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Hazarika's son upset over Citizenship bill but doesn't decline Bharat Ratna

IANS  |  Guwahati 

Days after the was conferred posthumously on Assamese cultural icon Bhupen Hazarika, his son Tej on Monday said that he does not reject the country's highest civillian honour but is unhappy how the NDA government plans to pass the "painfully unpopular" Citizenship bill which was against his father's beliefs and position.

The US-based Hazarika's clarification came after some in flashed the news that he had declined to accept the for his father.

"As the son of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, one of the most popular and loved cultural and socio-political figures for the people of and it's neighbouring sister states of India's great Northeast, 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," he told IANS in a

"It would, in reality, be in direct opposition to what Bupenda believed in his heart of hearts," he added.

"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.

"Adopting any form of this bill at this point in the manner in which it is being proffered, now or in the future, will ultimately have the sad and undesirable effect of not only disrupting the quality of life, language, identity and power balance of the region, but that of undermining my father's position - by delivering a wrecking blow to the harmony, inner integrity and unity of the secular and democratic Republic of India," Tej said.

"Bharat Ratnas and longest bridges (the Dhala Sadiya bridge), while necessary, will not promote the peace and prosperity of the citizens of Only just, popular laws and foresight on the part of leadership will. Numerous journalists are now asking me whether or not I will accept the 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 said.

Addressing a rally near Guwahati on Saturday, blamed the governments at the Centre and the state for delaying the conferring of Bharat Ratna to the legendary musician, who died in 2011.

--IANS

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 23:32 IST
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