Friday, January 18, 2008

Bharat Ratna!!!

Advertising is the biggest revenue earner for TV channels – during the break, right hand corner of your TV screen, left hand corner of your TV screen, in the last few inches of your TV screen and at other possible spaces. Sometimes you are utilizing just the 30% of the area of the screen. Rest is advertisements. Seems like it wasn’t enough, SMS your opinion has started and catching up fast. There is a SMS poll for virtually everything – from “Who should be you prime minister” to “Should sex education be allowed in schools” to “Should Afzal Guru be hanged” to “Should Mika have kissed Rakhi Sawant”. With Bharat Ratna being in the news for the first time for its competitors, NDTV is cashing on in it. It has launched its SMS poll with few contenders.

Ratant Tata – Tata group has been the most prestigious business group in the country. With the rate of acquisitions, they are fast gaining a global fame. They might soon become one the biggest business powerhouse in UK with foothold in tea, steel, auto and talk of buying a bank. They have launched a cheap car making it affordable for common man, TCS for long has been entertaining domestic software market which other companies have started now because of falling USD and overall Tata group has been adding some real value to the country. Ratan Tata, as a head of the business group, deserves all the accolades. But is this enough to garland him with Bharat Ratna? Bharat Ratna is India's highest civilian award, awarded for the highest degrees of national service. Tata group has done a lot for the country to move forward. But, Ratan Tata is a business man with personal motives to drive his business, like any other businessman, which is perfectly right. His efforts are commendable but do not fall in the category of national service which defines Bharat Ratna is debatable. Still, he is a strong candidate.

Dilip Kumar – Give me a break. The same person denied returning Nishan-e-Pakistan when we were fighting a war in Kargil. What has he done as “highest degrees of national service”? Acted in a few movies as his employment? Good actor, give him Film Awards but not Bharat Ratna. It would be same as comparing Sanjay Dutt with Mahatma Gandhi because he practiced Gandhigiri in his movie for a few crores.

Amitabh Bacchan – Give me another break. Yes, he has given India some name in global entertainment circuit. Yes, he has his statue in Madam Tussad’s gallery. Yes, he is a great actor and his movies and shows get us some foreign currency. But for the nation? Remember how IT department troubled for him for unpaid taxes worth few hundred millions when he was in hospital? Or the events were reported to us in reverse order.

M.F. Hussain – I love my breaks. First, let’s give the devil its due. The painter loves the art to be in the news. How? India is a free country giving freedom of expression and speech and he enjoys this freedom by painting Hindu Gods in all sorts of objectionable poses. He gets away all the time because in our country, freedom of expression and speech is appreciated but only selectively and in a biased manner. I wish I could sue NDTV for even naming this shameless creature for the award as it’s an insult to the award.

Sachin Tendulkar – Probably the best Indian cricketer in 76 years of Indian cricket. He has loads of world record and done the country proud many a times. But same has been done by Major Dhyanchand, Anand Vishwanathan, Leander Paes and other lesser known and forgotten sports personalities. Why not name them first? In addition to that, sports have a separate category to award the achievements.

With the country’s freedom being over a generation old, most of the greats who had seen and participated in the freedom fight are watching us from heavens. The quality of politicians is fast becoming rotten and each opportunity is seen as golden one to woo voters be it caste or religion, SEZ or defense deals, death sentences or awards. In such a scenario, wont it be a good idea to scrap the award or have at least a more trust worthy and respected body to decide the recipient. Look at the current race which no one would have imagined. Right now each party is fighting for its candidate. Next time you might hear caste or religion based nominations. Bharat Ratna is an award which has had great respect in but has often been insulted and fought over. For example, I could never understand how Rajiv Gandhi became worthy of it? Or, what is the logic behind recent nominations. Both have been politicians and torch bearers for their respective parties for ages but their contributions for the nation don’t seem to ring a bell. Give the award if you find someone worthy else don’t. After all, won’t make Guddy Maruti wear your designer bikini because you can’t get Bipasha Basu.

3 comments:

Spiff said...

First of all..Polticaians should not be allowed..neither should be the businessmen..

THewse awards are anyway anachrous..doesnt reallly matter..but i will like the award to go to Sachin..before it is bnanned.Sachin has been a part of the growth story for a young India..he will b a worthy winner..
Ratan Tata will also b a worthy contender..primarily cos of his way of doing business and vision.,..but thats not enough

Spiff said...

First of all..Polticaians should not be allowed..neither should be the businessmen..

THewse awards are anyway anachrous..doesnt reallly matter..but i will like the award to go to Sachin..before it is bnanned.Sachin has been a part of the growth story for a young India..he will b a worthy winner..
Ratan Tata will also b a worthy contender..primarily cos of his way of doing business and vision.,..but thats not enough

Uptown Girl said...

Politicians and Actors do not deserve a Bharat Ratna... as neither bring good name for India... ;)
First person to have openly criticized Dilip Kumar... he has to decide which accolades matter more to him Indian or Pakistani... beyond that he should decide if he would rather go and live in Pakistan rather than praising it from India... what an ass!
Sachin Tendulkar, Ratan Tata.. yes!!! Thumbs up to them!