Paraguay official sacked after signing MoU with Indian fugitive Nithyananda’s fictional country

Arnaldo Chamorro was replaced as chief of staff for Paraguay’s Agriculture Ministry on Wednesday shortly after it was revealed that he signed a “proclamation” with representatives of the United States of Kailasa

December 01, 2023 07:14 am | Updated 10:38 am IST - BUENOS AIRES, Argentina

A Paraguayan government official was replaced after it was revealed that he signed a MoU with representatives of the so-called “United States of Kailasa”, founded by India fugitive Nithyananda. File. PTI

A Paraguayan government official was replaced after it was revealed that he signed a MoU with representatives of the so-called “United States of Kailasa”, founded by India fugitive Nithyananda. File. PTI

A Paraguayan government official was replaced after it was revealed that he signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with representatives of a fugitive Indian guru, Nithyananda’s fictional country, who also appear to have duped several local officials in South American country.

The revelation sparked a scandal — and lots of social media mockery — in Paraguay but it’s hardly the first time self-described representatives of the United States of Kailasa duped international leaders. Earlier this year, they managed to participate in a United Nations committee meeting in Geneva and also signed agreements with local leaders in the United States and Canada.

Also read: Nithyananda’s ‘fake country’ Kailasa cons 30 U.S. cities with ‘sister-city’ scam: report

Arnaldo Chamorro was replaced as chief of staff for Paraguay’s Agriculture Ministry on Wednesday shortly after it was revealed that he signed a “proclamation” with representatives of the United States of Kailasa.

Among other things, the October 16 “proclamation” expressed a “sincere wish and recommendation for the government of Paraguay to consider, explore and actively seek the establishment of diplomatic relations with the United States of Kailasa and support the admission of the United States of Kailasa as a sovereign and independent state in various international organisations, including, among others, the United Nations,” according to a copy of the agreement posted on social media.

Representatives of the fictional country met with Mr. Chamorro and Agriculture Minister Carlos Giménez, Mr. Chamorro said in a radio interview.

Also read: ‘Kailasa has not deceived anyone’: Nithyananda’s ‘country’ responds to sister-city controversy

During the interview, Mr. Chamorro recognised he didn’t know where Kailasa was located and said he signed what he characterised as a “memorandum of understanding” because they offered to help Paraguay with a variety of issues, including irrigation.

Photos posted in Kailasa’s social media accounts also showed representatives of the fictional country signing agreements with local leaders of the María Antonia and Karpai municipalities. The social media account celebrated each of these signings.

On Kailasa’s website, the fictional country is described as the “revival of the ancient enlightened Hindu civilisational nation which is being revived by displaced Hindus from around the world.” It is led by a self-styled guru, Nithyananda, who is wanted in India on several charges, including sexual assault. His whereabouts are unknown.

Representatives of the United States of Kailasa participated in two U.N. committee meetings in Geneva in February, according to media reports.

In March, Newark City Hall in New Jersey acknowledged it had gotten scammed when it signed a sister city agreement with Kailasa.

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