Is Bharat Ratna a joke or mockery?

Rajiv Gandhi got 1000s of Indian IPKF soldiers killed in the to Sri Lanka and got himself embroiled in the Bofors scandal which damaged his credibility so much that children openly went around shouting “Gali gali main shor hai, Rajiv Gandhi Chor hai”. As a result, his party suffered a major defeat in the 1989 elections. Still he was posthumously nominated for Bharat Ratna when his son Rahul became an MP and Vice President of Congress party in 1991.