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An Honourable Judgement

A Supreme Court ruling aims to restore the sanctity of the nation's highest awards

An Honourable Judgement
An Honourable Judgement
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The lengthening lists—crammed with names that ring no bell at all—tell their own sorry tale of nepotism, political patronage and downright chicanery. In 1964, India's four national civilian awards went to only 33 eminent personages. Ten years later, with Indira Gandhi bent on riding roughshod over national institutions, as many as 84 names made it to the coveted roll of honour. In 1988, the figure did come down to 44. And stayed there in 1989, too.

But all hopes of a recovery of the sanctity of the awards were quickly dashed as politics took over. Who you knew became far more important than what you did. So from 1990 to 1992, more than 100 persons won the awards each year, with a large number of virtual nonentities rubbing shoulders with true-blue titans. As an inevitable result, the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awards, once recognised as the ultimate accolade, lost their sheen.

But, mercifully, vigorous efforts are now on to recapture the lost glory of the awards. On the coming Republic Day, the awards will be announced...

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