National Film Awards 2018: 60 recipients giving ceremony a miss is not a boycott, but a dismissal of rudeness

Allow us to shrink the image. You’re in class and are getting a prize on Annual Day. Your mother and father and household are within the viewers. When it’s your flip, the principal swans off the stage with a sleek of his robes. The category instructor takes over. Would you not really feel somewhat bit cheated. Really, loads bit cheated.

Ram Nath Kovind. PTI

Now, enlarge it. So 50 odd recipients backed off the 65th Nationwide Movie Awards ceremony in New Delhi on Thursday and solely the fantasy XI have been left.

It’s customary to label our cinema prima donnas as petulant and tremendous delicate. All too usually, the criticisms match. However within the case of 50 of them being denied that photographic proper with the pinnacle of state and made to journey second class on a journey of their lives as a result of they aren’t within the first eleven justifies their stand to an incredible extent. Hardly sporting.

Why will we see it as a boycott and the usage of this harsh phrase solely as a result of it sells higher than softer equivalents? Why not give these 50 winners the advantage of doubt and say they respectfully declined the honour as a result of they actually didn’t want to journey coach whereas a choose few have been up in first.

If you get a Nationwide Award, there is no such thing as a standards within the presentation that requires a change of the visitor of honour mid-way. It’s  not a presidential prerogative and one is tough positioned to know that if a president has ceremonial duties as ours does, and for which we hold him in regal and imperial splendor, why ought to he not perform these duties? What’s so onerous about standing up on stage and handing over a trophy and certificates to sixty folks, and getting on with the essential job that you simply do?

That is neither an administrative goof-up nor a deliberate slight. It’s typical of us to not advise the highest particular person rightly. The forms ought to have instructed the President that is unhealthy type, please rethink.

The place is it written that the President can solely do an hour of ceremonial obligation? With due respect, it isn’t as if his calendar is chockablock and he’s speeding from one important task to a different, and saving the world.

If the query is of the size of time, and the President’s demand to not cross an hour needed to be factored in, then give every recipient a minute and shoo them off the stage as a result of even that awkward and clumsy goat-herding would have been preferable to being snubbed as not adequate to obtain an earned award by the hands of the pinnacle of state.

One shudders to think about if this similar logic utilized right here was to be the yardstick for awards for bravery and valour, within the face of hostility on home and nationwide frontiers.

Are you able to visualise the President abruptly leaving the stage as this erect soldier stands there and waits for quantity two to come back alongside and end the method. Don’t giggle. The President’s one hour is up just like the flight and obligation time of airline crew who depart the passenger stranded, sorry you risked your life and all that, however 60 minutes is it.

Reality be instructed, the President left the 50 winners equally stranded. Why would I’m going to an award ceremony the place they don’t assume I’m adequate to be in that first 11?

(Also read: National Film Awards 2018 boycott ceremony boycott is an unwarranted response to trivial administrative goof-up)

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