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April 28, 2015

India Drops Thousands of Charities Over Foreign Funding

India has canceled the licenses of nearly 9,000 nonprofit groups for failing to disclose details of contributions from abroad, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. The government order, dated April 6 and uploaded to the Web site of the home ministry Monday, affects 8,975 organizations that, according to officials, had not filed "mandatory annual returns" detailing foreign donations for three years beginning in 2009-10.

In recent months, New Delhi has tightened restrictions on groups receiving money from outside the country. Government critics say the changes are aimed at stifling activists who oppose Prime Minister Narendra Modi's economic initiatives. Earlier this month, the government suspended Greenpeace India's license and mandated official approval of any spending in the country by the Ford Foundation.