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Wednesday, 25 November 2020 3.09 AM IST

After backlash, Amitabh Bachchan deletes controversial "Amavasya" tweet


NEW DELHI: After being savaged on social media, actor Amitabh Bachchan on Monday deleted a tweet and Instagram post on the alleged bacteria-destroying powers of noise. The posts shared by the 77-year-old actor on his social media handles - Big B is among the most followed Indian celebrities online - repeated a snippet of superstition that has been doing the rounds ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked citizens to clap and bang plates on Sunday evening. PM Modi's stated intent was to show appreciation for health workers, essential service providers and others who are putting themselves out there so that the rest of us may home quarantine; a WhatsApp forward, however, has been circulating the theory that rising decibel levels kill bacteria at the time of the new moon or "Amavasya."

Amitabh Bachchan, who has made it clear in the past that he alone handles his social media accounts, shared an image of himself with the text: "An opinion given: 5pm, 22nd March, "Amavasya," darkest day of month; virus, bacteria, evil force at max potential and power! Clapping, shankh vibrations reduce/destroy virus potency. Moon passing to new 'nakshatra' Revati. Cumulative vibration betters blood circulation." On Instagram, Big B added a disclaimer in the vein of "forwarded as received."

Outraged, Twitter took the star to task, pointing out that his was a commanding voice and that he should know better than to perpetuate this sort of unscientific thinking. "Indian lives are at stake here and you need to be more responsible," tweeted satirist Varun Grover. His rebuke was echoed by many others, many of whom ridiculed the 77-year-old actor.

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