With the increase in COVID-19 cases around the world, it is not unusual to dream of escaping to a remote island. And if ‘Kailasa’ – the ‘nation’ that self-styled man-god Nithyananda claims to have founded in 2019 – was on your list of places to travel, we have bad news for you. In a statement, Nithyananda announced that devotees of India would not be allowed to enter his island. In his “presidential term”, Nithyananda said it was not only Indians, but also travelers from Brazil, the European Union and Malaysia who were banned from entering the island. The decision was made in consideration of the growing cases of COVID-19 around the world.
The tweet accompanying the statement read: “KAILASA executive order #PresidentialMandate directly from #SPH for all #KAILASA embassies worldwide. # COVID19 #COVIDSecondWaveInIndia #CoronaSecondWave #Nithyananda #Kailaasa #ExecutiveOrder.”
Executive order directly from #SPH for all embassies of #KAILASA across the globe. #COVID-19#COVIDSecondWaveInIndia#CoronaSecondWave#Nithyananda#Kailaasa#Executive orderpic.twitter.com/I2D0ZvffnO
– KAILASA’S SPH JGM HDH Nithyananda Paramashivam (@SriNithyananda) April 20, 2021
Nithyananda has been hiding on the island located off the coast of Ecuador since 2019. He fled after being accused of sexual assault. Since then, Nithyananda has appealed to the United Nations to declare Kailasa as a separate country.
In the latest statement, he wrote: “All Kailasians, Ekailasians, volunteers associated with these de facto Kailasa embassies must quarantine and adhere to the precautionary measures recommended by local laws.”
Twitter users were divided after reading the “executive order”. Users retweeted the statement with laughing emojis. Look.
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– Harvard V / s HardWork (@TurMurTu) April 22, 2021
SBB. ???????????? https://t.co/ummBVXo3qH
– Mal-Lee (@MallikarjunaNH) April 22, 2021
In the past, Nithyananda has drawn attention on social media with videos and tweets about his “Hindu sovereign nation”. In addition to its own cabinet and prime minister, the island has a dedicated website. On the island, the website says, “Kailaasa is a borderless nation created by dispossessed Hindus from around the world who have lost the right to practice Hinduism authentically in their own countries.”
In August 2020, Nithyananda even launched its “Reserve Bank of Kailasa”. The official currency of the island has been declared “Kailashian dollars”. The accused of rape calls himself the “Supreme Pontiff” of Kailasa.
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