(Letter to Editor, India Abroad, January 3rd, 2003, by Sanjay Acharya, Piscataway, NJ.)
a few Indian immigrants with Marxist-Communist leanings got together to produce
a report called Foreign Exchange of Hate (India ‘Abroad, December 6),
which alleges the India Development and Relief Fund is a fundamentalist
organization funding hate in India. Nothing could be further from the truth.
IDRF’s web site www.idrf.org
clearly states the activities they fund with charitable funds donated mainly by
Hindus in the us- one teacher school, Vanvasi Kalyan Ashrams working for the
uplift of villages along with funding major relief drives like Orissa flood
relief, Gujarat earthquake and even Indian Army welfare after the 1999 Kargil
report against IDRF is written with malicious intent and its objective is to
stop or at least decrease the flow of funds to the poverty-stricken people of
villages in India, who will be the ultimate victims of this anti-Hindu campaign.
These people need the funds to sustain their lives and develop their future by
educating their children. But the report tries to malign the noble cause of
funding such projects as Hinduizing the people of India.
is ‘Hinduization?’ The report clearly depicts 70 percent of IDRF funds go
towards ‘Hinduization’. This ‘Hinduization’ is nothing but one-teacher
schools teaching contemporary subjects like math and science and are not like
Islamic madras’s that teach only ideology, fundamentalism and use of weapons
to kill innocent people. ‘Hinduization’ includes hospitals, healthcare,
village cleanliness, ambulances and women empowerment.
to the report’s author all this is Hinduization but what evangelists and
missionaries do in India is out of pure goodwill. If they call this Hinduization
so be it, but they should not forget the act of charity far outweighs the motive
for the act.
Exchange of Hate is full of glaring
holes and contradiction -- the report says only two percent of IDRF funds go
towards religious, then why do the authors allege this is a fund for Indication?
The report also alleges 80 percent of the funds go to Hindu organization and
institution. If this is a fact there is no question of Hinduization, because the
receivers or benefactors are already Hindus.
report uses the following tricks to propagate anti-Hindu agenda: -
Guilt by association: This is the
standard trick used across this report. It come organization’s name is
mentioned on the web site of another, it would mean the former is completely
associated with and controlled by the latter, viz Sangh organization. The report
also seems to allege Sangh organizations took part in communal riots and hence
even the IDRF should be pronounced guilty by association. This is nonsense and a
riots in Gujarat following the Godhra incident were not orchestrated as alleged
by the Marxist-Communists. The Godhra attack by Muslims, in which 58 Hindus
-mostly women and children - were burned to death sparked off retaliatory
attacks and there is no basis to the argument that Hindus and Sangh
organizations orchestrated the riots.
The report does not cite one shred of evidence to prove this, except citing
articles and news written by their compatriots. The Marxist-Communist authors of
this report also imply Hindus should endure Himalayan pains so that Muslims in
India can be pampered and appeased beyond need - as they are already - and that
Hindus should endure acts of Islamic terrorism with patience and peace to prove
they are not extremist. This is sheer nonsense and an act of superior bigotry.
Hindu cultural events equal
communal hate frenzy. In multiple places, the report has tried to imply that
since a particular organization organized some Hindu culture event, it was a
communal hate spewing organization. However the authors are the first to jump
and defend the missionaries and evangelists in India who seem to be spreading
conversions by force or inducement which results in creating divisions in
society and breaks the socio-cultural links of the converted individuals.
Extra-extrapolation of newspaper
article: Newspaper article cited in this report have their conclusions
completely extrapolated beyond the factual contents. Many times the newspaper
articles cited, simply have no relation to the context of accusations.
summary, not a single proof has been cited that IDRF funded organizations
actually took part in promoting hate. No actual legal convictions. No actual
linkage of these organizations to the riots in Gujarat has been shown.
writers of this report seen more annoyed with the Hindu overtones in the work of
IDRF organizations and quickly jump to the conclusion that these organizations
spew hate because their activities have Hindu overtones.
writers of this report also seem annoyed by funds going to people suffering from
used in this report can be used to brand many Gandhian NGOs or other similar
NGOs as hateful NGOs by extending the logic used by the authors.
said this I would request you to stop helping anti-Hindu and anti-India authors
of the report in propagating their hate document using your publication. I also
request you to print and publish articles and views of Hindus and supporters of
IDRF to present a balanced perspective to India Abroad readers.