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Bhupen Hazarika’s Son Refuses to Receive Late Father's Bharat Ratna Citing Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

Bhupen Hazarika’s Son Refuses to Receive Late Father's Bharat Ratna Citing Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

New Delhi: In a latest setback for the Centre on the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, the son of music maestro Late Bhupen Hazarika has refused to accept the honour on his father's behalf given the present state of affairs in his region.

Tej Hazarika, the son of Bhupem Hazarika has  expressed discontent and displeasure over the controversial Bill, calling it "undemocratic and unconstitutional". He clarified that he did not call the gesture to award Bharat Ratna a “cheap thrill” but the timing to present the honour.

“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”, Tej Hajarika stated in a statement.

“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”, he stated.

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 wreaking blow to the harmony, inner integrity and unity of the secular and democratic Republic of India.


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