Where Is Bhupen Hazarika’s Bharat Ratna Award? FIR Filed In Guwahati

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A controversy has erupted in Assam on the whereabouts of the Bharat Ratna which was awarded posthumously to music maestro Bhupen Hazarika. The award was received by Hazarika’s son Tej Hazarika at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi on August 8th, 2019.

Debates escalated after unconfirmed reports suggested that Tej left the country after spending a few days in Assam without a proper explanation on the award’s whereabouts. Demanding enquiry, an FIR has been filed with the Dispur Police by a journalist of a local television channel. A copy of the FIR is available with Time8.

As per media reports, earlier Tej had made an announcement that the award will be kept in Assam so that the people can catch a glimpse of it. However, Hazarika’s family members in Guwahati claimed that Tej had already left the country.

In the FIR, the journalist sought an explanation on the whereabouts of the Bharat Ratna award and further maintained that as the award is the national property of the Assamese community, every Assamese has the right to know its whereabouts. Borah also urged the police to conduct an inquiry into the matter.

The journalist added that as the Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra in Guwahati houses all the awards, souvenirs of Hazarika in a museum, Tej should have submitted the Bharat Ratna award at the Kalakshetra.

“To be sure, it was a joyous occasion for family, friends and all fans of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika. Receiving the Bharat Ratna for my late dad from the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind. Am I lucky or what? In my view, the recognition is a public testament and proof of India’s profound and considered intention to bring greater benefit to its people through the challenging but practical path of secular and democratic governance,” Tej wrote on Facebook after receiving the award from President Ram Nath Kovind.

He added, ” It permits the just distribution of the country’s collective wealth – to all segments of its great diversity – a significant cause for celebration in itself. As is today, Independence day of India, August 15th, a country and it’s people my father loved most though he was a true globalist.”

Guwahati | First Published: Aug 17, 2019

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