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Friday, June 9, 2023

Bharat’s critics popped up after govt cut off foreign NGO funding in 2016-17

The Bharatiya government cancelled the registration of 18,868 NGOs between 2011-17 for the violation of various provisions of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, and Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Rules, 2011.

The government also tightened FCRA rules as a result of which the foreign funding that non-profits in Bharat received in 2016-17 fell by Rs 11,274 crore (from Rs 17,773 crore in 2015-16 to Rs 6,499 crore).

This money has to find new avenues. The Pakistan Senate published a report on Kashmir on October 3, 2016 which, among other things, envisaged engaging global lobbying groups, and reactivating all lobbying firms to change the global narrative of Kashmir against Bharat, Disinfo Lab said, reporting that a number of “White Experts”/Human Rights champions suddenly popped up, critical of various “failings” of Bharat, including that on Kashmir.

A number of new organisations also mushroomed, precisely around these issues. These experts including CJ Werleman, Audrey Truschke, Anthea McIntyre, Danielle Alice Khan, Sehla Ashai etc, it said.

Likewise, a number of global organisations also popped up, expressing concerns over Bharat’s various issues from humanities to minority rights to Dalit rights to Kashmir including the Polis Project, Equality Lab, Justice for Kashmir and so forth.

The year 1989 is considered a watershed, after which the armed militancy peaked in Kashmir. However, as this report shows, the preparations started way earlier. The increased activities of Jamaat and its offshoots in Kashmir were a major catalyst, it said.

“In this context, the year 2015-2016 are of much significance, where we see not only significant investments in ‘boosting’ the profile and stature of existing ‘assets’, but also roping in a number of fresh ‘assets’ to push their narrative against Bharat, a project which seems to be peaking by 2019,” Disinfo Lab reported.

(The story has been published via a syndicated feed with minor edits to conform to Hindu-Post style-guide.)

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