The Canadian Tamil community which is no less than 3,00,000-strong has hailed Amitabh Bachchan as the “great ambassador for mankind” for not attending the IIFA ceremony in Colombo.
“Big B is really big. This name suits him, and he is our hero today. We Tamils salute him. By not going to Sri Lanka, Big B stands tall among Tamils around the world,” said Canadian Tamil Congress national spokesman David Poopalapillai in Toronto.
“Tamils are proud of Big B, his family and all the Indian actors who refused to become hosts of Sri Lanka which has innocent Tamil blood on its hands. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts. Bachchan has shown that he cares for us. He has shown to the world that he is a great ambassador for mankind and a great champion of human rights, the Tamil leader said.
Hitting out at Bollywood actors who attended the awards function that ended early Sunday, the Tamil leader said: “By standing with those who have our blood on their hands, these stars have disgraced themselves. Sri Lanka held this ceremony on thousands of bodies of innocent Tamils. These actors have brought disgrace to India which believes in the Gandhian principle of respect for human rights.”
Tamils around the world has been condemning the Bollywood for helping the Sri Lankan government to hide its alleged war crimes by conducting the IIFA event in Colombo.
He said the awards ceremony was a ploy by Sri Lanka to divert world attention from its “war crimes”.
Taking a dig at Salman Khan who has criticised Amitabh Bachchan for not attending the extravaganza, Poopalapillai said, “Who is this Salman Khan? He stands nowhere near Big B. So how can people like him criticise Mr Bachchan?”