by Suanshu Khurana, Bashaarat Masood, expressindia.com, kashmirlive.com
|September 24, 2011|
David Barsamian was deported on arrival from the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Srinagar, New Delhi — United States-based broadcaster and author David Barsamian, known for his trenchant criticism of US foreign policy, was deported on arrival from the Indira Gandhi International Airport early this morning.
Officials said he was deported for allegedly violating the terms of his visa during his last visit. He had published reports on his visit — which needs a journalist’s visa — while he was on a “tourist visa,” they said. This time, too, he had a tourist visa.
Barsamian was scheduled to travel to Srinagar next week, said Khurram Parvez, coordinator of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), in connection with the report by a state human rights probe panel on the over 2000 unmarked graves in north Kashmir.
“He had delivered lecturers here in December 2008 and then again came in February earlier this year,’’ said Parvez. “We were planning to take him to visit the unmarked grave sites. He has done several interviews on Kashmir earlier.”
Barsamian is the founder and director of Alternative Radio, an independent weekly audio series based in Boulder, Colorado. He has published a series of interviews that include Propaganda and the Public Mind: Conversations with Noam Chomsky, The Pen and the Sword: Conversations with Edward Said.
Before his deportation, Barsamian made a phone call to his guru, Delhi-based sitar maestro Pandit Debu Chaudhuri. Barsamian has been learning music from Chaudhuri for the past four decades and has been regularly visiting India.
“I got a call from David at 1 am. All he said was that he is being sent back by the same flight. He had been frisked and I could guess that he was with the police since he sounded scared. He is my student and a great friend and, of course, I am concerned. I could not sleep the whole night,” said Chaudhuri.
David Barsamian denied entry to India. Deported from Dehli Airport
Deep Dish TV colleague and frequent contributor David Barsamian was refused entry into India when his plane arrived at the New Dehli airport just after midnight on September 23rd. For more information
Well known for his extensive reporting on South Asia, and recently Kashmir where India maintains the world’s most intense occupation, Barsamian is the founder of Alternative Radio and long time Deep Dish TV colleague. (See his recent interviews with Arundhati Roy, Revolts and Rebellions, and Parvez Bukhari, Dateline Kashmir on Deep Dish TV
David Barsamian is the award-winning founder and director of Alternative Radio, an independent award-winning weekly series based in Boulder, Colorado. He has been working in radio since 1978 where he has interviewed the likes of Angela Davis, Ralph Nader, Vandana Shiva, and Carlos Fuentes. The one-hour program is broadcast on public radio stations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and other countries. His publications include Targeting Iran, What We Say Goes with Noam Chomsky, Original Zinn: Conversations on History and Politics with Howard Zinn, Imperial Ambitions with Noam Chomsky, and Speaking of Empire & Resistance with Tariq Ali. His earlier books include The Checkbook & the Cruise Missile with Arundhati Roy, Propaganda and the Public Mind with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad: Confronting Empire, and The Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting.
The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its “Top Ten Media Heroes.” Barsamian lectures throughout the U.S. on foreign policy, the media, propaganda, and corporate power. In 2003 he received the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism and the Democracy Media Award, and in 2006, the Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice Center Award. Barsamian interviewed Andrew Bacevich for Lannan’s Readings & Conversations in 2010.