Monday, November 28, 2022

Amazon funding religious conversions in NE: RSS mouthpiece

RSS-linked weekly ‘Organiser’ has accused US e-commerce giant Amazon of financing a “Christian conversion module” in India’s northeastern states and being involved in suspected money laundering.
In a cover story on its latest edition, the magazine said, “E-commerce giant Amazon is financing the Christian conversion module run by American Baptist Church (ABM). There is a possibility of a money laundering ring run by multinational companies and ABM to fund India’s huge missionary conversion mission.”
In the cover story titled ‘Amazing Cross Connection’, the RSS-affiliated magazine said the Social Justice Forum of Arunachal Pradesh had alleged that Amazon was “continuously funding the All India Mission (AIM), the frontal organisation of ABM, through its foundation Amazon Smile”.
“Amazon is sponsoring the conversion module of All India Mission by donating money against every purchase by an Indian,” the magazine alleged, adding that AIM had openly claimed on its website that it had converted 25,000 people to Christianity in northeast India. RSS-linked magazines have been critical of Amazon and termed it as “East India Company 2.0”.
RSS-linked Hindi weekly ‘Panchjanya’ in October last year had alleged that the company had paid crores of rupees in bribes for favourable government policies.
Amazon wants to establish its monopoly in the Indian market, ‘Panchjanya’ claimed, and said, “For doing so, it has started taking initiatives for seizing the economic, political and personal freedom of the Indian citizens.”
Meanwhile, when contacted by the Indian Express, an Amazon spokesperson said, “Amazon India does not have any relationship with All India Mission or its affiliates nor does the AmazonSmile program operate on the Amazon India marketplace. Where the AmazonSmile program does operate, customers can choose to donate to a charity they prefer from multiple non-profits that register themselves under the program.
The AmazonSmile program does not endorse the views of any charity participating in the program.”

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