The Award Market
And now our ministers have the `honour'
WRITE HAND BY AJAZ UL HAQUE
To bag an award is an honour, but to buy an award is a disgrace indescribable. One can only desire to be in the hall of greats though a few amongst us actually make it. We do have people within us with some remarkable achievements to feel proud of. For this they have been haloed and deservedly so. But the way some awards are being literally sold is embarrassing. But sadly, it means no embarrassment for those who buy them, it puts others to shame.
Many times over, this issue has been written about. A clique of people in New Delhi or elsewhere fool their clients by sending them a form which they have to fill up against a stipulated sum. This `good news' that you are the man or woman of the year or decade or millennium (depending on the money they charge) can reach any one ranging from a cook to a minister. You choose your area of `specialization' in which you contribution is `outstanding', attach the bank draft and post it back. There comes the `certificate of excellence' acknowledging your contribution towards the `welfare of humankind'. They manage to invite some celebrities and call you to the function where you are to be awarded for the `exemplary service' you have rendered towards the society. This all is an intelligently staged drama to make a joke out of you and to cheat you of your hard-earned money. The painful part of the story is that to taste a fifteen minute fame, which by any means, is fake, you offer yourself to be made a fool of.
That is how awards are manufactured and award winners are won over. They market film and sports stars to hook you. And quite surprisingly, it's not a common semi-literate man who is tempted. Even academics, activists, lawyers and now ministers are getting trapped. Not trapped infact they offer themselves and call it their `honor' to be the part of that fun. All that to fake a fame. In doing so they don't mind how cheap can it get. As long as they receive an `award' there is nothing wrong in doing what they make you do.
This is happening for many years now. Earlier anyone could have been duped for the reality was not known, now the rotten truth about this award-peddling business is out. But we keep celebrating our cheaply bought `stardom'. Our shamelessness knows no limits. First, we know the truth behind these so called awards. Second, we pay for the cheap publicity to be made through media. We expect admiration from our `fans'. The impression that is thrown around is different. A credulous reader thinks as if there is a jury that adjudicates the winners. When he sees ministers receiving the award, he goes on to count the nominees who might have missed the mark as if the panel had a tough task to declare the winner. Little do they know that a dishwasher is as eligible a candidate as the minister himself or herself.
Lastupdate on : Sat, 25 Dec 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
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