World Vision is the largest recipient of International funds in India today. According to their website “Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, World Vision serves alongside the poor and oppressed as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Financial support is received from; the UK Government, the European Union, charitable trusts, corporate supporters and also more than 100,000 individuals, who sponsor children in poor communities overseas.”
The recent (late 2008) violence between Hindus and Christians in Orissa was triggered when 84-year old Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati in Kandhamal, Orissa, who was murdered in an armed ambush of his Ashram, on the evening of August 23 2008.
According to journalist Suarva Basu, following Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati’s murder, the Orissa police have arrested Pradesh Kumar Das, an employee of the World Vision from Khadagpur, while trying to escape from the district at Buguda.
Swami Laxmanananda devoted his whole life to the welfare of the most downtrodden tribal communities. He received several death threats from Christian sources over the last few years – and several murder attempts later (refer to a previous post), brutally killed by armed Christian gunmen posing as Maoists.