On the ‘Gloriavale Commune’ in India

Introduction

A background to this Post can be read on Indiafacts site here. For the sake of brevity, we shall use the same acronyms: GCC for Gloriavale Christian Community-New Zealand, CCC for Christian Church Community, Thiruviruttanpulli, Ambasamudram Taluka, Thirunelveli District (TN/076030358), SHCT for Smile Help Charitable Trust-Vijayawada (AP/10260339) and DF for Dohnavur Fellowship, Thirunelveli District (TN/076030011).

Recent Developments

We came across a recent investigative report which appeared in a New Zealand MSM here. MSM in NZ has been focussing on alleged abuses and other individual rights violations in Gloriavale. Naturally, they are not interested in the expansion of Gloriavale commune to India, as they (like most in the West) believe in Universal Religious Freedom, a synthetic concept which is alien and dangerous to Indian traditions. The NZ report, an excellent one (Kudos to the investigative journalist, Ms. Morgan Tait), obtained through their Right to Information Act provides details of investigations carried out by NZ’s Charities Services in 2015.

For relevance to us in that report are these: (a) The Gloriavale Trust in NZ is actually registered as “Christian Church Community Trust (CC25088) and (b) Money donated to Indian FCRA-NGOs is sent from a Bank account called GCC which contains private, post-tax money of individuals belonging to the Commune, but operated by the Trustees of CC25088.

Let us now take a look at the money transactions between all the above entities, as examined via FCRA returns.

NGO\Year

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

SHCT

15

DF

6.5

9.4

11.7

14.6

5.5

12.6

17.5

CCC

145

140

226

173

Table 1: Remittances from GCC, New Zealand to FCRA-NGOs. Amount in Rs. lakh. Data from fcraonline.nic.in

Interestingly, FCRA returns also show that CCC remitted, amounts of Rs. 14.5 and 21 lakhs in 2014 and 2015 respectively to DF. Such give-and-take between RoL FCRA-NGOs is quite common in India.

Who runs Christian Church Community, Thiruviruttanpulli, Ambasamudram Taluka?

A sentence in the Indiafacts article said “Who owns CCC is not known in the public domain.” Although the Indian Government (ideally the State Governments must be putting out such information, but they are all invariably inert to these matters anyway) should eventually put this information on the Darpan portal of Niti Aayog, it is possible for us to figure this out in another manner.

The newly formatted FC4 return for FCRA-NGOs requires the signature of the Chief Functionary of the FCRA-NGO to be uploaded. The same for CCC (TN/76030358) can be seen at the FCRA website of the Ministry of Home Affairs, say, for the year 2015-16. The signature is screenshotted from the FC4 return of CCC and is reproduced here:

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The signature of the Chief Functionary of CCC in Thiruviruthanpulli says “Faithful Stronghold (FS)”. That name is quintessentially Gloriavalish (Google up for their naming schemes) and not a common name in Tamil Nadu.

Who is Faithful Stronghold?

Faithful Stronghold used to be called as Kottapalli Mahesh Babu (KMB). How do we know this?

Let us check out Page No. 40, Right Column of Part-IV, Section 4 of the Tamil Nadu Government’s Gazette published on November 9, 2011. It is available here. The same is reproduced below.

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So, Kottapalli Mahesh Babu affirms that he got converted to Christianity in September 2003 and received the name Faithful Stronghold. He declares the same in November 2011. The address provided in the Gazette is the same as that of CCC. Given that CCC came into existence only in 2011/2012, it is likely that Faithful Stronghold was living elsewhere. In Gloriavale commune, New Zealand? May be. We do not know for sure. But it appears that he exercised his Religious Freedom to get converted from Hinduism to Christianity in Gloriavale, NZ, given the nature of his name. Note also that he was born in 1991 and was converted in 2003, i.e., at the age of 12.

Indian students travelling to Gloriavale, New Zealand: Circa early-mid 2000s

There is an additional peripheral story which suggests that Mahesh Babu could have become Faithful Stronghold in New Zealand.

Read these news stories:

  1. Hindustan Times, October 16, 2006

  2. The Press, Christchurch, October 14, 2006

Venkata Siva Rayavarapu, aged 22 was met by a Gloriavale guy in Hanuman Junction, Vijayawada.

He was sponsored by Gloriavale to travel to New Zealand to study English, agriculture & community life. Gloriavale also helped his family in India. However, in 2006, he escaped from Gloriavale, breaking the contract that his father and he had signed with Gloriavale. The reason? He was being asked to marry a Mexican inmate of Gloriavale Commune. One of the leaders of  Gloriavale, Fervent Stedfast mentions that Rayavarapu wanted to marry only a New Zealander inmate as that would fetch him NZ residency.

Is there an equivalence between the initial trajectories of Kottapalli Mahesh Babu and Venkata Siva Rayavarapu? Although KMB’s new address is in rural Thirunelveli, his name and his village name (Kottapalli) are dead giveaways of his Andhra/Telangana lineage. Also his father’s name (Kottapalli Pullaiah). Same is true for Rayavarapu. The mention of Hanuman Junction in the MSM stories also point to a Andhra link.

It is well known that many students leave India to study abroad. Even to New Zealand. Even to Gloriavale! This is due to several entry barriers imposed by all Governments in India in the Education sector. Let us not digress ….

