It has to be said that it’s difficult to see the assault on democracy here:
The Indian government has frozen bank accounts of Greenpeace after accusing the international environment campaign group of encouraging “anti-development” protests in the emerging economic power.
The Union Home Ministry on Thursday suspended the official registration for foreign funding of Greenpeace India for six months and froze seven bank accounts connected with the organisation, The Hindu, a local newspaper, reported.
Samit Aich, the executive director of Greenpeace, said the move was “an attack on democracy”.
“They don’t like the questions we are raising. We are environmental activists asking questions about the environment. There has been intimidation, illegal attacks for some time now,” he said.
Campaigners believe that authorities have been upset by campaigns to highlight the environmental consequences of India’s increasing use of coal to generate massive amounts of power needed by the growing economy.
We do tend to think that “democracy” should be shileded from foreign money. No foreigner may donate, rather no non-resident and not on hte voting roll, may donate to a British political party for example.
So whining about “democracy” being damaged by controls on foreign money seems a bit off.
We might think of this as an assault on civil liberty, perhaps on free speech, possibly upon freedom of association. We might even think that it’s a bad thing. But it’s not obviously an attack upon democracy when a duly elected government tells the foreign hippies to fuck off now, is it?