Bhupen Hazarika’s family to return Bharat Ratna in protest against Citizenship Bill25Photo©

Citizenship Bill undermines ‘documented position’ of Bhupen Hazarika: Tez Hazarika


Taking a swipe at the BJP, legendary Assamese singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika’s son Tez Hazarika said on Monday his father’s name and words were being invoked and celebrated publicly while plans were afoot to pass the “painfully unpopular” Citizenship (Amendment) Bill against the wish of the people of the Northeast. In a Facebook post, Tez said the proposed legislation undermines the “documented position” of his father, who was awarded the country’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna posthumously by the Narendra Modi government last month.

“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 answer that A), I have not received any invitation so far there is nothing to reject. And B), how the Centre moves on this matter far outweighs in importance the awarding and receiving of such national recognition – a display of short lived cheap thrills,” he wrote.