Preet Bharara’s one critical mistake

3/17/2017, 12:39 p.m.
By now, almost everyone has heard or read about the firing of the very highly visible U.S. Attorney for the ...
Preet Bharara

By now, almost everyone has heard or read about the firing of the very highly visible U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara.

I never knew or met Mr. Bharara. What I did know was that he seemed like a no-nonsense prosecutor who was unafraid and intent on making every lawbreaker accountable, including crooked politicians, drug dealers, the Mafia and those ultra-rich individuals who love to act like they are above the law.

Bharara set them straight and I admired him for it—a lot! For his dedication he won my admiration and obviously, the approval and respect of many millions of people nationally.

Here was an Indian immigrant, a dark-skinned Indian immigrant, born in 1968 in Firozpur, Punjab, India, to a Sikh father and Hindu mother, who was living the American dream.

From Eatontown, Monmouth County, N.J., to Ranney School in Tinton Falls, N.J., to a B.A magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1990 and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, Bharara, born Preetinder Singh “Preet” Bharara, had been able through dint of hard work to follow the path of many immigrants before him and excel.

From work at a private law firm after graduation to chief counsel to Sen. Chuck Schumer and on to an assistant United States Attorney in Manhattan before becoming U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, thanks to President Barack Obama and a U.S. senate confirmation in 2009, Bharara had achieved the immigrant American Dream.

And there was no doubt he was relishing his career, basking in it and enjoying his job until the house of cards came crashing down March 10, 2017, as The Donald, through his minions, told the dark-skinned, Indian-born, American-trained lawyer turned helluva immigrant prosecutor two words: “You’re fired.”

All because Bharara made one critical error—he forgot who he is! He forgot in all the glory of the many cases he has won and the great work he was doing, that America, despite him being a naturalized U.S. citizen, is not really his country.

At the height of glory as Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Bharara forgot his place as a simple dark-skinned Indian immigrant. He dared to rock the white establishment.

He dared when he said he would not resign, he dared when he tried to go after The Donald’s friend Rupert Murdoch’s company and he dared because The Donald felt this upstart immigrant could go after his company, too.

And so Bharara was fired because he made one critical mistake. He “flew past his nest” as my granny would say and forgot that he is and always will be only an immigrant in Trump’s America!

The writer is CMO at Hard Beat Communications, Inc., which owns the brands NewsAmericasNow, CaribPRWire and InvestCaribbeanNow.