The five groups in question are Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA), Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, Infinity Foundation, Sewa International, and the Hindu American Foundation (HAF). All these organizations have ties with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
VHPA received more than $150,000 under PPP and $21,430 under EIDLA and DAL programs. Its Indian counterpart, VHP was categorized as a religious militant organization by the CIA in 2018.
Although the VHPA claims to be a separate legal entity from the VHP, its website mentions that the organizations share the “same values and ideals”.
Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation obtained a direct pay of $7,000 and a loan of $64,462 under PPP.
The Foundation runs a network of schools for children from Adivasi and rural communities across India, and has been accused of promoting hatred for minorities among children.
Infinity Foundation received $51,872 in US federal funds in the wake of the pandemic, according to SBA data.
This foundation provides grants to universities and researchers to allow the spread of Hindu nationalism in academic spaces.
Sewa International received a sum of $150,621 in COVID relief.
Sewa International organization funds a lot of RSS projects across India. In fact, some old literature suggests that Sewa International’s address was the same as RSS’s headquarters in Delhi.
The Hindu American Foundation received what can be said as the lion’s share of federal funds among the five organizations- a whopping amount of $378,064 in PPP loans and another $10,000 in EIDLA.