Mulayam confers 'Yash Bharati' on Abhishek, Kaif
Lucknow, Nov 20: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav today conferred the prestigeous 'Yash Bharati' awards on cine star Abhishek Bachachan and cricketer Md Kaif, besides 10 other personalities here today.
Star of the millennium Amitabh Bachchan and MP wife Jaya Bachachan were also present to see their son receiving the award at an impressive function organised on the occasion.
Others who were conferred upon the award included educationist and litterateur Dr Viveki Rai from Ghazipur, MP and litteratuer Udai Pratap Singh from Mainpuri, journalist and analyst Sheetla Singh from Faizabad, city-based educationist and litteratuer Dr Yogesh Praveen, wrestlers Talukdar Yadav (Gorakhpur), Shaukindra Tomar (Bagpat), Jagdish Kali Raman and Rajiv Tomar (Bagpat) and scribe Vijay Kumar from Ghazipur.
Interestingly, Big B's father and eminent hindi poet Harivanshrai Bachachan, the cine star himself and wife have already been awarded 'Yash Bharati' by the Uttar Pradesh government a few years ago.
Since Kaif is in South Africa with Team India, his father and cricket coach Md Tariq received the award on his behalf. The rest of the awardees were present on the occasion.
Expressing his happiness on receiving the award, Abhishek said though he was not fit for the honour, he could not refuse the request from the CM. Abhishek announced to ''donate'' the award money of Rs 5 lakh to any social organisation of the state. Later, UP Development Council chairman and SP MP Amar Singh said Mrs and Mr Bachachan have requested him to announce that the award money be given to UP Hindi Sansthan to further the cause of the language for which later Harivanshrai Bachachan had strived for a long time.
Amitabh Bachchan, in his brief address, thanked the state government for the award to his son and said such awards helped people in respective fields do better. He believed recognition was an important sources of inspiration.
Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav slammed a section of the media for raising eye brows on the state government's decision to award Abhishek. ''They wondered why the award was being conferred to him so early in life. Then they should remember that Swami Vivekanand achieved so much in shuch a short age,' he quipped.
The CM claimed that age was no bar in achieving bigger things in life. ''There had been times when youth have come forward to help save democracy in the country,'' he added.
Mr Amar Singh also expressed the similar views.
Constituted in 1994, the award carries a shawl, a plaque and a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh. The awards were started by Mr Yadav during his second regime.