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Indian-origin author Nitasha Kaul, who was deported over 'anti-India views', claims 'all lies' Nitsha Kaul
In image Nitasha Kaul/ coursery: Her Facebook page

Indian-origin author Nitasha Kaul, who was deported over 'anti-India views', claims 'all lies'

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 27 Feb 2024, 12:40 am

New Delhi/IBNS: Indian-origin British academic Nitasha Kaul, who was deported by the Indian government over the weekend after landing at Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport, has hit back claiming that she was denied entry as she is "married to a Pakistani... a pawn of China... a puppet (of the) West..."

Kaul, who government sources claim was deported due to her "anti-India, pro-separatist sentiments, said she was not humiliated, and declared, "I am authoritarians fear... a thinking woman".

"Re: all the lies, I am not married to a Pakistani, not a Muslim convert, not a pawn of China, not a puppet of (the) West, not a commie (Communist), not a jihadi, not a Pak sympathiser, not a terrorist supporter, not anti-India, and not part of a gang," she posted on X (formerly Twitter).

"My experience was harrowing... but the humiliation is not mine. It is that of a ridiculous, insecure regime. What I have termed 'moral wound of colonialism' in my work is very much on display."

"Selective resurrections of past macro histories are used to manipulate present sentiment," she said.

"I urge you to think beyond walls of hate against those different from you... and to read and understand what I say and think, before rushing to condemn. It is hard but it is possible."

Nitasha Kaul, a Professor of Politics, International Relations, and Critical Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Westminster in London, also describes herself as a "Kashmiri novelist".

According to her website, her focus areas include "right-wing politics, postcolonial neoliberal nationalism, the Hindutva project in India, and the history and politics of Kashmir".

In a lengthy thread, she said spent nearly 48 hours, including 24 in a holding cell at Bengaluru airport, with "no easy access to food and water" and without a pillow or a blanket

"Officials informally made references to my criticism of RSS, a far-right Hindu nationalist paramilitary (the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is widely seen as the ruling BJP's ideological mentor) years ago..."

Following Kaul's deportation, the BJP, which is the main opposition party in Karnataka, accused the Congress of inviting "a Pak sympathiser who wants India's break-up".

 

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