Big B snubs Australian ‘Doctorate’ over attacks on Indian students

May 30th, 2009 - 6:49 pm ICT by ANI  

Amitabh Bachchan New Delhi, May 30 (ANI): Disappointed over recent ‘racial’ attacks on Indian students in Australia, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has declined to accept the honorary Doctorate degree scheduled to be conferred upon him by the University of Queensland.

Amitabh has stated in his popular Blog––that he is aggrieved by the attacks on Indian students in Australia and hence does not deem it right to accept such an honourary degree, which is to be given to him in July during a function.

Asking his fans’ to suggest whether his decision to refuse the Doctorate from Australian university was justified, Bachchan said: “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 indignity to my fellow countrymen,” said Amitabh Bachchan in his blog.

Big B had last week accepted an offer from the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, for decorating him with an Honorary Doctorate for his contribution to the world of entertainment. This issue was under discussion and consideration by the University Board.

“It was to be conferred on me in the month of July as a part of the celebrations being held there, to commemorate a retrospective of my films to be inaugurated in the city,” Big B further writes in the Blog.

Big B, as Amitabh Bachchan is popularly known in India and among millions of his fans across the world, has sought his fans’ reactions over his decision and dilemma.

“And here is where I need your inputs. Am I right in thinking so? And, if yes, then is my act of refusing the honour justified or not? I shall put this up as my POLL question,” Bachchan adds.

The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s premier learning and research institutions. It is the oldest university in Queensland. (ANI)

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