India Bars Foreign Donations to Christian Group Founded by Mother Teresa

NEW DELHI—India’s governing administration claimed it would bar donations from overseas donors to a Christian missionary group launched by the late Mother Teresa, threatening an important source of funding for the group’s applications to enable impoverished Indians.

India’s Ministry of Home Affairs claimed it shipped the rejection on Xmas Day. Authorities claimed they located unspecified “adverse inputs” when renewing the Missionaries of Charity’s software and claimed the group no for a longer time achieved eligibility prerequisites under the International Contributions Regulation Act.

The decision arrived amid what some Christian leaders call an more and more hostile natural environment for their faith in the vast majority-Hindu place now governed by Primary Minister

Narendra Modi’s

Bharatiya Janata Social gathering, which has deep Hindu nationalist roots.

Bishop M. Jagjivan claimed Monday that harassment of Christians has been on the rise and that the governing administration more and more turned down what were being once regimen overseas-funding approvals for Christian teams, forcing establishments, which include church-operate orphanages, to shut.

“They are considering that opposing Christianity is patriotism,” claimed the bishop, who is a moderator of the Countrywide Christian Council, an group representing India’s Christian local community. “This is not a nutritious environment.”

Gaurav Bhatia, a spokesman for the BJP, declined to remark when achieved late Monday night.

The International Contribution Regulation Act turned legislation in 2011 and was built to regulate overseas donations to businesses working in India. The purpose was to prevent overseas-funded teams from partaking in actions harmful to what India’s governing administration deems its countrywide interests.

Amnesty International shut its India functions final 12 months just after it claimed the governing administration froze the nongovernmental organization’s financial institution accounts. Greenpeace shut two of its offices in 2019 for the identical rationale.

Mother Teresa, who died in 1997, was born in Macedonia but turned an Indian citizen and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her do the job in the slums of Kolkata in japanese India. She launched the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. It has branches functioning hospices and orphanages about the entire world.

The Missionaries of Charity did not quickly respond to queries. In a assertion, Sister M. Prema, Exceptional Typical of the group in Kolkata, claimed the charity’s FCRA renewal software hadn’t been accepted and that it would cease working any financial institution accounts with overseas contributions “until the subject is resolved.”

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Appeared in the December 28, 2021, print edition as ‘India Bars Presents to Mother Teresa Group.’