close

News WrapGet Handpicked Stories from our editors directly to your mailbox

Zubeen Garg opens up on the Bharat Ratna abuse issue in a lengthy post

File photo of Zubeen Garg. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 30, 2019, 02.51 PM (IST)

After an FIR has been filed against Assamese singer Zubeen Garg who allegedly abused the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, he has now opened up on his stance. 

In a lengthy post shared on his Facebook profile, Zubeen wrote: “I have never betrayed anyone, never destroyed anyone, never deprived - then when it comes to me, why you try to tear me apart! You can't. I m strong. I stand on my own. I never begged. What I became I became on my own. What I had I gave all to my own people.”

Addressing the issue of his voice appearing in a clip that abuses Bharat Ratna, he wrote: “Yes that was my voice. I don't deny. I have that courage to say. Yes, I said it. But why I said it? Why after 8 years they will use his name to motivate us politically? Why this sudden love? He is beyond that. He lives with us. He should have got it 10 years back when he was alive. When he was alone, who stood with him?”

He questioned the government on why this was being given to the late legend after his death? He indicated in his post that it was the government’s way of wooing the people so that they don’t protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill. He further wrote, “You should know it. Bhupen Mama is a gift, not a tool to be used for their political motivation. It can never be about Bhupen Mama, it is neither about Bharat Ratna. It is all about the politics behind that.”

See the full post here:

An FIR was filed at the Lanka Police Station by BJP’s state unit vice president Satya Ranjan Borah who said that this was ‘disrespecting’ and ‘insulting’ country’s highest civilian award and “hurting the sentiments” of people of India.

He also wrote that he is honest in his work and doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone. He said, “But I hate the dogs barking behind me. I m the tiger. I will be like that. And if you hate me this way, let me leave Assam. I can stay anywhere.”

Story highlights

The Assamese singer has been booked for allegedly abusing the prestigious Bharat Ratna as a clip featuring his voice went viral on the net.