Thursday, August 16, 2012


The formal ceremony to announce the outcome of the Greatest Indian poll was held on August 14 at the CNN-IBN TV Channel in a filmy style. Shabana Azami who was the member of the Jury pronounced, with a sense of pride and gratification, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar as the greatest Indian since 1947 (sounds better than saying the greatest Indian after Gandhi) and conveyed her ADAB & SALAM to him. Amitabh Bacchan, Harsha Bogle, Shabana Azami, Madhuri Dixit joined the host Rajdeep Sardesai at the ceremony. Mandira Bedi conducted the show with great aplomb as the Master of Ceremonies. My congratulations and thanks to all of them particularly Rajdeep Sardesai, the CEO of CNN-IBN. I like a drink in the evening. My sense of elation in joining the celebrations ( as Mandira Bedi said that it was not only an announcement but was a celebration too) was so high that with the permission of my wife I took an additional peg while watching the programme on the CNN-IBN

Yet an unfortunate aspect, as I wrote in my earlier blog, is that the print media of India is totally silent. I have not seen a mention of the fact that Dr. Ambedkar has been declared the GREATEST INDIAN since 1947 with due process in line with an internationally accepted format by an established agency and an eminent jury. One of the leading dailies, Hindustan Times, on its front page on August 15 carried a story “Recognition at Last – Pak rights historical wrong, confers Nishan-i-Imtiaz on Manto” It speaks of the mindset of the intelligentsia. What a shame ?

मस्जिद तो बना दी सव भर में इमां की हरारत वालों ने;

मन अपना पुराना पापी है बरसों से नमाज़ी हो न सका !


  1. Celebration of Ambedkar with alcohol is not a good idea.

  2. not that i am spposed to respond every comment but to raise a toast or drink for the good cause to celebrate is not new to the world. i am a an honest small human-being.

    1. An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.-Sir Henry Wotton

  3. Sir, it is your blog and if you find something worthy enough to reply then it is your moral duty to respond to that because the same principle of reciprocity also applies to us. Any ways, you must reckon that we, younger Dalit generation, have a very purpose to remain attached to and get inspired from successful people like you because after all our society is going through a period of transition. Sir, you are very much aware of the fact that how alcohol has seriously affected many Dalit families and it is a matter of grave exploitation of many Dalit women. Sir, may be my personal experiences make me biased with regards to intoxication and consumption but sir please forgive if these words come from a lowly mouth but anything which is harmful for society in general is more harmful for Dalit society in particular. Sir, celebrate with fruit juice. Thanks.

  4. hi,

    do you want to know why the media was silent?

    punch into google search CNN IBN GREATEST INDIAN SHAM AWARD - VADAKAYIL.

    capt ajit vadakayil

  5. sorry sir main apni aukaat se kuchh zyada hi bol gaya

  6. oh no om pratap. i like you as my regular and enlightened reader. our lives are dry otherwise. we should try and avail of celebratory occasions.

  7. thanks capt. ajit. i would certainly see the story. regards