Megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Monday addressed the online hate and abusive comments he has been receiving by social media trolls accusing him of not contributing towards COVID-19 relief.
As the nation continues to fight COVID-19, several celebrities came together to raise funds for India to help tackle the crisis. However, few big names from the industry are being targeted by trolls, alleging that they have not contributed towards COVID-19 relief funds in India.
Bachchan was one of the big names from the Bollywood industry who has been facing backlash for the same. Upset over the distasteful comments, the star, who battled covid-19 himself, took to his blog and shared that he ‘believes in doing charity rather than speaking about it’.
“Yes I do charity, but have ever believed it to be done, than spoken of… it is embarrassing, in too great a self-consciousness… of one that has ever felt shy of public presence despite the profession – one that has to find its usp in public domains is relevant today for me,” he wrote.
Big B further said that the contributions that his family had made in the past few years has always been kept under the wraps, with no social media show-off saying that “only the receiver knew and that was the end ..”
The star further went on to reveal the long list of the donations he and his family made during the past few years without disclosing the actual amount.
Besides revealing efforts to pay of farmer’s loans “all at my expense” he also revealed that Abhishek and Shweta contributed towards supporting the families of Pulwama martyrs.
“Those that suffered during the CoViD last year .. providing food for over 400,000 daily wage earners in the country for a month… feeding almost 5000 in the city each day lunch and dinner. Provided masks, PPE units to front line warriors, Police Hospitals in the thousands .. through personal funds .. donating to the Sikh Committee that was helping the migrants to travel back home in the Inter-State busses, where the drivers were mostly Sikhs…”
Touching upon the migrant workers’ crisis, he wrote, “When the migrants were walking back home, some without the benefit or affordability of shoes .. provided hundreds of chappals and shoes to them .. due to lack of travel facility, booked 30 buses to locations in UP and Bihar and supplied them food and water for the overnight travel… Booked an entire train from Mumbai to UP to carry 2800 migrant passengers free of cost at my expense .. and when the destination State blocked the tarin from coming into their State and cancelled the train .. immediately chartered 3 Indigo Airline planes and flew almost 180 migrants in each flight to UP and Bihar and some to Rajasthan and J&K ..”
He also listed down the covid-19 efforts he supported, which included, donating an entire Diagnostic Centre that provided medical help for the poor and needy, an MRI machine, Sonographic and Scan equipment, in memory of “my Nana, Naand my Mother..”
He also stated that he ordered 20 ventilators for the immediate need of the BMC and the Municipal Hospitals. He mentioned that 10 arrived today.
Talking about children who have lost both parents in the Covid-19 pandemic, he said, “Young children .. orphaned by the sudden death of the parents, left in oblivion… have adopted 2 and shall be put in an orphanage in Hyderabad .. their study board and lodging free till they finish School… from the 1st to the 10th… and if they turn out bright to provide them with free upper education… and more, as and when the means are affordable… “
On Sunday, the president of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara committee- Manjinder Singh Sirsa also disclosed on his Twitter handle that Amitabh Bachchan has donated INR 2 crore and oxygen cylinders from abroad for the facility to Delhi’s Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur COVID care centre, and has been constantly in touch with him to enquire about the progress of that facility.