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…