Should Jagjit Singh get the Bharat Ratna?

Thu, August 28, 2014 10:03am UTC by Add first Comment

The veteran singer’s wife Chitra Singh has been fighting a lone battle to get her husband the prestigious award

Ever since his death in 2011, Jagjit Singh’s wife Chitra Singh has been fighting a lone battle to get her husband the recognition he deserves. “I think he deserves the Bharat Ratna, no less. Manmohan Singhji released two commemorative stamps of Jagjitji on February 8. But what about the recognition that Jagjit saab deserves?”

The ghazal maestro’s widow, herself a renowned ghazal singer in the 1970s and 80s, had been persuading Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi for many years to award a Bharat Ratna to her husband. Sighs Chitraji, “They gave Jagjitji the Padma Bhushan in 2003. Eleven years have passed since. Every year we expected him to get the Bharat Ratna.”

Chitra feels Jagjit’s fans should begin an online campaign for his Bharat Ratna. “When I meet his admirers and fans they are unanimous he should get the honour, but they need to hammer it.”

She is hopeful that the BJP government will do the needful. “Prime Minister Narendra Modiji had said on Jagjitji’s death that not only had we lost a great musician but Gujarat had lost a friend. My husband had a soft corner for Gujaratis. He had also met Modiji.”Subscribe to me on YouTube


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