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
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
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?
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.