On Tuesday, December 6th, 2016, Professor Irfan Nooruddin testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee at the hearing, "American Compassion in India: Government Obstacles." Nooruddin was one of three witnesses to testify on the issue of U.S.-India relations vis-a-vis civil society. The two other witnesses included Mr. Stephen Oakley, General Counsel and Vice President of the General Counsel Office of Compassion International and Mr. John Sifton, Acting Deputy Washington Director and Asia Advocacy Director of Human Rights Watch.
Nooruddin's testimony included an overview of the continuously evolving U.S.-India strategic partnership, but with a specific emphasis on a recent law: Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA). He clarified that the obstacles the FCRA are not unique to American NGOs. Nooruddin also addressed and dispelled the fear that the FCRA could possibly be targeting faith-based, American NGOs specifically. On the same note, he also mentioned that at "a superficial glance [it] suggests some cause for concern." Watch and read the full hearings and testimonies here.
Irfan Nooruddin is the director of the India Initiative and the Hamid bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor of Indian Politics in the Asian Studies Program in the School of Foreign Service. His expertise is in economic development, democratization, and civil conflict in the developing world. He has authored numerous articles, as well as the books Elections in Hard Times: Building Stronger Democracies in the 21st Century (2016, with T.E. Flores) and Coalition Politics and Economic Development: Credibility and the Strength of Weak Governments (2011).