It is known that Gloriavale had only 55 families (each with about 8 children). Thus, were poor, willing but gullible Hindu students from India attracted by Gloriavale leaders to settle down there to increase its population? For long term sustainability and/or evolutionary reasons? We do not know. We would probably never know.

Summary

We are quite dissatisfied with what has been going on. And, what is going on. With FCRA. With all sorts of cults mushrooming in our Bhoomi. As usual, we wring our hands in despair.

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On the ‘Gloriavale Commune’ in India

NHRC Notice to Ministry of Home Affairs on FCRA non-renewal for few NGOs: An Examination of Entities

Introduction & Background

Recently, the FCRA Wing of the Home Ministry undertook the process of renewal of FCRA registrations. This exercise is done once in five years, as per FCRA-2010/FCRR-2011. Nearly 20,000 NGOs got their FCRA registrations renewed. 11000 and odd did not apply for renewals at all while 1736 NGOs were asked to submit additional documents and thus a decision on their renewal status was kept pending.

Around two years ago, there were around 40000 NGOs in the FCRA list. Of these, around 11000 lost their FCRA status about an year ago, as they had not submitted the mandatory annual returns in several years. Thus, out of the total 40000, 30000 were ‘surviving’ prior to the renewal exercise of June-July 2016. Of these, around 11000 are gone now (well, almost!), as they didn’t apply for renewal, leaving us with around 20000 NGOs with FCRA registration. This does not come to us as a surprise, as only about 20000 NGOs were active within the FCRA domain over the last five years, anyway. Active means what? Active means that they were filing annual returns properly etc. As a matter of fact, the entire bulk analyses of FCRA returns that you may have seen at fcraanalyses.blogspot.in has been based on these 20000 NGOs only. Thus, the narrative which you may have heard of Government reducing the number of FCRA-NGOs from 40000 to 20000 is somewhat incorrect. Only about 20000 were active always. The rest were dormant (they may have been active on the field, harvesting souls etc, but they were “silent” in filing returns).

The purpose of this Post is anyway different. Government of India, in a bold move, appears not to have renewed the FCRA license of 25 NGOs for their indulgence in ‘anti-national activities’. See this Deccan Herald article for example. The list of these 25 NGOs is not available on the FCRA website; however, many mainstream media (MSM) sources provide a partial list. These are: Lawyers Collective (MH/83780742), Centre for the Promotion of Social Concerns (CPSC) (TN/75940138), Compassion East India (WB/147120584), Sanchal Foundation (alias Hazard Centre) (DL/231650268), Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF) (DL/231660846) and Institute of Public Health (KA/94421350).

In particular, we find the non-renewal of FCRA registration of Compassion East India (CEI), to be the boldest act of the Ministry of Home Affairs since May 2014. We applaud them for the same. Read these Posts [1, 2] for a background on CEI.

Centre for the Promotion of Social Concerns (CPSC) is in Chokkikulam, Madurai, Tamil Nadu. One of its prominent functionaries is Mr. Henri Tiphagne. CPSC is widely described in MSM as “People’s Watch”. Mr. Tiphagne received the 8th Amnesty International Human Rights Award in 2016 (he is the first Indian to receive the same). CPSC’s foreign fund inflows over the years is provided in the Table below:

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Data from FCRA Returns site

CPSC’s major donors include Misereor (German Catholic Bishops’ Organisation for Development Cooperation), Bread for the World (a Protestant Development Service; Germany’s Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst merged with it recently; read here for a background on BfW & EED), Action Aid, Dan Church Aid, Cordaid, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development-Bangkok (AFHRD) and so on. CPSC is quite popular among our State Governments. For instance, CPSC runs ‘Human Rights Awareness’ programmes in several public schools, for instance. [Of the above donors, remember AFHRD; we will see them again in this Post].

Enter NHRC

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was established via the Human Rights Act-1993. It is a statutory body. It is headed by Shri. Justice (retd) HL Dattu and consists of Shri. Justice (retd) Cyriac Joseph and Shri. Justice (retd) D. Murugesan among others, as its members.

On 16th November 2016, NHRC issued a notice to the Ministry of Home Affairs after it “received a complaint alleging draconian approach of GoI in regard to renewal of FCRA registration of human rights defenders” (i.e., HR NGOs). The notice mentioned that NHRC has been informed by 7th Human Rights Defender Forum-Colombo on the FCRA non-renewal of CPSC. However, NHRC also adds that “it took suo moto cognizance of the matter” and issued the said notice.

In the following, we shall examine the entities mentioned in the notice. We do not pass judgement on anyone. We just collate and share information that is publicly available and mostly culled from Government/statutory_body websites themselves.

Our Observations

  1. Mint reports that CPSC had approached the Delhi High Court on Nov. 7, 2016 against the non-renewal of its FCRA registration. In a subsequent hearing of this case on Nov. 18, 2016, the HC refused to de-freeze the FCRA Bank account of CPSC. It is thus clear that the matter of non-renewal of FCRA registration of CPSC was under the consideration of the Court, i.e., it was sub-judice.

Section 9 (xi) of the Gazette Notification of NHRC dated 1997 says that “the   Commission may not ordinarily entertain complaints which are sub-judice”.

Thus, the suo-moto cognizance of FCRA non-renewal of CPSC and other unnamed Human Rights NGOs by NHRC is somewhat perplexing.

