The Indian government has suspended the license of a foreign aid grant to a charity founded by Mother Teresa. The Missionaries of Charity runs many schools and hospitals in addition to homes for abandoned children.
The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has announced a new decision on the registration of the Christian community in an announcement on Christmas Eve.
The country’s Hindu extremists have long accused the aid agency of trying to convert people to Christianity.
However, the company has always denied the allegations. The company said in a statement on Monday that its license renewal application had been rejected and that it would not be able to operate any foreign-funded accounts until the matter was settled.
Earlier, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was criticized for tweeting about the aid agency. He wrote that the government had seized the bank account of the company.
But the government has refused. The Calcutta-based organization was founded in 1950 by Mother Teresa, a Roman Catholic from Macedonia. It is one of the most well-known Catholic aid organizations in the world.
Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for her humanitarian work. In 2016, 18 years after his death, Pope Francis declared him a “saint.”
According to a BBC report, the Narendra Modi government is trying to curb foreign funding for India-based charities and other NGOs.
Bank accounts of Greenpeace and Amnesty International were seized last year due to restrictions. Religious minorities have been repeatedly attacked across India.
The majority of the population in India is Hindu. There are more than 20 million Christians. That means only 2% of the total population is Christian. India is home to the second largest Catholic community in Asia after the Philippines.
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