Monday, February 16, 2009

India to Give President Bush Highest Award?

Singhvi seeks Bharat Ratna for Bush


New Delhi, Feb 13, : Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Friday said the former US President George W. Bush should be given India's highest civilian honour, Bharat Ratna, for his contribution to the India-US nuclear cooperation programme.

"Give Bharat Ratna to Bush. I do not know what the rules are but I will officially do something," Singhvi said.

He was addressing the annual general meeting of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

Bharat Ratna is India's highest civilian award, given for the highest degree of national service, including artistic, literary, and scientific achievements.

The honour has been awarded to 41 persons so far. The latest to receive the award was classical singer Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.

India's first President Rajendra Prasad created the award on January 2, 1954.

A much-deserved award. India and the United States have had cool relations ever since they became independent from Britain. But during the Bush Administration, relations became markedly better, and today, you could even call the world's largest democracy and predicted future superpower one of America's allies. All thanks to President George W. Bush.

There's one HUGE detail the article fails to mention. According to Wikipedia (a source that has never failed me yet), persons awarded the Bharat Ratna get a place in the Indian Order of Precedence. Eighth place, to be precise.

The possibilities this raises are enormous! Through a series of highly-improbable, yet highly-fortunate mysterious deaths, President Bush could ascend to the Indian Presidency! Do I need to say how awesome that would be, not only for India, but the world?

Somebody get the CIA on this, stat.

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