The proliferation of terrorism and extremist ideologies poses a significant global threat. In recent years, a growing body of evidence suggests that Hindu extremist outfits, such as the RSS, have been actively receiving financial support from the Indian diaspora.
This article delves into the intricate network of money-laundering and terror-financing linked to Hindu extremist groups, particularly the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), and the role played by the Indian diaspora.
It highlights the urgency for international bodies like the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to address these illicit financial activities that fund violence and persecution against religious minorities in India and Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
Money-Laundering and Terror-Financing: A Nexus
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), as the primary global financial watchdog, holds a pivotal role in combating money-laundering and terror-financing.
It is essential for the FATF to recognize the nexus between money-laundering and funding of extremist Hindu organizations. In recent years, evidence has emerged linking the RSS to financial contributions from the Indian diaspora residing in various countries across the world.
HR Organizations’ Plea to International Bodies
Numerous human rights organizations have called upon the United Nations, the FATF, and other financial institutions to acknowledge this concerning situation.
The RSS has allegedly utilized these funds to perpetrate violence and persecution against religious minorities in mainland India and the disputed region of IIOJK. Notable instances include acts of terrorism such as the 2006 Malegaon blasts, the Mecca Masjid bombing in Hyderabad, the Samjhauta Express bombings, and the Ajmer Sharif Dargah blasts.
It is imperative for international bodies to take swift action in blocking these illegal financial transactions.
RSS: Birth of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
The RSS, as an extremist Hindu organization, holds significant influence in Indian politics. It is the ideological precursor to India’s ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The alleged financial support received by the RSS from the Indian diaspora is a matter of grave concern, as it reportedly promotes a Hindu supremacist ideology and has been involved in acts of violence, including the lynching and killing of Muslims.
The Silence of FATF: A Cause for Concern
Human rights organizations express profound dismay over the apparent silence of the FATF regarding these illicit financial transactions directed towards the RSS. This silence raises questions about the effectiveness of global mechanisms in addressing terror-financing and money-laundering associated with extremist organizations.
The Kashmir Dispute: A Complex Narrative
The conflict in Jammu and Kashmir remains a complex and longstanding issue. Pakistan, as a concerned party, must focus on constructing a narrative that presents factual information before the international community.
The region’s history is marked by a protracted conflict and violence, further exacerbated by the controversial abrogation of Article 370 by India in August 2019. The lockdown imposed on Jammu and Kashmir drew condemnation from human rights organizations and the global Islamic community.
The global community must address the alarming issue of money-laundering and terror-financing linked to Hindu extremist organizations, particularly the RSS. The role played by the Indian diaspora in these illicit financial transactions underscores the urgency for international bodies, including the FATF, to take decisive action. The promotion of extremist ideologies and the perpetration of violence against religious minorities demand a comprehensive and coordinated response to safeguard global peace and security. Furthermore, the Kashmir dispute remains a complex issue, requiring a well-constructed narrative to convey the ground realities to the world
Muhammad Wasama Khalid is a Correspondent and Researcher at Global Affairs. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations at National Defense University. His interests include history, politics, and current affairs. He has been published in the London Institute of Peace and Research, South Asian Journal, Diplomatic Insight, International Policy Digest, Sri Lanka Guardian, Global Village Space, Global Defense Insight, Global Affairs, And Modern Diplomacy. He tweets at @Wasama Khalid and can be reached at Wasamakhalid@gmail.com