  1. Is the non-renewal of FCRA registration of some NGOs within the ambit of NHRC? Here too, we are a little perplexed. The functions of NHRC are stated clearly on page 8 (Chapter III.12) of this document, which is the NHRC Act-1993. The intervention in the FCRA matter appears to be unrelated to any of the Functions of NHRC listed there, except two:
    1. (i) encourage the efforts of non-governmental organisations (NGO) and institutions working in the field of human rights;
    2. (j) such other functions as it may consider necessary for the protection of human rights.

Was the suo-moto cognizance of FCRA action taken under Chapter III.12.i, i.e., “to encourage the efforts of NGOs”? Or, was it under the overarching ambit of III.12.j which is “such other functions as it my consider necessary”? We do not know.

However, the ambit question bothers us. Let us suppose, that in future, the FCRA Wing takes some action against the FCRA-NGO, World Vision of India (WVI), Chennai (TN/75900011), on some (assumed) violations of FCRA Act. As WVI is involved in a variety of works related to Child Development, Advocacy of Child Rights and so on (none of which we approve, by the way), will the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) issue a notice to Ministry of Home Affairs? Or, let us say, MHA takes action on the FCRA-NGO, Women Power Connect for lobbying activities (see this Indiafacts story). Will the National Commission for Women issue notice to the FCRA Wing?

Thus, the issuance of a notice by NHRC on the non-renewal of FCRA registration of CPSC is perplexing.

  1. The NHRC notice to MHA quotes the “analysis” done by the UN Special Rapporteur on rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association (Mr. Maina Kiai) on our FCRA Act. NHRC directs MHA to reply to it on how “the litmus test laid down by the UN Special Rapporteur is applied in the adjudication by the Central Government.” (emphasis added).

It is indeed perplexing as to why the Ministry of Home Affairs has to bother about the report of an external agency (UN Special Rapporteur) in its (MHA’s) application of an Indian law (FCRA).

Leaving that argument aside, let us examine this so-called analysis of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights on our FCRA law. Given below are extracts from two documents:

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In Red is an extract from the report of the UN Special Rapporteur, dated April 20, 2016. In Blue is an extract from a report of the Center for Human Rights, American Bar Association (ABA), dated March 06, 2015. Both documents pertain to an “analysis” of our FCRA Act. The latter is prepared by the American Bar Association and was sent to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Association and Assembly [P.S.: The ABA document should not be construed as the policy of ABA, a disclaimer in the document mentions]. They are nearly verbatim copy-paste as seen in the above extracts. Readers are suggested to examine both the documents for a similar comparison of paragraphs. It is also to be noted that the UN Special Rapporteur’s analysis/report does not cite/acknowledge the report from the American Bar Association. We do not care from whom the UN Special Rapporteur obtained “his” analysis on our FCRA. However, it is mighty perplexing that my Nation’s NHRC depends on such a “borrowed” report/analysis.

  1. In its notice to MHA, NHRC mentions that a certain “7th Human Rights Defender Forum (HRDF)-Colombo” informed NHRC to intervene in the non-renewal of FCRA licence for CPSC. What is this entity, i.e., HRDF? HRDF is a meeting of so-called Human Rights NGOs, held during Nov. 14-16, 2016. It was organized by a Bangkok based Organization called Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (AFHRD). Among other donors, the meeting was also supported by Ford Foundation. To our knowledge, AFHRD is not registered as any society/trust/company in India.

Although NHRC mentions that it took suo moto cognizance of the FCRA non-renewals, it also mentions that it originally received the complaint from HRDF/AFHRD which does not have a Indian presence. We leave it to the readers on the appropriateness and locus standi of a foreign entity complaining to our statutory body.

  1. NHRC organized a ‘National Workshop on Human Rights Defenders’ on Feb. 19, 2015 in which one of its former members, Mr. Satyabrata Pal, was the Chief Guest. In his talk, he laments that “the revised Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) was passed to browbeat Human Rights Defenders”. The FCRA Act was revised in year 2010 and the rules were framed in 2011. Minor amendments to the rules (FCRR) were made in December 2015. So, it is quite bizarre that NHRC organized a meet in which the above was said. Mr. Pal also bemoaned that while the National Advisory Council (2004-2014) consisted of some Human Rights Defenders, the newly constituted Niti Aayog did not have any.

These remarks on an Indian law (FCRA) in an event organized by a Constitutional body  perplexes us quite a bit.

  1. NHRC has many Core Groups. One of them is a Core Group of NGOs. The minutes of the meeting of the Core Group of NGOs of NHRC held on Aug. 9, 2016 is available here. The meeting appears to have been chaired by the Chairperson, NHRC. One of the members of this Core Group is Mr. Mathew Philip, who belongs to an NGO called South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM). SICHREM has an alias and it is Manasa Centre for Development and Social Action. SICHREM is a FCRA-NGO (KA/94420845) and receives foreign funds from Misereor, Forum Asia-Bangkok (AFHRD), Dan Church Aid, Norwegian Human Rights Fund among others. In the Core Group of NHRC meeting held in August 2016, Mr. Philip raised the “issue of NHRC’s silence on provisions of FCRA being used against a host of human rights defenders”. An elaborate discussion on this matter that took place in the Core Group Meeting is also provided in the minutes and it was decided that members of the Core Group would write to NHRC on their views and on their requirements for amendments to FCRA (see page 16 of the Minutes). The Core Group of NGOs of NHRC was reconstituted on Sep. 23, 2016. Many of them appear to be functionaries of FCRA-NGOs.
  2. According to this NHRC document, Mr. Henri Tiphagne of CPSC was a member of the Core Group of NGOs of NHRC in November 2010. The same is also attested by this document (see page 99).
  3. An undated webpage on NHRC says that Mr. Henri Tiphagne is a member of a “Core Group to serve as a monitoring mechanism for consultation with NGOs in the Commission”. Google informs (not sure how reliable it is), that the page was created on Apr 1, 2002.

