Hindu right-wing organisations in the U.S avail themselves of low-interest loans offered by the Small Business Administration – By Divya Trivedi
The devastating second wave of COVID-19 infections in India has resulted in more than three lakh fatalities as of May 27, according to the official count…. Charitable individuals and organisations started to donate money for COVID relief in 2020 when the first wave of COVID-19 began in India….
In any case, as the COVID relief funds came under scrutiny within India, a case in the United States attracted unsavoury attention. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) set up a slew of measures to help tide small businesses and non-profit organisations over the economic crisis due to COVID-19….
In an article that Al Jazeera published on its website on April 2, the journalist Raqib Hameed Naik, citing SBA data, said that five Hindu American organisations – the Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA), the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA, Infinity Foundation, Sewa International and the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) – had together availed themselves of loans worth $8,33,000 under the EIDL programme and the PPP and from the SBA’s Disaster Loan Assistance. The article stated that these organisations “allegedly” had ties to Hindu religious and supremacist groups. That the VHP, Sewa organisations, Ekal Vidyalaya schools and others are affiliates of the Sangh Parivar in India are publicly known facts and a moot question….