The Madhya Pradesh government recently awarded one Dr Leeladhar Viyogi the Maharishi Ved Vyas National Award. The award was conferred at a glittering function attended by a state minister of cabinet rank and organised at the state government’s expense at the India International Centre in New Delhi. What did Dr Viyogi do to merit the award? The state government’s press release is silent on this crucial fact. A hint can, however, be found in the fact that the release extensively quoted Sushma Swaraj, BJP politician and leader of the opposition in Parliament, admitting that honouring her Guru was an “opportunity” for her to repay Guru Dakshina (gratitude), which she owes him since her college days. His brilliant guidance, Swaraj’s quote read, helped win her laurels in her extra-curricular activities in college.
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