Fund of the organization linked to Huawei, links to the Qatar Foundation

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The Rajiv Gandhi Foundation found itself at the heart of a controversy after revealing that it received more than Rs. 1 crore in donations from the Chinese government during the PAU regime. The foundation counts Congress President Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi among its senior officials. OpIndia can now report that such shady ties between the RGF and China continued until 2018-2019.

According to the annual report of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation for the year 2018-19, the Bharti Foundation was one of the organizations that donated to it. In the same year, the Bharti Foundation was also a partner of Huawei, widely recognized as an extended arm of the Chinese state. The annual report indicates that RGF’s income for the year 2018-19 from grants and donations was Rs. 95 91 766 rupees.

Source: RGF 2018-19 Annual Report

Earlier in 2020, the Trump administration in the United States blocked Huawei and its suppliers from accessing American technology and software. The United States has made it clear that Huawei is a threat to its national security due to its close ties to the Chinese Communist Party. For similar reasons, the UK is also considering banning Huawei from its 5G networks.

U.S. intelligence officials have worried for years about the potential for Huawei to use its network access to spy on, or worse, shut down communications in the event of a cyber war.

The threat posed by Huawei has been clear for some time. And yet the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation run by senior congressional officials was receiving funds until 2018-19 from an NGO that had partnered with Huawei.

Source: RGF 2018-19 Annual Report

Documents submitted by the Bharti Foundation to the Home Office also reveal that it received over Rs. 14 crore during the 2018-19 fiscal year from the Qatar Foundation Endowment. The Qatar Foundation is a private charity created by former Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and his wife Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.

Currently, the board of directors of the Qatar Foundation understand Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani and Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, all members of Qatari royalty.

Document source: MHA website

It is not known exactly how much the Bharti Foundation gave to the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. Let us also recall that at that time, the RGF was a partner of the Aman Biradari Trust, founded by Harsh Mander, an “activist” member of an organization that works with the Italian secret services.

While it is clear that the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation did not receive donations from an organization established by Qatari Royalty and was not a partner of Huawei, it did receive donations from an organization that did. Considering everything we know about the Congress Party’s ties to the CPC, which includes the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two, this only adds to the aura of suspicion and doubt regarding the functioning of the foundation.


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