Thursday, September 22, 2011

Assam prays for Bharat Ratna to Hazarika, Centre takes it up

Assam’s demand for a Bharat Ratna to Bhupen Hazarika, frequently described as the last of the living balladeers in the subcontinent, seems to have finally found takers in New Delhi. After Kumar Deepak Das of the AGP made a request in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Home M Ramachandran has written to Das saying the Ministry has forwarded it to the PMO.
Fans of Hazarika are making two fervent prayers, that the music maestro lives a long life and that he gets the country’s highest civilian award soon. Hazarika, 86, is ailing and admitted to a special ward in Mumbai’s Kokilaben Ambani Hospital.
The demand for a Bharat Ratna is nearly a decade old with Dilip Kumar Saikia, then AGP legislator, raising it in the Assembly in 2003. The state government assured it would take up the matter with the Centre; in March last year, the AGP got the Assembly to adopt a resolution to press New Delhi.