Amid the move by the central government to table the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha, Bhupen Hazarika’s son, Tej Bhupen Hazarika, has expressed anger at the government’s plans to move ahead with the legislation saying the move will be “be in direct opposition to what Bupenda believed in his heart of hearts” and that the Government’s move to confer Bharat Ratna on his father was “a display of short lived cheap thrills”.
“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,” US-based Tej stated in a facebook statement.
“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,” Tej further stated.
“Bharat Ratnas and longest bridges while necessary, will not promote the peace and prosperity of the citizens of India. Only just popular laws and foresight on the part of leadership will. Numerous media journalists are now asking me whether or not I will accept the Bharat Ratna for my father. I go on record here to anwer 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,” he added.
However, his present stand on the government conferring Bharat Ratna on Dr Bhupen Hazarika contradicts his earlier stand when he welcomed the announcement.
“Sure it is overwhelming but glad! This was a good day for all the people of India. Awarding Bhupen Hazarika with the The Bharat Ratna, is a win for humanity, diversity and India as a secular democracy. In his songs can be discovered blueprints for the youth and future of India. In his songs he celebrated the richness of indigenous people not only of the Northeast but all of India as he advocated their inclusion in the Indian experience as essential to the success of Indian civilization as a whole,” he wrote in a facebook post after the Centre’s announcement.
Incidentally, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been listed to be tabled in Rajya Sabha by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today (Feb 12).