Indian culture places great emphasis on Daana (giving). The ancient philosophy of Nishkama Karma – “do good without the expectation of getting a reward” – continues to profoundly influence many peoples’ lives. In keeping with this philosophy, Daana is widely practiced and can take various forms, including Vastra Daana (giving clothing), Anna Daana (giving grain), or Shram Daana (giving voluntary service). Every individual or household is expected to help the needy and the suffering in some way. At the national level, India’s legal framework is considered relatively supportive of civil society, and particularly supportive of philanthropic giving.
ICNL’s India Philanthropy Law Report unpacks this environment and the present-day legal framework for philanthropy law. Additionally, our India FAQs provide more context on civil society and philanthropy in the country.