Bhajan Singh Bhinder
Who is Bhajan Singh Bhinder?
I am Bhajan Singh, also known as Bhajan Singh Bhinder, a Californian Sikh human rights activist and author.
I was born on October 10, 1959, at Kandang Kerbau Hospital Singapore. I have very little memories of my childhood, but my family origins are from the Gurdaspur district of Punjab, India. My grandfather Sultan Singh opposed against British rule which resulted in our family having to leave India under duress. Our family settled in Singapore and never returned to India.
I served two years in the Singapore National Service army branch and moved to the United States in 1980, when I was 21 years old. In 1987, I married an amazing woman who is the love of my life. We have two wonderful sons, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and a second one coming soon. I am truly blessed. I reside in the northern part of California, where I have spent most of my adult years with my wife of twenty-five years and two children.
Bhajan Singh Bhinder: The tragedies in my life have led to my success.
I’ve run my own insurance business for more than twenty years. As a young adult, I was given the opportunity to become president of one of the largest Gurdwaras in Fremont, California in the late 1980s. During my tenure as president of the Gurdwara, I was able to coordinate the construction of a new Gurdwara building and establish the Khalsa school so that children can go and learn basic Punjabi language.
Bhajan Singh Bhinder: I am the PROUD founder of the Sikh Information Center (SIC) and Organization of Minorities of India (OFMI).
The post 1947 independent India was a strong ally of communist Soviet Union and acted as its proxy in the global arena shielding the iron curtain of Russia as India protected it via Non align, Gandhi, and a democracy facade to fool and confuse the world.
India was the staunchest supporter both diplomatically and logistically at a critical juncture of world freedom when Russia invaded Afghanistan. The proxy war conducted by the west led by the USA involved Pakistan Kashmirs and Sikhs in Punjab. That was the time at the tail end of the cold war that Operation Blue Star took place and Sikhs were forced to confront the terror in India.
Dozens of Young Democratic Socialists of America openly advocated and spoke of Khalistan, the sovereign Sikh polytypical realism dream. Many Sikhs supported militants. Our involvement was for humanitarian reasons, we provided medicine, food, and medical help to injured militants and their families.
Of course, we supported the fight against state oppression and atrocities. The Indian state with the cheering of Hindu supremacy groups were killing Sikhs by the thousands. Some of the victims were as young as fifteen.
Were we expected to just sit there and watch? Nelson Mandela fought decades to free their nation of apartheid and blatant systemic oppression.
Sikh Information Centre
I founded the Sikh Information Center (SIC) shortly after the 1984 Sikh pogroms and attack on the Golden Temple. These were our own people killing innocent families. The 1984 Sikh massacre was like the Holocaust in Germany. My goal was to raise awareness globally because I believe in speaking up for those who can’t speak for themselves.
Organization for Minorities of India
More than two decades later the Organization for Minorities of India (OFMI) was founded. Our goal is to advance the individual liberties of the people of South Asia. We believe in cultivating an appreciation for personal liberty, individual sovereignty, and the truth as countermeasures to corruption, discrimination, and persecution.
Books written by Bhajan Singh Bhinder
I’ve written several books together with other human rights activists including:
-Captivating The Simple-Hearted: A struggle for Human Dignity in the Indian Subcontinent
-Kite Fights: The Proxy Wars Behind the Kabul Gurdwara Massacre and
-Faces of Terror in India