Bharat Ratna: Are You Kidding Me?

Yesterday I read this article on DNA India and it nearly made me fall off my chair laughing. And when Shirrin heard the story, she had the choicest expletives. This is the gist…

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray said on Monday he would reject Bharat Ratna even if the award was ever offered to him. [link]

My first reaction was….WTF !! Who in their sanest minds would even dream of giving the nation’s highest civilian awards to a politician who spent all his life promoting grassroots regionalism and created a political monster otherwise called the Shiv Sena.

Let’s take a stock check. Thackeray gave rise to Shiv Sena which has over the years become a quasi-militant right wing regionalistic party that tries to keep the interests of the “Marathi Manoos” or “sons of the soil” at heart. Idealistic lofty goals. However in a city like Bombay, its completely misplaced. Bal Thackeray has to his credit….

  • The riots of 1992 and 1993.
  • Further corruption of the government when in power
  • Cultural “nazi-ism” that would push Bombay back three centuries.
  • A band of thugs as his followers who believe in arson, crime and killing as the only way to get heard.

Frankly, I think he and the Shiv Sena are the worst thing that has happened to the “Marathi Manoos”.

I think Thackeray himself realized how stupid he would sound, because in the same article he goes

Of course, this is bound to generate questions as to who is going to give me. But nevertheless I am clear that I will never accept it”.

It is obvious that this is a publicity stunt and an attempt to get some press coverage for the Toothless Tiger. he has been out of the news for a while now and along with his surprising statement supporting Pawar, he is slowly coming back into the limelite with the political season coming on.

Thackeray, don’t worry. No one ever thought of giving you one. And I will personally deport anyone who has such naughty bad thoughts !

2 Comments

  1. Abhilash Shastry January 23, 2008

    Well…Thackeray isn’t alone in his modesty. For my part, I have also decided not to accept Bharat Ratna this year.

  2. arZan January 23, 2008

    Oh heck ! Abhilash…..if we as a nation petition you, will you change your mind 🙂

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