Summary

There are too many perplexing issues here: (i) sub-judice matter (ii) ambit of NHRC (iii) Copy-paste nature of UN Special Rapporteur report etc. The creme de la creme is that Mr. Tiphagne himself appears to be (or to have been) associated with NHRC. Both Mr. Tiphagne’s organization (CPSC) and SICHREM (whose Mr. Philip is a member of the Core Group of NGOs in NHRC) have received funds from Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development-Bangkok on whose “information” NHRC took “suo moto” cognizance of the matter.

Examining all the above, the word which comes to our mind is “propriety”. It might have come in your mind too (thanks for reading thus far, by the way!).

Well, that is all we have come across on entities, individuals mentioned in the NHRC Notice to the Ministry of Home Affairs. To repeat: We pass no judgement/opinion on any of them. The reader is expected to read the above slowly and assimilate the same.

NHRC Notice to Ministry of Home Affairs on FCRA non-renewal for few NGOs: An Examination of Entities

Compassion’s FCRA: What happened really?

Compassion International is a ‘non-profit’ (aka ‘charity’) with worldwide presence, and headquartered in Colorado, USA. It has been sending approximately Rs. 220 Crore p.a. to several FCRA-NGOs in India.

For a background on Compassion International (CI) as well as on a full identification of all FCRA-NGOs recipients from it, read the following two seminal Posts:

Part-1: http://fcraanalyses.blogspot.in/2016/07/compassion-there-aint-any-free-lunch-in.html

Part-2: http://fcraanalyses.blogspot.in/2016/07/the-claws-of-compassion-part-2.html

The current Post is motivated by a recent news story in The Hindu. Headlined “The Kerry Effect: Centre lifts curbs on fund transfers by NGO”, it started off as follows:

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Thus, both the headline as well as the first paragraph imply that Government of India (GoI) allowed CI to transfer funds to FCRA-NGOs only after the US Secretary of State met our External Affairs Minister in September 2016.

What is Prior Permission category in FCRA?

Any Charitable Trust/Society/Company can register for FCRA. For the sake of convenience, let us call such entities as NGOs. Based on background checks and rationale etc., GoI can grant a FCRA registration to an NGO. Such FCRA-NGOs can receive foreign “donation” (donations are in quotes as nothing comes for free in this world, according to this Author) in a seamless manner. Such FCRA-NGOs need to file quarterly and Annual reports to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). That is it. The Quarterly returns mandate was instituted via the FCRA Amendments-2015.

There is another category of NGOs who can receive foreign donations, once in a while. Such NGOs can seek the permission of MHA for every remittance that they wish to receive, a priori. Such NGOs are not FCRA-NGOs (in my parlance), as they do not have a FCRA Registration number.

What is Compassion International’s status?

On March 28, 2016, MHA moved CI into the Prior Permission (PP) category. Let us not get into the reasons why they did so. Consequently, any remittance from CI to any FCRA-NGO has to be approved by MHA, on a case by case basis. CI continues to be in the same category until today (October 19, 2016).

The US Secretary of State arrived in India on August 29, 2016 and held discussions with our Ministers.

Did any  FCRA-NGO receive donations from Compassion International between April-September 2016?

As mentioned earlier, The Hindu’s story implies that the US Secretary of State’s visit was instrumental in getting MHA to ‘remove’ curbs on CI’s remittances. What if FCRA-NGOs were receiving funds from CI in the period intervening March 28, 2016 and August 29, 2016? (on a case by case basis).

This can be easily verified by an examination of the Quarterly returns filed by FCRA-NGOs with MHA. FCRA-NGOs need to file this either with MHA or they can host the same on their websites. 6187 FCRA-NGOs had filed these returns for the first quarter of 2016-17, i.e., April-June 2016. The same can be accessed here.

Among these 6187 Quarterly returns, 65 FCRA-NGOs have received grants from Compassion International during the period April-June 2016, totalling to a sum of Rs. 22.3Crore.  The Table at the end of this Post provides the list of these 65 FCRA-NGOs.  FCRA-NGOs likely would have received funds from CI, post June 2016 as well which can be studied once the July-September 2016 Quarterly returns are made available online. Nothing unusual about it.

Conclusion

We have thus demonstrated that FCRA-NGOs were indeed receiving donations from Compassion International-Colarado, USA, after CI got into the PP category and even before the visit of the US Secretary of State.

Acknowledgments

The FCRA Wing of MHA is sincerely thanked for making publicly available the Quarterly and Annual Returns of FCRA-NGOs, without one having to use the stupid RTI route.

P.S.: Our own views on FCRA (beyond this story): It is largely a conduit for Evangelism and causes a change in our religious demography (won’t be reflected in Census). Thus, it should be scrapped.



