This one is irksome and unsurprising.
The latest Indian cablegate news is that the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat tried to encroach upon SEWA, the Ahemadabad headquartered globally reputed award winning multi-faceted women's non government organisation, in order to "disseminate communal ideologies" to their six hundred thousand members all across the state. When the NGO resisted, its grants were held up over "financial irregularities", delaying payment for over five months to 12,000 poor members.
In a September 2005 cable, U.S. Consul General Micheal S. Owen recalls his meeting with SEWA general secretary Reemaben Nanawati. Nanawati explains that SEWA strongly resisted pressure from the state government because communal harmony is crucial for the work of the trade union and self help group and characterizes the state government's reaction as "vindictive".
Sigh. Do you think, in our lifetime, we shall see the day Indian state governments stop treating the poor as their personal territory and start celebrating instead of interfering with the work of large successful NGOs? I don't. Why? Two words: Vote bank. Do I really need to spell it out to you? No? Good.