We remember very well that Bollywood super star, Amitabh Bachchan had declined to accept the Honorary Doctorate from Queensland University of Technology [QUT] in 2009, when students’ unrest was at its peak in Australia. At that time, a segment of Indian media was running a campaign, calling each and every incident involving Indian students a racist attack.
Living in Australia, we knew that “racism” was not the sole motive or the reason for those attacks. We tried to counter the vicious campaign by Indian media but had only limited success.
Hearing about the news that Amitabh Ji had declined to accept the Doctorate, we made an appeal to him to visit Australia, accept the Doctorate, and see for himself that Australia is not a bad country, unlike the image Indian media had created. That did not work either.
See my previous Blog: http://yadusingh.wordpress.com/2009/09/01/amitabh-bachchan-ji-we-need-your-assistance/
We are pleased that he has now accepted the Doctorate and is travelling to Brisbane to receive it on 20th October, 2011. He is currently in Sydney, shooting for the Hollywood film, The Great Gatsby [directed by Baz Luhrmann], which also has Leonardo Di Caprio, Tobey Maguire and Joel Egerton in the starring roles.
Amitabh Ji, congrats for the honour!
I did not think he was right to reject that honour then, but there was nothing anybody could do, due to madness in Indian media. He has obviously analysed everything now, and agreed to accept the honour. Happy to see this happen, and say “Der Ayad Durust Ayad”! [देर आयद दुरुस्त आयद <===> BETTER LATE THAN NEVER].
Amit Ji, please enjoy your stay in Australia, and enjoy this beautiful country!
I am certain that you would find Australia a great place, and Australians to be friendly people.
You have a great number of fans in Sydney, who would love to meet you, before you return to India. Hope, you will find time to meet them.
Dr Yadu Singh/Sydney/18th October, 2011
- Amitabh Bachchan: The Living Legend (celebsee.wordpress.com)