Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Ford Foundation Head in India Moves On, Hints at Discord with Government
The head of the Indian operations of the U.S.-based Ford Foundation, one of the world's largest charitable funds, has announced she is moving roles, hinting at discord between the organisation and the government over its handling of charities.
Since Modi's right-wing government swept to power, it has sought to tighten surveillance on foreign-funded charities, saying some have not disclosed details of their donations or used overseas money to engage in "anti-national" activities.
The home ministry has cancelled the foreign-funding licenses of more than 13,000 organisations since April including Greenpeace India. Charities say the move aims to muzzle criticism of initiatives such as industrial projects affecting the poor and the environment....