US warns of ‘chilling effect’ after India’s crackdown on foreign NGOs

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Two weeks ago India placed the US-based Ford Foundation on a national security watchlist, following complaints about the philanthropy group’s links to an activist who has sought the conviction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for human rights abuses.

The US has criticised the Indian government’s crackdown on civil society groups, with Richard Verma, American ambassador to New Delhi, lamenting the “potentially chilling effects” of official curbs on organisations such as the Ford Foundation.

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