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Concerted Attack on the India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF) (english)
20 Jan 2003
Concerted Attack on the India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF)! The Truth

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Concerted Attack on the India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF)

Exposing Biju Mathew, A.K.Sen,, and the "Campaign to
Stop Funding Hatred"

Narayanan Komerath
Contact: (remove the spaces) narayanan @ att. net

sign the Petition to Let India Develop:
your enjoyment: "Sabrang
/ FOIL 's 'FAQ' Meets Reality"

read and pass on - "Consider
- Facts About the Attack.." - written by friends of India
Evolving Report: "A
Critical Look at the Organized Labor of Hate- Part 1: Any Substance To Their
Five-Year "Foreign Exchange of Hate"?

Evolving database: The
FOILies - Who Are The Real Hate-Mongers? Sabrang / FOIL 's slander against
hospitals, orphanages, schools and anyone else who lives a useful life

article by Dr. Beloo Mehra, Dec. 11, 2002: "No Method to Their

discussion on the campaign against IDRF, Nov. 20 - Nov. 24, 2002

Attacks on IDRF
The discussion is presented verbatim and in chronological order, with posting
times given in U.S. Central Standard Time. It does take some patience to read
this, as with any debate where several points of view and several motivations
are involved. However, the patient reader is invited to see how the discussion
developed -

initial concern to
a bold airing of the issues,
a search for all information relevant to the issue, and then
the formation of opinions from the facts as they came out, and
debate on the implications and suggested courses of action.

Unlike the "91-page Report" compiled over many years of a labor of
love (or is it really hate?) by the "Campaign to Stop Funding Hatred",
we do not have a "single, simple conclusion" developed before looking
at the evidence. We do see several interesting facts, for example:

The Report authors appear to assume that any grassroots charitable work
done by organizations whose members believe in the Hindu religion must be
done with evil intentions. They seem to think that this is so obvious to the
reader that it needs no proof. And of course it does not appear to
have occurred to them that 80% of Indians, and perhaps an even greater
percentage of IDRF donors, are Hindu.

Further, the Report authors appear to be even more upset by the recipients
of the aid being non-Hindu minorities! It appears that the authors'
organizations were sorely lacking in breadth or diversity of thought or
opinion, for this laughable inconsistency in their logic appears to have
entirely escaped this galaxy of academics, throughout their marathon
five-year effort to seek evidence of wrong-doing against IDRF.

The Report authors' previous work has mostly been in Marxist Communist
media ("Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
") displaying the Red Star and the Hammer and Sickle.

At least one from this group of attackers has his work published in the
web pages of "", which represents the banned
Islamic Terrorist Group, Lashkar-e-Toiba (L-e-T), based in Pakistan.
L-e-T is widely reported to be responsible for the attacks on the Indian
Parliament, the Jammu & Kashmir Legislature, and numerous other
terrorist attacks. The L-e-T was also well represented on the Shomali
Plain north of Kabul in October 2001, waiting
to kill Americans until the USAF B-52s ended their wait.

The web pages of, the organization listed as sponsor
on their "Signature Campaign" makes no secret of its aim to
see India broken into several
pieces, with all of Jammu-Kashmir conquered by Pakistan, and all
of North-East India captured by either Islamists in Bangladesh, or Communist

Upon investigation, we are beginning to find several instances where the
report is simply dishonest, far more than just misleading. For instance,
some of the Indian organizations classfied as "Hindu Extremist"
are easily seen to be in fact organizations run or sponsored by a
Christian Church in one case, or are organizations set up to provide
guidance and technical assistance to farmers. The list of sponsors of
several organizations include the Government of India, major Indian
corporations, and various organizations from outside India other than IDRF.
We are unable to understand why a team of dedicated academics, laboring
over five years, was unable/unwilling to see what it took us minutes to
find, on the published web pages of these organizations. The most
"charitable" interpretation we can see at present is that these
authors are grossly and pathetically incompetent, and so blinded
by their own hatred that they assumed that anything with a Hindi /
Sanskrit name must be a "hate-sponsoring" organization.

In several cases, organizations associated with the "RSS" and
the very organizations to which IDRF sends money in India to disburse to the
grassroots level, are also used by other charitable organizations such as
"Asha for Education" and "AID" which have aligned
themselves with Sabrang/FOIL to attempt to destroy IDRF. Site visit reports
by ASHA (Seattle) members confirm in their own words that these
organizations are non-discriminatory and non-"sectarian" - simply
organizations of simple people immersed in service to others less fortunate
than them. The Report Authors, being aligned with these other agencies
must have been aware of these facts if they had done even the most
elementary research. Yet they describe these organizations as
"sectarian", "hate-spreading" and otherwise slander them
in the report.

Several incidents of gruesome violence, for which the Report authors
accuse the "RSS" or other "Hindu" organizations, have in
fact been proven in the courts to have been the work of local criminals. The
authors of the Report MUST have been aware of these when they made those
accusations. Our investigations are continuing.
The Sabrang/FOIL Report (see pages 11 - ) twists facts to make it appear
that it is sinister for an Indian-American charitable organization to have
the unofficial Ambassador of India to NRIs in America, as one of its

IDRF Rebuttal

What is the IDRF?

list and discussion of IDRF funded projects
- Facts About the Attack..written by friends of India   (PDF

discussion on the campaign against IDRF


Who are Sabrang/FOIL/SACW?

hides Pakistan Approved Map With Bad Grace & Ludicrous Excuses
by popular opinion, Sabrang/FOIL try cyber-flimflam to mislead voters

Defamation Campaign
Knee Jerk "Honor(?)" Roll

the Axis of Evil

Satyam Eva Jayate

Charcha Home


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