For many years, an alleged historian Audrey Truschke has been doing everything in her power to spread misinformation and hate against Hindus and India. So much so, she has not only praised the invaders like Aurangzeb and whitewashed his atrocities against the Hindus but also targeted historians, authors, students and netizens who either tried to correct her or published work that did not sync with her side.
In September 2021, a netizen who runs a Twitter hand, OSINTWa_com, published three threads exploring the possible reasons behind Audrey’s hate towards India and particularly Hindus, irrespective of their location. Audrey, who completed her PhD in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, is married to Thane Rehn, son of Nathan Rehn, a pastor from the United States who ran missionary activities in India for a long time. According to OSINTWa, Thane attended his father’s conversion workshops in India.
EXPOSED: #AudreyTruschke— OSINTवा (@OSINTWa_com) September 4, 2021
Audrey Truschke आजकल काफी सुर्ख़ियों में है। Audrey जी के अचानक भारत पर हमलवार होने के पीछे एक interesting कहानी है जो हर भारतीय को जानना बहुत जरूरी है।
असली कहानी ये नहीं है कि “वो क्या कह रही है” बल्कि कहानी ये है कि “वो कौन है?”
Nathan Rehn was the founder of Bless India Ministries that pumped millions of dollars to India via Christ the King of Kings Ministries, which was founded by Devdas Mekala. Interestingly, Mekala was also a founder member of Bless India Ministries. He was active in India from the late 2000s till 2016.
शुरुआती रिसर्च में हमने पाया कि श्रीमती Audrey जी के ससुर जी श्री Nathan Rehn जी और उनके पति परमेश्वर श्री Thane Rehn जी का एक समय में भारत में चर्च/मिशनरी एक्टिविटीज का एक बहुत लम्बा चौड़ा धंधा था।— OSINTवा (@OSINTWa_com) September 4, 2021
ससुर जी आज भी Baptist Church of Monterey, California में लीड पास्टर है।
On Nathan’s Facebook profile, there is an album specific to one of his trips to India in 2011. In the album, there were photographs of a church built by FBCM.
Other photos showcased children studying in a school built by FBCM.
From 2008, a photograph of his son Thane Rehn from somewhere in India was there on his public profile with the caption ‘Thane teaching the word’.
Bless India Ministries
Rehn is currently the lead pastor of First Baptist Church of Monterey (FBCM), California.
The website of Bless India Ministries shows an open letter where they have accused Devdas Mekala of misappropriation of funds at Christ the King of Kings Ministries and claimed they had stopped its funding completely in 2012.
The 2012 archive of the website shows the list of board of directors that included Devdas Mekala, Nathan Rehn, Paul Caprera, Jessica Rotz, Sam Allen and Sudheer Mekala. According to the website, Devdas and Nathan had first come in contact in 1999 when Devdas was attempting to raise funds for a Christian orphanage in India. Though the website says funds to Mekala’s ministry was stopped in 2012, the documents accessed by OSINTWa tell a different story.
Between 2010 to 2017, Rehn had sent around Rs 6.86 crores to Mekala’s organization.
Audrey के ससुर Nathan Rehn भारत में 2017 तक अलग अलग NGO को पैसा भेज कर आंध्र प्रदेश, ओड़िसा बोर्डर पर नई नई कनवर्जन ब्रांच खुलवाते रहे, लेकिन FCRA नियम में हुए बदलावों ने ससुर जी के पुश्तैनी धंधे पर विराम लगा दिया और 2017 के बाद से वो कोई रूपया ले/दे नहीं पाये।— OSINTवा (@OSINTWa_com) September 4, 2021
Also, Nathan in his public Facebook posts continued to talk about his visits to India on several occasions.
Apart from providing funds to Mekala, OSINTWa said in a tweet that he had sent funds to multiple NGOs to run conversion activities. However, his conversion business was shut when in 2017, the government of India tightened the rules of FCRA.
OSINTWa claimed after Nathan had to shut his shop in India, Truschke started attacking India and Hindus via propaganda. Audrey’s book on Aurangzeb came out in 2017. It was a coincidence or not that in the year when Nathan had to shut his shop, his daughter-in-law released a book praising a Mughal emperor that demolished temples and killed countless Hindus.
