During the open, February meeting of the UN committee in Geneva, the “permanent ambassador of the United States Kailasy” spoke. The fictitious country was created by Nithyananda, a guru who had fled from India and was accused of rape. Within the ranks of the UN, it was announced that the representative’s statement would be ignored.
On February 24, a meeting of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights was held UN (CESCR) in Geneva attended by representatives of what they said were “United States of Kailasa”. A UN official, quoted by the BBC, said their comments were “irrelevant” and “off topic” to the issues discussed at the meeting.
Behind the establishment of the “United States of Kailasa” (USK) in 2019 is the self-proclaimed guru Nithyananda, who is wanted in India in several cases, including rape and sexual assault. He himself denies the allegations against him.
The speech of USK “representatives” at the United Nations last week made headlines in India. The country’s government has so far not commented on the matter.
Representatives of a fictitious country at UN meetings
A UN official confirmed to the BBC by e-mail that “representatives of the USK attended two public UN meetings in Geneva in February”. The first was a discussion at the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) on February 22, and the second was participation in the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) on February 24.
Vivian Kwok, a media officer at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, which oversees both committees, explained that these discussions are public and open to all interested parties. Kwok said USK’s written submission to the CEDAW committee would not be included in the report because it was “irrelevant to the general discussion topic.”
Recordings of committee meetings, including the one from February 24, are available on the UN website. Two hours and 40 minutes into the meeting, a woman who introduced herself as Vijayapriya Nithyananda, “Kailasa’s permanent United States ambassador” spoke during the question session. She said, among other things, that she would like to ask a question about “the rights of indigenous peoples and sustainable development.”
The woman described the USK as “the first sovereign state for Hindus” founded by Nithyananda, the “supreme pope of Hinduism”. She also claimed that USK was “successful in terms of sustainability” as it provided free necessities such as food, shelter and medical care to all its citizens.
Her question was about what measures could be taken to “stop the persecution” of Nithyananda and USK residents.
He fled India, founded a fictitious country
Nithyananda fled India in 2019. In 2010, he was accused of rape by a schoolgirl and was briefly arrested but released after paying bail. The court formally indicted him in 2018.
A few days before he fled the country, police officers filed a separate complaint about the abduction and detention of children at his hermitage in western India’s Gujarat state. It is not clear where he fled to.
The man then declared that he had purchased an island off the coast Ecuador and founded a new country called Kailasa, named after a mountain in the Himalayas (Kajlas – ed.), which is believed to be the abode of the Hindu god Shiva. Ecuador denied that the man was in the country and asserted that “Nithyananda has not been granted asylum in Ecuador or received assistance from the government.”
Nithyananda has not appeared in public since 2019, although recordings of his sermons are regularly posted on his social media channels. The British daily The Guardian reported in 2022 that Nithyananda’s UK representative attended a “great Diwali party in the House of Lords” at the invitation of two conservative politicians. At that time, there were also messages showing USK ambassadors in various parts of the world, including Great Britain, Canada and in the Caribbean.
According to the USK website, the fictitious country has “two billion practicing Hindus”. It is listed as having a flag, a “constitution”, a central bank, a passport and an emblem.
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