Thursday, February 14, 2008

Awards overdue

It was a shame that the UPA government did not confer a Bharat Ratna this year (again), making it the seventh year in running that the award hasn't been given. In my opinion, and the opinion of several like-minded, smart individuals, the award HAS to be given to Sri R K Laxman. Nothing more needs to be said about it.

As far as knighthood and the Nobel go, I can't think of anyone other than Prof Richard Dawkins of Oxford University (who holds the Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University) for his work in evolutionary biology and his endeavour to make science, and evolution and Darwinian natural selection in particular, easy to understand, and he has now become the face of the atheist movement.

Even if the establishment takes forever to confer at least the knighthood on you, in my eyes, and the eyes of many, you already are a knight, Sir Richard, and we the humble, the rational and the humane, salute thee.

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