India: Bhupen Hazarika's son: his name pushed a painfully unpopular bill | India News

GUWAHATI: The draft law on citizenship (amendment) has suffered a new shock. Tez Hazarika, son of Bhupen Hazarika based in New York, reacted sharply to the legendary singer who is conferred the . Bharat Ratna stated: "I believe that my father's name and words are invoked and publicly celebrated as plans are underway to pass a painfully unpopular and controversial citizenship bill that undermines his documented position. It would actually be a direct opposition to what Bhupenda believed in his heart. "

Tez said he had not yet received an invitation from the government to receive Bharat Ratna, but said he considered the draft law on citizenship much more important than these rewards.

Citizenship bill more important than Bharat Ratna: Hazarika's son

I want the record to say that I have not received any invitation so far, so there is nothing to reject, and how the Center reacts to it (bill) wins out far on the importance of awarding and receiving such national recognition - a demonstration of short-lived thrills, "said Tez. He added: "For his fans - the majority of the people of the Northeast - and the great diversity of India, including all the indigenous peoples of India, he would never have subscribed to what appears, from in a completely transparent way, as a sneaky means of passing a law against the will and benefits of the majority in a manner that also appears to be clearly contrary to the Constitution and the Constitution. democratic and non-Indian. "

Assam and other northeastern states are facing numerous protests against the bill. Tez's reaction comes two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi supported the Center's position on the bill during its visit to Guwahati, Itanagar and Agartala. He stated that the amended law would not harm the interests of the people of the Northeast.

Bhupen's son claims that Bharat Ratnas and the longest bridges ( Dhola-Sadiya Bridge renamed Bhupen Hazarika Setu) are necessary but would not promote the peace and prosperity of the citizens of India. He added: "Only popular laws and foresight on the part of the leaders will do it." He feared that the adoption of any legislation likely to disrupt "language, identity and balance of power" in the north East of the country would compromise the position of his father.

However, other family members had different opinions than those of Tez. Sudakshina Sarma, Bhupen's sister, said: "We are no one to accept or reject the prize, because Bhupenda is the son of the soil not only for Assam, but also for the north-east and India. Bhupenda would have been happy if the prize had been given during his lifetime. Rishi Raj Sarma, the nephew of the singer, said: "This is a recognition of the government. We are happy that Bhupen Mama has received the prize requested by the masses. But if there is a political calculation behind, then it hurts not only us, family members, but also people from across the region. We oppose the bill, but it should not be price-related. "Bhupen Hazarika's brother, Samar Hazarika, declined to comment.

This article appeared first (in English) on THE TIMES OF INDIA