May 30, 2009 5:49:19 PM IST Apeksha, Bollywood Trade News Network
Disturbed by the ongoing racist attacks against Indians in Australia, Big B refuses to accept an honorary doctorate from the Queensland University of Technology. Its highest honorary award was to be conferred on Big B on July 30, at Brisbane to recognize his outstanding contribution to creative industries over several decades.
Expressing his agony in his latest blog post, he pens ''I have been witnessing with great dismay and shock, the recent violent attacks on Indian students in Australia, on the electronic media the entire day. I mean no disrespect to the Institution that honours me, but under the present circumstances, where citizens of my own country are subjected to such acts of inhuman horror, my conscience does not permit me to accept this decoration from a country that perpetrates such dignity to my fellow countrymen.''
Amitabh is only the second person from India, after IT leader Narayan Murthy, to be honoured by QUT. Australia has recently seen a series of attacks on Indian students, the most serious being the assault of Shravan Kumar, a 25-year-old student from Andhra Pradesh who is battling for life in a hospital here after being stabbed by a screwdriver by a group of teens in a weekend attack that also left three of his friends injured.