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Sunday, April 24, 2005

Awards for dead people

PTI reports that Jawaharlal Nehru and Sukarno have been posthomously awarded the "Order of the Companion of OR Tambo", South Africa's highest award for foreigners. Now, I wonder what is the point of such awards, given that both the recipients have been dead for decades. Or maybe there is a point. Imagine Nehru and Sukarno hanging around in purgatory:

Sukarno says, "Dude Jawaharlal, we just got another award. Maybe they'll let us into heaven now."

"No chance," says Nehru, sighing copiously. "I've only got 14 of the 83 licenses I need to get in there, and the award won't be enough to grease the remaining palms. This central planning system just doesn't work for heaven, too much discretion to lowly angels, and too much corruption. I wonder who thought of such a stupid system."
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