Foreign NGOs Fund the Advocacy of RTE in India: IndiaFacts Research Report

Introduction The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 has several…

Introduction

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 has several issues, the chief of which is that it is mandatorily applicable to schools run by Hindus, whether they are aided or not. RTE cannot be mandated upon schools run by minorities (whether they are aided or not).

Thus, prima facie, RTE is both divisive and sectarian.

In general, it is important for the lay public not to be bamboozled by the name of a particular law. This is truer for the Right to Education Act than for any other. Our research has led us to reasonably conclude that in the long run, laws such as the Right to Education will end up determining who has the sole Right to Educate. For comprehensive research and analysis of this law, one can refer to these posts of Reality Check India(@realitycheckind): 1, 2, 3, 4.

The RTE Act was preceded by the Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CPCR) Act, 2005. The two are intimately tied to each other via Part VIII of the former. CPCR demands the establishment of a State-level (and a National) Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR/NCPCR), to which citizens affected by non-compliance of RTE (or of PCR rules) can appeal.

Although not explicitly included in the law, civil society (a phrase illegitimately appropriated by NGOs) is involved in the day-to-day execution, implementation and oversight of these laws. They interface between parents, school managements, and the NCPCR/SCPCR bodies. Furthermore, they create an aura of righteousness and Robinhoodery among the general populace via glorious descriptions of their activities related to RTE in mainstream media.

It is thus crucial for Indians in general and Hindus in particular (the affected party who are solely made to carry the RTE yoke) to examine those NGOs which are involved in the advocacy of the RTE Act and their funding.

This research report is in pursuit of this aim.

RTE-NGOs and their Foreign Funding

Just who are these NGOs which advocate RTE? Who are these pressure groups? Where do they get all the money that is required for their street and other protests and their expensive litigations? Who funds their sustenance?

One of the key developments in the NGO space over the last few years is their massive consolidation.

While mergers and acquisitions are common in business, NGOs do not merge into one another. While retaining their individual existence, they form loose alliances/networks/fora. NGOs advocating the Hindu-targetted RTE too have formed such alliances. Some prominent ones includethe RTE Forum (RTEF) and the All India Forum for Right to Education (AIFRTE).

In this report, we present a list of NGOs constituting RTEF and any NGOs which find mention in the following public domain documents related to RTE advocacy [5, 6, 7 and 8].

We note that nearly all the RTE-advocating NGOs are foreign funded, via FCRA. Details of their foreign funding are also provided in the following List. The following caveats apply:

  • Not all the foreign funds received by these NGOs are likely to be spent on RTE advocacy work.
  • The NGOs provided in these Tables may also be receiving funding from within India, an aspect not covered in this article.

The FCRA Registration Numbers of the NGOs are also provided in the Table. The data can be verified by choosing the State and Year at http://fcraonline.nic.in/fc3_amount.aspx ; State codes given in this article are the same as those used in State Road transport.

Table-1: NGOs which advocate and campaign for RTE and which maintain a vigil on its implementation

Name Registered Location FCRA Reg. No. Foreign funds in 2012 (Rs. Crore) Chief Donor(s)/Remarks
Action Aid Bengaluru KA/94420006 90.4 Action Aid-UK, DFID. DFID stands for Department for International Development, an agency of the British Government.
Care India Basti UP/137340008 0.00
PLAN India Delhi DL/231660122 85.7 PLAN-UK, PLAN-Canada etc..
Oxfam India Delhi DL/231661035 48.0 Largely from Oxfam’s International offices. See extract from its UK annual report below.
Save The Children Mumbai MH/83780585 2.27 Boeing Company, Dell Foundation, GI Giving etc.
The American India Foundation Trust (AIF) Delhi DL/231660510 10.4 AIF-US Chapters, British Asian Fund, Cognizant, Dell etc.
BETI Foundation Lucknow UP/136550196 0.457 Kusuma Trust-UK
Lok Mitra Rae Bareli UP/136670019 0.645 Caritas (DL/231650203) which is located in Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India Centre-Delhi, East meets West Foundation-USA and Oxfam
The Vigyan Vijay Foundation Delhi DL/231660680 0.072 St. Stephens Episcopal Church-USA
Sikshasandhan Bhubaneswar OR/105020201 0.897 CARE-India, Oxfam, Welthungerhilfe, Terre des hommes, CRY, PLAN
Centre for Youth & Social Development Bhubaneswar OR/105020009 6.20 Oxfam, PLAN, Concern-Ireland, Ford Foundation, National Foundation for India (NFI) (DL/231650642). NFI gets funds from Ford, McArthur and Rockefeller Foundations
Peoples Cultural Centre (PECUC) Bhubaneswar OR/105020140 1.26 Bal Raksha Bharat (DL/231660869), Help Age (DL/231650010), Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) (GJ/41910350); ADR gets funds from HIVOS, Omidyar Network Fund & Ford Foundation.

BRB gets funds from its worldwide offices.

