There is merit in the contention that one should not award the Bharat Ratna to people who have expired. However, he gives away his political agenda with the words - but one should not award it to people dead or long dead. One wonders why good old Ramu did not raise this issue when it was given to dead and long dead who had Congress leanings? His comment that '"The more I think of it, the more the award of the Bharat Ratna to MM Malaviya strikes me as parochial and indefensible" is in itself parochial and indefensible for the same reason mentioned above. If the Bharat Ratna is awarded for "in recognition of exceptional service/performance of the highest order", then what did Rajiv Gandhi get it for posthumously? His Prime Ministership? Before that he was only a commercial pilot and his contribution is the disastrous adventure in Sri Lanka and that is hardly "exceptional service/performance of the highest order", or is, eh, Ramu? All awards of the Govt has been on political considerations and this is a fact that is conveniently forgotten by those who cry foul now. In fact, they have reduced the grandeur and majesty of the awards to the level of a Joke. Lollipops for political considerations, started by the Congress and so, now crying over spilt milk by teh Congressmen and their camp followers like Ramu Guha, is like an act of a dog in the manger.