The Pakistan connection
In the second thread on Audrey, OSINTWa explored her Pakistani connection. She is a member of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, or AIPS. As per its website, AIPS was established in 1973 with an aim to promote academic study of Pakistan in the US. It encourages “scholarly exchange between the US and Pakistan” by offering fellowships to American researchers, administering lectureships, and sponsoring academic conferences. OSINTWa and many netizens have pointed out that in 2012-13 Audrey, who is a member of AIPS, was offered a fellowship.
EXPOSED: #AudreyTruschke Part – 2— OSINTवा (@OSINTWa_com) September 9, 2021
पिछले थ्रेड में Audrey Truschke भौजी के ससुर के भारत में मिशनरी एक्टिविटीज का इतिहास बताया। Audrey भारत के इतिहास के बारे में तो खूब जोर शोर से बात करती है, पर अपने पारिवारिक इतिहास को क्यूँ सामने नहीं आने देती।
असली कहानी इधर है: pic.twitter.com/gjEFsl2Lvv
Though there are claims that Audrey denies association with AIPS, there are a couple of tweets where she said she is a member of the organization.
The grant she was chosen for by AIPS seems to have been denied by Audrey as mentioned in the tweet as there is no info on the final report by her on AIPS’s website from that year. However, her association with the organization continues to date.
Her current resume also mentions that she is a member of AIPS.
AIPS has promoted her book as well.
In general, no one should have a problem with what an American is doing in academics and with which country. However, in the case of AIPS, there should be concerns. The main reason is that AIPS, which is supposed to create a bridge between Pakistan and US scholars, is using the platform against India.
Even if, for a moment, we ignore how Audrey continuously targets India and Hindus living across the world, a quick look into AIPS’s history raise several questions. For example, AIPS had sponsored an event in 2018 that 80 people attended. Titled “The Disposable Pakistani Scholars at AAS-in Asia (Delhi, India): A Round Table Discussion”, the event in Madison, Wisconsin, discussed how The Wire had reported a ban on Pakistani scholars from attending an event in India.
In 2020, it talked about an article published by one of its members Jennifer Dubrow on CAA.
A year earlier, she received a grant from AIPS and, unlike Audrey, used the grant for a project and spent some time in Pakistan as well.
There are multiple instances that can be registered on AIPS where instead of concentrating on Pakistan, they have meddled their way in Indian affairs.
Manan Ahmad Asif and his links to AIPS
OSINTWa claimed Audrey came in contact with two people in 2007. One was her now-husband Thane Rehn, and the second was Manan Ahmed Asif, a Pakistani scholar living in New York.
सन 2007 के आसपास Audrey जी 2 लोगों के संपर्क में आयीं— OSINTवा (@OSINTWa_com) September 9, 2021
– एक था उनका चर्च वाला दोस्त Thane Rehn जिस से उन्होंने शादी की।
– दूसरा था Manan Ahmad Asif (पाकिस्तानी) जो खुद भी आजकल इतिहासकार बना हुआ है और जल्द ही इंडिया में एक्सपर्ट बना के लांच किया जाने वाला है।
First, let’s talk about Asif. The Columbian University scholar goes by Sepoy on Twitter. The AIPS list of Board of Trustees mentions his name.
AIPS के बोर्ड में Manan Ahmed Asif खुद भी ट्रस्टी है और Audrey आज भी AIPS की सक्रिय सदस्य है, जबकि २ साल पहले तक Audrey अपना पल्ला झाड़ती थी कि वो कभी AIPS से engaged नहीं रही, लेकिन सच्चाई छिपाने से छिपती होती तो औरंगजेब को 2017 में महान थोड़े ही बनाया जा रहा होता (LoLवा)— OSINTवा (@OSINTWa_com) September 9, 2021
It was claimed in the thread that Audrey and Asif were all set to be launched as a historians in the Indian circle. A quick search of his Twitter profile with the word India, Hindu, Hindutva, Narendra Modi or Modi, and other similar words revealed a lot about his thought process.
He also supported the Hinduphobic conference “Dismantling Global Hindutva”.
Thane Rehn – Audrey’s husband’s Pakistani connections
Rehn, who was actively involved in the conversion business of his father in India, was a Summer intern at the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. OSINTWa claimed Rehn came in contact with Audrey in 2007 and later married her.
जो Audrey जी के पति परमेश्वर Thane Rehn थे, वो भारत में तो अपने पिताजी Nathan Rehn के साथ कनवर्जन वाले धंधे में थे ही, साथ ही अपने कैरियर के स्टार्ट में ही Human Rights Commission of Pakistan में Intern भी थे।— OSINTवा (@OSINTWa_com) September 9, 2021
It is notable that in a tweet in 2020, Audrey herself admitted visiting Pakistan in 2007.
