NEWARK — The largest city in New Jersey is admitting that its officials fell for a hoax to become a "sister city" with an Indian nation that doesn't actually exist.
At a signing ceremony on Jan. 12, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka celebrated the city's new relationship with the United States of Kailasa. The cultural agreement officially made Newark and Kailasa global partners under Sister Cities International, a nonprofit organization founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
"I pray that our relationship helps us to understand cultural, social, and political development and improves the lives of everybody in both places," Baraka said. "We have sister cities with many cities all over the world."
But any hopes of improving lives in Kailasa were dead on arrival because it has no residents; the rising Hindu nation isn't real. And its leader is reportedly wanted by authorities in India for child abduction and sexual assault.