We are in an age where awards, recognitions and honours are as frequent as missing ships and vessels in the Bermuda Triangle.
Yet, some of them, at least from an unbiased but honestly critical lens seem rather mysterious when they are bestowed on some individuals.
Sure quirks, being politically correct and seemingly uttering the right kind of thing for the right audience seems to work. But then, shouldn’t a state honour, one preserved under the auspices of great merit and achievement be attributed to tasks that warrant immense efforts and cultural decorum?
Anyhow, who are we to comment? Or judge? Diljit Dosanjh’s contribution to shaping Canadian cultural landscape surely must be greater than the contribution of say Michael Jackson, Madona or even Jim Carey or Seth Rogan, the latter two being Canadians that not these but our own Punjabi singer-actor got the prestigious National Defense Coin of Honour recently.
Whilst so many apparent ‘biggies’ who performed in and added creative contours to Canada were deprived of the honour that the singer most renowned for his acting in Udta Punjab received, directly in Canada under the gracious presence of Minister of Defense, the Honourable Harjit Singh Sajjan Ji.
However, this does leave space for some gumption and deliberation that points to a direction- you can take Canada out of a Sikh but you can’t take a Sikh out of Canada.
Rather, put another one in there to increase the cultural and diverse cultural pomposity of perhaps world’s most neutral and (one of the) much-loved country ever.