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A soft answer turneth away wrath;
but a grievous word
stirreth up anger.

- Proverbs 15:1

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Sunday, December 28, 2014


Bharat Ratna
Bharat Ratna Medal
Recently, Govt. of India conferred "Bharat Ratna' to former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya (posthumously), the founder of the prestigious Benaras Hindu University.  

It became a trend to confer Bharat Ratna posthumously to some great personalities  of Pre-Independence days.  There is no wrong in honouring them as they are already jewels of India and we need not break our heads for their contention.   

The other day I read a news item  that Agra demands Bharat Ratna to Mirza Ghalib on his birthday.  No doubt that Ghalib deserves Bharat Ratna more than anybody else.  He is a 'Heart's Poet'.  I read his poetry and even visited his Haveli in Old Delhi and wrote an article about him (click here to read ).

Apart from Ghalib, there are equally other deserving  giants who need
to be honoured with the Country's Highest Civilian Award posthumously.  To set the curtains down on the controversy of who needs to be conferred Bharat Ratna, it is time for the country to prepare a shortlist of  all contenders and bring consensus among the political class and civil society and confer the Bharat Ratna with a single stroke as hanging the issue for prolonged time will only create more ripples and heartburn among certain sections of the society.

When such exercise is started, no doubt that Ghalib is front runner for this covetous award !

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