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Big B's display of wealth!

Our readers have been crying hoarse after Amitabh offered jewellery worth Rs 100 million to Tirupati temple.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2006 20:37 IST

Abundance of money is not a problem but lack of an idea to put that money in right use, is certainly a problem. And when our Big B offered jewellery worth Rs 100 million to Tirupati temple, our readers cried hoarse, in unison. Most, questioned the very motive and the benefit it will accrue to the super star. Here we reprint selected three letters of our readers on the issue.

It is gathered through newspaper reports that the world famous actor Amitabh Bachchan is going to donate a diamond worth Rs 10 crores to the Tirupati Temple. On one hand it seems really great when some one donates big things. But, a little prudent and serious thought will provoke an average person that who is going to receive that huge gift.

Every body is aware that Tirupati Temple is perhaps the richest temple in India and anybody who is going to donate big things / money to it, is not going to matter much, to the deity. But, if the recipient is a person who really needed such monetary help and donor decides to do him or her good, than it shall be really great.

In view of the above, I would like to opine that if big B has not donated that huge diamond so far, it would be much better if he gives a second thought to decide on the recipient. There are lakhs and lakhs of people in India who are desperate to rise in life; but they are simply not in a position to do so as their economic conditions don't allow them to do so, even though they are laborious and persevering.

Accordingly, I would strongly say that, it would be thousand times better if, in stead of donating the costly diamond to the Tirupati Temple, big B decides to sponsor the study of some professional students belonging to the poor and really needy families.

He should give a serious thought to this idea and try to pay the otherwise costly fees of some 50 - 60 students doing Engineering, MBBS and MBA degrees. By doing so, Amitabh Bachchan shall not only be going the right and genuine way for donation, but really needy people shall also benefit to a great extent in this way.

Higher education is really very costly in India and poor families, whose children are desperate to pursue professional degrees, have to pay their fees through their nose.

Secondly, not only the students of those poor families will pray to God for the welfare and well-being of the big B, but their entire families shall also pray to God and their prayers shall not be less than the blessings of any deity.

As an old saying goes, "voice of the poor is the voice of God". Big B, please listen to it and then act accordingly. It will also go in a long run to help the society in a really big way and righteous manner.

You have portrayed characters in many films who later on turn to be a messiah for the poorer sections of society; it is an opportunity for you to repeat the same spirit / zeal in real life as well.

RD Bhardwaj "Noorpuri", New Delhi,rd.bhardwaj@ifciltd.com

Amitabh Bachchan's donation of a diamond worth Rs 10 crores to the deity at Tirupati may be his own private decision, but he better know that his recovery from his latest illness may have been a direct result of the prayers by millions of his fans across all sections of the society in this country and he may have as well donated the money towards charity that looks after uplifting the poor and needy. This would bring in more prayers and blessings to him from the deserving masses. The deity is otherwise wealthy and blessed to care about a few more odd crores going into its kitty.

BL Dhar, New Delhi, India,bldhar@hotmail.com

We can be spared of the details how a vulgarly rich star chooses to part with his money for thanksgiving! There could have been better ideas to serve the Lord! Can someone let Bachhan know that there is something called charity, which can possibly please the Lord more than this selfish show of wealth? I have been a huge B fan but this made me completely lose respect for the star. Our Bollywood stars are so selfish and greedy, the wealthier they become the more selfishness takes over. Come on Bachhan! You could have done better!

Julie, Boston, US.

First Published: Jan 19, 2006 19:51 IST