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Bhupen Hazarika’s family turns down Bharat Ratna award; Read Details

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India is the world’s largest democracy and the highest honour anyone can get from the Indian government is Bharat Ratna. Bharat Ratna is the highest civilian order and recently it was awarded to Assamese singer Bhupen Hazarika posthumously.

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Now, the son of Assamese legendary singer late Bhupen Hazarika, Tez criticized the government over citizenship amendment bill and was not amused with government’s stand. Tez Hazarika, who lives in USA said in a statement to CNN-News 18, “I have not received any invitation so far so there is nothing to reject. How the Centre moves on this matter far outweighs the importance of the awarding and receiving of such national recognition — a display of short-lived cheap thrills.”

He further added, “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 Bhupenda believed in his heart of hearts.”

Bhupen Hazarika is highly regarded and appreciated for his contribution to the field of Indian culture and music.

Tez further elaborated his point and said, “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. Bharat Ratnas and longest bridges while necessary, will not promote the peace and prosperity of the citizens of India.”

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