Bhupen Hazarika's Son Says, "Decision To Award Bharat Ratna Cheap Thrills"

Bhupen Hazarika

 Bhupen Hazarika's Son Says, "Decision To Award Bharat Ratna Cheap Thrills" 

New Delhi: The Centre was at the receiving end of a lot of criticism, from Assamese music legend, Bhupen Hazarika's son. The musician's son criticised the government over Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, and called it's move to award his father with the Bharat Ratna "a display of short lived cheap thrills". Tez Hazarika, who currently lives in the US, said that he was unhappy how the centre planned to pass the "painfully unpopular" Bill which was against his father's beliefs and position.

"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," Tez Hazarika said. 

The legendary musician, Bhupen Hazarika's name was announced as this year's recipient of the Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award, along with former President Pranab Mukherjee and Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh. The Prime Minister, in May 2017 had also named India's longest bridge after Bhupen Hazarika, the 9.15 km long Dhola-Sadiya bridge over Brahmaputra, in Assam.

"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," Tez Hazarika's scathing statement added.

One of the key projects of the government, the citizenship Bill proposes a smoother and quicker grant of citizenship to illegal migrants from the minority communities of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years' stay in India. However, there have been widescale protests against it throughout the northeast.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh will move the Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

A widespread protests have been seen in the northeastern states including Meghalaya, Assam, Mizoram and Manipur, since the controversial Bill was introduced and passed in Lok Sabha in January. The protests have spiked particularly in Assam, where inflow of illegal migrants from Bangladesh is a huge social and political issue.