Big B Stands Tall

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Wow.  I salute you, Mr. Bachchan.  From the superstar’s blog –

“I am faced with a dilemma of some intense proportions.  And as is the norm, when I am troubled I seek advice and consultation from the extended family.  I have been witnessing with great dismay and shock, the recent violent attacks on Indian students in Australia, on the electronic media the entire day.  One of them, as is apparent from the coverage, lies in a hospital critically conditioned.  There have been diplomatic overtures from both Governments – India complaining and expressing their concern and anger through the level of the Prime Minister and  Australia expressing regret, but admitting purported racist overtones in the incident.  This is, as many know, the fourth such incident in a month, not to mention several other cases that have been in prominence through the years.  Now.. here is the problem and the reason I seek help.  Last week, I have accepted from the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia an offer of decorating me with an Honarary Doctorate for my contribution to the world of entertainment.  This issue was under discussion and consideration by the University Board for some months and has now fructified.  It is to be conferred on me in the month of July as a part of the celebrations being held there, to commemorate a retrospective of my films to be inaugurated in the city.  I mean no disrespect to the Institution that honors me, but under the present circumstances, where citizens of my own country are subjected to such acts of inhuman horror, my conscience does not permit me to accept this decoration from a country that perpetrates such indignity to my fellow countrymen….”

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