Every year in India at the time of Republic Day, Padma and other awards are announced. Sometimes there are controversies. Many times undeserving people get them. Â There is lobbying for these awards. Though these are awards some people use them as titles and add them before names. Â To avoid such controversies I suggest more awards.
Dushshasana Award to those who molest women and girls.
Drishtadyumna Award to those who kill in fake encounters.
Yudhishtira Award to those who give misleading statements.
Bheeshma Award to those who abduct women.
Menaka Award to women who trap politicians having sex with prostitutes in a sting operation.
Indian Hand Award to members of Congress.
Indian Lotus Award to members of BJP.
Indian Cycle Award to members of SP and TDP.
Indian Elephant Award to members of BSP.
Similar awards to members of other political parties.
Some awards may be kept for sale. Indian Sun for Rs.100 crores, Indian Moon for Rs.75 crores, Indian Star for Rs.50 crores, Indian Comet for Rs.25 crores and so on.
Apart from these awards some awards may be kept for auction. The highest bidder gets the award. There can be Indian Diamond, Indian Ruby, Indian Topaz, Indian Emerald, Indian Pearl, Indian Coral, Indian Porphyry, Indian Amethyst and so on. The bid will start from Rs.1 crore.
Next in auction are Indian Gold, Indian Silver, Indian Copper, Indian Nickel, Indian Aluminium and so on. The bid will start from Rs.10 lacs.
With such options, those who desire awards will be happy, government will have money and controversies will disappear.
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An article of Thomas L. Friedman â€œThe Story that refuses to dieâ€ appeared on The Indian Express on 1 December 2009. He begins with Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan who killed American soldiers at Fort Hood and says Hasan was another jihadist who was spurred to action by â€œThe Narrativeâ€ that says Americaâ€™s war on terror on war on Islam. There are many Muslims who hate America. It is not just because of the Narrative. If some Americans think that for two decades the US foreign policy has been largely dedicated to rescuing Muslims or trying to help free them from tyranny â€“ in Bosnia, Darfur, Kuwait, Somalia, Lebanon, Kurdistan, post-earthquake Pakistan, post-tsunami Indonesia, Iraq and Afghanistan â€“ they are fooling themselves. Americaâ€™s actions in those countries or regions had nothing to do witch democracy. America did not go to war with Burma which has suppressed democracy. America did not go to war with Pakistan when Pervez Musharraf overthrew the government headed by Nawaz Sharif and established military dictatorship. America has supported dictatorships and overthrown democracies. America went to war on Iraq twice. First it was in 1991 to liberate Kuwait. After that sanctions were imposed on Iraq and life was made difficult for Iraqis. Second war in 2003 was unjustified and lot of damage was done. Some people called America is the greatest terrorist. Iraq was a secular country. After 2003 Muslim fundamentalists dominated Iraq. Life for Christians became difficult. America did not do much in Bosnia, Darfur or Lebanon. It left Somalia when its 15 soldiers died. Kurds in Iraq got freedom but Kurds in Turkey continue to be oppressed. America bombed Serbia for 77 days which led to Kosovo independence, dominated by Albanian Muslims, after 10 years. American actions In Kosovo helped the Muslims there and they may not hate America. In that region, Serbs hate America. America should have got out of Afghanistan soon after a civilian government was established and Afghan military was trained. It continued its presence. More than half of Afghan soldiers deserted within a year. Many Americans do not want to continue the war in Afghanistan. Al Qaeda is in Pakistan. Afghani Taliban were not against America. Many civilians died in American bombings. What has America achieved in Afghanistan? If a Muslim in Afghanistan becomes a Christian he can be put to death. Did America liberate Afghanistan from Taliban so that it may continue to persecute Non-Muslims? The status of women is not much better. Hamid Karzaiâ€™s wife is a doctor but she is not allowed by him to appear in public or meet others without burkha. His government is discredited. Barack Obama has announced a surge in Afghanistan and 30,000 soldiers will be sent there. NATO countries are questioning the war. Many Pakistanis have dried in drone attacks. Few terrorists and many civilians die in those attacks. Pakistanis hated America for that. When Taliban started to control Swat Pakistanis were horrified by their acts and they hated the Taliban more than America. Till then for Pakistanis it was Americaâ€™s war on terror. If Muslims see â€œAmerican Crusader-Zionist conspiracyâ€ to keep Muslims down it is mainly due to its support to Israel. Israel has not vacated Gaza, West Bank and Golan Heights in compliance with a UN resolution. America has not gone to war over that. Palestinians continue to suffer in West Bank and Gaza. Some Palestinians resort to terrorism and Israel responds disproportionately causing collateral damage which means deaths of civilians and destruction of their property. America has tried for peace between Israel and Palestinians. Ehud Barak had made an offer which would have made Palestine independent. Yasser Arafat rejected it on the question of Jerusalem. That was a peaceful time. It did not last long. Ariel Sharon went to Temple Mount with soldiers and things were never the same again. Israel has started construction of settlements in West Bank. America has proved ineffective and Muslims see a conspiracy. If people hostile to America engaged in misinformation and disinformation against America they are doing what America did about Iraq. America is having a taste of its own medicine. America is in the process of getting out of Iraq. It should get out of Afghanistan soon. There is no need to search for Osama bin Laden. No one has seen him alive after August 2005. The videos supposedly featuring him were fake. Those who know he is dead and where he is buried will keep quiet. There is not much to be lost if the civilian government in Afghanistan falls. It is for Afghans to make democracy work in Afghanistan. Americans should take care of their security. If two people gatecrash the state dinner hosted by the President, meet him and shake hands with him, it leaves a lot to be desired in improvement of security. If a Muslim born and brought up in America is a psychiatrist in the army and kills fellow soldiers it is a serious issue. No American soldier expects to be killed by a fellow soldier in America. Some suggest political correctness led to non-screening of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. In that case political correctness should be thrown out. Safety first.
On 9 October 2009 the Nobel Committee announced its decision to award Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama. The announcement shocked people in Oslo who had gathered and they gasped. The spokesman mentioned many reasons for awarding Barack Obama like promoting intenational diplomacy, co-operation among peoples and world free from nuclear arms. Many were surprised and the news when first heard was difficult to believe.
The nominations to award closed on 1st February. Nobody can self-nominate. There are people and committees who can nominate. There were 205 nominations. Barack Obama was not mentioned among probable nominees to win the prize.
Many criticised the award to Barack Obama. Some felt it was too early. It should have been at the end of his term as president. Some questioned his achievements. TV channels held discussions whether Barack Obama should have received this award.
I do not remember TV channels previously holding discussions whether somebody should or should not have received this award. Barack Obama is well known all over the world. Previously there was no such controversy because the recipients were not much known outside their countries.
Some criticism was vicious. Some called the Nobel Committee eccentric. Committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland said the prize was for what he has done in the previous year. He asked â€œWho has done more than Barack Obama?â€
Barack Obama is the third President of USA to receive the Nobel Peace Prize while in office. Previously Woodrow Wilson (1919) and Theodore Roosevelt (1906) had received the prize.
Few days back Barack Obama was in Copenhagen to appeal to members of International Olympic Committee to award Olympics 2016 to Chicago. The competition between Chicago and Rio de Janeiro was said to be tough and decided in the last round. Contrary to expectations, on 2 October 2009 Chicago was eliminated in the first round. It was an unpleasant shock. A week later Oslo gave Barack Obama a pleasant shock. Denmark and Norway are neighbouring countries.