Thane also worked at Jindal Global Law School in Sonipat, Haryana.
This is the same law school whose professors were accused of anti-India rhetoric on multiple occasions. In 2021, OpIndia reported that its faculty Shruti Pandey courted controversy after she claimed that all Hindus practise untouchability and praised Islam and its ‘acceptability’ of widow remarriage. In 2022, it was reported that Arijeet Ghosh, the Assistant Professor who is a faculty at the Law school referred to Kashmir as a territory “occupied by India” during a class that reportedly took place on September 9, 2021.
Audrey and her connections with anti-India and anti-Hindu organizations
In December 2019, an organization named SAHI (Students Against Hindutva Ideology) was formed. Audrey is a board member of the organization. One of the very first campaigns that the organization ran was Holi Against Hindutva. Initially, the organization was named Students Against Hindutva, and they ran a standalone website for the said campaign. However, later, the name and the prospect of the group was widened.
SAHI was actively involved in anti-CAA protests and regularly made anti-India and anti-Hindu posts on its Facebook profile.
It also actively spoke against the Indian government during farmers protests.
The last active event that SAHI was part of was Dismantling Global Hindutva where Audrey was a speaker. After a couple of months of the SGH conference, the activities of the group went silent on social media platforms. While on Facebook, the last post was on March 2021, on Twitter, it went silent on November 11, 2021.
SAHI and its dubious board of advisors
Other than Audrey, there are three members on the board of advisors at SAHI. The first person mentioned on SAHI is Ajit Sahi, a member of the board of advisors. The former executive of Tehelka is known for his sympathetic attitude towards terrorist organization SIMI. In 2008, he had authored a report whitewashing the allegations against SIMI. On many occasions, he had tried to give a clean chit to the terrorist organization claiming the case against them did not stand in court.
अमेरिका में USCIRF नामक संस्था है जिसने कुछ दिन पहले भारत को Religious Freedom पर बड़ा ज्ञान दिया था।— OSINTवा (@OSINTWa_com) September 11, 2021
इन्टरनेट पर मौजूद रिपोर्ट बतातीं हैं कि USCIRF को पैसे देके इन्फ्लुएंस करने के पीछे भी यही IAMC से जुड़े लोग हैं।
SAHI is also the advocacy director at Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC). Though IAMC’s website does not have a list of officials working at the organization, it had mentioned him as advocacy director on multiple occasions, such as in a press release that IAMC issued when Sahi had won the Inaugural Swami Agnivesh Memorial Award From Hindus For Human Rights.
Ajit is also associated with the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which has made baseless allegations against the Modi-led Indian government of atrocities against minorities, especially Muslims. Notably, The Disinfo Lab had claimed IAMC had managed to influence USCIRF against India.
The next is of Aman Wadud. He has been vocal against Assam NRC. He also gave testimony at USCIRF against the Indian govt and Assam govt. In his statement at ISCIRF, he cunningly linked CAA to the proposed NRC in India and alleged it was a step against minorities in India. He conveniently ignored the fact that it was anti-CAA protesters who started the infamous anti-Hindu riots of Delhi in February 2020 and blamed Hindus for killing Muslims. Though he named a Muslim who was killed in riots, he failed to mention the brutal murder of Hindus, including Ratan Lal, Ankit Sharma and Dilbar Negi, among others.
और SAHI के Advisory बोर्ड में अगला और अंतिम नाम है, Waris Husain जो कि पाकिस्तानी है।— OSINTवा (@OSINTWa_com) September 11, 2021
बात Audrey की हो और पाकिस्तानी न आये, ऐसा तो हो ही नहीं सकता।
इन्टरनेट सर्च बता रही है कि Waris Husainवा तो खुद ही USCIRF संस्था का हिस्सा था।
आजकल जर्नलिस्ट के भेस में घूम रहा है।
The last name is Waris Husain, a former South Asia analyst at USCIRF. Husain is also linked to AIPS, where he had received a two-month fellowship in 2014-15. He also wrote for the Pakistani daily DAWN.
Audrey’s association with dubious organisations and history of derogatory comments does not stop here. In July 2021, OpIndia reported on controversial history of Audrey that can be read here.