents
of the UK,'' Lord Adam Patel, who resigned as patron of the charity
in 2002, said.
''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 documents that Sewa International
sent 2 million pounds raised in the wake of the devastating earthquake
in Gujarat in 2001, to its Indian counterpart Sewa Bharati, a front
to the RSS, which has been involved in large-scale violence or
hate politics in India,'' a Leicester-based paper quoted him as
''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, '' Lord Patel, who is affiliated to the Labour
The report could be discussed in Parliament also.
''I am sure we will all be asking questions about this in both
the Lords and Commons. No British organisation should be allowed
in the name of charity to support extremists who have perpetrated
this terrible violence,'' the Vice Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary
Committee on Human Rights Jeremy Corbyn, MP, said.
Awaaz has maintained that Sewa International does not represent
''Sewa International does not represent the Hindu community or
Hinduism. They represent a political cult whose founders and early
leaders were admirers of Mussolini and Hitler,'' a spokesman of
the group said.