— WASHINGTON, D.C.
chutha Reddy, an
who was killed in
Kansas, was mourned
by his colleagues,
Hailing from Telangana,
Reddy, 57, was murdered in his
clinic in East Wichita, on Sept. 13
The police has arrested a 21-
year-old man identified as Umar
Rashid Dutt, as a suspect in the
killing. Dutt was a patient of
In a touching tribute on Sept.
14, patient Cecilia Smith credited
him with saving her life.
Cecilia Smith told KWCH TV:
"I tried killing myself, and if it
wasn't for him, I wouldn't have
been here today.
Donna Lloyd and her husband
who were Reddy's patients for
nearly 20 years, said: "He was
the kindest, sweetest most lov-
ing, caring doctor you would
ever want to talk to."
Reddy, who introduced yoga
in his treatment, opened his
Holistic Psychiatric Services in
2003 after practicing in Wichita
for over two decades.
In a statement, Reddy's family
said it "wants to thank each and
every one that made his life a joy
The society "is heartbroken
over the loss of doctor Reddy",
the Wichita Eagle daily quoted
Denis Knight, president of the
Medical Society of Sedgwick
County, as saying
"Doctor Reddy was an amazing, compassionate man that
was kind and loving to anyone
he met. He had a gift of knowing
what each and everyone of us
needed and gave it freely,"
Brenda Trammel, a psychothera-
pist at his clinic, told the daily.
April Marie Schlenker from
Kansas State University said:
"Doctor Reddy was so unique to
any one else I have ever met in
the therapy/psychiatric world.
He connected almost instantly
with people. His eyes held wis-
dom and secrets and joy."
While some posters demand-
ed hanging of the killer or giving
strong punishments, a medical
professional, Pedro Murati, said:
"In these sad times we must
remember what Achutha would
have wanted after such a hor-
"Projecting anger towards the
mentally ill would be the last
thing on his mind."
Reddy is the second Indian
killed this year in Kansas.
Telangana resident Srinivas
Kuchibhotla was shot dead in
Olathe in February. Kuchibotla's
murder has been denounced as a
white racist hate crime.
INDIA ABROAD September 29, 2017 14 INDIAN-AMERICAN AFFAIRS
By Suman Guha Mozumder
he United States Military
Academy at West Point
received a visit from the
Jathedar of the Akal Takht on
Sept. 11, making him the first
Sikh spiritual leader to visit the
New York military campus.
Giani Gurbachan Singh was
welcomed by Brig. Gen. Steve
Gilland, the commandant of
West Point cadets.
Singh, who was accompanied
by Satpal Singh, one of his advisors in the U.S., also met 1st.
Capt. Simone Askew, the high-est-ranked cadet at the academy
and the first African-American
woman in that post. He also met
two new Sikh cadets.
“The jathedar’s visit was particularly significant in light of the
recent policy changes adopted by
the U.S. Army to permit permanent religious accommodations
to the army’s uniform and
grooming standards, enabling
soldiers and cadets to wear turbans and maintain beards, consistent with their faith,” Lt. Col.
Kamal Singh Kalsi told India
Abroad. Kalsi was instrumental
in organizing the jathedar’s visit
and said the spiritual leader
expressed gratitude to the gener-
al and the U.S. Army for working
with the first two Sikh cadets,
including Arjan Singh Ghotra
who joined the Corps of Cadets
with accommodations granted
under the new policy.
Kalsi became the first Sikh to
receive a religious accommodation from the U.S. Army in more
than a generation.
“I felt it was important for the
Sikh spiritual leader, who is like
the pope of the Sikhs, to get a
better understanding of what the
Sikhs in America are doing, espe-
cially in the military, and we told
him about all that is being done
to open up the doors for the
Sikhs in the military,” said Kalsi.
Kalsi is the founder of Sikh
American Veterans Alliance and
its president. The advocacy
group consists of current and
retired U.S. Army soldiers who
Kalsi noted that the jathedar’s
visit coincided with the anniver-
sary of the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks in New York and
Washington, D.C., saying that
Sikhs have faced hate crimes,
During the meeting Gilland
was curious about the kirpan the
jathedar was carrying and want-
ed to know about its significance.
The general was also told about
the Sikhs’ long martial history
and their fight against the Nazis
during World War II.
He also acknowledged dis-
crimination and racism that
Sikhs face today in the U.S.
“Military is one institution in the
U.S. we have to fight against that
hatred and discrimination.
Eventually, the doors for Sikhs
wanting to serve in the U.S. Air
Force and Navy are going to open
up as well. The alliance is seeking
to achieve that goal,” said Kalsi.
West Point was established in
1775 by then-General George
Washington, who considered it
the most important strategic
position in America.
The academy traces its roots
to 1801, when President Thomas
Jefferson directed the creation of
a school for the training of future
U.S. Army officers, shortly after
his inauguration. It is the oldest
continuously operated military
post in the United States and its
campus has been designated a
national historical landmark.
Jathedar of the Akal Takht Visits West Point
Giani Gurbachan Singh is 1st Sikh spiritual leader to visit academy
Above, Akal Takth Jathedar Gurbachan Singh visits United States Military Academy at
West Point, Sept. 11. From left, 1st Capt. Simone Askew, Lt. Col. Kamal Kalsi, Jathedar
Gurbachan Singh, Arjan Singh Gothra, Brig. Gen. Steve Gilland, and Satpal Singh.
Left, Brig. Gen. Gilland welcomes Jathedar.
Achutha Reddy, was
shot in his East
Wichita clinic, Sept.
14 by his patient
Umar Rashid Dutt,
21, photo right.