Bhullar Family to ask US German Mission to Recall Ambassador to India

Pleads for German aid in stopping imminent Davinderpal Singh Bhullar hanging

(SAN FRANCISCO, April 17, 2013) In a last ditch effort to rescue the Indian death row convict Professor Davinderpal Singh Bhullar, his family in California will meet with the German Embassy to request Germany immediately recall its Indian ambassador to protest violations of due process of justice resulting in Bhullar’s imminent hanging.

Bhullar is accused of the 1993 bombing of All-India Youth Congress offices. He insists he’s innocent, pointing to the total lack of evidence and the 1991 killing of his relatives by Indian Police. Fearing a similar fate in police custody, he sought political asylum in Germany in 1995. He was deported to India in 1996. A Frankfurt court later ruled this illegal since German law forbids extradition of persons facing torture or death.

Because the extradition was illegal, Bhullar’s mother and brother will ask Germany to take action in a meeting at the San Francisco German Consulate (1960 Jackson Street) at 10:30 AM (PST) on Thursday. US citizens living in California, they insist Bhullar is only the family’s latest victim of state terrorism. They plan to ask Germany to sever diplomatic relations with India unless Bhullar is freed.

A rally demanding India free Bhullar is scheduled to take place outside India’s San Francisco Consulate on Thursday at high noon. Similar rallies are scheduled around the world, including outside New York City’s Indian Consulate. A Sikh delegation is also scheduled to meet with the New York German Consulate (871 United Nations Plaza) at 2 PM (EST) on Thursday. A rally in London on Tuesday drew thousands to Downing Street, where supporters of Bhullar have been camping since April 11.

Police began targeting the Bhullar family in 1991 to punish their political involvement, said mother Upkar Kaur and brother Tejinderpal Singh in an interview. The father, Balwant Singh, was arbitrarily disappeared by Indian Police, along with an uncle, Manjit and two cousins. The cousins were later released after suffering extreme torture requiring amputation of one’s leg. The father and uncle were never seen again.

After his deportation, Professor Bhullar was imprisoned without trial until 2000. He was denied access to an attorney during his initial imprisonment and trial. Of 133 prosecution witnesses, not one identified him as guilty. He was convicted to death solely on the basis of a confession signed with a thumbprint. Bhullar disowns the confession, saying he was tortured and ordered to thumbprint a blank page.

Tejinderpal is glad at the chance to meet with the German Embassy. He says, “My brother is an innocent man who was framed in criminal cases for organizing rallies against extrajudicial killing of Sikhs in Punjab.” He shakes his head, expressing frustration mixed with hope. His family has suffered since 1991, he notes, when his father and uncle were disappeared by Indian police. He has strong words, saying:

“First the Indian State killed my father extrajudicially. Now my brother is being murdered through judicial process. Both are innocent victims of a vampire government. Our family has been devastated. But we still stand strong with the Sikh nation.”

Upkar is more downcast. As she speaks, she weeps at the though of losing her oldest son, saying: “Davinderpal has suffered on death row for 18 years for speaking against the Indian State’s destruction of our family and our Sikh community. He saw police murder his father and my sister’s husband for nothing. While the sons of Punjab are bled by Delhi’s tyranny, we pray for justice, peace, and liberty like we find in USA.”

Sikh-Americans Hail US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel as “Truth-teller”

Call Hagel “right on the money” for saying Afghanistan is India’s “second front” against Pakistan

(SACRAMENTO, March 8, 2013) Recently revealed remarks made by newly confirmed US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel suggest India’s involvement in Afghanistan is part of a wider strategy to secretly destabilize Pakistan. Hagel’s comments, made in a 2011 speech at Cameron University in Oklahoma, are earning him praise from Sikh-Americans.

In the speech, Hagel said: “India … has always used Afghanistan as a second front, and India has over the years financed problems for Pakistan on that side…. The tense, fragmented relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan has been there for many, many years.”

