KBC host and Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan began his quiz show on Sony TV on 2 October with an extraordinary message as the Bollywood legend paid a profound tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. His tribute came on the day the country was marking the 150th birth anniversary of India’s father of the nation.
Bachchan started the show with this message, “Ladies and gentlemen, one thing that the world needs the most today is non-violence. Non-violence is a word that became the very identity of Mahatma Gandhi. I wish we had understood the meaning of this word like how Mahatma Gandhi did and strived to make us understand the same.”
He continued, “Non-violence is not just keeping ourselves away from physical violence. It is also to finish our inner-violence. We might not have raised our hands on anyone, but having jealousy against someone is also a kind of violence. We might not have defeated anyone, but if we ever had negative thinking towards someone’s victory, then that’s also intellectual violence.”
As he concluded his tribute, Amitabh Bachchan said that ‘the meaning of Mr. Gandhi’s non-violence is non-violence in words, deeds and righteousness.’
Bachchan reiterating the message of peace advocated by Mahatma Gandhi assumes significance in light of his close proximity to the current BJP-led government at the Centre. The Bollywood megastar has often had to face the wrath of social media users for supporting a party, which hero-worships Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse.
In fact, overzealous social media users owing allegiance to the BJP’s ideology had trended ‘Love Live Nathuram Gose’ on the microblogging site Twitter. One BJP MP, terror accused Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, has gone on record by saying that Gandhi’s killer was a ‘patriot.’
Although, Amitabh Bachchan’s friend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had expressed his displeasure on Thakur’s comments, he refused to take any action against his MP.