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Nalini Ghuman is a young British Elgar specialist, an assistant professor at Mills College in Oakland, California.

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Ms. Ghuman’s descent into the bureaucratic netherworld began on Aug. 8, 2006, when she and Mr. Flight returned to San Francisco from a research trip to Britain. Armed immigration officers met them at the airplane door and escorted Ms. Ghuman away.

In a written account of the next eight hours that she prepared for her lawyer, Ms. Ghuman said that officers tore up her H-1B visa, which was valid through May 2008, defaced her British passport, and seemed suspicious of everything from her music cassettes to the fact that she had listed Welsh as a language she speaks.

Held incommunicado in a room in the airport, she was groped during a body search, she said, and was warned that if she moved, she would be considered to be attacking her armed female searcher. After questioning her for hours, the officers told her that she had been ruled inadmissible, she said, and threatened to transfer her to a detention center in Santa Clara, Calif., unless she left on a flight to London that night.

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She’s now back at Mills College. It took from August 2006 to January 2008 for the US State Department to resolve the problem. There’s no published explanation from the US government.

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She said that she was finally allowed to reenter the U.S. as a result of an international campaign of support, which included Congresswoman Barbara Lee and her staff, senior Mills officials, and the American Musicological Society, which headed the effort and kept a webpage providing updates of her situation.

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Did Prof Ghuman’s research into Elgar uncover a radical jihadist message in ‘Pomp and Circumstance’? Is the ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ in truth an exhortation for Englishmen to strap suicide belts to their tweeds and blow up Sir Roger Norrington?



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1. Ms Ghuman has brown(ish) skin. Her father, an emeritus professor of educational psychology at the University of Wales, was born in India to a Sikh family and moved to Britain in the 1960s.
2. Prof Ghuman gave the Radio 3 essay on Elgar and Englishness this week.
3. British immigration officials also behave like unaccountable lunatics.
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I’m outraged. You only need look at Ms Ghuman's CV to see she's a dangerous radical:

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Ghuman has lived in the U.S. for 10 years. She earned a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2003 in history and literature of music. She also has a master's and bachelor's degree in music from The Queen's College, University of Oxford, and a master's degree from King's College, University of London. Her current book in progress is India in the English Musical Imagination, 1890-1940.
Amazingly, she received backing from Mills College, Congresswoman Barbara Lee's office (D-Oakland), the American Musicological Society and academic leaders such as Leon Botstein, the president of Bard College at Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., where Ms. Ghuman was to have participated in the Bard Music Festival*, showcasing Elgar’s music, and sympathetic coverage from 60 Minutes, Connect TV, the BBC, and Reuters India.



* A notorious front organisation for Muslim extremism.

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Well said Crotchety. Here's a further picture of Ms Ghuman so brightcecilia members can avoid her when attending Elgar lectures:

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The manuscipt of 'Pomp and Circumstance' containing radical Al Qaeda messages:

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement Police prepare to sieze recordings of Elgar's Cello concerto:

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Jacqueline ‘Hezbollah’ du Pre spreading extremist propaganda before trying to blow up Andre Previn:

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A young Muslim convert and 'Imam' Elgar plan the terror bombing of the Wigmore Hall. Note Elgar's poisoned umbrella.

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It is a really shocking story.

I'm surprised she even wanted to go back.
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