Guwahati, February 11, 2019
Legendary singer Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s son Tez Hazarika on February 11th, 2019, while opposing the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government’s attempt to implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, informed the family members’ decision to reject the country’s highest civilian honour – Bharat Ratna that was conferred posthumously to the singer on the 2019 Republic Day.
Tez Hazarika said, “The government should confer the honour when he was alive since he deserved that during his lifetime.”
It may be mentioned that other family members of the singer including Samar Hazarika and Manisha Hazarika were happy with the centre’s decision to confer the honour to Bhupen Hazarika.
Fulfilling the long pending demand of the people of Assam to confer the country’s highest civilian honour to the son of the soil Dr Bhupen Hazarika, the Central government on January 25, 2019 has conferred the Bharat Ratna to the legendary singer after eight years of his death. Dr. Hazarika, who is also known as ‘Sur Samrat’, has been conferred the highest honour posthumously.
The centre also conferred the honour to the former president and Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee and Chandikadas Amritrao Deshmukh also known Nanaji Deshmukh.
Deshmukh, was born on October 11th, 1916 and passed away on February 27th, 2010, was a social activist and former Rajya Sabha member and a prominent leader of Bharatiya Jana Sangha. He was also conferred Padma Vibhushan in 1999.