The second wave of coronavirus has hit the country hard. While many celebrities have made headlines for contributing to the fight with the pandemic while many have been silently doing their bit.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is one such celebrity. Recently Mr Bachchan has been trolled for contributing towards COVID-19 relief funds. Observing the backlash Mr Bachchan took to his blog to react to the online hate and abusive comments he has been receiving on social media.
Big B finally opened up and said he believes in doing charity rather than speaking about it.
Sr Bachchan wrote, “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 also added that the contributions that his family has made in the past few years have always been kept secret. He said that “only the receiver knew and that was the end ..”
He, however, shared a long list of donations he and his family made in the past few years and especially during the pandemic.
Big B said, “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…”
Amitabh Bachchan also said, “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 canceled 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 wrote that he arranged for 20 ventilators for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. He donated towards a facility that was set up in the Rakabganj Sahib Gurudwara. He wrote that he ‘donated an entire Diagnostic Centre .. opened at Bangla Sahib Gurudwara in Delhi through the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee’.
Adding that he adopted two children who lost their parents to Covid-19, and will be financing their education till the 10th grade he concluded by saying this wasn’t ‘aggrandizement’ but something that should be emulated.