Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Operation Mobilisation via FCRA

Introduction:



One of my thesis is that to understand the operations of an Organization (NGO, in common parlance) working in India, one can (and probably, should) study the profile of its Donors. Since NGOs registered under FCRA rarely raise money from within India, either from private sources or through GOI (an assertion based on my empirical knowledge), their activities are highly likely to be mandated by their Donors. Hence, one needs to study the profile of the donors, their funding patterns, their websites, etc., rather than the objectives stated by the Indian NGO in its FC6 return.



In the following, I present data related to the multi-national organization called “Operation Mobilisation”. Since another Organization called Dalit Freedom Network had sent funds exclusively to OM-India (S. No. 1 below) and to no other Indian NGO, data from DFN is also provided.



As in the past, the data has been sourced from the FCRA database of Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. I thank them for providing it in an open fashion, instead of having to go through RTI.



Background Information:
Operation Mobilisation (http://www.om.org) is an Organization involved in the following activities, according to its website: Evangelism, Relief & Development, Church Planting, Justice and Mentoring & Discipleship. In India, its postal address is “OM India, PO Box 2014, Secunderabad, 500 003, Andhra Pradesh”.



There appears to be another related Organization related to “OM India” (above) called “India Group of OM Ministries” whose address is Logos Bhavan, Jeedimetla village, Secunderabad, AP 500 067 India and whose website is: http://www.omindia.org

Operation Mobilisation exists in various countries. For instance, in USA, its website is at http://www.omusa.org and it introduces itself as “a Christian mission organization, inspiring and equipping believers to expand God's Kingdom.”

Dalit Freedom Network (DFN) is an organization, located in Washington DC, USA and whose website is: http://www.dalitnetwork.org. I learnt of DFN while reading the seminal book, “Breaking India” by Dr. Rajiv Malhotra and Shri. Aravindan Neelakantan.

There is a Good Shepherd Community Church located in the address as given in Organization No. 2 in the Table below. The Church's website is: http://www.gscchec.org/contact/index.php (Thanks to @chandrasuren for providing this information).

The following Table provides information on funds sent by any Organization which has the phrase “Operation Mobilisation” in its name to *any* Organization in India registered for FCRA. The data is for the year 2011-2012. Its worldwide location does not matter. In one instance, the donor was listed as “O M U K” . Since the address matched to that of Operation Mobilisation, UK, donation from this entry was also added.

Typographical errors are aplenty in the FC6 returns. I have faithfully reproduced them in the data below.

As is my practice, clicking on the name of the Organization in the Table will take you to the FC6 return filed by it to the FCRA wing of MHA. You can obtain more details from there.


S. No. Organization Address Amount received in 2011-12 from Operation Mobilisation (worldwide) (Crore) Amount received in 2011-12 from Dalit Freedom Network/Dalit Freedom Fund (worldwide) (Crore) Total Receipts from all donors in 2011-2012 (Crore)
1 Operation Mercy Foundation India H. No.2-2-96, Jeedimetla Village,Quthubullapur Mandal,Rangareddy District (A.P.) - 500055 26.066 7.21239 46.94
2 Good Shepherd Community Society H.No. 2-145, Logos Bhavan, Medchal Road, Jeedimetla Village
Secunderabad
Ranga Reddy(Dist)
Andhra Pradesh – 500067
3.5927 0 5.517
3 O M Books Foundation Door No. 02-157 ;Logos Bhavan,,Jeedimetla Village, Medchal Rd,,Secunderabad, Distt: R.R, A.P> - 500010 0.07178 0 0.1936
4 Operation Mobilisation India Logos Bhavan, Medchal Road, ,Jeedimetla, Secunderabad,Andhra Pradesh - 500055 8.77345 0 9.953
5 Operation Mobilisation India 20, Cama's Cold Storage,Sun Mills Compound,lower Parel,Bombay - 400013. 0.09022 0 0.0902
6 Fellowship Of Free Baptist Gorakhpur,UP 0.022984 0 0.6949
7 Worldwide Evangeligation Crusade 5, Wazir Hasan Road,Lucknow,Up - 226001 0.036386 0 0.0363


The following figures display the total amount of foreign funds received by the organizations listed as S. No. 1 and 2 above, over time.









