Awarding of Bharat Ratna started in the year 1954. Five Bharat Ratnas have been awarded since January. This is the highest civilian honor of the country. After Karpuri Thakur and Lal Krishna Advani, now former Prime Minister Charan Singh and P.V. The government has decided to give Bharat Ratna to Narasimha Rao and agricultural scientist M.S. Swaminathan.
Those interested in politics say that the government has also tried to achieve its political goal by giving Bharat Ratna. It is noteworthy that Swaminathan is considered the father of Green Revolution, Rao is considered the father of economic reforms of 1991 and also during his tenure, Babri structure was demolished in Ayodhya. Charan Singh was one of the biggest farmer leaders of the country who still holds a special place in the hearts of farmers in many areas of Rajasthan, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants to increase its electoral penetration in the states of South India and in this context it is worth noting that Rao was from Telangana and Swaminathan was a Tamil-speaking person from Kerala. Earlier on January 23, the Prime Minister had announced that his government was going to give Bharat Ratna to former Chief Minister of Bihar Karpoori Thakur. The announcement was made a day before his 100th birth anniversary and a day after the consecration of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had welcomed the award of Bharat Ratna to Karpoori Thakur, who had the highest stature among the backward class leaders. Only after this, on January 28, Nitish Kumar’s party Janata Dal United had again decided to join the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. If BJP wants to repeat its performance of winning 303 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, then Bihar is important for it. The Prime Minister also announced the award of Bharat Ratna to Lal Krishna Advani, who played an important role in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement.
If we look at the above facts, there is a clear indication that the Central Government has tried to serve its political interests while awarding Bharat Ratna. Due to this, BJP will definitely get benefit in the Lok Sabha elections which are round the corner, but it should not be forgotten that those whom the government has announced to honor with Bharat Ratna, all of them have played an important role in the development of the country and its people in their own way. have contributed. All these great people were deserving of Bharat Ratna. Yes, the time and circumstances in which the announcement of giving him the country’s highest civilian honor ‘Bharat Ratna’ can be called a calculated political move.
-Irwin Khanna, Chief Editor, Dainik Uttam Hindu