Elaborating on Hagel’s assertion, Bhajan Singh Bhinder of US-based NPO Sikh Information Centre said, “If India’s policy of promoting domestic terror is to be used as a yardstick, then Hagel is right on the money. He clearly recognizes historical realities. Afghanistan was the only country to oppose Pakistan’s membership in the United Nations. India is encouraging continued tension because it sees influence in Afghanistan as a hedge against Pakistan. The underlying philosophical purpose is that Afghanistan was once ruled by Brahmins, who still fantasize about restoring both Pakistan and Afghanistan to the fabled akhand Bharat.”

Afghanistan was indeed controlled by the Brahmin Shahi dynasty until its Muslim conquest in the 11th century. Proponents of Hindutva (an ideology viewing non-Hindus as foreign to Hindu) like senior BJP leader LK Advani advocate creation of “akhand Bharat,” an undivided India uniting Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Afghanistan.

Former US Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott dealt extensively with Advani in the late 1990s. Talbott records in his autobiography how Advani “mused aloud” about reuniting Pakistan and other Indian neighbors into a “single South Asian ‘confederation.'” Talbott says Advani was not alone in his views, writing: “Many Indians … regarded the idea of Pakistan not just a mistake but as an insult to the idea of India.” In his own autobiography, Advani declared: “Sindhi Hindus … still cannot accept the absurdity of Sindh’s separation from India.” Sindh, Advani’s birthplace, is Pakistan’s second most populous province.

In 2009, then NATO commander General Stanley McChrystal warned “increasing Indian influence in Afghanistan is likely to exacerbate regional tensions and encourage Pakistani countermeasures in Afghanistan or India.” With strong US encouragement, India has poured over $1.5 billion USD into Afghanistan’s infrastructure since 2001. Former Indian ambassador to the US Lalit Mansingh recently cited the financial aid as reason for India to be given broader control of Afghanistan after US troop withdrawal in 2014, protesting: “The peace plan seems to give primacy to Pakistan’s role and nothing to India despite the fact that India has invested a good deal of money for aid and reconstruction in Afghanistan.”

“India’s support for Afghanistan is based not in neighborly love,” said Bhinder, “but in a Hindutva strategy for creating the undivided India yearned for by upper castes. They have no qualms about funding and instigating violence to achieve that goal. These malicious tactics were used in 2007 when the Samjhauta Express was bombed by Hindu terrorists just one day before Indo-Pakistani peace talks about Kashmir. Before that, we saw the same tactics in Chittisinghpura, Kashmir in 2000 when Indian soldiers massacred 35 innocent Sikhs before kidnapping five innocent Muslims, killing them in a false encounter, and blaming them for the massacre. In 1982, Indian State agents used the same pattern to spark sectarian conflict between Hindus and Sikhs by planting severed cow heads at a Hindu temple in Amritsar.”

In November 2008, Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Prasand Purohit, an actively serving Indian Army intelligence officer, was arrested for a September 2008 bombing in Malegaon, Maharashtra which killed seven. Mumbai’s Antiterrorism Squad leader Hemant Karkare, the arresting officer, swiftly also tied Purohit to the February 2007 bombing of Samjhauta Express, which killed 68. Both attacks were perpetrated under the auspices of Abhinav Bharat, a group Purohit founded in 2007 for “propagating a Hindu Rashtra [nation].”

Karkare’s investigation additionally linked Purohit to Indian Army Colonel S. S. Raikar, commandant of the Bhonsala Military School, where Army and Intelligence Bureau officers provided weapons training and RDX explosives to Hindu supremacists. Purohit was additionally implicated in the 2007-08 killings of Adivasi Christians by Hindu rioters in Karnataka and Odisha.

On November 24, Karkare further identified Pravin Togadia, General Secretary of the VHP, a Hindu supremacist group, as a funding source of Abhinav Bharat. The following day, Karkare was murdered in the Mumbai terrorist attacks. Subsequently, the ATS dropped its investigation of Hindu supremacist terror ties.

Bhinder continued: “Minorities in India such as Adivasis, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, and Sikhs are used as pawns in the Brahminist’s expansionist agenda. Their strategy is a complex one of subterfuge, misdirection, and false flag attacks to create division, destabilize society, pit one minority group against another, and justify draconian suppression, including violence against Pakistan and neighboring countries. That’s why we are so proud of Secretary Hagel’s role as a truth-teller in recognizing and calling out India’s similar power play in Afghanistan. We hope he continues to pursue the truth.”