I would appreciate if any errors/omissions can be pointed out to me. Thanks in advance.

Update on July 22, 2014

   While working on another post, I learnt of the following which happen to be relevant to the current post and hence I am sharing it below:


5 comments:

  1. This is not related to OM. I am posting here because I do not know how to do this long post on twitter.

    There is an NGO 'Asha Handicrafts Association' registered under FCRA.

    http://fcraonline.nic.in/fc3_verify.aspx?RCN=083780180R&by=2010-2011

    The type of association they declared on FC-6 form is 'Ecomonic'. But the donor list has evangelist organizarions like TearFund(UK). By now, we all know that FC-6 filings are not 100% honest.

    But I found an interesting thing while looking for something else. There was a case in 2011 at IT Apellate Tribunal "Asha Handicrafts Association vs Department Of Income Tax". The case is that IT Dept petitioned that the NGO registered under a charity and took tax breaks under one section but it is in fact a religious organization that should should not have taken the tax break under that section. The affidavit submitted by the CEO of the NGO has put Gospel Efforts under their activities.

    http://www.indiankanoon.org/doc/193457434/

    Asha Handicrafts Association "explained that diffusing the knowledge of Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ or expressing love of Jesus Christ did not relate to any particular religious organization including church. It was extended to persons of all religions and communities."

    Not related to any particular religious organization and church, eh?

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  2. This is not related to OM. I am posting here because I do not know how to do this long post on twitter.

    There is an NGO 'Asha Handicrafts Association' registered under FCRA.

    http://fcraonline.nic.in/fc3_verify.aspx?RCN=083780180R&by=2010-2011

    The type of association they declared on FC-6 form is 'Ecomonic'. But the donor list has evangelist organizarions like TearFund(UK). By now, we all know that FC-6 filings are not 100% honest.

    But I found an interesting thing while looking for something else. There was a case in 2011 at IT Apellate Tribunal "Asha Handicrafts Association vs Department Of Income Tax". The case is that IT Dept petitioned that the NGO registered under a charity and took tax breaks under one section but it is in fact a religious organization that should should not have taken the tax break under that section. The affidavit submitted by the CEO of the NGO has put Gospel Efforts under their activities.

    http://www.indiankanoon.org/doc/193457434/

    Asha Handicrafts Association "explained that diffusing the knowledge of Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ or expressing love of Jesus Christ did not relate to any particular religious organization including church. It was extended to persons of all religions and communities."

    Not related to any particular religious organization and church, eh?

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  3. For a very long time these facts have been know to those who do not believe in Conversions.
    However not much could be done, because the country choose to give a mandate to a Christian women under whom the congress party was functioning!
    Every word Shree Rajiv ji says is correct --may be living in the heart of converting countries gave us extra 1st hand knowledge! Very painful for those NRI's who saw Hindus giving to these organizations money to convert our own!

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  4. The single most important reason foreign funds are flowing in to our country in a brazen manner to entities engaged in religious conversion under some pretext or the other, is the woefully inadequate staffing of the Ministry of Home Affairs Division dealing with FCRA. The staff at the level of Deputy Secretary/Joint Secretary should be tripled and fast computer networks established. A link must be established with the Reserve ban so that automatically every inflow is known to the FCRA Division. The Division must tasked to prepare weekly reports to the Secretary and the Minister in MHA. Simultaneously retributive action must go hand in hand instead of sporadically.
    R.Venkatanarayanan

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    1. Thanks for your comment.

      To my understanding, the only occasion where FCRA talks about conversions is when it says that an NGO registering for FCRA should not have been prosecuted/convicted for induced/forced conversions. Note that any such prosecution is State-specific as only States may have such laws. (and only very few States have such laws).

      Thus, staff adequacy (of course that is important) in FCRA Wing and religious conversions are two independent matters, imho.

      Regards

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