Bangalore, June 26: Cricketers and film actors are praised as gods in this country. Indians can do anything and everything for their favourite stars. But now these people disappointed their fans as they have not come out with financial and other material aids for the victims of Uttarakhand flood.
Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan (SRK) was one among them who have been facing criticism for their inaction for the flood victims. Social media such as -- Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp had gone abuzz with rumours saying the actor donated Rs 10 crore for Uttarakhand.
However, now it has been clarified that it was nothing but a rumour spread by his fans. The actor faced tremendous criticism as he had plan to raise fund for Pakistan when the country was hit by a massive flood in 2010.
The then Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray had turned up to the party's mouthpiece - Samna slamming Shahrukh for his act. Thackeray had claimed, "...when India is paying tribute to its dead on 26/11 Mumbai attack, Shahrukh khan is going to dance on stage for a Pakistani Prime TV Channel and for few hundred pounds."
Sena MP Sanjay Raut was quoted as saying, "At a time when Mumbai is observing 26/11 and expressing anger against Pakistan, there should be a probe on why Shah Rukh has (expressed) love for Pakistan . The ministry of external affairs must seize his passport. There is no need to show a pro-Pakistan stance and this betrayal of the nation."
About 20 million people were affected when heavy rains had triggered floods in in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan regions of Pakistan in 2010.
Now, over 800 people died and thousands of people have been displaced due to the massive flood in the hill state of the country -- Uttarakhand. Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna recently claimed that the death toll could mount to 1,000. Rescue operations were on for the 10th day. Indian Air Force (IAF) officials claimed that rescue operation in Uttarakhand is the largest of its kind for the Air Force.
The King Khan, however, has not come up with any charity show aiming to raise fund for flood victims of this country. The only message he left for his countrymen was a tweet.
Turning up to the micro-blogging site Twitter, SRK tweeted, "As insignificant as we are against Nature's fury, a prayer of Hope for all suffering in Uttarakhand. May Allah give them strength & safety."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote"><p>As insignificant as we are against Nature's fury, a prayer of Hope for all suffering in Uttarakhand. May Allah give them strength & safety.</p>— SHAH RUKH KHAN (@iamsrk) <a href="https://twitter.com/iamsrk/statuses/348027854619041792">June 21, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
While SRK and other celebrities including few cricketers disappointed the countrymen, cricketer Harbhajan Singh impressed with his move. He joined the list of the people who contributed to the relief fund after donating Rs 10 lakh.
Central Government and different State Governments also sent financial aid and relief materials to the flood-ravaged state. Meanwhile, President Pranab Mukherjee, Uttara Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav, Assam CM Tarun Gogoi donated their one day's salary for the victims. Delhi Police and Tihar inmates donated Rs 1 crore and Rs 10 lakh respectively.