The aftermath of the Pulwama attack has united the republic of India like no other event in the past has. Celebrities and sports stars are coming to the aid of the martyrs’ families, and urging their fans to do the same.
Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs, has announced on Twitter that actor Salman Khan is donating to the families of the martyrs by contributing to the Bharat Ke Veer, a fundraising initiative of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
Bollywood shows support
Amitabh Bachchan will also donate INR 5 lakh each to the families of CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) jawans who were martyred in the attack. The actor revealed in a tweet that will be donating a total amount of INR 2.5 crores. Akshay Kumar will donate INR 5 crores through Bharat Ke Veer. The actor also urged his fans to do the same.
Diljit Dosanjh has donated INR 3 lakh for the families of the CRPF jawans. He tweeted: ‘Saddened to hear the cowardly Attack on our brave soldiers. Prayers to the families of the brave #CRPF personnel who have sacrificed their lives at #Pulwama today. Salute all our martyred brave hearts (sic).’
Rapper Badshah donated INR 3 lakh to the CRPF Wives Welfare Association fund. He wrote on Instagram: ‘What happened in Pulwama can neither be forgotten nor forgiven. But it’s time to let our soldiers know that we stand with them. Many of the shaheed jawaans have left their families without any earning sources. It is time to contribute and help their families, children and wives and parents…’
The team of upcoming film Total Dhamaal is donating INR 50 lakhs for families of the martyrs. Ajay Devgn, who stars in the film set to release on February 22, announced that Total Dhamaal won’t be released in Pakistan.
Sports stars come forward
Boxer Vijender Singh, who is on the rolls of Haryana Police, donated a month’s salary. ‘I’m donating my one month’s salary for the martyrs of #PulwamaTerrorAttack and want everyone to come forward and support the families. It is our moral duty to always standby them and make them feel proud of their sacrifices. Jai Hind,’ he wrote on social media.
Former cricketer Virender Sehwag has offered to sponsor the education of the children of all the CRPF martyrs. ‘Nothing we can do will be enough, but the least I can do is offer to take complete care of the education of the children of our brave CRPF jawans martyred in #Pulwama in my Sehwag International School. Saubhagya hoga,’ he wrote.
A report by India Today states that BCCI acting president CK Khanna requested Vinod Rai, Chief, the Committee of Administrations (CoA), to sanction INR 5 crores to the families. He also urged the IPL franchise owners to contribute towards the cause.
Watch this space to find out what corporates are doing for the cause.