BVLF-ULLASH Bhubaneswar OR/104910159a 0.244 Funds from BVLF-Netherlands
Aide Et Action Chennai TN/75900517 12.56 Aide Et Action-France, BVLF-Netherlands, Child Fund India (KA/94420147), AIF (DL/231660510)
Charitable Association for Rehabilitation and Education

(CARE)

Chennai TN/75900532 0.966 CARE-USA
Youth Service Centre Bolangir OR/104840041 0.146 Terre des hommes-Germany (via Pune)
Mahita Chikkadapalli AP/10230388 1.21 Bal Raksha Bharat (DL/231660869), Charities Aid Foundation (DL/231660165), Catholic Children’s Movement of Austria (DKA)

 

CAF-India gets funds from CAF-UK and many multi-national companies

Right Track Kolkata WB/147120516 0.933 Bal Raksha Bharat (DL/231660869), Action Aid (KA/94420006)
Aga Khan Foundation Delhi DL/231650072 84.4 Aga Khan Foundation-Switzerland, US and German Embassies in Delhi
Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Foundation) Delhi DL/231661122 0.001
Campaign Against Child Labour (CACL) Network of NGOs See Table-2 See Table-2
Centre for Budget and Government Accountability (CBGA) Delhi DL/231661020 3.06 Oxfam, Ford Foundation, Climate Works Foundation, Centre for Budget & Policy Priorities, Water Aid etc. ; CBGA is headed by Amitabh Behar.
Christian Aid UK organization. Office in Delhi Funds many FCRA-NGOs in India. Its UK office receives partial support from UK Government.
CRY-Child Rights and You Mumbai MH/83780207 9.00 Barclays, Microsoft, United Way, Charites Aid Foundation India, Aviva Life Insurance, Google, LG Software, CRY-UK, Goldman Sachs etc.
Empowerment for Rehabilitation, Academic & Health (EFRAH) Delhi DL/231660324 0.240 Oxfam, Room to Read (DL/231660864)
National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) Delhi Same address as Swadhikar (DL/231661023). NCDHR is in 2nd floor, Swadhikar is in 1st floor 3.67 (Swadhikar’s) Swadhikar’s donors: Catholic Committee Against Hunger and for Development (CCFD),

Cordaid, Oxfam-India, Bal Raksha Bharat (DL/231660869), PACS-Poorest Area Civil Society (Delhi) (PACS is run by DFID-UK Government Org),

Christian Aid, Action Aid (DL/231661299), NEG-Fire (DL/231660941)

National Confederation of Dalit Organizations (NACDOR) Delhi Founded by Centre for Alternative Dalit Media (CADM) in 2001. CADM is DL/231660383 3.50

(CADM’s)

CADM’s donors: Oxfam, Karuna Trust-UK, Action Aid, Christian Aid, DFID Vodi-UK, PACS. Note: DFID stands for Department for International Development, an agency of the British Government.
National Coalition for Education (NCE) Delhi Same address as that of All India Primary Teachers’ Federation (DL/231660011) 2.07 (AIPTF’s in 2011-12) AIPTF’s donors: Mostly from Teachers’ Associations in Canada, Sweden, Belgium etc.

Note on AIPTF: Member of Parliament, Jagdambika Pal is President. Reni Jacob who is the Director of Advocacy Projects, World Vision is a Trustee.

National Alliance for Fundamental Right to Quality Education and Equity (NAFRE) Delhi Alliance of Child Rights and You (CRY) with 8 other NGOs; Started in 2003-2004 by Sanjeev Kaura, who had also been part of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.
New Education Group Foundation for Innovation and Research in Education (NEG-FIRE) Delhi DL/231660941 5.01 Donors: Katholische Zentraistelle Fuer Entwicklungshilfe, Misereor, Indo-Global Social Service Society (IGSSS) (DL/231650067); IGSSS receives funds from Misereor, Dan Church Aid etc.;

 

Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India (DL/231650220) is a founding member of NEG-FIRE. Another founding member is Conference of Religious India (DL/231650042) whose representatives Bro. Henriques & Sr. Rodrigues are part of NEG-FIRE.

 

MISEREOR is the German Catholic Bishops’ Organisation for Development Cooperation.

Room To Read Delhi DL/231660864 27.3 Room To Read-US, Australia, Charities Aid Foundation (DL/231660165)
Society for All Round Development (SARD) Sirohi RJ/125660005 0.00 Not much funds
Voluntary Service Overseas India Trust Delhi DL/231661372 0.77 (in 2013-14) Donors: Voluntary Service Overseas-UK (Charity No. 313757). See extract from its UK office’s Annual report below.
Wada Na todo Abhiyan Delhi A conglomerate Convened by Amitabh Behar, it is a network of NGOs (mostly FCRA-ed) which purportedly acts as a watchdog on Government in its promises. One of its Campaign Group members is World Vision’s Advocacy Director, Reni Jacob
World Vision India Chennai TN/75900011 251.2 World Vision International offices
Welthungerhilfe Germany Stands for “World Hunger Aid”. Supports many FCRA-NGOs in India. Many elite elected officials and politicians of Germany have been part of it.
Child Fund International Bengaluru KA/94420147 58.2 Previous name: “Christian Child Fund”. Donor is CFI-USA
CARE India Solutions for Sustainable Development Delhi DL/231661331 65.7 (in 2013-14) Charities Aid Foundation (DL/231660165), British High Commission, Care International, UPS Foundation, Barclays Bank, Cairn India, BBC Media Action etc.
Council for Social Development Delhi DL/231650559 1.00 York University, Ford Foundation, Oxfam, IDRC-Canada, Action Aid, HIVOS etc.
Centre for Promotion of Social Concerns (CPSC) Madurai TN/75940138 1.98 Tides Foundation, Ford Foundation, Misereor, Banyan Tree Foundation, Dan Church Aid, HIVOS etc.; CPSC is usually referred to in mainstream media as “People’s Watch” NGO.
Centre for Civil Society (CCS)b Delhi DL/231660123 2.72 CCS’ donors: Charities Aid Foundation (DL/231660165), Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Foundation Open Society Institute-Zug (associated with George Soros) etc.;

