The Ministry of Home Affairs yet again came down heavily over the foreign funding of Christian evangelical organisations. The Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) license is mandatory for receiving foreign funds for any organisation. The Home Ministry has recently suspended the FCRA license of four associations across India, as reported by The Hindu.
Ecrio Oculus North Western Gossner Evangelical (Jharkhand), Evangelical Churches Association (Manipur), Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church (Jharkhand), and New Life Fellowship Association (Mumbai) are the associations which have come under the scanner of the Union government.
Other than these organisations, two US-based donors are also under the radar of Home Ministry, namely, Seventh Day Adventist Church and Baptist Church. The New Life Fellowship Association, Mumbai which is believed to be the second-largest Evangelical Megachurch in India and fifth largest in World, got its FCRA license canceled over irregularities in their FCRA receipts.
The Central Government has now banned 20,674 NGOs from receiving foreign funds. 22,457 organisations continue to receive foreign funds under FCRA license. The curb on foreign funds becomes more important as many organisations have begun to convert people at a rapid rate in states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh with the majority of North Eastern states being already converted to Christianity through monetary and material sops. India is at present mulling an anti-conversion law.
The BJP Government in Centre has been trying to slow down the activities of the Christian Missionaries Conversion campaign in most Indian states. But the ignorance of local leaders about the evangelist campaigns has reduced the effectiveness of the Centre’s crackdown against the evangelist forces.