29 October, 2020

Pandit Vs Pandit

Jasraj sours the Bharat Ratna for Ravi Shankar; no one's clapping

Pandit Vs Pandit
Sometimes you are the pigeon. Sometimes you are the statue.
-from the Dilbert comic-strip series

IT'S said that at great heights, the halo trembles. For there is always turbulence in the stratosphere. But this time, the strong whiffs of discontent have touched ground levels. And there is a puncture in the awe. The first stone was cast by Pandit Jasraj who shed his sophisticated tolerance of all God's men. Pandit Ravi Shankar would not have been his choice for this year's Bharat Ratna. "If a musician receives the Bharat Ratna I'll be the happiest person in this country, for I see happiness in the recognition of music. But it is difficult to believe that the Bharat Ratna could be given to a man who had once gone on record and said 'I disown this country'. After his stint as an MP when he was denied the piece of land that was promised to him, he said he would have nothing to do with this country. I've nothing against a great musician like Ravi Shankar, but to adorn a man who will disown his country for a fistful of land with the Bharat Ratna is ridiculous. There are...



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