Amitabh Bachchan lives to his stature and does a Knight’s act. Last week he was offered a doctorate degree from The Queensland University of Technology, and he politely refused to receive it, stating it morally inappropriate, given the bitter racial treatment being given to Indian students down under.
Notably during the past few days Indian students in Australia are being targeted with extreme violence, which has left many injured.
This is what Amitabh wrote:
I write to you with a heavy heart on a matter that has now reached extremely sensitive proportions.
I have been reading and watching through the media the most unfortunate and violent attacks on Indian students in Australia; some of them lying in a most critical condition in hospital. I have observed with utter dismay the anguish that these incidents have caused to the families of those who have become unfortunate victims.
The Queensland University of Technology has very graciously offered only last week, to confer an Honorary Doctorate to me for my contribution to the world of entertainment.
Under the prevailing circumstances I find it inappropriate at this juncture, to accept this decoration. My conscience is profoundly unsettled at the moment and there seems to be a moral disjuncture between the suffering of these students and my own approbation.
I have the highest respect for your illustrious Institution and wish to express my deepest regard for the recognition it bestows me with. I do not wish to offend in any manner this kind gesture by the Queensland University of Technology, but I do hope that you will understand my present feelings.
With warm regards,