The Democrat-run city of Newark, New Jersey, recently formalized its sister city partnership with the Hindu nation of Kailasa. Evidently, city officials did not consult a map before doing so.
The "United States of Kailasa" does not exist. It is the invention of an accused rapist who has been on the run from Indian authorities since 2019 for child abduction and other crimes.
Newark residents have spoken out about Democrat officials' failed foray into foreign policy, questioning whether anyone at City Hall is capable of performing a simple Google search.
A sisterhood of deception
According to its website, the so-called nation of Kailasa "is the home and refuge for the international Hindu diaspora. ... The nation of KAILASA stands as the world's sole beacon of genuine Hindu self-governance and autonomy."
The population of the fictitious realm that Newark had a fleeting relationship with is allegedly "100 million Adi Shaivites; 2 Billion practicing Hindus."
The fake nation has its own flag, emblem, national anthem, constitution, and passport.
India Today reported that Swami Nithyananda, the 45-year-old con man behind Kailasa, is a self-proclaimed god-man wanted in India on several charges of rape and sexual assault.
Nithyananda is believed to have escaped justice to a private island near Trinidad and Tobago in 2019.
The accused child rapist refers to himself as a "Supreme Pontiff of Hinduism" keen on "giving superconscious breakthrough to humanity, which is physically demonstrable through various power manifestations."
Nithyananda noted on his website that in January, "the United States of KAILASA and the City of Newark, New Jersey, USA, entered into a protocol bilateral agreement."
Unlike other claims, the accused rapist was not lying about the agreement, having included a host of images of Democrat Mayor Ras J. Baraka and other city officials celebrating the occasion in the company of purported Kailasa dignitaries at Newark City Hall.
Nithyananda said in his announcement of the agreement, "Today indeed marks an important beginning of collaboration between the United States of KAILASA and the City of Newark to further advance the broader bilateral agenda for a greater vision of world peace. With this protocol bilateral relations KAILASA looks forward to bringing its humanitarian services to the city of Newark and serve its community."
During the ceremony, Mayor Baraka said, "I pray that our relationship helps us to understand cultural, social and political development and improves the lives of everybody in both places, and helps us to understand where we are and who we are and our connectivity to one another, and helps us to become better people in this process — better people individually and as cities and nations."
Newark and United States of Kailasa become Sister Citiesyoutu.be
Sisters no more
Susan Garofalo, press secretary in the city's communications department, told the Press Trust of India that after "we learned about the circumstances surrounding Kailasa, the City of Newark immediately took action and rescinded the sister city agreement" on Jan. 18.
"Based on deception, the ceremony was groundless and void," added Garofalo. "Although this was a regrettable incident, the City of Newark remains committed to partnering with people from diverse cultures in order to enrich each other with connectivity, support, and mutual respect."
Newark resident Jacob Rosario told WCBS-TV that the incident was "very embarrassing for the city."
"I truly don't even have words for it," said resident Atiyah Harris.
Resident Amaris Mitchell said, "I'm really sorry for the city that they got duped in that way."
"Whose job was it to do a simple Google search? No one in City Hall, not one person did a Google search, so maybe we need a transformation of City Hall 'cause not one person said, let me go and Google and figure out this was a fake city," Newark resident Shakee Merritt told WCBS-TV.
Matt Friedman pointed out in Politico that "Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is often mentioned as a potential candidate for governor in 2025. If he actually wants to run, this embarrassment won’t help him."
TheBlaze recently reported that the prospective gubernatorial candidate celebrated the installation of a monument Thursday honoring abolitionist trailblazer Harriet Tubman. The monument took the place of a statue of Christopher Columbus that Baraka and other iconoclasts had taken down.
At the time of the Columbus statue's removal, Barakas said, "The removal of this statue should not be perceived as an insult to the Italian-American community. It is a statement against the barbarism, enslavement, and oppression that this explorer represents."
In Columbus' travels, never did he encounter Kailasa.
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