Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Mangalore: an analysis by Chief Minister, Karnatka

Foreign Funds for illegal activities: to be probed

Times of India, PTI, Sept. 16, 2008

BANGALORE: Facing criticism for the recent spate of attacks on churches in Karnataka, the BJP government on Tuesday ordered a probe into the flow of foreign funds to some organisations saying that the money was being used for converting Hindus into Christianity.

“It has come to the knowledge of the state government that some organisations are using foreign funds, they are getting, for conversion of majority Hindus into Christianity,” Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa charged and declared that such things would not be allowed.

“In the backdrop of reports about forcible conversions in parts of the state, which led to attacks on churches, the government has ordered a scrutiny of such accounts which receive foreign funds for conversion,” he told reporters after chairing a high-level meeting to review the law and order situation in the troubled areas.

Attributing conversions as the main reason for Sunday’s attack on churches and prayer halls in parts of two coastal districts and Malnad region’s Chikmagalur, he said he had ordered an enquiry into the foreign funds that were being deployed for conversions.

Yeddyurappa charged the opposition Congress and JD(S) with attempting to destabilise his government and also rejected their demand for a judicial probe into the attack on churches.

He also rejected the opposition demand for his resignation and that of Home Minister Dr V S Acharya and shot back asking, “will the UPA government quit office because of terror strikes?”

Yeddyurappa said that the attacks had taken place in areas where there was conversion activity taking place and said stern action would be taken against those responsible.

Despite the mounting tension, Mangalore, the scene of violent protests remained calm on Tuesday and observed a bandh called by the Sri Ram Sena. Shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed, police said.

They said about 170 persons have been arrested in connection with the attacks on churches in Mangalore, Udupi and Chikmagalur.

As a precautionary measure, the authorities extended the prohibitory orders clamped in Mangalore till September 19. On Sunday, the ban order was imposed for three days.

Also see related link on activities which led to Mangalore events: (in Kannada, thanks to www.thatskannada.oneindia.in)

http://thatskannada.oneindia.in/column/shreenidhi/2008/0916-caste-conversion-in-mangaore-an-eye-witness-account.html

NGO`s & foreign hands: http://newstodaynet.com/2007sud/mar07/190307.htm


6 comments:

caf said...

Dear sir

I fully agree with you and CM that it is not good to mix up Politics with sensitive/human related issues.These type of incidents has happend many times ,but it is unfortunate. There should be emotions but one cannot be EMOTIONAL

How can a CM/Home Minister can be hold responsible for such situations.One should be logical rather than accusing any body

Deepak said...

What you are saying is all fine, but that is the thing before attacks and after attacks right ?
After attacks, protests happened and all that chaos, but what about attacks? Why are we not blaming on Bajrang Dal for attacking and taking law in their hands, I mean they are doign the same as what SIMI or IM is doing, isn't it ?
The best approach should be to punish the activists involved in attacks and make it an example, and at the sametime, put an enquiry on those "Forced conversions" things, and again the culprits should be punished by the law.
I hope my comments would be published, and looking to get a positive repsonse from our ministry.

Regards
Deepak

Deepak said...

You haven't replied to me on my comment on the same.
Can you please let us know Government and specially yours a Home minister's approach to this problem ?

Regards
Deepak

Anonymous said...

The Govt. of Karnataka may consider a law which makes it mandatory for any registered organisation or unregistered organisation, which accepts money from more than 100 individual citizens of India, or received funds from any class of foreign entity, to get audited by an independant, accredited auditor on a quarterly / yearly basis.

As a corollory to that, and to make it effective, it should make it a criminal offence, guaranteeing at least 7 years RI, for any organisation which deals with funds collected, under the above conditions, not to have been audited and approved.

Anonymous said...

The Govt. of Karnataka may consider a law which makes it mandatory for any registered organisation or unregistered organisation, which accepts money from more than 100 individual citizens of India, or received funds from any class of foreign entity, to get audited by an independant, accredited auditor on a quarterly / yearly basis.

As a corollory to that, and to make it effective, it should make it a criminal offence, guaranteeing at least 7 years RI, for any organisation which deals with funds collected, under the above conditions, not to have been audited and approved.

ಭಾಸ್ಕರ ಮೈಸೂರು said...

Respected Sir,

I fully support you on this and its just a cheap politics from opposition to ask for resignation. Same congress spokesperson rejected Union home minster's resignation demand by opposition by terming it petty politics, now what are they doing here?
Please follow your principles and do whats best for karnataka and kannadigas.
Jai hind!