The New York Times carried a report titled ‘Major Christian Charity is closing India Operations amid a crackdown’ on March 7, 2017. Compassion International, Colorado-based Christian charity, India’s biggest donors closes its operation after 48 years. It is one among 11000 non-governmental organizations who have lost their licences to accept foreign funds since Prime Minister Modi took office in 2014.
It is also reported, “….Its executives vehemently deny the government’s allegation that it is funding religious conversions, and say India has given them no opportunity to rebut the accusation. Instead, they say they found themselves in murky back-channel negotiations with a representative of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or R.S.S., a right-wing Hindu ideological group that is closely connected with the governing Bharatiya Janata Party, or B.J.P., but that has no official role in governing”.
Below is the press statement released by Dr Manmohan Vaidya, RSS All India Prachara Pramukh
The news published in New York Times on March 7, 2017, regarding Compassion International’s so called “back channel negotiations with RSS representative in Washington DC” is unfair and totally false. RSS (Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh) works only in Bharat (India) and has no representative in any foreign country including USA. NYT never contacted the RSS in this regard.
We condemn such an attempt by NYT to malign the image of RSS