John questions role of country's rich in helping needy

Questioning the social work done by corporates in the country, actor-producer John Abraham says there are hardly any billionaires who part with their money to help the needy. The youth, he believes, can play a big role.

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Questioning the social work done by corporates in the country, actor-producer John Abraham says there are hardly any billionaires who part with their money to help the needy. The youth, he believes, can play a big role.

"I say the youth should contribute. Contribution is when each one of us are willing to give what is ours, without worrying about how much the other has. If we are all willing to do that, we will have equality," the 40-year-old said here Tuesday at a press conference organised by actor-philanthropist Rahul Bose.

Citing the examples of Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffet and Indian business tycoon Ratan Tata, he asked: "Which of our billionaires is parting with his money?"

Rahul and John came together to announce a concert to raise money for the former's 'The Foundation', which works for the upliftment of underprivileged children.

Talking about his own efforts, John said he prefers to live a simple life, and gives away most of his clothes and other items.

"I have given my clothes away. Anyway I wear very little clothes," he quipped, adding: "I have two to three pairs of jeans, four to five shirts which you will see are repeated in press conferences and some 20 t-shirts. You can instantly recognise them!"

"I really believe that leading a simple lifestyle helps and I am sure you all can also do the same. It is no use having many expensive things - you just collect and horde and then throw out," he added.

John also endorses the Mumbai Marathon. Rahul told reporters that John "does not charge anything for being its brand ambassador".


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  • Posted on: 26 February 2013 at 9:29pmMirasharma

    According to Bollywood actor-producer John Abraham, there are hardly any billionaires who part with their money to help the needy. Youth can play a major role to help poor and needy folks. Read more updates about Bollywood at Missmalini.com, a regular updating Bollywood news site.

  • Posted on: 21 February 2013 at 1:45amSudhaSangeet

    Why these billionaire not donate it to the poor people than to Swiss bank Angry

  • Posted on: 20 February 2013 at 8:54pmPori

    Well said John. I'm glad that an actor like you thinks of such things. Yes indeed, owning many clothes of brand name stuff does not help because everything is made by exploitation of the poor and specially those that are high end brands exploits the most!

  • Posted on: 20 February 2013 at 3:06pmpaagalbandar

    Well said...how many of indian billionaire, actually donate...I am not saying donate like Bill Gates, but, at least lets say take a charge of one village...Imagine, with the number of billionaire we have, if each one overseas and becomes responsible for one village development in India, how successful India as a country will become...I am not rich, but, I always donate my clothes, money, and whatever I can to my bit... :)

  • Posted on: 20 February 2013 at 11:31amankur281

    Great to know that about you John.a philanthropist...I have always liked you anyway...your smile tells that you are pure at heart...

  • Posted on: 20 February 2013 at 9:15amSudhaSangeet

    If everyone starts introspection like this...the happiness and equality will prevail
    Everyone, be it common man or billionare, should contribute in their own way..but sadly this dont happen

    Well done John and Rahul

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  • Posted on: 20 February 2013 at 7:44amrani0247

    Sooo true. Only if every one can think like him...

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  • Posted on: 20 February 2013 at 7:05amcimba

    sign of a good human being .

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    Mahi-Maan
  • Posted on: 20 February 2013 at 6:06amsandiab

    this is quite surprising wonder if the reason for his change was coz of the reason for fallout btw him and salman khan. bt good to see he has changed and is doing good for his country

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  • Posted on: 20 February 2013 at 5:47amchristiandior.

    *Salute*

    Well done John. After Salman, you're the next one in the line. I'm glad there is someone out there in India, ready to stand up and speak up for the truth.
    Loved this article.
    Love you John.
    #Well said #true said.

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