Along with Central Square Foundation (not FCRA-ed), Delhi, CCS runs an entity called RTE Platform.

Divya Disha Hyderabad AP/10230610 0.507 PLAN (DL/231660122), BVLF-Netherlands
Mumidipudi Venkatarangaiya Foundation Secunderabad AP/10230319 2.81 HIVOS, Kinderpostzegels-Netherland, Broadridge Foundation-USA, Action Aid (KA/94420006), Charities Aid Foundation (DL/231660165)
Montfort Social Institute Hyderabad AP/10220172 1.06 Action Aid, Rosa-Germany, Ford Foundation, Caritas

 

aBVLF-Ullash is listed as a member of RTE Forum India. However, BVLF is a non-profit Organization in Netherlands and stands for Bernard van Leer Foundation. FCRA records demonstrate that BVLF remits money to Youth for Social Development (YSD), Berhampur (OR/104910159). Hence, it is surmised that BVLF-Ullash on RTEF’s website actually means YSD.

bCCS does not figure in any of the linked documents 5-8 used in Table-1. It has been included in Table 1 due to its association with righttoeducation.in

Apart from the above, Campaign Against Child Labour (CACL) is also part of RTE Forum India. CACL is a network of NGOs and its member details, culled from 9 and 10, are given as under:

Table-2: Constituent NGOs of CACL, which is part of RTEF-India

Name Registered Location FCRA Reg. No. Foreign funds 2012 (Rs. Crore) Chief Donor(s)
Sadhana Hyderabad AP/10230525 1.10 Bal Raksha Bharat  (DL/231660869), PLAN (DL/231660122), NEG-FIRE (DL/231660941)
AV Baliga Memorial Trust Delhi DL/231650897 2.39 PLAN (DL/231660122), Bal Raksha Bharat (DL/231660869),  etc.
Shaishav Bhavnagar GJ/41980028 0.881 Share & Care-USA, Paul Hamlyn Foundation-UK
Human Education & Action for Liberation (HEAL Movement) Nagarkovil TN/75890115 0.067 AJWS-US (American Jewish World Service?), Manos Unidas-Spain etc.
Sampurna Gram Vikas Kendra Palamu JH/337790019 0.707 Welthungerhilfe-Germany, Christian Aid-UK
Abhubridhi Gubbi KA/94640028 0.059
Mayurbhanj Joint Citizen Centre Kolkata WB/147120526 0.000
Aman Almora UK/347860016 0.258 Indian Social Action Forum, INSAF (DL/231660846)
Impulse NGO Network Shillong ML/214250081 0.182 Association for Democratic Reform (GJ/41910350), WCD Ministry, Government of India

 

The NGO Consortium in Uttar Pradesh (UP) working on RTE advocacy is called SCORE, which stands for State Collective for Right to Education. Details of individual NGOs (many of whom are foreign funded) which are part of SCORE have also been included in Table-1 above.

On the other hand, the other consortium, the All India Forum for RTE (aifrte.in) appears to be more of a leftist alliance. Many of its members are academicians in history or sociology departments of Universities in India. They appear to oppose the current RTE and demand free education for all to be delivered by the Government. Individual member organizations which constitute AIFRTE are not available in the public domain. Hence, whether they are foreign funded or no is a moot question.

The following are NGOs which were also listed in the primary sources (5 to 10) above, but which appear not to be foreign funded: APR (unclear what the acronym stands for), AarthAstha, and People’s Campaign for a Common School System.

So what can we infer from these lists?

Observations

 

