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Amitabh Bachchan takes on haters, details his favourite causes: I face abuse and vulgarity, it has to be borne

Amitabh Bachchan wrote that he was detailing the causes he donates to in order to avoid being ‘misrepresented and deliberately abused’.

bollywood Updated: Aug 30, 2018 11:40 IST
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Amitabh Bachchan’s new blog is about the vitriol he faces.

Days after Amitabh Bachchan spoke about the causes he supports during a Kaun Banega Crorepati 10 media interaction, the actor has written a lengthy blog post on the subject. The actor said that he has donated to martyrs who died fighting for their country, to farmers who commit suicide because they are unable to pay their loans and those affected by recent Kerala flood.

Explaining why he needed to write a blog on the issue, he wrote, “I have to perforce speak of some of the activities undertaken by me in the last few days .. perforce because the possibility of it being mis represented or deliberately abused through misconception and misunderstanding stands a fair degree of perception and hence believable chance .. or vice versa !”

He added that he is sharing the details in the hope that it will encourage others to donate. “I say this not for the gain of appreciation but , with the hope that many more shall come forward to bring comfort to our brothers and sisters who are in the deepest of misery .. and whenever there is need for more, I shall make effort again to muster up whatever more I can do,” Bachchan wrote.

The actor also said that he has to face “abuse and vulgarity” but he prefers to deal with it “in the silence of dignity”. Talking about the unnecessary vitriol that comes his way, “YES .. I face abuse and vulgarity towards me on my attitude and presence in the world .. of what I should do, of what I should not do .. of how I need to conduct my life .. of obnoxious accusations, malicious, vile, poisonous and evil intentioned .. of deeds that have no reference at all to me , directed and aimed simply because it comes with the terrain that I traverse .. it is to be expected .. it is to be borne .. it is to be swallowed .. in the silence of dignity !!”

Read Amitabh Bachchan’s complete blog post here...

I am embarrassed to talk thus , but in the times we live in , where information and news travels faster than your thinking of it , I have to perforce speak of some of the activities undertaken by me in the last few days .. perforce because the possibility of it being mis represented or deliberately abused through misconception and misunderstanding stands a fair degree of perception and hence believable chance .. or vice versa !

I have been troubled by the sacrifices that our fighting ‘jawans’ on the border have been making .. giving up their lives to protect their country, to protect us and to deny intrusion from outside forces ..

I have also been troubled by the devastation that causes our farmers to sacrifice their lives because they are unable to pay back their loans for lack of finance , or lack of procurement due to the drought conditions in some of our most isolated dry regions in the country ..

There is a suicide in one to save their honour .. there is a sacrifice in another to save the honour of their nation ..

Suicides cause devastating conditions for the loved ones, they leave behind, that depend on them .. sacrifices cause devastation to the families of them that become martyrs in protecting the families of us all ..

The pain and anguish is beyond compare for both conditions .. and nothing can ever replace the circumstances that prevail .. but an effort to perhaps provide a gentle balm is what provoked me ..

I have through the Government agencies identified 44 families who have lost their loved ones - martyrs who gave up their lives for the country and distributed cash to them as a small gesture of respite .. the amount is 1+ crore Rupees , in a systematic division as per the rules - 60% to the Wife and 20% each to the parents .. 112 demand drafts have been prepared and sent out to the families .. printed lists with their names is with me ..

For the farmers, 295 famers loans have been identified in the Bank I bank with, the NOC’s have been prepared for almost 295 farmers whose loans shall be payed off by me .. the amount being approximately 2.03 crore Rupees ..

The concerned have been called to my office and shall be given their dues .. it shall be impossible to call all, but a convenient few shall be personally invited ..

I do feel that every small effort made by us all, that enjoy the privilege of excess, shall go a long way in easing the troubled conditions of many , and many more such offers should come forward ..

I read somewhere that the Quran in gist states that

‘ give your excess to them that have less ‘ ..

Our efforts made in such direction shall certainly ease the pain of many that suffer ..

The floods in Kerala have been a nightmare .. there is so much that is needed to bring back some normalcy, to the devastation that nature has caused .. I sent cash of 51 lakhs and 6-7 cartons of my personal clothing for the relief efforts - about 80 jackets and clothing combinations, scarves and trousers and about 40 odd shoes , sneakers and rubber soled to give some respite to them that have to rebuild their homes and lives ..

I say this not for the gain of appreciation but , with the hope that many more shall come forward to bring comfort to our brothers and sisters who are in the deepest of misery .. and whenever there is need for more, I shall make effort again to muster up whatever more I can do ..

I never did want to talk about this , I never have in the past , but at the Press Conference for KBC a journalist asked me what I was doing for society. And among the many other social causes and campaigns I work for, I had to bring this up as well ..

In all fairness to the journalist it was not asked in direct reference to whether I do or not, but it came up because I was speaking about how each contestant that comes up on the Hot Seat brings with him or her, a story of their up bringing, their past, their adverse conditioning and how they have fought bravely to overcome them to find an opportunity at KBC to change their lives with victories of monetary gain .. of their struggles for years, of defeat socially and morally, but still fighting to achieve their goals .. and how this Hot Seat does become that beacon of hope to change fortunes for them .. for me it is a delight to see their winnings in large denominations .. if this short time spent at the show can bring that suppressed smile, back on their faces, why cannot I, in my limited capacity contribute to their happiness in my own small way ..

YES .. I face abuse and vulgarity towards me on my attitude and presence in the world .. of what I should do, of what I should not do .. of how I need to conduct my life .. of obnoxious accusations, malicious, vile, poisonous and evil intentioned .. of deeds that have no reference at all to me , directed and aimed simply because it comes with the terrain that I traverse .. it is to be expected .. it is to be borne .. it is to be swallowed ..

… in the silence of dignity !!

.. humans are not all without fault .. if it were to be so we would not be here in the first place .. and when there will be fault , the strength of acceptance shall prevail ..

I did not write what I did out of some idle delusion .. at times the mind shares what it thinks, with them that think with me :

‘दूसरों के गलियारे में झाँक के देखते हो …’ , was a moment .. there is always hesitation to bring to the fore such .. but you are Ef .. that has greater meaning than what most seem to understand .. and my belief and faith in you is not perishable !

First Published: Aug 30, 2018 11:39 IST