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06-01-2009, 12:15 PM #1
Big B wants to turn down Oz honour
Shocked by the attack on Indians in Down Under, actor Amitabh Bachchan has written on his blog that he wants to turn down an honorary Australian doctorate.
In his blog on Saturday he has posted his dilemma over accepting an honourary doctorate degree conferred on him by the Queensland University.
He has written: "My conscience does not permit me to accept this decoration from a country that perpetrates such indignity."
Bachchan has put this up as a poll question on his blog and requested readers to comment so that he can take the right action... whether to refuse or accept the honour.
After a spate of attacks on Indian students in Australia over the last month, questions are being raised about whether the continent has always been racist or whether these are stray incidents.
Shravan Kumar from Hyderabad is still fighting for his life in a hospital in Melbourne. He was brutally assaulted by 2 young Australians who gatecrashed a party of Indian students.
Indian student Baljinder Singh was stabbed by two men in the abdomen as he was leaving a railway station. The two attackers apparently asked Baljinder to hand over his wallet, but even before he could do so they stabbed him in the stomach.
Speaking to NDTV, an overwrought Baljinder said he wouldn't advice students to come to Australia.