  • Foreign money for RTE advocacy: The aforementioned compilation makes it clear that NGOs which advocate RTE and operate as vigilante groups in its implementation are predominantly foreign funded. Thus, they are not just NGOs. They are FCRA-NGOs.
  • Funds from Foreign Government Agencies: Several of the above foreign multinational “charities” receive substantial funds from foreign governments. We cite a few here:
  • Christian Aid receives grants from the British Government via its Department for International Development (DFID), ref: Charity No. 1105851, page 59 of its Annual Report).
  • World Vision gets funding from the US Federal Government (See page 9 of their Form-990).
  • Save The Children Federation (EIN=06-0726487) too, gets US Federal Government funding (See page 9 of their Form-990).
  • As can be seen in the Table above, DFID which is an agency of the UK Government directly funds several FCRA-NGOs working on RTE matters.
  • PLAN International UK (Charity No. 276035; see page 45 of their Annual Report) receives substantial funding from DFID as well.
  • Oxfam-UK too receives funding from DFID (Charity No. 202918; see page 44 of their Annual Report).
  • So does Voluntary Service Overseas-UK (Charity No.: 313757).
  • Hypocrisy: Given that RTE advocacy is bankrolled by foreign funding, we can raise this legitimate question: would these foreign “non-profit” organizations, foreign governments, foreign citizen donors and foreign multinational companies permit such sectarian and intrusive laws in their own countries? Specifically, we can address our question directly to the entities in the following countries (in the order as they appear): United Kingdom, United States of America, Federal Republic of Germany, and The Netherlands.
  • RTE, a“Secular” Project: One also notices thatsecular” organizations run/established by the Church (both abroad, such as Misereor or Christian Aid and in India such as NEG-Fire) are involved in funding and promoting RTE. Their RTE advocacy is, to put it mildly, strange as they themselves are RTE-immune. It thus appears that “what is sauce for the goose is not sauce for the gander”.
  • Power and Penetration: To illustrate the penetration and power of foreign “non-profit” organizations in India, let us consider the Annual Report of the UK “charity” “Voluntary Service Overseas” (Charity No.: 313757). On page 12 of its 2012-13 Annual Report (see Figures 1 and 2), it says that it “supports a youth organization, JOSH to monitor the implementation of the Right to Education Act in Delhi”. JOSH stands for “Joint Operation for Social Help”. JOSH is not FCRA registered as far as our research could reveal. Yet, VSO-UK says that it supported JOSH’s work in India.

 

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On page 20 of its 2013-14 Annual Report, VSO-UK says that “the Government in Rajasthan has reopened eight schools after 10,000 parents, children, teachers and community representatives took part in public meetings supported by VSO (UK) on the Right To Education Act.

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It may be easy for a reader to dismiss organizations such as JOSH as ignorable. India can do that at its own peril.

JOSH, along with NCPCR, Government of India (!) held a public hearing on violations of RTE by schools (presumably Hindu-run ones, as others are RTE-immune anyway) in Delhi in 2011.

Read this Press Release on the same by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

  • Common Donors: Even a cursory examination of the last column in the above Tables reveals a few common names of donors: Charities Aid Foundation, Christian Aid, Bal Raksha Bharat (alias: Save the Children), PLAN and Oxfam.
    • Charities Aid Foundation (DL/231660165) receives funding from its UK headquarters (Charity No.: 268369) and from many multinational companies in India such as Microsoft Corporation India, Accenture Services, Canon India, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland, DE Shaw India Software. It received Rs. 7.9 Crore foreign funds in 2012-13. CAF-UK’s Patron is the Duke of Edinburgh. Chew on that.
    • Christian Aid is a “charity” based in UK (Charity No: 1105851). Although it does not appear to have a FCRA-ed entity within India, it has recently established a wholly owned subsidiary, Sec. 25 company named Change Alliance, which, among other services, offers “advice and tailored management support and services on corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes.” Strangely, a FCRA-NGO, Delhi Samajik Vikas Kendra (DL/231650085) also operates from the same address as Change Alliance (D-25/D, South Extension Part-II, Delhi-110048).
    • Bal Raksha Bharat (DL/231660869) is allied to its international offices which are called “Save the Children”. The last FC6 return it filed is for the year 2011-12 (although every FCRA-NGO has to file this return by December of every year). Its foreign funding (Rs. 81.3 Crore in 2011) is primarily from its UK and USA offices.
    • PLAN is a major International “non-profit” organization. PLAN-India gets huge funding from PLAN-UK. PLAN-UK’s Ambassador is Leslee Udwin, the maker of the racist documentary, “India’s Daughter.” Enough said.
    • Oxfam is a large international “non-profit” organization. On page 44 of its 2013-14 Annual Report submitted to the UK Government (see Figure 3), it mentions that it spent GBP 6,65,000 on BRICSAM countries to “empower their civil society organizations”. On page 26 of the same Annual Report, it lists “changes brought about by shifts in world power and financial infrastructure” as an identified Risk to Oxfam-UK. It further adds that the Oxfam-UK Management acted on this Risk by “coordinated advocacy efforts in Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa and Mexico” and imparted “advocacy training in influential countries”. That should ring alarm bells in the corridors of the Indian Government.

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So which country spends the most on RTE advocacy in India?

Here is an interesting analysis that we can do.

The Tables above provide details of 48 FCRA-NGOs [Data from World Vision of India (TN/75900011) is not included in this analysis]. The IndiaFacts research team analysed all their FC6 returns for the country from which the funds originated.

For the sake of reference (or a benchmark), we have also analysed data for the country of fund origin of all FC6 returns (approximately, 20,000 FCRA-NGOs) for the year 2012-13. The following Table summarizes the results (in Rs. Crore) for the four chief fund origin countries.

