Announcement *RSS lauds crackdown on NGOs *Government, not NGOs, against India: citizens

March 6, 2012 by  
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Announcement for Mumbai : The Legion of Mary is organising a prayer walk on 10th March, 2012 from Infant Jesus Church / Dominic Savio School Ground at Pant Nagar in Ghatkopar East to Mount Mary’s Church in Bandra. The walk will start at in the night at 11 pm and will conclude with Mass at the shrine in the morning.

RSS lauds crackdown on NGOs


Nuclear Plants TamilnaduTamil Nadu, March 5, 2012: The RSS weekly claimed that more than 75 percent NGOs that received funds from overseas belonged to Christian groups.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has won kudos from an unexpected source for his move against voluntary groups.

“The prime minister’s unusually forthright and strong stand on the Kudankulam protestors is welcome,” said an editorial in the Organizer, the mouthpiece of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, an umbrella organization of rightwing Hindu groups.

The prime minister last week alleged that NGOs had supported anti-Koodankulam protests with funds they received from overseas for social service and other purposes.

His allegation came after the federal government froze the accounts of four NGOs, two of them belonging to Tuticorin Catholic diocese, and sent notices to 77 others in Tamil Nadu.

Federal Home Minister P. Chidambaram has clarified that the government action has nothing to do with the protests in Koodankulam.

The RSS weekly claimed that more than 75 percent NGOs that received funds from overseas belonged to Christian groups, most of them being “just extension counters of the Church dabbling in religious conversions rather than social work.”

The “Organizer” welcomed the government move as “late, but not too late.” It also said the home ministry should have acted earlier without sitting on “so much information regarding the overt and covert operations” of the NGOs.

The weekly alleged that the NGOs bring truckloads of people from neighboring areas to Koodankulam that has only 300 families.

The editorial said that Kudankulam was home to about 300 families and truck loads of people were being brought from neighbouring areas like Thoothukudi.

“They are provided food and money and take turns to sit through dharnas. Questions are being asked how the local population, mainly dependent on fishing have kept out of sea for so long. It is not possible to sustain an agitation for over five months without outside support,” the editorial said.

– ucan

Government, not NGOs, against India: citizens


Government not NGOsNew Delhi, March 6, 2012: The group urged the prime minister to initiate a “truly inclusive” process of deliberations.

A group of jurists, journalists and activists yesterday criticized the Indian prime minister for accusing NGOs of using overseas funds to oppose nuclear power plants and genetically modified crops.

The group, headed by former Supreme Court Judge V.R. Krishna Iyer, yesterday said it was the government and not NGOs that worked against the country’s interests.

“In reality, what we are all working against is indeed a foreign hand operating at the behest of and from within your government, supported by Indian and foreign commercial entities, to corporatize Indian agriculture and farming practices and the energy sector, without in-depth and impartial analyses,” said a letter the group sent to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Presenting the letter to the media at a press conference in New Delhi the eminent citizens found the premier’s remarks against NGOs “highly inappropriate misrepresentation of facts.”

Singh last month told “Science,” an international journal, that the Indian intelligentsia supported genetically modified crops and nuclear power plants but some NGOs opposed such programs by diverting funds they received from overseas for social service and other purposes.

The citizens group said such “an inappropriate distinction” between thinkers and non-thinkers was made on the basis whether an NGO agreed or disagreed with the government policy.

The group regretted that the prime minister’s office had not bothered even to acknowledge several communications that highlighted gaps in safety and liability surrounding GM crops and nuclear power plants.

It urged Singh to initiate a “truly inclusive” process of deliberations with all stakeholders to help formulate a “rational” public policy for the two technologies.

The letter’s signatories included former Chief Election Commissioner, J.M. Lyngdoh, former Chiefs of Naval Staff, Vishnu Bhagwat, L. Ramdas and R.H. Tahiliani, activists Medha Patkar, Aruna Roy and Prashant Bhushan, historian, Romila Thapar and writer, Praful Bidwai.

Bidwai said anti-nuclear activists would organize various programs on March 11 to mark the first anniversary of the Fukushima disaster in Japan and follow it up with a march to Koodankulam four days later to express solidarity with activists and NGOs protesting against the nuclear power plant there.

He asserted the anti-nuclear protest at Koodankulam had remained peaceful.

– the hindu

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