We are in the last month of the year 2013. In the life of a person or that of the society, there is always a beginning and hence there will always be an end. Month of December signifies the end of Gregorian calendar year. This month coincides with the anniversary of the election of Barack Obama for his 2nd term as the US President, so also the death anniversary of charismatic parochial but iconic political figure, Bal Thackeray. So is the hanging of Ajmal Kasab an year ago for the 26/11 mayhem.
India is a place of myriad things happening. The month of December witnessed things from good, bad & ugly to bizarre to macabre. Among the good things are the emergence of AAP as a force to reckon-with, in the political firmament of India, so also the long awaited agreement between Iran and the West. Bharat Ratna to cricketer Tendulkar was another strange development, besides snoop master Tarun Tejpal’s sexploits of his young lady staff being the ugly happening of the month, are only some of the highlights of the Month-in-Perspective.
The award of Bharat Ratna to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar did expose the intellectual impoverishment of powers that be, in a country where talent, dedication and achievements are measured by media hype and depends upon the Mai-Baap culture of patronizing politics. There have been many voices of opposition to the award from many eminent and from less media rated intellectuals across the country. The main stream media somehow shied away from these criticism being highlighted. That was indeed strange. We have, however, tried to discuss the issue of relevance of Bharat Ratna to Tendulkar in Focus. Hope our readers would find it different from the general run of the mill. Do kindly respond with your thoughts on the issues raised therein. Rest of issues are as usual.