Winners fixers?

indexI read with a fair bit of amusement today a leading Indian in Bahrain being honoured for “leadership”. A few weeks ago, there was another person who was similarly feted in India for “work among the downtrodden.”
I have lost count of how many such people regularly receive “honours” for having “excelled” in various fields, most commonly being philanthropists or “givers” to the community. What I do not, however, understand is how can these people “serve” the downtrodden, the less fortunate among us, the homeless, or the “park benchers” by sitting in air-conditioned offices, jet setting across the globe or setting up massive business empires. imagesOkay, I am not saying they should ignore their businesses and come on the streets but what I am saying is there are countless such selfless people who have done so much for the community. For example, there is this one gent who makes sure he washes every dead body of a destitute expatriate that arrives for repatriation to his home country.
Then there is this genial woman who takes care of the paperwork of countless domestic workers stuck in legal tangles. There is yet another person who goes around collecting leftover food from restaurants and hotels and distributing it among those who cannot afford a meal.
There may be scores of others like these three but they have never received any awards. They are not even mentioned. They are not demanding. They are just nameless, faceless and selfless people who just work.
Isn’t it time we looked at them? Is it not the time they are rewarded in some way? What good are awards for those who put them on mantlepieces or get Press releases in newspapers? The real winners are out there – unrecognised and unappreciated.
But, of course, no one’s going to recommend their names, for that needs political patronage and clout. It also needs sustained Press coverage over many years so that the awards are “worked out.”
That, unfortunately, is the awards story, and that, quite shamelessly, will continue.
May we live long!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Littlesundog says:

    Your words really hit home for me. We see this so much in America too… these awards are often political and as you say, necessary to show the public that humanitarian goals “worked out”. I suppose it is supposed to make us feel like we have made a great contribution… but we all know in our hearts, we can do better. I applaud those who give of themselves to create a better world!


    1. singhcircle says:

      Thanks for your comment. I feel so frustrated at such things. Being an Indian, I am absolutely ashamed at how people “buy” awards in my country, issue Press releases, get publicity and pretend they are God’s gift to humanity. On the other hand, some really selfless people go unrecognised, unsung and unappreciated. Yet they carry on. They are the greatest!


  2. Sindhu S. says:

    Reblogged this on sindhuspace and commented:
    Awards and national titles have to be earned not with service to the world, but systematic lobbying and PR, which we all know. So, don’t feel bad about it; the winners are the BIGGEST LOSERS as far as real respect is concerned. UNSUNG heroes are the real ones. SALUTE.


    1. singhcircle says:

      There is now a political revolution happening in India with the elections round the corner. I only hope things at least begin to change!


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