What triggers depression in Amitabh Bachchan? Rural poverty

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Bhopal, Feb 15: Indirectly criticising the Congress-led UPA government at the centre, Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan said that rural poverty and suffering cause depression in him. Currently, the 70-year-old actor is in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

"The rural and the village India still totters, and it is depressing to see them suffer. Many examples of those that do, one has encountered on Kaun Banega Crorepati (Big B's successful TV quiz show). But they are minuscule," Bachchan wrote on his blog.

However, the mega-star has praised India's progress after the opening of the economy. "Airports, highways, hotels of great calibre, housing... all becoming a part of interior India. An India that stands on the threshold of huge progress and development," the actor wrote.

"The opening up of the economy has brought in huge benefits of investment from the Western world, and infrastructure and many other factors have become responsible for this growth."

Referring to the new generation, Amitabh said, "Also the new generation that is now taking decisions and forming the psyche of the nation is young - perhaps all born after the liberalisation of the economy. The youth is projected to be the largest young brigade in the world! They have not lived or experienced the elements that we went through. They are enthused and aggressive in their search for their ultimate destination."

Stating that it is the youth of the country who were calling shots, the Big B said in his blog, "... They are deciding the culture, the films, the clothing, music, opinion, politics, morals of this country on the move. If we do not respect them they have the capacity to over run us by the strength of their sheer numbers.

"At the same time if we give them good guidance, education, opportunities, they will and do possess the brilliance to follow the paths that would be beneficial. They need to be understood and they need to be channelled! And they will be of benefit...of this I am certain... for there is one very major factor in favour...they passionately care and love India!!"

Hope Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi is listening to whatever Big B is saying. Of late, Gandhi family's relationship with Big B has soured.

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