Cisco in the News – Present and Past

New Investments in India and ranking as one of World’s Most Ethical Companies

But in 2002 it was found to have funded a charity with links to spreading hate in India

Cisco has been in the news recently – for its $100-million investment in India and for being named one of the world’s most ethical companies.

Good developments by all means, particularly because it is a company I worked for during 2005-2010.

At the same time, the Brussels attacks have brought the focus back on funding hate and nations committing suicide through reckless immigration.

There is another dimension to it. In 2002, soon after 9/11, it emerged in the U.S. that Cisco Systems and HP were among the companies identified to have indirectly funded a group in India associated with hate attacks on minorities in the country- Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) / its affiliates.

In fact, the funding had begun even earlier than 2001 – believed to be from the 1990s – starting with the founding of India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF), a Maryland-based charity organisation.

The funding was to India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF), a Maryland-based charity organisation believed to be involved in helping NGOs in India for relief work there.

Reports later emerged pointing to IDRF diverting the funds to sponsor the Sangh Parivar which was involved in spreading hate against non-Hindus in India.

The IDRF is said to have been founded by RSS ideologues based in the U.S. – mostly migrants from India.

Cisco later suspended the funding after IDRF’s links to the RSS were exposed.

To me, companies will go to any lengths as long as it suits their business interests. In a slumping economy amid the growing threat of terrorism their agenda, hidden or otherwise, can hardly be taken at face value.

G Joslin Vethakumar

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