Former Resident Threats to Decapitate Hawaii Congresswoman

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Tulsi Gabbard
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

Aniruddha Sherbow sent an email to the FBI on August 2 threatening to decapitate Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.

“I, Aniruddha Sherbow, with the Divine as my witness, do hereby solemnly vow to find Tulsi Gabbard, wheresoever she may be, and to sever her head from her body,” he wrote.


Gabbard obtained a three-year restraining order against Sherbow in 2011 after she told the media he threatened and harassed her. At the time, Gabbard was serving on the Honolulu City Council.

However, Sherbow told Hawaii Reporter in an August 6 email: “I was never actually served with the restraining order. There was no bail and no case. Thrown out. I actually tok Tulsi to task about her lack of responsiveness, which many people have complained about. But she couldn’t say that, so she made it sound like I threatened her.”

Sherbow, who said he has a philosophy degree and is a professional writer, claimed he is “attempting to achieve the good life for the people.”

“… I really was born into the same obscure Western-Hindu tradition as Tulsi, the Hare Krishna Movement, also known as the Brahma Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya. Because of this last connection, I think she is counting on me not hurting her. And she is right to count on it, because it is in fact very difficult for me to hurt her. However, we all have our limits, and I have reached mine. At this point, if you stuck Tulsi’s head in front of me, I’d have it off in two seconds flat. … I hoped the whole thing might have some good ending somehow, but I’m not seeing one.”

Sherbow told Hawaii Reporter, “Sometimes I also think that Tulsi just needs a bad guy in her life, and I am the one who has been chosen, and resistance is futile. You know, what she did basically took my entire life, and it has had repercussions all around me, to everyone connected to me. I want my life back, I don’t like being tortured, and I don’t like those connected to me having to suffer. Lastly, it’s worth mentioning that I don’t think people elected her to character assassinate people, or to pick on people. She is in a trusted position.”

Gabbard, who was elected to Congress in 2012 as “one of the first two female combat veterans, first Hindu and first female of Samoan ancestry to ever serve as a member of the U.S. Congress,” did not respond to Hawaii Reporter’s inquiries about Sherbow’s threats or comments.

Gabbard has extensive military experience. Her biography recounts how she “voluntarily deployed to Iraq with her fellow Soldiers of the 29th Brigade eventually serving two tours of combat duty in the Middle East. … and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal during Operation Iraqi Freedom, was the first female Distinguished Honor Graduate at Fort McClellan’s Officer Candidate School, and was the first woman to ever receive an award of appreciation from the Kuwaiti military on her second overseas tour.” Gabbard is currently a Captain in the Hawaii National Guard’s 29th Brigade Combat Team.

FBI Special Agent Tom Simon told Hawaii Reporter: “The Honolulu FBI is aware of the threat, and we are investigating.”

However, Sherbow may be difficult to find. After an article was published in The Honolulu Advertiser about their dispute two years ago, Sherbow said he had to leave Hawaii because of threats he received, and now, he “has even left the country.”

Sherbow said the FBI has not contacted him since he sent the letter on August 2.





  1. I know Rudhi Sherbow. I grew up with him. I've seen his mental health deteriorate over the years and tried to get him help to no avail. Breaks my heart to see that it's come to this.

  2. "born into the same obscure Western-Hindu tradition as Tulsi, the Hare Krishna Movement, also known as the Brahma Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya"

    Suggesting that this connection can be glossed-over simply as "Hinduism" is a tad of an oversimplification. Why is it not "politically correct" to ask what these people believe in? How are they different from the "obscure" Christian enclaves that are so well publicized? The media seems to reserve it's exhaustive background reporting only for Christian candidates.

    I don't see why non-christians are deemed immune to inquiry, while we dissect the politics of Rev. Wright and Romney's Mormonism.

    • Well there are always those handful of people of different religions wants to dissect other people's religious beliefs and marginalize them. There are the people who say Obama is not a real Christian. Then, as you say, you have people picking apart Mormonism, etc. However most people realize there's no value in picking apart people's religious beliefs that you are not familiar with and honestly, in this day and age, I think most don't care about what their representatives personal religious beliefs are. They are concerned about what they do in office.

      • That is how I feel: I will not denigrate any true or ancient religion.But I've been dissecting Mormonism in particular for 39 years- I do not feel it is a true FAITH, it's like believing in Star Trek- It has definite science fiction aspects. The "God" we worship today is in fact Adam according to Mormon Dogma. This can be documented by searching their own archives. The "God" Adam worshipped, went "To Another Planet"- One of the main Tenets of Mormonism is that all human babies are potential Gods for Planets in the Cosmos. As far as Hinduism, Islam, and the Hebrew religion, I feel they are valid Faiths which at the core have the same values as Western Christianity. It is only the followers of all these religions that get in the way of their true values in some cases. But I have been involved in Krishna worship sessions and saw the same kind of meditations that occur in Christian worship sessions. So for the most part, I respect all other Faiths, and I refer to them as Faiths. But Mormonisms is not a real Faith, it is a science fiction religion, and in a lot of ways very similar to Scientology. These two religions are works based where the others are all Faith based- Works are important but in all of those real Faiths, works is not the mechanism for "salvation" – It is God's Grace. If you study both Mormonisms and Scientology, there is no valid concept of Grace in either of those.

    • AtomicMonkey will clearly never get over Tulsi’s thrashing of his boy, Mufi—his fellow Mormon. Is that what unites Mormons—bigotry against Hindus?

      • “What this tells me is that Mufi is running for CD1. God, protect us all if he wins, which he well might considering the makeup and lack of finances of the present field. Aren’t there ANY qualified democrats out there?

  3. I knew him briefly when we were young but not well, however about 6 or 7 years ago I followed an online forum that he was also on. It was obvious by his communications that he was disturbed and irrational, in fact I remember someone responding to one of his writings by encouraging him to seek counseling. I don't know about the relationship background between Rudhi and Tulsi, but whatever it is, she should be able to live in peace and he should get professional help.

  4. I feel so sad for Tulsi to have been threatened by this sick, dangerous individual. She doesn't deserve this.

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