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Sangh Parivar raising money for violence: UK group

March 04, 2003 09:11 IST

Supporters of the South Asia Solidarity, campaigning against last years riots in Gujarat, held a candlelight vigil outside the Charity Commission in London on Monday evening demanding stripping of the charity status given to the Sewa International and the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh.

The group said, "Hindu supremacist organisations like Sewa International, the HSS, which is the international wing of the RSS [Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh], and the VHP [Vishwa Hindu Parishad] enjoy the status of registered charities in the UK, enabling them to raise funds that go into spreading hatred and violence against minorities in India."

In a memorandum to the commission, the group said, "Not a single member of Gujarat's BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party] government, which collaborated in, and sometimes orchestrated, these attacks, or of the allied killer gangs of the VHP, RSS and Bajrang Dal, was brought to justice despite calls to do so from all over India.

"Instead, in an election held barely 10 months after these genocidal attacks, the same government has been returned to power."

In Britain, it said, a network of organisations belonging to the Sangh Parivar -- the VHP, HSS and others -- stand accused of diverting funds collected in the name of welfare to wage a campaign of hatred and violence against minority communities in India.

"At the same time, through branches all over Britain, these organisations are instigating communal conflict among the Asian communities in this country, a process that has been facilitated and intensified by the policies of the British state."

A statement issued by the group claimed that the Sewa International increased its gross income from 748,355 in 2000 to 2,175,971 this year and the HSS, a sister charity under whose name it is registered, were exposed in a Channel 4 television report on December 12.

"Extensive evidence collected by independent human rights organisations as well as the British high commission in India and the international media has confirmed that the massacres in Gujarat were planned and carried out by a network of Hindu supremacist organisations, the VHP, RSS and others.

"These groups have subsequently stated their intention of repeating the Gujarat 'experiment' elsewhere in India."

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Board of Directors South Asia Solidarity Group London Sirs, COPY OF LETTER FORWARDED TO CHARITY COMMISSION Please forward to Christian Church groups in Britain BE ...


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"Supporters of the South Asia Solidarity" -- huh? they are fighting for the withdrawal of charity status to VHP? great. these bloody biased organisations shud ...

Posted by Murali Manikandan

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Communists in the name of secularism are dividing the community everywhere in the world. Here in USA they are against Cristians bashing George Bush and ...

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What crap is this, trying to look at the "reaction" of Hindus and to link it with funding, but the actual planners and funders of ...

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Sub: What constitutes South Asia?

I would like to ask a question to these South Asian federations/consortium -- what does these groups actually do? Are they really into doing some ...

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