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India restricts US charity Ford Foundation's funding

An Indian television journalist reports from outside the office of the Ford Foundation in New Delhi on April 24, 2015India has cracked down on the Ford Foundation, saying the US charity can no longer give money to local organisations without government permission, the latest move against a foreign NGO, an official said Friday. A home ministry order says the foundation has been placed on a “watch list” to ensure funds are used for “bona fide welfare activities without compromising on concerns of national interest and security”. The move follows a complaint from the government of the western state of Gujarat over the foundation’s grants to a NGO run by a long-time critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi’s nationalist government views aid organisations with foreign backing with suspicion and the prime minister has criticised what he calls “five-star activists”.

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