‘Painful to call In­dia third world coun­try’

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Ac­tor Amitabh Bachchan (above) feels its painful, when In­dia is tagged as a third world coun­try, and hopes that in fu­ture, it shall no longer be a de­vel­op­ing, but a de­vel­oped na­tion.

The 74-year-old ac­tor has praised In­dian sci­en­tists, on last Fri­day, who iden­ti­fied an un­known, large su­per­clus­ter of gal­ax­ies lo­cated in the di­rec­tion of the con­stel­la­tion Pisces and named it Saraswati. “The world built an­other uni­verse...Much like yes­ter­day a bunch of In­dian space sci­en­tists dis­cov­ered a galaxy, which they felt was bil­lions and mul­ti­ple times bil­lions the size of our sun .... That is like un­be­liev­able...and per­haps that is why gave a name which most suited it — Saraswati — the god­dess of learn­ing. No one had dis­cov­ered this be­fore,” he wrote on his blog, adding, “In­dia...the de­vel­op­ing na­tion... The third world na­tion? Painful to be ti­tled thus... I be­lieve that in time it shall no longer be de­vel­op­ing but de­vel­oped in its sta­tus and become the first world.” The Piku ac­tor shared that once he was called a ‘third rate ac­tor’ dur­ing one of his for­eign visits. “The com­mented crit­i­cism, when my visit to a for­eign land cre­ated a furore with the fans and the me­dia... With fol­low­ing and praise and cel­e­bra­tion... The veiled threat of my pres­ence in the land de­cried and de­rided by one such...”

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