Black activist accuses Kulkarni of taking funds from US affiliates of “KKK of India”
In a video released on 13 October, Black activist Jada Bernard accused US congressional candidate Sri Preston Kulkarni (TX-22) of being funded by, in his words, “hundreds of thousands of dollars from American affiliates of the KKK of India.”
Kulkarni, running for Congress for the second time, has been previously accused of being heavily funded by US supporters of controversial Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as leaders in American affiliates of the Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh (RSS), which is the paramilitary that groomed Modi for office from early days. The new video is the first accusation levied against Kulkarni by local Black activists. Previously, such accusations were made by myself — Pieter Friedrich — who documented the close affiliation between Kulkarni and the Vice-President of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh USA (HSS-USA), the American wing of the RSS. Bernard, based in Texas, is the first Black activist to take note of and grant credibility to the allegations.
Bernard’s video states as follows:
The Charlottesville Nazi rally horrified our nation. It seemed that the KKK once more threatened to dominate the streets of America.
When we most needed a resistance to the politics of hate, we had a spark of hope in Houston after Sri Preston Kulkarni said he was running for Congress in response to the rise of the KKK.
That’s why we were so shocked when we peeled back the progressive mask and discovered that Kulkarni took hundreds of thousands of dollars from American affiliates of the KKK of India.
India’s version of the KKK is the RSS — a violent paramilitary that was literally inspired by the Nazis and is now turning India into a fascist nation. The RSS controls India through Modi, a man who was once banned from America and nicknamed the “Butcher of Gujarat” for orchestrating a massacre of Muslims.
The RSS has expanded across the world — even to Houston, where the RSS’s number two man in America — Ramesh Bhutada — is based.
Kulkarni calls Bhutada “like a father to me” and says his campaign “literally could not have happened” without the RSS activist — while Bhutada’s fellow activist, Vijay Pallod, boasts that they brought “financial power” to get Kulkarni’s “campaign off the ground.”
Bhutada and Pallod are better known for campaigning for Modi. They organized hundreds of activists — even sending a unit from Houston to India — to work for Modi’s election and then they threw victory parties when the Butcher of Gujarat became the Prime Minister of India.
After Modi was elected, the RSS in America organized a reception for him in Houston. 15,000 people protested outside, chanting “Modi, Modi, you can’t hide, you committed genocide.” Most Indian-American politicians boycotted the event. But Kulkarni joined his RSS donors — aka, Modi’s American campaign team — inside.
Kulkarni is quick to denounce America’s KKK but refuses to utter a word against the KKK of India. Instead, he has financed his campaign with huge donations from the RSS in America — even while the RSS in India builds its bodycount of slaughtered minorities and dissidents.
Sri Preston Kulkarni is the wrong choice for our fight against supremacy.