India-Overview

Although India’s many civil society organisations have until recently enjoyed an enabling operating environment, civic space is being increasingly constrained because of government interference with the freedoms of association, expression, and peaceful assembly. Local and foreign civil society organisations describe an uneasy atmosphere under the current government of Narendra Modi. This has been caused by the government’s targeting of CSOs including Greenpeace India, as well as statements leaked to the media indicating that civil society is receiving large sums of money to pursue foreign agendas in India. While many organisations providing social services can operate unimpeded, and in many cases collaborate effectively with the state, human rights defenders face threats, harassment and intimidation, and space for the expression of diverse views and dissent is shrinking.