My name is Karl Rock and the Government of India has stopped me from returning to India, separating me from my wife and family.
So who am I? What happened? And why has it happened?
Who am I?
I’m a content creator who makes videos about travel safety, incredible travel destinations, I cover scams and how to avoid them in both English and Hindi, and I share basically everything to do with my life and family.
Over the last 10 years, I’ve travelled to every single state and union territory of India, from Mizoram to Lakshadweep. I did this because I wanted to see all of India. India is my love and passion.
If you’re new here and I look familiar, you might remember me donating Plasma twice to the Delhi Plasma Clinic, or maybe you saw my recent viral video where I reply to someone trolling India simply and sweetly with “जय हिन्द (Long live India).”
My wife and family
My wife’s name is Manisha Malik. We met in Delhi in October 2014, and we got married in April 2019.
My Father-in-law’s home is in Hansi, Haryana and my Mother-in-law’s village is in the Churu district of Rajasthan.
I love and miss my family a lot. To be away from them for so long is very difficult.
I left India to go travel Dubai and Pakistan in October 2020, and upon leaving, they cancelled my visa at the airport. They wouldn’t tell me why.
So in Dubai, I applied for a new visa. They called me in for a meeting and told me I had been blacklisted and therefore they couldn’t issue me a visa to go home.
During this time we’ve written to the Home Ministry multiple times, Manisha tried to speak with them at their office in Delhi, we’ve written to the High Commissioner of India in New Zealand. But His Excellency ignored me, even when I turned up to his office with my wife’s COVID positive report. Yes, she went through COVID a second time, and even then His Excellency wouldn’t didn’t reply.
During that time 25 people died at the hospital we go to because of lack of oxygen and people we know were dying of COVID. I felt sick in my stomach being away from her at that time because when I had COVID in March 2020, she took care of me. But I wasn’t there for her.
Now you might be thinking, well, you have a New Zealand and European passport so you guys can go live there. But the thing is, Manisha and my family have no desire to leave India. Why would we? We love India.
My wife’s dream country is India and that’s why she spent 6 years of her life attempting to crack civil services examinations. She’s a desh bhakt (nationalist) in the purest sense and her devotion to India and Indian culture is one thing that I love about her.
It’s very wrong of the Govt. of India to be forcing her to leave India to be with her husband.
Being exiled from my family has been very difficult to deal with. I’ve had to go through a lot of separation trauma. In the beginning, I would get panic attacks. Now it’s progressed into me being extremely unhappy. Imagine you can’t return home and you’re up against the Government of India. The pressure is more than I’ve ever experienced.
But if there’s one thing that being part of a Haryanvi family has taught me, it’s how to be brave and how to fight. We will fight until I get home.
Why was I blacklisted?
We don’t know why I was added to the blacklist because the Govt. of India is ignoring my wife and I’s requests for this information.
Before someone is added to the Blacklist they’re meant to be given the reason and time to reply. I wasn’t.
So today we’re filing a petition in the Delhi High Court to find out the reasons and request my removal from the Blacklist.
I’m feeling very thankful to the Indian Judiciary system for being there because Manisha and I have been ignored the entire time by the Government. Without the Judiciary, we’d have no recourse. So thank you, and I’m hopeful that the Judiciary will review my blacklisting and give a fair decision.
Through all this, there’s only one regret I have, and that’s that this entire thing has put great worry on my wife, parents-in-law, and family. For this, I ask for their forgiveness.
Please help us
Please help Manisha and I by signing our petition to remove my name from the blacklist so I can return home.
I’m waiting for that moment when I step foot back in Delhi and hug my family again.
In the meantime, we’ll meet in Bangladesh, Nepal, or Pakistan until I can get back.