Veteran anthropologist Filippo Osella sent back to UK from Thiruvananthapuram airport
Thiruvananthapuram, March 24, 2022
Veteran anthropologist and sociologist Filippo Osella was not allowed entry into India after he landed at the Thiruvananthapuram airport in Kerala on Thursday morning and was sent back to the United Kingdom.
He arrived through Dubai and was sent back to Dubai from where he will return to the UK.
Upon arrival at the airport here, he was received by an official who took him to the immigration desk and, after a brief while, he was told that he was being deported.
Airport officials were tight-lipped on the reason for the deportation, only saying that they were doing their duty.
A Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies at the University of Sussex, the 65-year-old Osella is an expert on Kerala and had arrived here to take part in a seminar scheduled for Friday.
Incidentally, Osella has a valid research visa till April and his return was slated much before its expiry.