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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Auction the Bharat Ratna!

Over the past few days, the government of India has been receiving missives from various political parties, recommending various politicians, who are either dead or retired or soon to retire or in a state of semi-retirement, for the nation's highest civilian honour i.e. the Bharat Ratna.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has recommended Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, the Bahujan Samaj Party has recommended the late Mr. Kanshi Ram, the communists are supposed to have been peddling the name of Mr. Jyoti Basu, whereas the Akalis are now supposed to have joined the race with Mr. Parkash Singh Badal as their candidate and the Telugu Desam Party is not far behind with their demand for the award to go to the late Mr. N. T. Rama Rao.

More parties could, possibly, join the fray as the 'race' continues to heat up.

All of this reminds me of the kind of fervour that securing a 'V. I. P.' registration number for their vehicles evokes among people, who used to employ every trick in the book, including getting recommendation letters from 'influential' people, in order to be able to get a number of their choice, until the respective state governments began to openly auction such numbers.

In view of the above, it would probably be best if the central government decides to go for an open auction of the Bharat Ratna, as well. The various political parties can then bid for the award (which would, of course, stop being an honour, thereafter), for a candidate of their choice. This could be a 'win-win' situation for the politicians as well as the ordinary people, since some of the ill-gotten wealth of the politicians can be transferred to the exchequer in this manner and, hopefully, used for the common good, even as the politicians can hope to impress the electorate in a more effective manner in subsequent elections, by citing the instance of the Bharat Ratna having been awarded to one of their party members.

Additionally, the committee that decides upon whom to bestow the Bharat Ratna, at the moment, can then be disbanded and the resources that it has at its disposal can be put to other uses, including finding ways and means for further enhancement of the public image of the party that wins the bid.


Sidhusaaheb said...

ur idea is really original!
How do we know | Homepage | 01.15.08 – 12:43 pm | #


This is another well written post – I liekd your idea at the end – pretty original and hope that someone in the power-wielding centers is reading this…

About getting the VIP number plates and all the influence peddling that supports it, I was also reminded of this obsession in Pakistan.
Even in our quirks we share a lot in common!
Raza Rumi | Homepage | 01.15.08 – 2:33 pm | #


Bharat Ratna is the most exemplery & highiest honour, in whole totality and perespective of India and not specific state issue.
In that case it will be Bharat Ratna Ltd.
I feel person of national importance who gave impetus growth to the country’s economy, removal of illeteracy and employment generation should be honoured.
(ex Dhirubhai Ambani, Narayanamurthy because of whome we stand on steep & strong economic growth today than neighbouring countries)
Lets not auction …..@ 1..2..3..
If we can not find ratna’s (diamonds) pl dont go ahead (for amarican dimonds)
MIND: All Rocks Are Not Ratna’s.
v s rao | 01.15.08 – 4:40 pm | #


I remember when I bought my first sets of wheels, a scooter I mean in 1990. My friend’s dad was VP of Bajaj’s agency near Karol Bagh/PaharGanj (in front of that big Mata Da Mandir, I believe it was Jhande walan… Oh my… I can’t remember the name of the Agency) and when I got the delivery, I was surprised to get a VIP number, part of the number was 1010. I was rarely stopped by the police while coming home late at night, I guess coz of the number. I believe it is either money or approach that you need to get things done. But I didnot even ask for it. I believe Uncle jee just did it out of love for his son’s friend. As far as Bharat Ratan is concerned, I don’t want to stress myself with that as true Bharat Ratan are not to be found in todays world. There are lot many individuals who work a lot better with dedication and without the thought of being recoganized, than these filthy politicians of today, but they just go un noticed.
Sifar | Homepage | 01.15.08 – 11:54 pm | #


Honestly I don’t remember the last 10-15 awardees of the Bharat Ratna award. So I guess your option of auctioning the damn award makes a lot of economic and practical sense.

In any case, it really doesn’t matter who wins it anyways. Any truly deserving winner will continue to work for the betterment of the country, irrespective of whether he/she wins an award or not.

And any non-deserving jackass who wins will continue to be a jackass anyways whether he/she wins the award or not.

Jam | Homepage | 01.16.08 – 9:22 am | #


Some one recommend ma name plz….

Neatly written!
great read man!!!
aman | Homepage | 01.16.08 – 2:35 pm | #


@How do we know: Thanks!

@Raza: Thanks! I hope so too!

Of course we do and I hope and pray that more people realise that!!

@V S Rao: Since they are already bent upon making a mockery of it, they might as well purchase it through an auction.

@Sifar: I guess no one knows more about how to treat ‘VIPs’ than government servants.

I agree with you that those who are really committed to serving their nation do not hanker after awards.

@Jam: I agree!

BTW, I don’t recall those names either.

@Aman: I suppose you’ll have to contact the head of any of the major political parties, for the purpose.

Thanks for the compliments!
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 01.20.08 – 1:18 pm | #

Sidhusaaheb said...

Well, even I am reminded of the mushroomed Bharat Jyoti, Bharat Samman and other blah blah blah awards that often come as mail-order-awards and present you with a citation, whether you are a man or a dog-Is Bharat Ratna also going to join that list of so-called-awards? Yes, these so called award waley ask for a certain sum to “publish” your name in a “who’s who” also, Bonus!
Manpreet | Homepage | 02.18.08 – 4:19 pm | #


Well, with the kind of petty politics that happened this year, you never know…
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 02.19.08 – 8:06 pm | #


I think that the current status of Bharat Ratna as an Award is suspect but about a a few years back it used to be conferred on people of distiction.
Even now we should be thankful for just a pinch and not a thimbleful of salt if it goes to about 75% of the good ones and the remaining 25 well never mind.
roopa | Homepage | 02.28.08 – 12:30 pm | #


I suspect the percentage is skewed more than that in favour of the ‘never minds’.
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 02.28.08 – 1:59 pm | #

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