Hyderabad: Eminent scientist Pushpa Mittra Bhargava today announced that he is returning his Padma Bhushan award alleging that India was being turned into a “Hindu religious autocracy” by the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre.
Bhargava founded the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad. He said that he was returning the award conferred on him in 1986 as he was frustrated by the prevailing atmosphere in the country.
Citing the reason for returning the award, Bhargava said that the NDA Government is moving away from the path of democracy, moving towards the path of making the country Hindu religious autocracy just like Pakistan.
Stating that the Modi government was not keeping its promises, Bhargava said, “returning the award is the only thing I can do as a scientist”.
Meanwhile today, veteran film actor Anupam Kher lashed out at filmmakers who have chosen to return the National Award
Kher slammed the directors, who returned their National Awards in solidarity with the protesting Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) students.
Kher’s wife Kirron Kher is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Chandigarh.
Filmmakers Dibakar Banerjee, Anand Patwardhan and eight others on Wednesday returned their National Awards, saying their decision to return the awards was taken in view of the apathy displayed by the government in addressing the students’ issues and the general environment of intolerance against debate.