Sanjaya Baru, ex-advisor to Manmohan Singh, duped of Rs 24,000 after ordering liquor online; one arrested, other accused absconding – India News , REDHEART

Sanjaya Baru, ex-advisor to Manmohan Singh, duped of Rs 24,000 after ordering liquor online; one arrested, other accused absconding – India News , REDHEART

In his criticism, Baru alleged that after putting an internet order to buy liquor by paying round Rs 24,000, the particular person on the opposite finish switched his cell phone off and went incommunicado.

The Bharat Ratna is India’s highest civilian award. I believe it’s a mistake to provide it to cricketers and Bollywood individuals merely for his or her fame and expertise.

Doing so reduces the worth of the award and there’s additionally the potential that it’s misused. I’d say one thing comparable has occurred additionally within the case of these cricketers and Bollywood individuals nominated to the Rajya Sabha. Let me take two examples, Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar. Neither of them deserves the Bharat Ratna and each have misused their fame.

President Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Bharat Ratna Awards 2014 to Sachin Tendulkar at a Investiture ceremony in New Delhi on four February, 2014. Picture courtesy PIB

Sachin is within the information as of late for taking his former enterprise associate to the defence minister to hunt his intervention. The difficulty was some industrial development being carried out close to a defence space. When information was leaked of this assembly, Sachin launched an announcement saying he had no private enterprise curiosity within the matter. Maybe not. However is it the job of Bharat Ratnas to hawk enterprise pursuits earlier than ministers?

To place this in perspective, we should always know that Sachin spent three years in Rajya Sabha earlier than asking his first query. And after I say ‘spent three years in Rajya Sabha’ I imply principally outdoors it. A report in December, 2015 revealed that Sachin had lower than 6 % attendance in Rajya Sabha and had not participated in a single debate. However he has time to take his pals and enterprise companions to the defence minister to push their offers? I discover it unacceptable that such an individual has been given the Bharat Ratna.

After getting the Bharat Ratna, Sachin continues to endorse manufacturers like BMW. Does it swimsuit public figures, particularly ones as wealthy as Sachin, to do that? It is fairly shameful and degrades the award.

After we give the Bharat Ratna to such individuals we’re primarily rewarding their expertise. We’re not recognising their service, which is the true function of civilian awards. Sachin has a protracted history of misusing his place. When he received a Ferrari as a present he requested the federal government to waive its import responsibility. Why ought to the taxpayer fund this spoilt billionaire’s toys? Finally a court docket needed to pressure him to pay. When he constructed a mansion in Bandra, he requested the federal government to make an exception for him in order that he may construct above the restrict. Why ought to that be granted to him? It’s egocentric for him to ask when none of the remainder of us ask, or get, such favours.

On 13 June this 12 months, newspapers carried the headline ‘Sachin Tendulkar donates Rs 76 lakh to Bengal college’. I used to be inquisitive about the story, as a result of it didn’t follow the egocentric sample of Sachin’s life. It revealed that it was not his cash that Sachin was ‘donating’. The college was being given cash from his Rajya Sabha fund, that means it was the nation’s cash. That is hardly ‘donating’. And he does no person a favour in doing this.

Sachin is nothing like Muhammad Ali, a sportsman who was given civilian awards for his constant and courageous positions in opposition to injustice and racism. And Ali was prepared to go to jail for his beliefs. Ever heard Sachin say something significant on the problems which might be so troubling in our time? No. His time is healthier occupied by promoting us stuff.

Lata Mangeshkar was given the Bharat Ratna in 2001. Just a few years later she stated she would transfer to Dubai if a flyover was constructed reverse her home on Pedder Street in Mumbai. She and her sister Asha Bhosle opposed it so successfully that it has nonetheless not been constructed. A report in April 2012 stated Lata Mangeshkar had the worst attendance file within the Rajya Sabha the place she had been for a few years. It exhibits her and Tendulkar’s whole disinterest and I’d say disregard for this nation.

Is that this how a Bharat Ratna is meant to behave? To place their particular person want and selfishness above the wants of the numerous? It is ridiculous that such persons are, as I stated, rewarded for his or her expertise and never their service.

And as far as their expertise goes, have not they been rewarded sufficient? They’ve made themselves very, very rich. And that’s tremendous and proper. It’s the way it ought to be. They’ve earned their cash and their fame. They might have earned our respect by behaving in additional public spirited trend however they’ve chosen as a substitute to be unconcerned on that rely. They can’t even be bothered to indicate up in Parliament. (What number of occasions has Sachin missed a match or endorsement shoot?) The federal government of the time is usually seduced by fame and feels obliged to reward such individuals (and infrequently there’s very heavy lobbying from them) to be given these awards. This could cease. We should always separate the expertise of individuals from their service. It is just the latter that should be rewarded via nationwide awards.

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