36 years ago the Lawyers Collective works on public interest litigation, research and advocacy in women’s rights, health and HIV. Like many other NGOs working to secure human rights, it relies quite a lot on foreign grants. But that’s stopped since the Indian government suspended and then cancelled its registration under the FCRA – the law that regulates foreign donations to NGOs. It also refused the renewal application, citing a field agency report. Indira Jaising one of the co-founders of Lawyers Collective explains what’s at stake and why so many NGOs have met a similar fate. On Off Centre this week the former additional Solicitor General of India tells Anuradha SenGupta on the long road ahead.