India: Modi govt freezes Greenpeace accounts and withdraws licence to raise foreign funds

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rightwing government, traditionally wary of grassroots social activism, moved against the Indian unit of Greenpeace on Thursday, freezing its accounts and withdrawing its licence to raise foreign funds.

According to The Hindu India’s home ministry suspended the registration of Greenpeace India under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) following allegations of its involvement in encouraging “anti-development” campaigns across the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday cautioned the judiciary not to be influenced by “five-star activists”, who are trying to influence the judiciary. His appeal is seen to be aimed at a wider community of activists and NGOs critical of his development models…

  • Millie_Woods

    Good move, especially the part about ‘foreign funding’. Shut ’em down before they get too powerful. There’s a lesson to be learned there, but I doubt any of our politicians have got the guts to do the same. Go India!

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    They’re naming stans after habitats now?
    Yeah, I’m looking at you Saskatoon.
    There might only be five thousand stannys there now but just you wait.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Modi is proving to be a mensch.

  • andycanuck

    As Kate at SDA points out, aren’t those banners made of plastic?

  • no4

    This is how to deal with Greenpeace terrorists.

  • Alain

    He is absolutely doing the correct thing, since none of this has any relation to grassroots social activism. Canada needs to do the same thing.