Greenpeace member denied entry into India, says NGO

New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) A member of Greenpeace International, Aaron Gray-Block, has been “barred” from entering India despite having a valid business visa and necessary documents, the NGO said on Monday.


The organisation has demanded an explanation from the ministry of home affairs.

Gray-Block was travelling from Sydney and was barred from entering into India on Saturday.

“No formal reason was given by the immigration officials for the decision and he was not officially deported,” it added.

He was travelling to India on an Australian passport to take part in a series of meetings with staff and to learn more about Greenpeace India’s current campaigns, it added.

Seeking a “full explanation” from the home ministry, Divya Raghunandan, Greenpeace India programme director, said: “Our colleague has a valid business visa, and yet he was prevented from entering India with no reason given.”

“We support the free movement of people across the world, which is crucial to the work of business as well as charities. Greenpeace International is a global organisation that helps to find solutions to environmental problems. There is absolutely no reason why one of its staff members should be treated in such an arbitrary way,” she said.

“We are forced to wonder if all international staff of Greenpeace will now be prevented from entering the country? If Home Minister Rajnath Singh has a stand on this, then we would like him to state it clearly,” said Raghunandan.

The NGO added that Gray-Block was denied entry, his passport was seized and he was put on a flight to Kuala Lumpur.

“His passport was returned to him after he landed in Kuala Lumpur. He is now back in Australia. This is not the first time Greenpeace staff from other countries have been denied entry into India,” the statement said.

It added that Greenpeace was a global organisation functioning in more than 50 countries.


  1. Dear readers,

    The freedom of speech is increasingly being suppressed by PM Modi under the direction of RSS Parivar.A BJP which is desperate to pass much talked ‘land Ordinance bill’ used the same tactics handling ‘Sharadaha scam’ as a bargaining tool to make ‘Didi’ submissive to favour her votes in Rajya sabha.Last year, a report by the Intelligence Bureau claimed that many NGOs, including Greenpeace India, were working against the interests of the country at the behest of foreign powers and India lost two to three per cent of GDP due to their “anti-national activities”.

    In the last one year the government has banned 30 NGOs, ostensibly engaged in welfare of minorities, from receiving foreign funds after adverse reports about their activities from intelligence agencies. These are part of 69 NGOs which have been prohibited by the government from receiving foreign funds under Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA).

    Of the 12 NGOs banned in Tamil Nadu, four are Christian organizations while one is Islamic. In Gujarat, of the five organizations banned, all except one is engaged in Muslim welfare.

    Home ministry cancels registration of 9,000 foreign-funded NGOs

    The enactment of compulsory spends on corporate social responsibility (CSR) under the new Companies Act, which the Modi government has come to scrap FCRA and ask the NGOs to seek local funds,.In their second budget the Social spending cut first time in a decade hampering the social security schemes and restricting the state spending.The Modi government went on freezing Greenpeace accounts had free channel for its breathern from Overseas RSS sister affiliation like Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA), Sewa International USA, Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation-USA. The Overseas Friends of the Bharatiya Janata Party – USA (OFBJP) is active as well, though it is not a tax-exempt group.” The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) banned NGO for having at least half do not file proper accounts.However exempted RSS which doesn’t file auditing report neither hold proper balance sheet nor have registered members list.Most of its affiliation bipase US regulation and transform themselves into foreign exchange of hate.

    The Foreign Exchange of Hate IDRF and the American Funding of Hindutva

    Hindu Nationalism in the United States:A Report on Nonprofit Groups

    Hindutva groups very active in USA; fund several Sangh Parivar affiliates: New Report

    U.S. corporates funding hate?

    “The FCRA bans political activity by foreign funded NGOs. The government needs to define “political activity” more clearly for funds collected from overseas by RSS” ?

    Jai Hind

  2. Good riddance and a good decision by the government. Should have kicked out the Indian Green Peace activists too. They are traitors of India. They try to stop every developmental activities in India.

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