The greatest prizes ever awarded in the world, especially in the field of art, are never without controversy, be it the Nobel, the Oscar, the Pulitzer, or the Booker. Rewards and debates are cousins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Yet rewards are given, rewards are debated, and time is spent; Subsequently again the award and again the debate.
Admittedly, those who are devoted to art literature, no matter how indifferent they may be to the award, one of the means of fulfilling their latent desire is to receive the award in one way or another, including the recognition of his work of art. Pablo Neruda, a well-known Chilean writer, simply admitted this in his memoirs when he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1981, although he was a socialist by faith. Of course, not everyone is Jean-Paul Sartre, the only literary man to return the Nobel Prize in 1974 for his deeply anti-institutional position. Whatever the case, the award is undoubtedly a memorable milestone in the lives of art writers, but not all awards are given in that institutional process, and the cleanliness of the award cannot be completely ruled out – especially in a country like ours.
But one thing is for sure. Those who receive the awards, regardless of who they are, are in many cases well-known around the world for their work in their respective fields. The controversy is not about their identity, but about their qualifications. And the relativity in the contribution of art literature, the bias of not liking it can create controversy.
Over the last couple of years, the issue has been plagued in Bangladesh by a growing number of unsanitary conditions, which have strained the confidence of most of the art-savvy intellectuals in the institutional process.
Two incidents that have been criticized without specifically judging are: Criticism of the 2020 Independence Award was announced for SM Raiz Uddin Ahmed, an anonymous writer, and Omar Hamza, an even more anonymous writer in 2021, whose name It was later withdrawn in the face of controversy and protests. Mysteriously, the second man was sentenced to life in prison for murder, which was kept secret.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with that, because it is said that Balmiki was able to become a world-renowned poet from a bandit. But the names of the two men who have never been heard of before in the literary world of Bangladesh, whose literary works have no acquaintance with any knowledgeable literary reader or lover, are rewarded with state awards only on the recommendation of bureaucrats and equally reprimanded. There is an urgent need for a comparative review of the process in other countries.
But before that, the bureaucrats are in charge of public administration and those who are in charge of this award process are not familiar with the name of the famous art of the country and the name of a convicted person or how it is invisible in their eyes? After the announcement of the award, however, a group of well-wishers and perhaps some bureaucrats wanted to say that the society’s neglected and so-called deprived of formal education but self-educated people do not deserve the award? But that is not the judgment, the judgment is how much we deserve the reward of the one we want to reward.
I have learned from a lot of information that the introduction of such awards is more or less common in the world. Neighboring countries like India have Padma Award or Padma Award. We have a lot in common with this award process and also a lot of inconsistencies. The award process invites proposals from various states of India, including governors, government bureaucrats, officials and former awardees. They have a lot in common with us in this regard. But there is a discrepancy in the work that is done after that. The names of the potential awardees are forwarded to the Padma Awards Committee, The chief secretary of the committee is the Cabinet Secretary and as a member (ex officio) the Home Secretary and the Secretary to the Head of State. One of the other members of this committee is four to six prominent citizens whose list varies as required. I don’t even know if we have any state award committee. Probably not, because then awarding such ignorant writers would not have been their place even in the draft of the award.