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Greenpeace India in war of words with government

Angry response to intelligence report that labels it a 'threat'

Ritu Sharma, New Delhi

June 13, 2014

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Greenpeace India has rejected a government report that labeled the environmental agency a "threat to national economic security."

"We are certainly not against the development of the country. The conclusions of the report are wrong and ridiculous," Bharti Sinha, Greenpeace spokeswoman, told on Friday.

The  report, issued by India's intelligence bureau on Wednesday, accused Greenpeace of hampering the country's economic development through protests against a number of development projects, including nuclear power plants and coal mining projects.

The report said Greenpeace's "superior network" of numerous pan-India organizations has helped conduct anti-nuclear protests and mounted "massive efforts to take down India's coal-fired power plants and coal mining activity".

The report also questioned Greenpeace's foreign funding, alleging that the organization used overseas finance to organize protests against Indian development projects.

Sinha said that Greenpeace is trying to promote sustainable development.

"We do not want our forests to be destroyed to access the coal underneath when there are other alternative sources of energy available," she said.

Sinha also said the agency's Indian chapter does receive part of its budget from Greenpeace International, "but at the same time we have 300,000 individual donors in India so we get enough from them to carry out our annual expenses".

"We do not take donations from corporations or governments," she said. 

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