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July 15, 2015

Ford Freezes $4 Million in India Funding Amid Clampdown

The Ford Foundation is holding up aid to organizations in India as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government scrutinizes foreign donors viewed as meddling in domestic affairs, Reuters reports.

New Delhi has placed the $12.5-billion foundation on a watch list over a $250,000 Ford grant in 2009 to Teesta Setalvada, a prominent Modi critic whose home was raided Tuesday in connection with a criminal case alleging she misused the money.

A top Ford official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that fallout from the crackdown has hit projects to provide clean water in slums, feed pregnant women, and fight child marriage. "We don't want to move ahead until the time we are clear about the rules and nothing we do is viewed as illegal," the official said. The foundation has sent more than $500 million to India since opening an office in Delhi in 1952.