November 05, 2008

 

The drought ends. Really?

After 7 long years, Govt of India finally finds Hindustani vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi fit to award Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award.

Am I happy? Not much actually.

From the recent winners, one could say being an octogenarian is one of the criterion. Except Dr Amartya Sen who was hounoured at the "young" age of 66 after Nobel committee shamed Govt of India. Do the recipients necessarily have to come in their wheel chair to collect the award at Rashtrapati Bhavan? Were they not "good enough" say 5 years back? Because, in last five years, Panditji has only performed at Sawai Gandharva Festival in Pune.

This is a broken system and needs to be fixed soon.

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