Table-3: Analysis Of Country Of Fund Origin For RTE-Advocating FCRA-NGOs (Caveat: Not all the money received is used for RTE advocacy)

Country of Fund Origin Total Funds sent to the 48 FCRA-NGOs which do RTE advocacy (Rs. Crore) Total Funds from the country to all FCRA-NGOs in India (Rs. Crore) Percentage of funds from the country which comes to Indian FCRA-NGOs who carry out RTE advocacy
United Kingdom (UK) 181 1127 16
United States of America (USA) 121 3994 3.0
Federal Republic of Germany (DE) 27 1143 2.4
The Netherlands (NL) 30 402 7.5

 

Although The Netherlands’ percentage (7.5%) to RTE advocating FCRA-NGOs is significant, its overall funding is just 30 Crore and thus does not matter as much as that of UK’s. It is clear that the UK is the major supplier of funds to FCRA-NGOs which advocate and monitor the implementation of RTE in India.

One may think that the result is skewed due to the inclusion of Oxfam India Trust, Plan International. (India Chapter) and Charities Aid Foundation (India) which happen to be FCRA-NGOs themselves (unlike Christian Aid).

Even if one removes the inflow of UK funds into these three FCRA-NGOs, the total inflow from UK to the other RTE-advocating FCRA-NGOs is 133 Crore, which still amounts to 12% of the total inflow from UK in 2012-13.

Consider this: Around 10-15% of funds originating from the UK end up with FCRA-NGOs which advocate RTE. We reiterate that not all the money received by these FCRA-NGOs is used for RTE advocacy.

Yet, this percentage from UK is non-trivially large.

Conclusions

  1. “Non-profit” organizations based in United Kingdom contribute the largest funding to Indian FCRA-NGOs which advocate the sectarian RTE Act and act as vigilante organizations in its implementation. Given that RTE squeezes out Hindus from establishing and running schools, one wonders what the larger mandate of these foreign NGOs are.
  2. National Sovereignty: Given that many of these foreign “civil society” organizations receive support from their local Governments, and given that these organizations fund Indian NGOs specifically for advocacy work, one cannot but help wonder whose mandates are being served by the Indian FCRA-NGOs. Is the strict implementation of a sectarian law such as RTE funded by foreign Governments, albeit indirectly? Or, to put it bluntly, are we still subjects of the Empire?

Summary

Nearly all NGOs which advocate and oversee the implementation of the Hindu-targetted Right to Education Act are foreign funded. The United Kingdom appears to be the chief source of such funds.

In light of these appalling, documented revelations, we can conclude that the ball is now the Indian Government’s court.

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  • Audit Uscirf

    Superb research. RTE is a major anti-Hindu law but there are many other law, policies and programs which discriminate against Hindus. For example, 1970s draconian Urban Land Ceiling Act, which confiscates land without compensation, was applied to Hindu temples but not to mosque or church. Confiscation of Hindu temples and govt control over Hindu temples is another form of discrimination.

  • sighbaboo

    Article mentions National Coalition for Education (NCE) and says that it is co-located with All India Primary Teachers Federation (AIPTF)

    Actually, this MSM story=>http://www.merinews.com/article/regional-consultations-on-uns-education-related-sustainable-development-goal-being-held-in-jaipur/15914858.shtml says that NCE is a coalition of AIPTF, All India Federation of Teachers Organization, All India Association for Christian Higher Education (AIACHE) and World Vision India (WVI).

    As mentioned in this Indiafacts article, AIPTF is a FCRA-NGO.
    AIACHE is also a FCRA-NGO (DL/231650069) and gets funds from Stiching Porticus (Netherlands) and Education International (Belgium).
    WVI is of course a well-known Christian FCRA-NGO.

  • ps

    Now the Govt is Modi’s. He supposed to look after Hindu interests first. This blatant move against Hindus needs to be reversed. Mr. @narendramodi what are you doing about this one ?

  • Deepak Raju

    This is quite true. A school near my house st. thomas school claims they are a minority educational institution and therefore the RTE does not apply for them. They have the temerity to put up a huge notice on the entrance that they are out of scope of the RTE. It is run out of a building. It has no play ground other than a car park. Such schools are sprouting up all across the country.

    At the same time a well known Hindu run school 3 roads away is forced to take in students as part of RTE. This is a proper school with a huge ground and so on.

    The central and state governments must put an end to RTE and instead ensure the existing government schools are utilized to the fullest. They barely have 40% of actual capacity and often not enough teachers. I see the students come to school barefoot or in chappals. Surely the local MP can invest a lakh or two in each schools. I believe the MPLAD scheme gets you 5 crores for your constituency.

    Not only the RTE, the govt. of India opened up all sorts of information in the portal data.gov.in. Now this portal is designed and supported by the US government. Foolish people are falling for the tricks and shenanigans of NGO’s and releasing sensitive data to the world.

    What benefit is it to anyone other than a an evil missionary to know how many villages have a light bulb or how many villages have a water pump or so on. It is for that area’s MP or the local MLA to know the problem solve it.

    Instead these missionaries do is to go to such village to village claiming diving light.

    The Sonia govt. acted as a stooge and lapdog of the foreign powers and implemented this RTE and data.gov.in website.

    99% of inquiries to RTE are by christian organizations.

    99% of undeclared FCRA culprits are the chritian NGO’s.

    I think their tail has wagged too long.

    You may visit the Madurai theology mission physically if you can. You will be shocked to see wooden statues of Hindu gods are shown there as on a cross, sitting on a lotus, and wearing Saraswathi’s dress and holding a cross.

  • AgainstRTE

    Those people who are posting RTE is not sectarian.

