Carter had to sign an oath

October 28, 2006 12:00 am | Updated March 22, 2012 11:22 am IST

NEW DELHI: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter revealed on Friday that he had to sign a personal undertaking that an international charity, Habitat for Humanity, would not engage in religious conversion activities, before the group was allowed to build houses for the poor in India. Mr. Carter said he had given this undertaking to then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Mr. Carter, who will be in Mumbai to witness construction of small homes by Habitat for Humanity, said the group had approached him in the U.S. to intercede with the Government of India on its behalf. Though a former President, he had taken up the matter with Mr. Gandhi who asked him to sign an oath that there would be no proselytization activities.

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