Table 1. List of FCRA-NGOs who have received remittances from Compassion International-Colorado during the period, April-June 2016. [Secondary remittances via Compassion East India-Kolkata are not presented in this Table].

FCRA-NGO Address Reg. No. Rs.
Faith & Deed Ministries D.No.27-1-29/B, Ameena Peta, Eluru, West Godavari District,Andhra Pradesh-534002 10180196 650425
Emmanuel Evangaleical Ministries Edda Kotaiah Street Badavapet Vijayawada,Vijayawada520010 10260368 664532
Utilise People’s Potential Action for Humanities and Research At-Balaji Nagar, House No.1,, D. No.318, PO Pathapatnam,Srikakulam (Andhra Pradesh)-532213 10340045 3924120
Samatha Community Development and Welfare Society 19-60, 3rd line, Lingalathota Colon, Payakaraopeta,,Visakhapatnam Dist.,-531126 10350188 4079815
Society for Nurture, Education, Health Activities Door No. 517, Gotlam Village, S.O.Cantonment, Vizianagaram,Andhra Pradesh-535003 10370060 1864592
Goalpara Boro Baptist Church Union Tukrajhar, Kokrajhar,Assam- 20760004 642997
Soul Winning Mission Mission House, Khuskee Bagh, Purnea North,Purnea, Bihar – 31180012 887037
The Bethel Church Association Mission Compound, Dandkhora, Dist. Katihar,Bihar- 31300009 1713090
CALVARY SEVA SANGH AT OZAR PO HINDALA,SONGADH395365 42100159 1083047
New India Church Of God Bhthesda Nagar Chingavanam, Kottayam,Kerala-686531 52870083 353737
Diocese of North Kerala Diocese Office, Shoranur,,Palghat, Kerala – 52890001 2792229
Christian Agency For Rural Development Marthoma Office, ,Tiruvalla 689101.- 52930022 5128045
Maranatha Full Gospel Church Near Public Stadium Thiruvalla, Pathanamthitta, Pathanamthitta (Quillon), Kerala – 52930244 358842
Intercession India Trust Bldg.no.309,kalkundal Village, Udumbanchola, Erattayar,Idukki Kerala- 52940059 1977214
Khrist Seva Kendra Kshipra, P.B.NO.22,Dewas, M.P.- 63230001 1116157
Marthama Gram Jyoti Education & Development Society MarThoma Passionage, South Civil Lines, Jabalpur,Madhya Pradesh-482001 63310057 1463689
C S I Coimbatore Diocesan Council 204, Race Course Road, Coimbatore,Tamilnadu-641018 75850014 3076368
World Evangelistic Outreach Of India Charitable Trust No.- 5, Muthalamma Koil Street St., Selaiyur,Chennai, Tamil Nadu-600073 75900636 611467
Dr S.V.K. Foundation No. 4/219, Mugalapalli Gate, Thummanapalli, Hosur Taluk, Krishnagiri District, Dharmpauri, Tamil Nadu 635105 75940430 396996
Tirunelvelli Diocesan Trust Assocation No. 5 Punithavathtar Street, Palayamkottai,Tamil Nadu-627002 76030023 3435797
Peace Trust Deo Favante, 16 Kurichi Road, Kulavanikarpuram,palayamkottai,Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu-627007 76030266 724319
SHALOM GLOBAL FOUNDATION 7/2-97, ANANDAMMAL SHOPPING COMPLEX, INAM, KARISAL KULAM POST,SRIVILLIPUTHUR TALUK,626125 76110031 1506371
Sharing Love Mission 168/5, Third Street, Caldwell, Colony,Tuiticorin,Thoothukudi,Tamilnadu-628008 76160016 3085904
JESUS REDEEMS MAIN ROAD,NALUMAVADI628211 76160018 316083
Indian Society for Life Development D-12, Chinar Garden,Padegaon Cantt431002 83750078 402722
Suvarta Alliance Ministries Trust Church Compound,Nandurbar425412 83820007 2143411
Rays of Hope Ministries Ashalaya, Row House No. A-37, Sector-12, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, Raigarh, Maharashtra-410210 83850048 455393
Crown Of Life Ministries Behind The rasna Hotal,Bhosle Galli,,Panhala416114 83860225 414963
ANUGRAHA ARADHANA SEWAKAI SANSTHA A-10, MANAVSEWA NAGAR, SEMINARY HILLS,NAGPUR440006 83870206 925837
Central District South India Assemblies of God 3, Vivekananda Nagar, 3rd Cross, Bangalore,Karnataka-560033 94420333 282013
India for Christ Ministries No 739, 4th Main Road, A. Munireddy Layout,,Horamavu Main Road, Dodda Banaswadi,560043 94420544 832201
PREMSAGAR SEVA SADAN C/o Faith Assembly of God Church Vignana Nagar Main Road,New Thippasandra Post560075 94420593 1354401
Devanahally Mission of the Marthoma Church Budigere Road Devanahally, Bangalore,Karnataka-562110 94420761 1956489
ASHRAYA TRUST NO 388 CHOWRAPPA LAYOUT MARIYANAPALYA H A FARM POST,BANGALORE560024 94421443 197363
Treasurers Account The Methodist Church in India, ETCM Hospital, Kolar, Karnataka 563101 94570008 2032969
Comprehensive Rehabilitation Organisation And Service Society PB No.5 B.E.M.L Nagar, Kolar Gold Fields,Karnataka-563115 94570079 1379886
Nabajyoti Girls Hostel Mission Compound, Bolangir ,Orissa-767001 104840008 793746
Diocese Of Sambalpur Balangir, Orissa,- 104840013 1374031
New Life Movement India At/Po- Mohana, Gajapati,Orissa-761015 104930007 862059
Allocation of Development to Vulnerable in and Evangelical Nurture Trust(ADVENT) At/Po-Kurmingia, Via-Kalinga,, Distt.- Kandhamal,,Orissa-762022 105030023 669462
India Good News Association 183-a Katra Mission , Allahabad,Uttar Pradesh-211002 136230028 2010096
Fellowship Of Free Baptist , Gorakhpur,Up- 136470004 770759
Asian Sahyogi Sanstha India 42 Jail Road, Gita Vatika, Gorakhpur,U P-273006 136470036 344809
The Alliance 37, Cantonment Road,, Publishing House,,Lucknow , U.P.-226001 136550282 1314837
ETERNAL GRACE TRUST LOHANDIKALA POST AMOI,MIRZAPUR231001 136590041 635165
New Life League , Dist. Varanasi,Uttar Pradesh- 136760006 324696
Diocese Of Durgapur Bishops House, Bankura,West Bengal -722101 146920018 1910215
Peniel Gospel Team , Darjeeling,Wb- 146980057 1278687
Ghatal Missionary Baptist Fellowhip Kuirpai, Khirpai, Dist- Midanapore,West Bengal-721232 147040334 777171
Bengal Baptist Fellowship 24 Parganas, West Bengal 743 503,- 147110073 574267
Council Of Church Of God , Wb,- 147120258 1798861
Asian Outreach India 2nd Mile Sevoke Road, Shastri Nagar,Siliguri -734401.- 147120293 1345676
Compassion East India AQ 12, Sector IV and V,Salt Lake City, Kolkata 147120584 134085708
Reformed Presbyterian Church Peace Lane, Churachandpur,Manipur-795128 194160022 759837
Evangelical Free Church of India P.O Madanriting, 21, East Khasi Hills, Shillong,Meghalaya-793021 214250001 812037
Nav Jeevan Seva Mandal 534, Sfs, Block-c Sector 19, Rohini ,New Delhi-110085 231650163 6219453
Marathoma Syrian Church 53/12, W.e.a. Karol Bagh, New Delhi,-110005 231650397 1043627
Association of Revival Tebernacle 111(RPS),D.D.A. Mansarovar Park, Shahadra,Delhi-110032 231660385 1381465
Bethesda Charitable Endeavors 462, 2nd floor Indra Vihar, Mukherjee Nagar,Delhi110009 231661061 622663
Baptist Church Of Mizoram Serkawn, Zotlang P.O, Lunglei,Mizoram-796691 304340001 892511
Mission Evangelistic Association Kusumdih, P O Ansol,Dumka814101 337700013 843629
Bharatnya Charisti Seva Dal Trust Lalgarh, Madupur, Dumka,Jharkhand-815353 337700017 1598063
Medical Ambassadors 194, Indira Nagar Colony, Post New Forest, Dehradun,Uttaranchal-248006 347900041 586173
Bharat Susamachar Samiti Kulhan P.O., Sahastradhara Road,,Dehradun, Uttranchal-248001 347900050 2488285
Himalaya Inland Mission Landour, Mussoorie,Uttaranchal- 347900065 718525
Compassion’s FCRA: What happened really?