    Please read the judgement http://indiankanoon.org/doc/32468867/
    “We, however, hold that the 2009 Act insofar as it applies to minority schools, aided or
    unaided, covered under clause (1) of Article 30 of the Constitution is ultra vires the Constitution.”

    Examples of RTE not applying to minority-run schools

    “Minority card is passport to freedom from RTE”
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/Minority-card-is-passport-to-freedom-from-RTE/articleshow/42399797.cms

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/rte-quota-certificate-of-minority-status-must-for-exemption/article6380549.ece

    http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/RAJ-JPR-right-to-education-schools-chase-minority-status-3329365.html

  • Vineet Menon

    Great research, Indiafacts.

    BTW, can’t this be solved simply by bringing minority institutions as well under RTE?

    • AgainstRTE

      You have to make a constitutional amendment for that. This is what supreme court said in Pramati Vs. Union of India case.

      http://indiankanoon.org/doc/32468867/
      “We, however,
      hold that the 2009 Act insofar as it applies to minority schools, aided or
      unaided, covered under clause (1) of Article 30 of the Constitution is
      ultra vires the Constitution.”

      Any law you make in education, minorities will get exemption under
      Article 30. So Article 30 has to be amended to provide parity for
      majority(i. e, providing same privileges to majority as they are
      provided to minority under Article 30/29)

      Tomorrow make a law that schools should teach in the medium of mother tongue. But the law won’t apply to minority-run schools.

      • Vineet Menon

        Oh! That’s sad.

  • Kp Sudhakar

    A very interesting study and conclusion. Respects!

    Till 2014, public is made to believe that foreigners are donating for up-lifting poor and uneducated in our country, and on our part, respect their contribution and change our religion, liberally seeing that majority of rich in India does not bother about poverty & education of their fellow poor citizens. Liberals were sympathetic to such socioeconomic changes, justifiably.

    But the under current of such commercial overtures by foreign funding has a religious motive, which is nauseating (why, because- in Hindu philosophy, donations are made without any selfish/ commercial motives and any donation made with commercial motive is considered as a business deal and not purely donation).

    I am trying to understand that nothing comes free! But faith commercialism is too raw and uncultured for me and my like minded fellas in this country.

  • Seel

    Great analysis to bring out the hands behind all these NGOs. Modiji can change RTE ato all schools irrespective of religion, what is stopping him?

  • Aaren

    Earlier in the article – “The following caveats apply:
    Not all the foreign funds received by these NGOs are likely to be spent on RTE advocacy work.
    The NGOs provided in these Tables may also be receiving funding from within India, an aspect not covered in this article.”

    Later in this article
    “Foreign money for RTE advocacy: The aforementioned compilation makes it clear that NGOs which advocate RTE and operate as vigilante groups in its implementation are predominantly foreign funded. Thus, they are not just NGOs. They are FCRA-NGOs.”

    How did you come to this conclusion, which flies in the face of your original caveat?

    • NK Sarma

      There is no conflict between the two. Read them again. First caveat means some foreign funds are received by the NGOs who do RTE advocacy. The later statement means that since they receive some foreign funding, they should be considered FCRA-NGOs.

      • Aaren

        There’s a clear conflict. The first statement says, ‘we dont know how much money these NGOs receive from within India, so we cannot provide an opinion on that aspect’. The second statement explicitly says ‘predominantly foreign-funded’. Without knowing or opining on how much funding an NGO gets from India, how does the author know that they are predominantly foreign-funded?

        • NK Sarma

          I agree. Good catch. However, I believe the author might have used the word ‘predominantly’ because the Foreign fund itself is running into hundred plus crores. May be ‘significantly’ would have been more appropriate than ‘predominantly’.

  • NARAYAN RAO

    Your agenda is very clear from your opening sentences :

    it is mandatorily applicable to schools run by Hindus, whether they are aided or not. RTE cannot be mandated upon schools run by minorities (whether they are aided or not).

    Thus, prima facie, RTE is both divisive and sectarian.

    I would appeal to readers not to get fooled by such divisive and sectarian articles ; see the following for the correct interpretation of this act :

    1. http://www.tribuneindia.com/2012/20120413/main1.htm

    2. http://www.25percent.in/faqs/private-schools

    3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_of_Children_to_Free_and_Compulsory_Education_Act

    God help our country.

    • Kraken

      Congie scum trying to mislead readers by posting links to webpages that are:

      a) More than 3 years old
      http://www.tribuneindia.com/2012/20120413/main1.htm

      b) Unreliable
      http://www.25percent.in/faqs/private-schools/ (See the quote, “This wiki needs updated information. To contribute please drop an email to [email protected]“, at the bottom of the page)

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_of_Children_to_Free_and_Compulsory_Education_Act (No mention of the “Pramati Educational & Cultural … vs Union Of India & Ors on 6 May, 2014” case)

      For others to peruse, the following article covers the supreme court judgement made in May, 2014 vis-a-vis minority institutions:
      http://www.telegraphindia.com/1140914/jsp/nation/story_18833955.jsp#.Vjdu2X4rJdg
      The relevant quote is as follows:
      “In May 2014, the apex court passed another judgment saying both aided and unaided minority institutions were exempt from the education law.”

