New Delhi: Press Council chief Justice
Markandey Katju on Saturday suggested Bharat Ratna for noted Urdu
poet Mirza Ghalib, saying there is no "fitter" person than him
to whom the award can be bestowed.
"I had made this appeal in the Mushaira organised by
Jashn-Bahaar, and my appeal had been endorsed by prominent
persons in the audience like Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar,
Law Minister Salman Khurshid, Chief Election Officer S Y
Quraishi and others," he said.
Stating that Bharat Ratna has been awarded posthumously
several times in the past, he said "in my opinion there is no
fitter person to whom the award can be given than Mirza
Ghalib, who is one of the foremost figures representing our
He also appealed to all Urdu lovers to appeal to Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh to recommend Bharat Ratna for the Urdu
Katju`s suggestion follows the government`s move to amend
rules to pave way for sports-persons to be eligible for the
country`s highest civilian honour.
"By awarding Bharat Ratna to Mirza Ghalib, we will not
be honouring Ghalib but ourselves," he said.