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Big B's patriotic gesture!

December 1, 2008 7:19:47 PM IST
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AMITABH BACHCHAN

AMITABH BACHCHAN

Many of us misinterpreted about Big B's recent blog stating that Big B slept with a loaded revolver under his pillow out of fear after seeing the havoc in the never–say die attitude city Mumbai. But the true picture was something else; instead of understanding the real meaning behind his gallant thoughts many of us drew wrong conclusions out of it.

Big B simplified the same by stating in his blog that, ''It is a pity that the 'intellectual media' portrays the incident of the gun under my pillow as one of ridicule and mirth. Of one that reflects a fear on my part. That makes an absurd simile with my characters on screen and that of the real.

It is a shame that the mettle of my comment was not put across in the context of its entirety, thereby bisecting the thought and making it weak.

Oh! You geniuses of the f–estate, read what and where the feeling emerges from. I say, there is pain and anguish in what unfolds in front of me. Of the horror and magnitude of the incident. And I say, there is futility in the media request for me to express something, to bring, in their words, 'solidarity' and a feeling of 'togetherness and calm'. I am saying, I will refuse to do that. I will refuse to do that because, other than sounding like another sloppy, oft repeated, cliched, TRP gaining statement, I will be doing nothing else.

INSTEAD. I am saying, order me to join the millions of Indians to walk into the facility of action to face the bullet, to face the enemy and I shall be the first to walk.

And you dear paper master, cannot and will not read the sentiment behind it and you will ignore it!

The act of pulling out my revolver is a symbolic metaphor, a figure of speech, to demonstrate my complete loss in faith in the system and in the governance, in providing me, a citizen of India, with my rightful sense of security. It is to demonstrate that now I shall have to personally look after my family and myself and not depend on the state. A state that is just so miserably incapable of protecting its citizens.''

Big B is a man of his words, he practices what he preaches. The 'Mahanayak' (as rightly called) of onscreen has proved his real heroism. So much hurt is Big B about the recent incident that he even cancelled all his meetings, declined all the invitations, participations.

He stated in his blog, ''I was to be in Hong Kong at the invitation of ex President Bill Clinton to partake in his Clinton Global Initiative and speak on a topic that would elevate the conditions of our universe. I cancelled. I am NOT going to leave my country in this troubled hour to travel to a foreign land to lend cause to a foreign initiative, patronized and guided by a foreigner, for his benefit!! I need to see initiative here in my country.

I have also cancelled my participation in LIVE EARTH, the Al Gore initiative which I was to participate in on the 6th and 7th of December. I am NOT going to sing and dance at a time when my country and city bleeds, even though the funds collected were going to be for charity. They can keep their initiative to themselves!!

I have watched TV today and read the press and mingled with citizens. Never ever have I observed the extent of extreme anger in each and every individual of this country towards those that sit in the seat of authority and system and power. This is a determined and definite citizen. A citizen that has decided that everyone of them needs to become his own vigilante. For his sake and for the sake of his country.

I endorse that sentiment.



 
 

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