      However, as evident from the above article, two provisions (merely regulatory in nature) are applicable to minority institutions:
      1) The No-detention policy of continuous promotion of students till Class VIII
      2) The policy of no corporal punishment

      • NARAYAN RAO

        As usual , abuse.

        a. More than 3 years old does not invalidate those provisions of the act which have not been amended ; mere common sense , but in short supply in certain people.

        b. Just because a website has a disclaimer does not mean that it is unreliable ; this is a standard disclaimer because the website deals with information which gets updated from time to time ; if you can say exactly what information in the following website is unreliable , please do so :

        http://www.25percent.in/faqs/private-schools/

        Please do not omit the information that minority institutions means :

        Madarsas

        Vedic Pathshalas

        I just came across this website which gives more factual information , and where comments are more reasoned and intellectual , not abusive the way it is on this forum.

        https://realitycheck.wordpress.com/2015/10/24/analyzing-indian-education-law-in-light-of-christian-schools-ban-on-hindu-symbols/

        • Kraken

          “As usual , abuse.”
          Because you deserve it dear. Still, I will try to be patient and address your points…

          “More than 3 years old does not invalidate those provisions of the act which have not been amended”

          Those provisions were not even questioned in the first place, you irritating imbecile. But then I know you are deliberately trying to obfuscate the matter as usual.

          “mere common sense , but in short supply in certain people.”

          What a wonderful sense of self-deprecating humor you have!!

          “Just because a website has a disclaimer does not mean that it is unreliable”

          It is, especially when the website itself says the page requires update.

          “if you can say exactly what information in the following website is unreliable , please do so ”

          You have serious problems man. Can’t you even read properly? And don’t you go through your own links before you post them? Let me again spoon feed you. The website says, “Based on the Supreme Court judgement of April 2012 only unaided minority institutions are exempt from this provision of the law.” However, in May 2014, the apex court exempted aided minority institutions as well. Thus, the website is unreliable.

          “Please do not omit the information that minority institutions means :
          Madarsas
          Vedic Pathshalas”

          Where did I post what minority institutions mean in my comment? So, the question of omitting information does not even arise in the first place. Moreover, the thrust of the article is on regular schools/institutions and not on institutions where scriptural education takes primacy.

          “I just came across this website which gives more factual information”

          This clearly indicates that you can’t read properly. The last line of the third paragraph not only made a mention of this website, but also provided a link to it, how could you miss that?

          • NARAYAN RAO

            My mistake ; I checked the first 3 links , I did not check the fourth.

            I have already answered your other points in reference to another commenter’s post. The fact that one provision of an Act has been challenged in the courts and been ruled in favour of the objectors does not make a website unreliable , especially when the website has taken care to mention that it is not up to date. A website is unreliable when it does not provide this disclaimer thus leading the reader to assume that all that is mentioned in it is still valid as on date.

            I have no idea what you mean by :

            Those provisions were not even questioned in the first place, you irritating imbecile.

            Ignoring the abuse , as usual , are you saying the article in question does not question the provisions ? So what does the article question ? That the institutions are funded by NGOs ? What else is the thrust of the article ? The author has summarized the article as follows :

            Nearly all NGOs which advocate and oversee the implementation of the Hindu-targetted Right to Education Act are foreign funded. The United Kingdom appears to be the chief source of such funds.

            Is this all ?

            So what is the subliminal message ?

            The Act is divisive and sectarian ? That it is targeting Hindus ?

            I still maintain this site is only meant to stir divisive and sectarian feelings ; it is not an objective and intellectual one.

          • Kraken

            “My mistake ; I checked the first 3 links , I did not check the fourth.”

            Then why be a smartass?

            “A website is unreliable when it does not provide this disclaimer thus leading the reader to assume that all that is mentioned in it is still valid as on date.”

            It’s also unreliable when it contains incomplete information. Hence, it cannot be cited as a repository of facts.

            “are you saying the article in question does not question the provisions ?”

            No, the article questions the conditions for applicability of the act, not the provisions per se.

            “So what is the subliminal message ?”

            O dearie, you are so very innocent, so much that it’s pitiful.

            “I still maintain this site is only meant to stir divisive and sectarian feelings ; it is not an objective and intellectual one.”

            Then why keep visiting it is beyond me.

          • NARAYAN RAO

            Why I visit this site is to see how intelligent the comments are. And to help those who are intelligent make up their minds ; those who are brainwashed anyway think there is nothing beyond Indiafacts , Opindia , Niticentral , Vigilonline and many more indoctrination sites.

            I visit to learn , something which will obviously be strange as far as you are concerned.

          • Kraken

            “And to help those who are intelligent make up their minds”

            Yeah sure, by being outright dumb, intellectually dishonest and by resorting to empty rhetoric rather than reason.

            “I visit to learn , something which will obviously be strange as far as you are concerned.”

            Of course it’s strange because on one hand you make presumptions and on the other you claim to visit “to learn”!! You have brain issues man, get help. I am genuinely concerned about your mental health dear.

          • Krispy K

            “I visit to learn”

            Well why aren’t you learning, then?

            Anyone can make empty statements. But the proof is in the pudding, and yours is cold and unappetising.

