Dear Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and Mr. Aamir Khan
As an Indian, I feel absolutely elated that Indian Film superstars such as yourselves not only enjoy the adulation and demigod status with a humongous fan-following in our country but also across a country like China, which seems so alien to our culture and ethos. But it just proves that talent can transcend all borders and language does not pose any kind of barrier.
It is but natural with your popularity growing exponentially across the globe, the large corporate and marketing gurus see great potential in investing in you as brand ambassadors, so that your charisma and popularity can rub off on their brands and boost the sales of their products.
I would like to bring to your attention certain facts behind Chinese products which celebrities endorse. A word of caution, you will find the facts revolting.
Please do not misconstrue this as getting political. It is a moral issue—a human rights issue.
Did you know China’s economic power is the result of sending innocent people who have committed no crimes, but do not follow the Party’s ideologies, to forced labour camps to serve as a large scale force of free slave labour?
It is estimated that more than one crore people work in thousands of forced labour camps across China. This includes a big majority of “political” prisoners. China tops the world with more than 2,300 executions per year.
Remember, every time you buy a product “Made in China,” you are funding and empowering a brutal regime.
A lot of Chinese goods available in the Indian market are made by prisoners under appalling conditions in what the Chinese call “laogai” or labour camps. They are deprived of sleep and have to slog away without food or breaks with their hands bleeding.
The shocker is that they are killed on demand for their organs that are matched and sold to the highest bidder. It is a billion dollar industry supported by the state government. The victims are mostly Falun Dafa practitioners who practice an exercise and meditation system that promotes good health with an emphasis on improving one’s moral character.
Last year during Diwali, there was a public service campaign calling for boycotting Chinese goods. It is ironical that a popular Chinese mobile phone maker sold a record one million smart phones in India in 18 days during the Diwali festive season, despite calls for boycott of Chinese goods in the country.
We all know that in today’s world since a mobile phone is an extension of oneself, one is totally handicapped without it. But ignoring the sordid details of what goes on behind the making of the “Made in China” product would be as Gandhi ji said: “An evil system never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil. A good person will resist an evil system with his or her soul.”
…in the Mumbai film industry there are many “behind the scene” artistes … who have found strength in Falun Dafa to overcome the stress of the glitz and glamour world.
Over 70 million people practicing Falun Dafa, a peaceful spiritual practice with exercise and meditation, became the soft target and are being killed on demand to supply an ongoing illegal organ transplant industry.
The Chinese communist party’s ex-chief Jiang Zemin—not being able to come to terms with the popularity of Falun Dafa, which was introduced by Mr. Li Hongzhi in 1992—banned it on July 20, 1999. Since then, for 19 years, Falun Dafa practitioners are systematically imprisoned, tortured and killed for their organs. Their bodies are often cremated so that there is no evidence left. (Read more at www.faluninfo.net.)
The Chinese doctors and hospital workers admitted, in recorded phone calls from undercover investigators, that they have live organs, extracted from healthy Falun Dafa practitioners in prisons, available for sale.
When all over the world patients have to wait for years for organ transplants, in China you can get it in a week’s time. Hospital websites in China, till recently, advertised short waiting times for organ transplants. Due to the increase of available organs for sale in China, many foreigners travel there for transplantation. Around 10,000 organs are transplanted in China every year, even though China has no effective national organ donation system.
I would least like to put you in a dilemma, where you can’t renege on your contracts which would cast a slur on your professionalism and integrity, and neither can the company summarily terminate the contract and suffer huge losses.
What I think could be a benevolent solution is for you to make amends by making more people aware of these crimes against humanity. You can also, at an opportune moment, talk to the corporate decision-makers or people who matter in the Chinese government to put an end to the persecution. Please do not misconstrue this as getting political. It is a moral issue—a human rights issue.
I respect your integrity and your exemplary sense of ethics at the core of your being, and it is demonstrated often when you have stood up for social causes and exposed many of society’s ills. Laudable are Mr. Bachchan’s moral stance of not endorsing any product that has anything to do with alcohol or smoking, and the public service campaign “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” (means save girl child, educate girl child) and Mr. Khan’s “Satyamev Jayate” proactive television serial to expose corruption and social evils.
For your kind information, Falun Dafa was introduced in India in the year 2000. It was officially registered in 2004, and since then the exercise and meditation practice has been introduced in schools and colleges across the length and breadth of India. Falun Dafa was well received by the police academies in Delhi and Hyderabad. Falun Dafa adherents were invited by several large organizations to introduce it to their senior executives and interestingly jail superintends too have requested to introduce the exercise and meditation practice to inmates.
It will be of special interest to you that in the Mumbai film industry there are many “behind the scene” artistes such as hair stylists, make-up artists, talent search agencies, photographers, who have found strength in Falun Dafa to overcome the stress of the glitz and glamour world.
Thank you for your patience, and I look forward to some positive action from you.
Very truly yours
Falun Dafa Association of India
Suren Rao is an advertising professional in creative field, who used to live in Mumbai but now resides in Kolkata, and does freelance content writing. He is committed to promoting and practicing the meditation discipline Falun Dafa, and creating awareness of the human rights violation of its innocent practitioners in China. You can reach out to him at: [email protected]