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    “I recognized two people pulling away my daughter Shabana. My daughter was screaming in pain asking the men to leave her alone. My mind was seething with fear and fury. I could do nothing to help my daughter from being assaulted sexually and tortured to death. My daughter was like a flower, still to see life. Why did they have to do this to her? What kind of men are these? The monsters tore my beloved daughter to pieces.”

    Medina Mustafa Ismail Sheikh, then in Kalol refugee camp, Panchmahals District, Gujarat

    This report is dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of Indians who have lost their homes, their loved ones or their lives because of the politics of hatred. We stand by those in India struggling for justice, and for a secular, democratic and tolerant future.

  • INFORMATION FOR READERS

    � A separate report summary is available from www.awaazsaw.org. Each section of this report also begins with a summary of main findings.

    � Section 1 provides brief information on Hindutva and shows Sewa International UK’s connections with the RSS. Readers familiar with these areas can skip to:

    � The key sections of the report. Sections 2–4 look at Sewa International UK (the fundrais- ing wing of HSS UK), its activities around the Gujarat earthquake 2001 and its other sup- ported projects.

    � Section 5 documents extensive links between the HSS UK family of organizations and the Indian RSS.

    � For readers unfamiliar with the RSS or Hindutva, background information is given in Appendices 4–8.

    � A glossary of Indian terms is given at the end of the report (Appendix 9)

    � Updates to the report are available at www.awaazsaw.org.

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

    Any final conclusions of fact or expressions of opinion are the responsibility of Awaaz – South Asia Watch Limited alone. Awaaz – South Asia Watch would like to thank numerous individuals and organizations in the UK, India and the US for advice and assistance in the preparation of this report. Awaaz – South Asia Watch would also like to acknowledge the insights of the report The Foreign Exchange of Hate researched by groups in the US.

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    A NOTE ON METHODS

    The report is based on: site visits to Gujarat vil- lages in September 2003; interviews in Gujarat from March–May 2003; interviews in the UK, US and other parts of India during 2003; and analy- sis of paper and electronic documents, primarily those produced by Hindutva groups.

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    IN BAD FAITH? BRITISH CHARITY AND HINDU EXTREMISM

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    I N B A D F A I T H ? B R I T I S H C H A R I T Y A N D H I N D U E X T R E M I S M

    RECOMMENDATIONS...........................................................5

    SECTION 1: SEWA INTERNATIONAL UK AND HINDUTVA...............................................................................6 Section summary ...................................................................6 Hindutva violence in India....................................................7 How does this affect the UK?..............................................9 Sewa International UK........................................................11 SIUK: a part of the RSS Hindutva mission.......................12 Links with Sewa International India.................................13 Sewa Bharati’s supremacist agenda ...............................13

    SECTION 2: THE GUJARAT EARTHQUAKE 2001 .............17 Section summary .................................................................17 The context ...........................................................................18 Discrimination against Dalits and Muslims ....................18 Intimidation of other NGOs ................................................19 SIUK’s India Quake Appeal ................................................19 Box: Hindutva intimidation .................................................20 Sewa Bharati’s use of village reconstruction funds .....21 The funding of RSS schools...............................................23 Other RSS projects..............................................................25 Box: Anti-minority violence in Chanasma .......................26

    SECTION 3: THE SEWA INTERNATIONAL – FUNDED VILLAGES ..............................................................................27 Section summary .................................................................27 Chapredi ................................................................................28 Mithaspasvaria ....................................................................30 Rapar......................................................................................30 Badanpur...............................................................................31 Rampura ................................................................................32

    SECTION 4: OTHER RSS PROJECTS SUPPORTED BY SEWA INTERNATIONAL UK...............................................33 Section summary .................................................................33 Kalyan Ashram Trust UK.....................................................33 Orissa Cyclone 1999 ............................................................34 Sewa Education Aid............................................................36 Bharatiya Shiksha Samiti ...................................................37 Swa Roopwardhinee...........................................................38 Prabhodhini Gurukula .........................................................38 Devi Ahalyabai Smarack Samiti........................................39 The scope of SIUK aid ........................................................40 Conclusion ............................................................................40

    SECTION 5: THE HINDU SWAYAMSEVAK SANGH UK AND ITS ALLIED ORGANIZATIONS ..................................42 Section summary .................................................................42 Modelled on the Indian RSS..............................................43 UK affiliates...........................................................................43 The HSS, religious sectarianism and religious hatred .45 Links with the Indian RSS ..................................................46 Attendance at major RSS / VHP events in India ............49 The Vishwa Hindu Parishad UK ........................................50 Links between VHP UK and HSS UK................................51 Links with VHP India ...........................................................51

    APPENDICES Appendix 1: The finances of HSS UK and Sewa

    International...............................................54 Appendix 2: Sewa International UK one year

    progress report .........................................56 Appendix 3: Non-earthquake related organizations

    supported by HSS UK...............................57 Appendix 4: Hindutva and the RSS ..............................59 Appendix 5: Women, dalits, adivasis and the RSS....63 Appendix 6: RSS service and education networks...66 Appendix 7: Historical associations with

    Nazi and Fascist ideologies ....................70 Appendix 8: RSS languages of deception ..................73 Appendix 9: Glossary......................................................75

    LIST OF TABLES Table 1: Sangh parivar and violence ......................8 Table 2: The UK and Indian sangh parivar ..........10 Table 3: Sewa Bharati-Gujarat Schools

    – Project 2 .................................................23 Table 4: Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh UK

    Summary of Funds ....................................54 Table 5: Sewa International UK’s village

    progress......................................................56 Table 6: Sewa International UK’s

    infrastructure facilities progress ...........56 Table 7: Sewa International UK’s school

    building progress ......................................56 Table 8: Organizations, projects and other

    work of Sewa International UK ..............57

    LIST OF FIGURES Figure 1: HSS UK annual training camp 2001 .......11 Figure 2: Homepage of Sewa Bharati....................15 Figure 3: Another Sewa Bharati website ..............15 Figure 4: SIUK homepage, December 2002 ..........21 Figure 5: SIUK homepage, December 2003 ..........21 Figure 6: Atalnagar (Chapredi village) ...................28 Figure 7: RSS dedication plaque at rebuilt

    Chapredi .....................................................28 Figure 8: Hindu temple, Chapredi village ..............29 Figure 9: Gateway, Chapredi village

    (Malayala Manorama) .............................29 Figure 10: Bird shelter and community pavilion,

    Chapredi (Malayala Manorama) ............29 Figure 11: K. S. Sudarshan, Mithapasvaria village30 Figure 12: Bharat Mata Poojan at

    Karnataka girls’ school ............................40 Figure 13: HSS UK 9-day annual training camp .....43 Figure 14: NHSF UK Annual lecture .........................70 Figure 15: European HSS and VHP members

    attending World RSS Camp.....................50 Figure 16: Barry Gardiner, Brent North

    Labour MP at VHP Wembley event .......51 Figure 17: VHP rifle training camp, Patan,

    Gujarat ........................................................52 Figure 18: VHP UK at VHP International

    Coordination meeting...............................53

    CONTENTS

  • Because of their role in funding, promoting or glorifying RSS organizations that have been directly responsible for or imp