World Vision India: A Quick Intro

World Vision is in the news. And, it ain’t good. Israel has alleged that the Head of World Vision in Gaza diverted millions of US dollars to Hamas. See for instance, this news article. According to The Guardian, Australia suspended its grants to World Vision’s work in Palestine, soon after this story broke out.

While one should be aware of such happenings elsewhere in the world, we should be concerned about what happens in *our* backyard. Since this blogger has never written about World Vision India (WVI), it is an opportune moment to break the ice. Having said that, this Post is not a comprehensive one on WVI.

World Vision-USA

World Vision is a “charity” headquartered in USA and having operations in nearly all countries of the world. In its Form-990 World Vision-USA describes itself as: World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization serving children and families globally.

An extract from its Form-990 is given below:

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World Vision-USA gets grants from/via US Federal Government as well. An extract from WV’s Form-990 is provided below for that purpose.

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The FCRA Connection

World Vision India is a FCRA-NGO with Registration number: TN/75900011. Its FCRA address is: 16, VOC Main Road, Kodambakkam, Chennai-600024.  The following Table provides year-wise foreign funding received by WVI. A major contribution to WVI comes from WV-USA.

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Even accounting for the increase in exchange rate between USD and INR in the recent past, it is obvious that foreign fund inflows to WVI have risen sharply since 2013. It should be noted that WVI’s operations span a wide range — from child “welfare” to “advocacy”. This is not the time or occassion to belabour on its activities. Bhagwans willing, we shall address that matter at a future time.

The FCRA Wing, Ministry of Home Affairs changed the format of the Annual Returns to be filed by FCRA-NGOs each year. Earlier, it used to be FC6. Nowadays, it is FC4. To figure out what they mean, head to this beautiful Post. These annual returns are available for public view, thankfully without needing that stupid RTI.

There are many things which we do not like in the change from FC6 to FC4. However, there is one good thing about FC4. FC4 asks the FCRA-NGOs to provide a list of all the Utilisation Bank accounts that they hold. Foreign funds are received by a FCRA-NGO in one particular Bank account. For World Vision India,  that Bank account is in Chennai (as given in its FC6/FC4 forms). However, since WVI is a behemoth organization, it needs to spend this money wherever it is working in India. Towards this purpose, it holds several Bank accounts all over India. This list is provided in its FC4 form.

World Vision India holds a whopping one hundred and fifty Utilisation Bank Accounts all over India. Since modern India is a non-transparent society and Governments are shy to disclose information and data they possess in public domain and since NGOs are held in high esteem (both by Governments as well as by public at large), we have no way of finding out how World Vision India spends more than Rs. 350 Crore p.a. (foreign funds alone).

However, the geographical spread of these FCRA utilisation Bank accounts can provide us a clue on its spread and extent of operations. The following is a map of such locations (thanks to Google maps and to theXS mapping tool).

Here is the link to the Dynamic map. Play with it!! It is coooool !!

The following is the static map of locations of FCRA Utilization Bank Accounts of World Vision India. Need we say more?

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World Vision India: A Quick Intro

India Campus Crusade for Christ, Bengaluru: News & Beyond

Campus Crusade for Christ is an International Evangelical Organization with offices in several countries. As is the norm for nearly all Evangelical Organizations, it was started in USA. Recently, its name in the USA got changed to just CRU. CRU’s focus is to evangelize youth. You can google them, wikipedia them, check out their websites etc. for more information. One of its work which has impacted India (particularly in villages) is “The Jesus Film Project”. Again, google it up if you want to learn more about it, as that is not the focus of this Post.

Their Indian operation is headquartered in Bengaluru, on Hennur Main Road (LOL), to be precise and was headed by Dr. Thomas Abraham who founded it. He passed away recently in Toronto.

India Campus Crusade for Christ (ICCC) is a FCRA-NGO with registration number: KA/094420075. Its foreign funding receipts over the years are as under:

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ICCC gets its foreign funding primarily from Campus Crusade for Christ Asia (CCCA) located in Queson City, Phillippines. I suspect that CCCA itself may be a conduit for these funds and its origin is likely to be USA, Canada & Australia (and may be, also South Korea).

Given the youth focus of CRU, and that foreign Christian youth need to be “moulded” into evangelism to keep the faith alive, it is not surprising that foreign followers of CRU are shepherded to India both to keep their faith going as well as to impress gullible Indians on the goody goodyness and coolness of the Religion of Love (RoL).

We provide two such recent news stories here:

  1. August 1, 2013. Telegraph. Titled “College gets Korean friends- Seoul team on cultural exchange tour learns 3 Idiots song“, the story adds that 16 youth from Korea visited The Graduate School College for Women in Sakchi (Jamshedpur, Jharkhand). The visit was part of a cultural exchange programme. The story mentions that the Korean youth were part of CRU and that the visit was “supported” by ICCC. It even mentions the word “evangelical” which is a big surprise!! The Korean team also visited  Jamshedpur Co-operative College and Jamshedpur Women’s College.
  2. July 18, 2016. Avenue Mail. Titled “South Korean students visit city colleges to study local education patterns”, the story mentions that 12 students from Korea visited many colleges in Jamshedpur including the ones mentioned in story #1 above. The visit was apparently to learn about the Indian system of education, but the visitors were keen on broader issues like “promotion of culture, brotherhood..” We know what those mean, don’t we? 🙂

These Jamshedpur colleges themselves appear quite non-Christian. Thus, we are alarmed at the ease of penetration by evangelical foreigners there. Seriously.

 

 

India Campus Crusade for Christ, Bengaluru: News & Beyond

Secular Causes?

In a Post on Emperor Julian, Scholar-blogger Manasataramgini says:

In modern India, again under the toxicity of secularism the government allows subtle and covert Galilaean memes to be broadcast on television, thereby softening the population for the action of the churches and NGOs

Let us see a news item that appeared on 29th June 2016.

Sources:

The Hindu: Rallies mark Day Against Drug Abuse

Dinamani (Tamil): குமரியில் உலக போதை விழிப்புணர்வு ஜோதி ஓட்டம்

Dinathanthi (Tamil): குளச்சலில் போதை ஒழிப்பு விழிப்புணர்வு பேரணி

Rallies to increase awareness on drug abuse were organized in Kanyakumari district say all the headlines. Who organized it? Various “social” organizations belonging to the Kottar Diocese. The inaugural function was presided by the Parish Priest of Thuya Alankara Ubakara Madha Church. Later, a function was organized where a book on Drug Abuse was released. It was presided by the Kottar Diocese Bishop and Justice Selvam of Chennai High Court was the Chief Guest. Christhu Church Parish Priest Neon Nelson, Public Prosecutor A. Gnanasekar and Chief Education Officer V. Jayakumar participated in the book release function.

The Dinamani article mentions that the awareness run with the torch started in Kanyakumari culminated at the St. Aloysius School, Nagerkovil. Students of St. Anthony’s school ran with the torch.

The Dinathanthi story describes a similar rally organized in Colachel on behalf of “New Life Home”. This rally ended in St. Mary’s Primary School.

