Asserting that India has made impressive progress since Independence, legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan has sharply criticised those who take a cynical view of the accomplishments of the nation. <b1>
"There is nothing to be cynical and critical of our accomplishments," he told a press conference in New York on Friday evening, reminding a questioner that 60 years is a very short period in the life of a nation.
For a long time, India had been suppressed by foreign rulers and now that it is independent, it has to put its progress on the fast track to catch up with the rest of the world and that creates difficulties sometimes, he emphasised.
The countries, which are now developed, made step-by-step progress since the industrial revolution from which India did not benefit and now to catch up, the country has to take quantum leaps, Bachchan said. <b2>
But when one takes quantum leaps, some vacuum is left and that creates some difficulties, he stressed, adding that India has to take action on two tracks - leap frog development and deal with the vacuum created.
He said he is confident that the country has the acumen and desire to overcome these difficulties. That is clear from the fact that India has progressed to the extent that world is now showing interest in not only its economic progress but also its culture, heritage, food, dress and even movies.
"I am proud to be an Indian, very proud of its accomplishments," he asserted amidst cheers.