Veteran Bollywood actor who was also known as the first female superstar of India passed away of accidental drowning in Dubai last week. The actor was given full state honor; her body was draped in the Indian flag and she was honored with gun salute before cremation. And a lot of people on social media are questioning actor’s state honor. Some are comparing her with the army. Did Sridevi deserve state honor? Let’s find out.
What is state honor?
State government arranges funeral for certain personalities. The funeral is arranged with a Police bandobast. Body of the deceased is draped in the national flag and the person is given gun salute before cremation.
Who is given state honor?
Going by the law, only current and former prime ministers, chief ministers and union ministers are entitled to the state funeral.
But the rules are changed. Now, state honors are given depending on the stature of the deceased. The state government consider contribution of the person made to the state while taking the decision. Contribution can be in various fields like law, literature, politics, science and cinema.
The decision is taken by the chief minister of the state after consultation with cabinet ministers. Once the decision is made, police officers including deputy commissioner are notified to made arrangements for the state funeral.
Mahatma Gandhi was given first state honor in the Independent India. Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Mother Teresa, spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba and Bal Thackeray are among the people who received state honor.
Why was Sridevi given state honor?
Sridevi Kapoor acted in more than 300 films of various languages such as Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannad during her career. She was regarded as Indian cinema’s first female superstar. She has received two Filmfare Awards and three Filmfare Awards South. The actress was ranked among the highest paid actor during 1980s and 1990s.
Sridevi was awarded with Padma Shri, the country’s fourth highest civilian accolade, by the government in 2013 for her contribution to the Indian cinema. She also received honorary awards by the state governments of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. She was also voted “India’s Greatest Actress in 100 Years” in a poll conducted by CNN-IBN in 2013.
Due to her contribution to the Indian cinema, Maharashtra government honors her with the state funeral.
Questioning Sridevi’s state honor is not only wrong but also shameful.