If you want to go back, go all the way back

The Bharat Ratna debate continues to simmer in the television studios. On CNBC, Karan Thapar pointed out how 30 of our 40 State-registered jewels have been politicians, and how some got it long after they had left their imprint on this wondrous land: Vallabhbhai Patel got it 41 years after his demise; Gopinath Bordoloi 49 years later.

At which point, the sociologist Ashis Nandy chipped in and delivered a bon mot:

“Why not just give it to Gautama Buddha this year and end all this debate.”