12/25/2018 India (International Christian Concern) – Greenpeace and Amnesty International have accused the Indian government of a ‘smear campaign’ against NGOs, activists and journalists critical of the government. This accusation comes at a time when both organizations may soon be forced to close down operations in India.
Amnesty International and Greenpeace are only the latest NGOs to be targeted by the BJP-led government in India. Twenty thousand other NGOs have been deregistered since the BJP took power in 2014.
In 2017, Compassion International was kicked out of India after being accused of promoting religious conversions and financial malfeasance. The decision to kick out Compassion International cut off aid to tens of thousands of children and ended 48 years of charitable work in India.
The current BJP-led government remains hostile to criticism both domestic and international. Those deemed “anti-national” because of their critical view of the government’s politics are often the first targeted. Religious minorities, including Muslims and Christians, are also among those considered anti-national because of their status as religious minorities and the BJP’s adherence to Hindu nationalism.
For interviews, please contact Olivia Miller, Communications Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org.