Following are FCRA-NGOs with Kottar, Nagerkovil in their addresses:

  1. Roman Catholic Diocese of Kottar (TN/75890004)
  2. Kottar Social Service Society (TN/75890021)
  3. Partnerschaft Kottar (Feast) (TN/75840023)
  4. Friends of Kottar, Annai Vellankanni College Premises (TN/75890080)
  5. Shanti Nivas Charitable Religious Social Welfare Society, Moritz Nagar (TN/75840031) (Organization of Franciscan brothers)
  6. Stella Maris Institute of Development Studies (TN/75890273)
  7. Popular Educational Trust (TN/75840012)

Do I need to say more?

Now, go back and read the Post of Manasataramgini again.

Secular Causes?

Mose Ministries, Tiruchirappalli. News Stories & beyond

Mose Ministries, Tiruchirappalli was founded and run by a Pastor Gideon Jacob. It is not FCRA-ed. It was predominantly funded via a Hamburg Bleeding Heart Christian “NGO” called Christliche Initiative fur Indien (CIFI). Since the publications of adverse reports on Mose Ministries, and the Court hearings and outrages of Indian citizens on twitter, CIFI’s website is forbidden for view over the last few months. However, relevant pages are available on archive. For instance, see: http://web.archive.org/web/20160210045322/http://www.cifi.de/

Pastor Gideon Jacob appears to be running Mose Ministries, Tiruchirappalli via a Company (likely Sec. 25, as can be seen from Part-5 of its CIN which stands as NPL). The name of the company is: Good Shepherd Evangelical Mission Private Limited and its  CIN=U93090TN1974NPL006617. The same is also provided in the CIFI website (see archive here). The Directors are Gideon Jacob and Ute Jacob and the address is given as: 20-C, C-Block, Main Street, Anna Nagar, Chennai (no surprises in finding it in Anna Nagar, which is the Headquarters of neo EJs in Chennai, closely competing with Kilpauk). A screenshot of the details of the company from MCA is provided below.

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Check out this newspaper article (September 2015) for the genesis of this story. Essentially, this orphanage housed around 89 girls of all ages, were raising them as believers and also obedient to their Pastor. Advocate Geeta further said: “the children were mentally conditioned into believing that they were all rescued by the pastor from their biological parents over fears of infanticide.” The “Children’s Home” of Mose Ministries did not have any registration with Government (Author’s note: Not that it makes any difference).

The Madurai bench of the Madras/Chennai High Court was hearing a petition filed by a good NGO, Change India in this regard. In January 2016, it directed CBI to investigate Mose Ministries and specifically the abuse of the children there. The Court asked CBI to file a report to it on the issue. The news also mentions “Some parents have submitted petitions to the collector claiming the children in the home were theirs.” It is thus clear that many of the inmates were not technically orphans, but were probably being held in the “Children’s Home” to extract money from Evangelicals and Bleeding Heart Liberals  abroad. Such “orphanages” also help in raising new troops of foot soldiers (so called native pastors) for purposes of “reaching” and “saving” millions of Indian souls in the coming decades.

In April 2016, CBI filed a status report to the Court and obtained permission to file the final report by August 2016.

Meanwhile, this news story today, says that Change India submitted to the Court that Pastor Gideon Jacob freely goes abroad. Further, no DNA tests have been conducted on the children and their biological parents, yet. These effectively convey the impression that nothing much seems to have happened in this case since January 2016.

To rebut the above, CBI submitted “due to difficulties stated in the status report (that CBI had submitted to the Court earlier), the CBI was unable to investigate him (Pastor Gideon Jacob). Besides, the inmates were not cooperating in the investigation

It should be noted that the children (including around 50 minors) staged a road blockade during Christmas of 2015 and demanded that they be allowed to celebrate it along with Pastor Jacob. The Court had to organize an extraordinary skype meeting to guide the Police and District administration during that standoff.

The above chronology of incidents makes it clear that (i) the children appear not to be in a state of independent thinking, (ii) the CBI is unable to make much progress due to unknown reasons and that (iii) Pastor Jacob has been having a free run.

While I am curious how this will pan out, I also fear that as many things with RoL, this too shall pass. Particularly because, it is in Tamil Nadu. Needless to state, India is fast catching up with Tamil Nadu.

June 29, 2016, Update: The Hindu reports that the “Special Public Prosecutor for Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) cases, told the court that the inmates of the home were not cooperating in the investigation ordered by the High Court”.

July 08, 2016, Update: The Hindu reports that blood samples of inmates of Mose Ministries were collected by the Government Hospital staff so as to carry DNA testing to match against those of their parents. Interestingly, the story also adds that CBI carried out a “search” in the Children’s Home as well as a “few other places“. Now, now, what would these be?

July 27, 2016, Update: Times of India reports that blood samples of six couples and three individuals who claimed to be parents of the “orphans” kept in Mose Ministries were collected. It also mentions that 34 people have claimed to be parents of the Mose children so far. It is hoped that their samples too will be collected over time. Importantly, TOI also reports Pastor Gideon Jacob had taken some of the girls (“orphans”) to Germany and Poland based on passports issued with the consent of social welfare department officials of Tiruchirappalli. In our considered opinion, the operations of this department in Tamil Nadu needs to be thoroughly checked.

Mose Ministries, Tiruchirappalli. News Stories & beyond