Bhupen Hazarika’s son sceptical of Bharat Ratna in view of CAB

GUWAHATI:  Tez Hazarika, the USA-based son of legendary artiste, Late Bhupen Hazarika, while expressing his opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) on Monday stated that ‘Bharat Ratnas and longest bridges will not promote peace and prosperity in India but popular laws and foresight will.

Referring to the recent announcement of Indian Government to confer Bharat Ratna to his father, Tez Hazarika stated that the Government of India’s move (Citizenship Amendment Bill) far outweighed in importance the awarding and receiving of such national recognition.

The statement issued by Tez Hazarika and widely circulated in the social media says, “As the son of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika—one of the most popular and loved cultural and socio-political figures for the people of Assam and it’s neighboring sister states of India’s great Northeast—I believe that my father’s name and words are being invoked and celebrated publicly while plans are afoot to pass a painfully unpopular bill regarding citizenship that is actually undermining his documented position. It would in reality be in direct opposition to what Bupenda believed in his heart of hearts.

“For his fans—a vast majority of people of the Northeast—and India’s great diversity including all indigenous populations of India, he would never have endorsed what appears, quite transparently, to be an underhanded way of pushing a law against the will and benefit of the majority in a manner that also seems to be grossly un-constitutional, un-democratic and un-Indian.

“Adopting any form of this bill at this point in the manner in which it is being proffered, now or in the future, will ultimately have the sad and undesirable effect of not only disrupting the quality of life, language, identity and power balance of the region, but that of undermining my father’s position—by delivering a wreaking blow to the harmony, inner integrity and unity of the secular and democratic Republic of India.

“Bharat Ratnas and longest bridges while necessary, will not promote the peace and prosperity of the citizens of India. Only just popular laws and foresight on the part of leadership will.

“Numerous media journalists are now asking me whether or not I will accept the Bharat Ratna for my father.  I go on record here to answer that A), I have not received any invitation so far there is nothing to reject, and B) how the center moves on this matter far outweighs in importance the awarding and receiving of such national recognition—a display of short lived cheap thrills.”

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