October 2, 2023


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India Bars Foreign Donations to Christian Group Founded by Mother Teresa

NEW DELHI—India’s governing administration mentioned it would bar donations from foreign donors to a Christian missionary group founded by the late Mom Teresa, threatening an vital supply of funding for the group’s programs to enable impoverished Indians.

India’s Ministry of Dwelling Affairs mentioned it sent the rejection on Christmas Working day. Authorities mentioned they uncovered unspecified “adverse inputs” when renewing the Missionaries of Charity’s application and mentioned the group no for a longer time achieved eligibility prerequisites less than the Overseas Contributions Regulation Act.

The selection arrived amid what some Christian leaders simply call an increasingly hostile setting for their faith in the majority-Hindu nation now governed by Primary Minister

Narendra Modi’s

Bharatiya Janata Celebration, which has deep Hindu nationalist roots.

Bishop M. Jagjivan mentioned Monday that harassment of Christians has been on the increase and that the governing administration increasingly turned down what ended up after program foreign-funding approvals for Christian teams, forcing establishments, such as church-operate orphanages, to shut.

“They are contemplating that opposing Christianity is patriotism,” mentioned the bishop, who is a moderator of the Countrywide Christian Council, an corporation representing India’s Christian group. “This is not a wholesome atmosphere.”

Gaurav Bhatia, a spokesman for the BJP, declined to comment when reached late Monday night time.

The Overseas Contribution Regulation Act became regulation in 2011 and was made to control foreign donations to companies working in India. The aim was to avert foreign-funded teams from partaking in actions harmful to what India’s governing administration deems its countrywide passions.

Amnesty Worldwide shut its India functions previous year immediately after it mentioned the governing administration froze the nongovernmental organization’s lender accounts. Greenpeace shut two of its offices in 2019 for the very same reason.

Mom Teresa, who died in 1997, was born in Macedonia but became an Indian citizen and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her perform in the slums of Kolkata in eastern India. She founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. It has branches managing hospices and orphanages all-around the globe.

The Missionaries of Charity did not immediately answer to queries. In a assertion, Sister M. Prema, Exceptional General of the group in Kolkata, mentioned the charity’s FCRA renewal application hadn’t been authorised and that it would prevent working any lender accounts with foreign contributions “until the make a difference is fixed.”

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Appeared in the December 28, 2021, print edition as ‘India Bars Gifts to Mom Teresa Team.’