Yeshika Budhwar| TNN | Updated: Nov 15, 2017, 07:07 IST
- Suyash Dixit has proclaimed himself “king” of world’s largest unclaimed habitable territory.
- His online petition to the United Nations seeking recognition of his claim has found 800 supporters, and counting.
- Dixit has designed a flag for the ‘Kingdom of Dixit’.
Dixit has even designed a flag for the ‘Kingdom of Dixit’, and planted it at Bir Tawil.
Dixit, CEO of a tech firm, was travelling to Cairo for a software developers’ conference at the beginning of November when he read about Bir Tawil, a large stretch of territory between the two countries. Because of a complicated colonial-era border demarcation history, the swathe, which has no permanent residents, is both arid and remote. It has therefore not been claimed by either country since 1902. This has led to several adventurers and explorers staking ownership of it, although international recognition for such claims has not been forthcoming.
“While in Cairo, I decided to travel to the place. I took a connecting flight from Cairo to Abu Simbel on November 4 after the conference, and travelled in a rented car for six hours through the desert to reach Bir Tawil. There is no road, but it was not a difficult trip, although I was afraid of being abducted by terrorists. There, I realized nobody was bothered about it, so I decided to claim it for myself. I planted sunflower seeds there, which is a traditional way to claim ownership of land,” Dixit, who returned home on November 9, told TOI on Tuesday.
Dixit has even designed a flag for the ‘Kingdom of Dixit’, and planted it at Bir Tawil. “After returning, I wrote an online petition to the UN informing them about my claim, and requesting recognition, although I am not very optimistic that they will reply. However, in just a day’s time, I have received support from more than 800 people for my claim, so it might just happen,” he said.
As far as his family is concerned, Dixit said while his brother supported his idea, his parents were “furious” at first after he told them of his claim. “However, it did not last long as I made my father the president of the kingdom. Now everybody in my family is following the petition’s progress and coverage of it online. I will try to secure more support on social media platforms,” he added.