Friday, January 11, 2008
Give me a Bharat Ratna
That's right, I deserve a Bharat Ratna too: it's the flavour of the season! When a poet-cum-PM-cum-nuclear-detonator named Vajpayee can ask be thought to deserve one... well, maybe I could take it.
But when a mad old communist whose policies brought West Bengal to No. 2 from the bottom in India (after Bihar) in terms of development - Jyoti Basu, former West Bengal CM, "veteran" communist - wants one, then it's official: I deserve a Bharat Ratna too.
It's another little medal after all, you can give it to anyone. All right, so it might be India's highest civilian award, but hey! Since when has a civilian award been for civilians? After all, politicians think they own this country, so why not give them a civilian award!
And after all this, I might just become a jeweler: because the Bharat "Ratna" has obviously lost its sheen, Well, maybe not completely: as long as communist mud isn't spread over it.