          • Krispy K

            “I still maintain this site is only meant to stir divisive and sectarian feelings ;”

            Translation: I will continue to maintain that this site is only meant to stir divisive and sectarian feelings because that is what we need to project to keep our falsely-acquired position as self-styled “guardians of secularism” intact

            “it is not an objective and intellectual one.”

            Translation: It does not parrot the Congress line

    • K T Thomas

      It is standard practice for traitors to use words like ‘agenda’ as you have done. Your have not been able to disprove any of the author’s conclusions. Like a typical secularist, you can only impute motives. It is most unlikely that, in this age of the Internet, any thinking patriotic Indian will be led astray by your tricks. God help India by saving Indians from intellectual charlatans like you.

      • NARAYAN RAO

        The RTE has been challenged in the Supreme Court , and the Supreme Court rulings are in force ; where is the question of the Act itself being divisive and sectarian ?

        My issue is only with the usage of the word Hindus , when the Act itself has no mention of any of the words Hindu , Muslim or Christian within it.

        A factual analysis should be based on objective criticism ; here it is clear that the author wants to rouse Hindu sentiments.

        • Krispy K

          You know, even shameless Congi slaves like you have finite reserves of obtuseness.

        • nairps

          But the Act itself makes use of the word ‘minorities’ which of course means Muslims and Christians, India’s two most privileged and pampered communities, who are also sworn enemies of the long-persecuted Hindus. Also, we all know that not only the RTE Act but all laws made in India since Independence, make special exceptions for the so-called minorities and target its harshest provisions only on the native Hindus. Contrary to what you say, there is really no need for the author to ‘rouse’ Hindu sentiments which have already been roused by innumerable instances of laws pandering to the implacable enemies of the downtrodden Hindus.

          • NARAYAN RAO

            Sworn enemies ? Long-persecuted ?

            Implacable enemies ? Downtrodden Hindus ?

            Sorry , I do not know the country and people you are referring to ; the India I have been born and brought up in is not like what you describe.

          • nairps

            It is natural for secularists to pretend that there is no legal discrimination against Hindus, perhaps because they have themselves not borne the brunt of these harsh laws or because they simply don’t have any tears in their eyes for the Hindus. All their concerns, fears and sympathies are reserved for communities who are wrongly called ‘minorities’ despite their numbers being in millions, with political clout far exceeding their numbers. Don’t you still know which country I am referring to?

          • NARAYAN RAO

            I am ignorant of the harsh laws whose brunt Hindus have to bear ; can you give an example ?

          • nairps

            Do you know that most of the richest temples are controlled by governments and the entire offerings of devotees to the deity in cash and kind is collected by them and used to fund projects that benefit all, including non-Hindus. This is done legally because ‘secular’ governments brought laws to control temples. But none of these governments would dare touch the donation box of a church or mosque as there are no laws to control their places of worship. Do you need more examples? Will you still pretend that Hindus are not treated as second-class citizens in their one and only homeland?

          • malavika

            Add article 29/30 to the list. Hindu un aided schools come under RTE but aided (govt funded) minority schools do not. No wonder in last 5 yrs 1 lakh Hindu run schools have shut down.

          • NARAYAN RAO

            In case you read you will know that that is the Constitution.

          • malavika

            Yes. Still it is divisive. No where else is the majority Punished like here in India.

            You asked for a harsh law, I showed one, now you claim it is in Constitution, so what. It is still discrimination based on faith. If you have soul or heart you will realize the unfairness of situation.

          • Krispy K

            What do you hope to gain from going around endlessly in circles, making the same inane statements and asking the same obtuse questions? Are you hoping that people will just get confused and bored and vote Congress back in again? What kind of pathetic tactic is this exactly?

            Just piss off already, you fucking degenerate.

    • Krispy K

      “God help our country.”

      He seems to be doing that, given that you’re clearly feeling your tiny balls in a vice.

      Anyway – “God”??? Really??? What would Lord Karl think about one of his loyal minions using such a bourgeois concept? Or is this some crude attempt at Marxist taqiyya?

  • ps

    Foreign NGOs are eating India like termites do. They are destroying Hindus. BJP and namo have no plan. Hindus themselves should start dealing with Mahishasur.

  • shn

    Wow! Amazing work – what will be interesting is to see the government’s response to changing RTE so that it does not place the onus solely on Hindu schools, and also to the larger issue of foreign funds (foreign government funds, no less) being used to influence domestic policy in India. Again, congrats for some great work.

  • suru

    Very detailed researched and analysed.. Why don’t the media do such analysis but harp on Government when some funding is stopped? Where do much funding goes? Indian government should examine.

    • ps

      Media is #paid by NGOs through foreign govts.

  • Sibby

    Great!!! Very detailed analysis. I always believed that education system should be free from religious affiliation and the religious practices should be left to parents. There should be subject on religious studies in schools where children can learn about various religions in india. I wonder how many people know about the culture and traditions of Parsis or what stories are there in Sikhism? That way children can take informed decision which religion they want to follow. Though doing it in unbiased way is very hard in India, where everything (especially related to Hindus) is controversial in the eyes of media I do believe that education must be free for all children irrespective of rich, poor, minority, majority, upper or lower caste.