It’s the awards season. Not the frivolous film awards, but the frivolous Shris, Padma Shris, Padma Bhushans, Padma Vibhushans and Bharat Ratnas. We should all have a problem with these awards for (leaving the Bharat Ratna):

1. They are a joke.

2. They don’t really mean anything to the public. Amitabh Bachchan – Quick, guess which was the highest award he received. No idea? My point exactly.

3. It is our money that is being wasted to gift awards to these mostly undeserving candidates in a grand ceremony. Do go through this list of Padma Shri awardees. It is far too crowded to mean anything. [I was excited for a moment when I read that Kanti Shah won a Padma Shri this year. But it is some Kranti Shah. So whatever.]

The Bharat Ratna awardees atleast have a substantial body of work to justify their awards (except for Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi — that was political masturbation). The Bharat Ratna is an exception because it is rarely given, it is not a joke and it means something — but it is still our money that is wasted.

This is also the time of the year when everyone demands a Bharat Ratna for Sachin Tendulkar. Great thought, but I have this to say: If Sachin is given a Bharat Ratna, there is only a 10% chance that he’ll live.

Statistics and hips don’t lie.


Filed under Stuff The Government Does That It Shouldn’t Be Doing.