Internal discord over India’s NGO curbs


Days after the Home Ministry put three influential American donors under the “prior permission category” for allegedly funding NGOs in India not registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar shot off a letter to the Ministry asking for the “circumstances” leading to the decision, a top government official told The Hindu:

This is the second time in the past two months that the Foreign Secretary has written to the Ministry on being left out of the loop on key decisions.

After the electronic tourist visa of Chinese dissident Dolkun Isa (above) was cancelled in April, the Foreign Secretary had sent a letter to Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi on May 9 asking that “any revocation [of visa] in the future be done in consultation with this Ministry.”

The fresh letter, sent before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the U.S. on June 7-8, stemmed from the action taken by the Home Ministry against Open Society Foundations (OSF), World Movement for Democracy (WMD) and National Endowment for Democracy (NED).


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