CAMPAIGN: A Bharat Ratna for Dr Raj Kumar?

If he were still with us, Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju—actor, singer, yogi, and above all a gentleman—would have been 79 years old tomorrow. But as one of his many co-stars, Jaya Prada, noted in Bangalore recently, it is unfortunate that Dr Raj Kumar left this planet without a significant national award being bestowed on him. The lone national award he got was for singing.

Jaya Prada, now a Samajawadi Party MP, says she will do everything she can to get the UPA government to honour Dr Raj Kumar with the Bharat Ratna. We have heard no such commitment from our honourable Members of Parliament, all 28 of them. We haven’t heard a squeak from our Members of Legislture, all 224 of them. We haven’t seen the sons of the son of the soil do anything to get this due recognition to a true son of the soil. is pleased to launch a campaign to secure the Bharat Ratna for Dr Raj Kumar. Join the debate, leave a comment, add your voice—we will make sure it reaches a couple of interesting ears in New Delhi. If nine greats from Uttar Pradesh and eight greats from Tamil Nadu—including, yes, M.G. Ramachandran—could be honoured with India’s highest civilian award, surely it’s time for Karnataka to have its second Bharat Ratna after Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya?