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Aug 16 2012

SATYAMEV JAYATE – Journey towards CHANGE – A special episode

As the familiar tune of Satyamev Jayate from Aamir Khan’s chat show reverberated from the TV screens today, it took us back to the many Sundays we had spent watching the show and admiring the actor-turned-crusader. This time though, the show was being aired on a Wednesday, for a very special reason: today is August 15 – the Indian Independence Day. It was a clever strategy by the TV channel to schedule the telecast of the final episode, titled Satyamev Jayate Ka Safar, for a time when most TV channels were airing I-Day specials and the National channel, the Prime Minister’s speech. So what was the response to Satyamev Jayate? Was it really a lasting success, or has the euphoria died down? Let’s take a look.

August 15’s episode traced Aamir Khan’s journey from the germination of the idea of the show in 2009 to its research in various parts of the country, to the telecast and thereafter the audience response. And what a journey it’s been! Uday Shankar, CEO, Star Plus, shared why they chose Aamir for the show, saying, “Aamir’s films were reflecting whatever was not going right in the society. So, we thought we should approach him.”

He went on to explain how airing the show on DD1 was Aamir’s idea. Leeladhar Mandloi, Director General, All India Radio said he was more than willing to partner with the show and spoke on how Aamir’s radio stint for Satyamev Jayate have been highly successful.

Aamir wrote a column every week about Satyamev Jayate in a leading newspaper, and also made sure a special website (www.satyamevjayate.in) was created. He completely understood the importance of audience reach, and a media and digital strategist from the US suggested more ideas to Aamir and convinced him to go digital to increase his reach. Persistent Systems of Nagpur was hired for the analytics to measure the response of the show across media.

Today’s episode reiterated what had been said in the 13 weeks of the show’s telecast. And also reminded us of how Satyamev Jayate was top trending on Twitter, with 12 crore impressions on the day of the premiere on (May 6, 2012), and how the website server had crashed.

Aamir briefly ran through the social issue discussed in each episode, subtly letting us know of the change he has managed to make, and the overwhelming response to his work. He introduced Satyajit Bhatkal, lawyer, director of Satyamev Jayate who said it was dream come true for him to work on the show and bring his 25 years of experience to use.

Swati Chakravorty , co-director observed that people on the show, the victims, “talked generously and frankly”. Lancy Fernandes, Research Head could not believe the status Satyamev Jayatereached. He thinks that since people in power also raised the issues addressed by Aamir, it means that Satyamev Jayate has the potential to change India.

The episode moved to showing us the response over the weeks – the rallies, debates and individual instances of people changing their minds or reforming after watching Satyamev Jayate. Doctors indulging in illegal female foeticide were arrested and clinics closed down. Aamir said the wave against female foeticide should not stop. In fact, he thinks that we should aim for a 1:1 ratio of boys to girls in the 2021 census. He said Snehalaya, an adoption centre managed to collect Rs 29 lakh, and has acquired an ambulance, an intensive care unit and a mobile incubator.

A multi-storeyed structure called the Satyamev Jayate Bhavan has also been built with donations gathered through the show.

Aamir moved on to child sexual abuse. He said they aimed for people should come out, and they did – through TV, radio and various forums. A Pakistani woman wrote from the ICU about the abuse she had suffered as a child. Aamir declared that the Child Sexual Abuse Bill had been passed in the Parliament and that the Chattisgarh government had organised a special programme to make school children aware of possible abuse. Childline, the helpline collected Rs 77 lakh.

Medical malpractice was another significant issue examined on the show. Statistics showed most doctors praised Aamir for raising the matter. His crusade helped the cause of generic medicines now available in various states. Kolkata’s Humanity Hospital, which gives free treatment to poor patients, raised Rs 51 lakh. Meanwhile, the Amar Jyoti School that has been the harbinger of inclusive education, received Rs 32 lakh, and the Family of Disabled got Rs 38 lakh through donations.

Reminding us of a poll for domestic violence, Aamir revealed that 84 percent respondents said that hitting your wife is not macho. He prayed for the mental health of the remaining 16 percent.

Touching upon every issue again, Aamir talked the episode on pesticides and organic farming, moving to alcoholism, manual scavenging, senior citizens, rainwater harvesting and sharing the action taken.

Meanwhile, a Twitter status read: @Google__Mania: “politicians say aamir’s taking 3.5 crores for 1 episode but he’s getting it for something which they should have been doing #satyamevjayate”.

After watching this episode, and the rest of the show, Aamir Khan and Satyamev Jayate will surely remain in your hearts for a long time – if it did not earlier, that is.


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Jul 30 2012

SATYAMEV JAYATE 13 – End of SEASON 1 on a high note

The first season of Aamir Khan’s debut TV show ‘Satyamev Jayate’ culminated with a beautiful and a thoughtful message asking us to embark upon a journey where one could translate the impossible into the possible. Since its inception, ‘Satyamev Jayate’ has inspired an ocean of humanity across the globe and has also ushered in sea change by persistent efforts and sheer commitment.

The last leg of the show’s first season saw Aamir Khan playing a proud host to a number of unsung heroes, who the world had not known, whose noble initiatives changed a number of lives and is continuing to do so.

The point of contention was the constitutional right of every individual in the country. The very first leaf of the Constitution of India speaks of Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. And in his show ‘Satyamev Jayate’, Aamir reminded the audience of the fundamental rights of an Indian citizen.

The first guests on the show were the trustees of Sarvodaya Trust in Gujarat, who braved opposition and provided a roof to homeless Muslim children, who had fallen prey to communal riots in the state a few years back. The Trust is now a unique shelter that provides unconditional support to children of the minority community and treats them as equals.

Communal violence is omnipresent and the state of Jammu and Kashmir stands witness to the savagery that mindless violence can unleash.

Asha Bhat, a Kashmiri Pandit had contemplated to leave her village in fear of losing her life like many other Hindus in the state. And when she went to inform her Muslim neighborhood about her plans to leave the village for good, their love forced her to change her own decision. She was eventually elected a Sarpanch by the Muslim dominated village and now leads a peaceful life in the village where both Hindus and Muslims co-exist happily.

After highlighting communal unity, Aamir shifted the focus towards casteism and how Sanjeev, a commoner leading a comfortable life in the national capital decided to change the plight of the untouchables in his village in Bihar. And with determination and selflessness, Sanjeev led the way and helped the people of backward class fight for their rights.

The concluding episode of the show was a learning experience where one and all could seek inspiration from others. One such inspiring lady who was a guest on the show was Sunitha Krishnan, who runs an organization called Prajwala. Sunitha was gang-raped by eight men when she was just 8 years old and hence her organization works towards women and girl children who have been physically abused or were forced into flesh trade. Sunitha braved the mafia and refused a number of prostitutes to give them a better life and make them self-sufficient by employing them in her organization.

It was then time for Naseema to narrate her journey. A handicapped woman herself, Naseema is an inspiration for many other physically disabled people. She trains them to be self-reliant and financially independent. Her trust helps them to lead a normal life.

Like Naseema, Subhasini Mistry too gathered great strength from her belief that she could do something for the helpless in the society. After having lost her husband to illness, Subhasini, a vegetable vendor had to put her younger son into an orphanage due to financial constraints. And the dutiful son of the hardworking mother now runs a hospital called “Humanity” in West Bengal and gives free treatment to the poor and needy. “Humanity” was Subhasini’s dream, which is now a reality.

After Mistry, it was the turn of Babar Ali, a 19 year old boy and perhaps the world’s youngest School principal to share his experience. He provides free education to the underprivileged children in his locality. And Wipro founder Azim Premji, who works towards educating a number of rural children too shared his experiences with Aamir

‘Satyamev Jayate’ unfolded a number of stories that were beyond imagination. One such story was that of Mohammed Sharif alias Sharif Chacha from Uttar Predesh. Sharif had lost his son and could never find his body. And hence could not perform his last rites. Now he gives unclaimed bodies their respectful last rites irrespective of their religion. One can see him in a Muslim graveyard and even at a Hindu cremation ground paying his last respect to the departed souls.

And after Chacha, Aamir shifted the focus to whistleblower Satyendra Dubey, an honest engineer who was shot dead for uncovering corruption in the system. Dubey’s death had made headlines and had created a huge uproar in the country. And at the end of the show, the inspirational story of Dashrath Maaji who personified passion, determination and courage was narrated. Maaji had single-handedly carved a path through a mountain alienating his village from the nearest town with his hand-held tools. He was made fun of and ridiculed by the villagers for even thinking of trying to break the mountain. But Dashrath was passionate about what he was doing. It took 22 years to complete the task and now thousands are reaping the fruits of his efforts.

The curtains are drawn temporarily but the effect of ‘Satyamev Jayate’ is bound to create ripples in the country and hopefully bring in more change in the way we perceive India now.

By: Gayatri Sankar – zeenews.india.com

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Jul 22 2012

SATYAMEV JAYATE 12 – Water Scarcity in India: A bitter truth

Aamir started the penultimate episode of ‘Satyamev Jayate’ on a serious note. After giving basic information about the acute shortage of water in certain areas of India, he directly came to the point and asked a simple question to the audience; however the reply was a little surprising.

When a girl was asked from where we get water for our daily usage, she innocently replied, “From the tap.” The audience broke into a thunderous laugh which vanished within seconds because the research team of ‘SMJ’ started to showcase the plight of the people in different parts of India.

A string of visuals shot on the locations from Maharashtra, Delhi and some more states featured the acute water shortage. The environment of the studio became more depressing when Aamir revealed that a 14 year old boy called Sunil was killed during one of the struggles for water.

Environmentalist and water conservation activist Anupam Mishra stated some hard facts about the problems related to water shortage. He described the Indian mindset in very apt words, he said that we worship our rivers but we are not ready to keep it clean.

The position of the national capital of India, Delhi appeared very grim when it was disclosed that out of the total 1400 km length of Yamuna, 600 kms are already vanished. It has mainly happened due to the mindless industrialisation happening around this river.

Ganga’s situation is no different. Activist Manoj Mishra very rightly said that the Ganga’s situation near Kanpur is almost the same as Yamuna’s position in Delhi. Both the rivers are fast changing into a large gutter.

Ravi Agrawal’s case studies were more frightening. He said that the level of oxygen in Ganga and Yamuna near major cities is actually lesser than required, in fact at some places it has reached to the zero level.

Chennai was also suffering from the same problem till some years ago but precaution measures taken by an IAS officer Shanta Sheela Nair have reduced the problem to some extent. She, with the help of the state government, made it mandatory to install the rain water harvesting system.

However, despite all the preaching, the problem is getting worse and if we don’t wake up now then it would be too late.

 By: ibnlive.com

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Jul 15 2012

SATYAMEV JAYATE 11 – Old Age – a reality of life; lets embrace it!!

Satyamev Jayate’s episode on 14th July, talks about Indian culture. Aamir asks his audience what makes Indian culture stand different from the others. In reply, the audience mentioned that kids can sleep along with parents, we get to see 3 generations live under the same roof and the respect that the young give the elders. Aamir tells his audience that, India is the only country where people fall on the feet of their elders with due respect. Even today a 100 million Indians start he day by touching the feet of their elders. And in turn the elder give Aashirwad (blessing) by saying ‘jug jug jiyo’ and also when sometimes we think of someone and they call us, we tell them ‘sau saal jiyoe’ (you’ll like a 100 years).

Aamir asks if, do all elders get the respect they deserve? He introduces the audience to an old lady Krishna Dawer, who lived in a happy big joined family with her husband and had everything to thank god about. Her kids were her life and she brought them up with a lot of love. After her husband passed away, she lived all alone in the ground floor of the bungalow and lived with the wonderful memories. One day, life took a turn for her. She never expected something like that would happen to her. Her son who lived on the first floor of the house started putting pressure on her. 42% of the house’s share was in her name and 29 % in the younger brother’s name. He wanted her to sign the property’s full share in his name but she refused. When she was off to Dehradun, he threw all her belonging on the road and locked the house from inside. For many hours, the helpless lady was sitting outside, not knowing what to do. After the support from the police and passers by, after 9 hours, at around 3:30 am she was able to get back inside her house. Another couple Gahininath Bhosale and his wife Kusum went through the same thing. They slogged for every penny at young age to give their children the best. A father, Ashok Panchal, who held his son’s hand when small, was shattered when the same son threw his clothes out of the house and told him he cant live in the house any more. Mangala Khadilkar today lives in an old age home because her son abandoned her.

The pain that these old people and god knows how many other parents face at old age is just unbearable for them, that they reach a point where they have no more tears to shed. It is such an awful sight to see parents being treated like that. The parents sometimes get forced and have no choice left but to go and stay in an old age home. One such is ‘Maitri India’, which is an institution that works on making life better for the helpless abandoned old age people.

Aamir wraps up the show, by saying, we must never think that our elders are our weakness. They are our strength. They have knowledge, belief, love, thoughts, power and respect. They are our past and future too. As a part of our society, we must give them a chance to shine at old age too. We must be by them and encourage them at every walk of their life. Old age doesn’t mean your life is over but it means you have come to another new chapter in your life.

The hands that held us and fed us when we where just born should be held with care and when we see the lines on their hand we must see our future in it. Only with their blessings our life will be bright and prosperous.

By: Meera Kukreja, Galatta.com

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Jul 08 2012

SATYAMEV JAYATE 10 – Untouchability – Where we stand?

Tainted by their birth into a caste system that deems them impure and less than human, dalits or untouchables live a life that strips them of their dignity. Aamir Khan bravely discusses the social monster of casteism that runs deep in our psyche

What if you are born with a label or an identity that deems you as impure, unacceptable and even guilty not just for a lifetime but it continues to discriminate you even after you death? Aamir Khan asks a pointed question based on the way people are being coldly categorised on the basis of their cast and creed in our country. Are all men truly born equal? Not really. Just take a look at headlines in our mainstream newspapers and you will know India’s untouchables are relegated to the lowest jobs, and live in constant fear of being publicly humiliated. In the tenth episode of Satyamev Jayate Aamir casts light on untouchability.

The show begins with a heart-wrenching story of Dr Kaushal Panwar who was born into a lower-caste family. Right from her schooling years to the present day where she is working as a university professor in Delhi, Panwar faced discrimination at every step in her life. With her story Aamir brings forth a shocking tale to introduce the monster of untouchabilty that exists even 2012 India.The discrimination is so deep-rooted that even elected MPs are not spared. MP P L Punia who is also the Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes was barred from entering the Kali temple in Odisha because he is from a scheduled caste and his community has been traditionally not allowed to enter the temple.

Documentary filmmaker Stalin reveals how untouchability is well-entrenched and is still being widely practised across the country by people of all religions – right from children being discriminated at schools to people being ostracised at social functions. He shows us how dalit kids are forced to clean school toilets just because they belong to a particular creed. Stalin captures the biting reality in his camera and portrays it in his documentary film titled India Untouched. Aamir shows a few rushes of Stalin’s documentary to show the prevalent practice of discrimination, subjugation and casteism.

Justice Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari believes that the labels of cast and community are so deeply ingrained in people’s mind that they continue to remain even after a person’s death, and the only way to stop caste-based discrimination is to refuse the existence of a caste system.

Aamir also discusses the provisions by law to stop manual scavenging. Statistically speaking, Aamir states that there are still around 13 lakh families across the country who continue to be employed in the most demeaning and humiliating profession ever known to man. Mostly people from lower caste (Dalits) are employed, or even forced to do manual scavenging, or cleaning other’s excreta.

Just like in previous episodes of Satyamev Jayate, in this episode too, Aamir gets different points of view and different voices in. And in the end, Aamir asked viewers all over the country to send in their opinion on the subject.He also urges young Indians to come forward and participate in wiping out the social evil of casteism.

Prathmesh Jadhav – bollywoodlife.com

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Jul 02 2012

SATYAMEV JAYATE 9 – Alcohol abuse

Image courtesy: medindia.net

Image courtesy: medindia.net

This episode of Satyamev Jayatestands out for the wonderful choice of guests who shocked, informed and educated. Compared to heavier themes like female foeticide and other social ills, the much-spoken-of topic of alcoholism might seem trivial to some.

A chillingly candid interview with Vijay Simha puts a human face on the misery brought about by alcohol addiction while the enlightening interview with Dr Ashish Deshpande dismissed the myth that it’s the habits of the sufferer that landed him in the mire.

Its hard not to flinch at Simha’s booze-soaked decline after having touched the pinnacle of success in journalism — from working as the executive editor of a reputed daily to languishing for weeks in a public toilet where neither cleaners nor flies would venture. After alienating friends and family, and compromising his dignity along the way, it is a heartening experience to watch the man rise above it all, telling his tale.

Though the unseemly, sometimes bizarre, actions of men under the influence sometimes invited laughter from the audience, the genetic nitty-gritty of addiction that differentiate those struck by the disease from those who aren’t was very succinctly explained by Dr Deshpande, earned their rapt attention.

As did the story of another man identified only as Laxman, who spent a whopping Rs40 lakh in hospital bills to seek some relief after decades of liquor pangs. His lesson that while hospitals could only purge his body, but not mind, of alcohol makes a powerful case for the importance of Alcoholics Anonymous — which proved to be his saviour — in smoking out the disease.

Perhaps to those who don’t display the text-book symptoms, overlooking the ruination to the life of a casual acquaintance or distant family member, one’s drinking is a personal, harmless thing.Not so, according to psychiatrist Dr Vivek Benegal, whose shocking statistics revealed that half of India’s liquor-drinking population do harm to themselves by exceeding their limit (Four pegs, by international standards).

Lastly, with the introduction of Sumir Anand, who lost his son Curran to a drunk driver, the episode effectively showed how irresponsible drinking matched with overall irresponsible behaviour creates a problem which assumes society-threatening proportions. Going so far as to question the manner with which the perpetrator of the offence was let off called viewers to question the strictness with which the law was dealing with the menace.

Aamir Khan, keeping things cool, refrained from being high-handed and this episode, far from self-indulgent, only has the potential to induce reflection and open many drenched minds to intervention.

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Also see:

Press release by The General Service Office (GSO) of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) India

Jun 25 2012

SATYAMEV JAYATE 8 – Is your food really safe & healthy?

India is a country that loves to celebrate food. And in the Satyamev Jayate promos when Aamir Khan hinted at food, he was actually hinting at the poison that we consume in our daily lives

A lot of speculation surrounded the eighth episode of Satyamev Jayate. In the promos, when Aamir Khan had uttered the word ‘food’, many thought this episode might be related to the problem of obesity. Yes, there’s no denying that it’s an issue today. But the eighth episode wasn’t about obesity. Aamir in today’s episode brought forward the dangerous side of food that we so lovingly prepare for our loved ones.

Aamir very rightly began by asking the ladies present that what food, they thought, was safe and healthy for their family. A majority of the women replied by saying that it’s the fresh, green leafy vegetables that they personally monitored and cooked. Alas! The problem turned out to be much deeper than just selecting fresh fruits and vegetables; and a tricky one too – pesticides!

And just so that viewers could gauge the gravity of the situation, Aamir brought forward cases that actually made people squirm in their seats, like he always does when the show begins. This time it was Dr Mohan who discussed the case of Kasargod, a village in Kerala that witnessed heavy overuse of pesticides because the area was used by the government to grow spices and cashew nuts. For 25 years, the region was air-sprayed by 22 lakh litres of endosalphan, a harmful pesticide that took its toll on the health of the villagers and the neighbouring fauna. Then Dr Srigopal Kabra brought forward the case of Jaipur where babies were being born with partially developed brains due to the absence of folic acid, destroyed by pesticides, in mothers.

Getting deeper into the case Aamir introduced us to farmers who were well aware of the harmful effects of these chemicals, yet they used it for the commercial produce ‘coz of their limitations. What’s more, Nilesh Desai, a farmer from Valsad even confessed that he grew separate mangoes for his family members, ones devoid of this harmful chemical. Truly, the situation was satirical.

Another interesting fact that came forward was the so called ‘cancer train’ that plied from Bhatinda to Bikaner carrying cancer patients for treatment. All this makes one wonder about the issue that has reached such large proportions, and yet failed to garner the attention required. The multinationals who manufacture the pesticides are to be blamed, perhaps.

Like in every episode of Satyamev Jayate, in this one too Aamir brought forward ‘the other’ point of view, one that was voiced by Dr Shroff, a scientist. “The effect of pesticides is exaggerated,” said Dr Shroff who also stated that DDT is completely harmless. Aamir pointed at what could be a possible and practical solution – steering a state towards an organic status, like Sikkim. The Chief Minister of Sikkim, Pawan Kumar Chamling said that by 2015, Sikkim would become an organic state.

And in the end, Aamir asked viewers all over the country to send in their views on whether they think that all states should follow the example of Sikkim or no.

Satyamev Jayate’s eighth episode followed the format of the show to the T. The points brought forward displayed the irony of the whole situation and how tied we are when it comes to the most basic necessity required for healthy living. Yes, it touched our hearts. But the emotional quotient this time was lower as compared to Satyamev Jayate‘s other episodes. Probably because this time it wasn’t a serious social issue. Even so, will this episode bring forward a change in the unabashed use of pesticide in the country? Or will it trigger another series of unending discussions? We’ll know soon. And guess we can all anticipate what will be the flavour of discussion in this coming week. And kudos for that, Aamir!

Latika Payak – bollywoodlife.com

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Jun 19 2012

SATYAMEV JAYATE 7 – Domestic Violence

The 7th episode of SATYAMEV JAYATE started with sharing of the domestic violence data of two different surveys. Government survey shows 40 percent of marriages have witnessed domestic violence whereas surprisingly the data increased significantly to 84 percent in the other survey conducted by a private organisation.

Aamir spoke to 2 victims of domestic violence, both from different family backgrounds on the show to discuss gravity of the matter. The first victim continued with the marriage for 15 years and endured violence just with the hope that her husband’s behavior will improve someday.  Although, jittered by what has happened with her, she reasoned that life is precious and everyone should enjoy it.

The other lady participant on the show narrated her experience and revealed how her husband threw her off the stairs when she was three months pregnant.

During the first few domestic violence encounters, the husband, however, regretted for what had happened but it continued unabated. The violence began to affect her children as well. It is then when she decided to come out of the hell and broke the relationship.

She also narrated the sordid tale of being labeled by the society when the wife decides to part ways from her husband.

During the talk, it also came to the fore that sometimes the victim expects her son to intervene in the fight and take on his father for beating his mother. But this was not endorsed by the lady on the show as she explained that by doing this violence will automatically become his inherent attitude and he will also do the same as and when situation will get out of hand.

Kamla Bhasin from the South Asian Network of Gender Activists and Trainers (SANGAT) shared that it is not only males who are to be blamed. It has become a mindset. Patriarchal mindset has been with all of us irrespective of the gender.  It is also evident that literal meaning of “Pati” is owner and it is just like we call lakhpati or crorepati. She also talked about the male dominance in the family and says that in order to rectify it, equality should be promoted. She also said that “Love happens only when there is equality. “ The activist was visibly upset with the way this problem is prevalent. She urges parents to empower the girl child. In place of dowry, property should be given to the girls. The government should give shelter home and 24 hours helpline should be opened to protect the rights of the women.

To counter with social menace like domestic violence, there are quite a number of laws to protect the rights of women. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 was explained on the show. It was reminded that women cannot be thrown out of the home where she is living irrespective of the owner of house. However, it was also brought to the notice that most of the policemen handling complaints are males and it is very difficult to erase the genetic memory.

Initiatives to protect the rights were also shown to boost morale of the victims. Divorcess are getting proper care, opportunities to earn their livelihood at the foundation was shown in the serial.

However, the vox populi on the show endorsed that the definition of “mardangi” (Masculinity) should be changed. Mahatma Gandhi was remembered for his daring acts from the virtue of non-violence.


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Jun 11 2012

SATYAMEV JAYATE 6 – We can fly!!

This week’s episode seemed more like a compilation of inspirational stories. Dealing with the issue of government’s continued indifference towards the disabled, episode 6 saw people with various disabilities on the sets of the show and documentary-style video footage screened to shed light on the plight of the differently-abled throughout India.

It is not exactly a big surprise that there is an utter lack (bordering on complete absence) of implementation of disabled-friendly policies in our country rendering day-to-day lives of any such person difficult.

The guests on the show, while talking to the host Aamir Khan, expressed their resentment towards the Indian government and talked about problems, like lack of equal education for the differently-abled children, respect and equal rights.

Aamir spoke about the importance of education for a disabled person as a boy named Sai related his experiences around the same. Many on the show blamed the country’s infrastructure, while visually impaired Krishnakanth Mane blamed it on the people and said that citizens too need to be socially conscious. Mane also spoke about the importance of technology in his life and how he considered it an extension of himself. This makes you wonder about those who have no access to technology or the ones in remote parts of the country who are unaware of their rights.

The fact that moving beyond the disability of limb and the senses, the show also dealt with those whose physical disability affect their appearance, should be appreciated. The stigma they face was brought to light through the example of Nisha Lobo (which is Aamir Khan’s chosen moment this week to ‘tear up’).

There is a popular superstition that disability in your present life is considered a result of your sins in past life. The very logic behind this, ‘you must have done something really evil to have deserved this’ was questioned. Also, the very definition of being “disabled” was opened up for interpretation. Many didn’t consider themselves “disabled” at all.

The episode took up various aspects of the issue, but its main focus remained ‘access to education’. A school, Amar Jyoti in New Delhi, was shown as a ‘model educational institution’ where abled and differently-abled study together with access to all teaching aids required for such an endeavour.

The final question: Should schools and colleges that do not become fully inclusive within the next five years be de-recognised?


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Jun 07 2012

DOCTORS upset over Satyamev Jayate – Behaving like Cats on hot tin roof!!

What can be crasser than a handful of self-proclaimed IDEALIST doctors picking up on Aamir Khan for his show Satyamev Jayate, which probed into wrongs of doctors in the profession? The disturbed set of doctors claims that the remarks of Aamir Khan have not gone down well with the fraternity.

Since then the circus has begun on the grounds of a few most atrocious news channels of our country. Self righteous people including the news host and the guest doctors are debating the issue at top of their voices. I am annoyed and upset (as usual) on the stance of all of these argumentative people for the silly areas that they are focusing on instead of looking at the bigger picture, which actually is the need of the hour.

I could not stop myself from dissecting the issues raised by Medical fraternity about the show. Let’s look at what is paining these doctors at all the wrong places:

First concern:

The show ‘exaggerated’ the extent of unethical practices in the profession.

My view:

I do not solicit that the facts/figures shared in the show should be taken as accurate since there cannot be a reference for  validation. However, are we saying that these practices do not exist at all? We all have been victims of these CUT Practices at some point in our lives. Surprisingly, the top officials at Indian Medical Association have asked Aamir to share the names of such doctors who are involved in CUT practices and IMA would immediately take actions against them. I feel that in that case they should step down from their positions and we should have some RAMU KAKA or some BAHADUR THAPA or some PAANDU HAVALDAR to run the association, since they would also act effectively if all information has to come from outside!! What is IMA doing if it does not have any clue about such malpractices?

Moreover, none of the doctors came forward to explain the logic behind the BASIN TEST as shared in the show. Should we assume that since no one is clarifying it so what Aamir explained is the truth? Doctors (the entire community) should be ashamed of it if that is the case!! We all have been witness to the helpless position Dr. Talwar (Head- Medical Council of India) was in when Aamir was probing about the condition of medical services in country today.

Second Concern:

The show only shared the BAD side of the profession.

My view:

I reject that concern totally since the show had all the versions of the profession ranging from a family doctor giving right suggestion to the patient after another one misguided them to the good work being done by Rajasthan government in providing cheap and good quality medicines to the needy patients.

It’s a shame that doctors being highly educated and learned fail to understand that no issue will have only one aspect to it, rather it will be based on a standard expectation and if there is any deviation from that then only it can be discussed as a malpractice. We expect our doctors to conduct their business in a particular manner and if they fail to do so, then only the concern would be raised. Why would anyone raise a finger on someone or some profession if things are working as expected?

Moreover, the medical services are of utmost importance to people! This show has brought a lot of things to the forefront which would have not been known by common man otherwise. I have seen change in the way doctors operate now when recently I visited one of the renowned doctors for treatment. Though he is our family doctor and we have a lot of faith in him, still he explained the entire prescription including the brand of the medicines that he has prescribed and the reason for prescribing the particular medicine, something he never did earlier. It might not be apt to attribute this change to Aamir’s show, but what is encouraging to learn is that things are getting better and transparent.

As I look at it, the show is to bring forth the issues in the society and make people aware of them. If doctors are looking for praises for the good work then IMA should hold some ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS for them (must be happening somewhere I believe)!

Third Concern:

Why doctors are targeted when the entire society is CORRUPT?

My view:

I feel that no individual doctor was named in the show and neither are the doctors targeted here! The show was about a system that has evolved over the years and is hitting us in the face now. But yes, if you are corrupt and evil, as described in the show – then you must feel targeted.

So are we saying that all those who are creating so much of hue and cry over the show are all corrupt? Well, we are not saying anything but they themselves are saying it. Aren’t they?

Fourth Concern:

Aamir Khan should look into his own life before preaching right and wrong to others.

My view:

There might be many flaws in Aamir as an individual. He might have done some terrible things in his personal life. But my question to all ill-wit and immature individuals who are so deeply engrossed in denigrating him is that how has Aamir’s personal life affected their LIVES? The people asking such question seem to be highly irrational to me. To me it is the last resort of the fool to make a personal assault on an individual in order to reclaim his own fake dignity. I do not find such people worthy of any consideration or attention in the first place. I would always keep Aamir’s personal life away while appraising his brave and remarkable attempt to contribute towards making our society a better place to dwell.

A few unfortunate people are also comparing Aamir Khan with Gandhiji, claiming that Aamir is trying to be a Gandhi of modern times! I guess these people are expecting Gandhiji to come back from the deads and help them. God, please bless these poor souls with some wit and sense.

To me, Aamir is just one amongst us but with more resources and a platform to make an impact on the society. I am glad that he chose to make the right one!

Fifth Concern:

Aamir khan himself is charging whopping 3 crores for the show but is preaching that doctors should serve the poor for free.

My view:

I have been a regular follower of Aamir’s show and I do not recall any instance where he has made any appeal to doctors to serve for free. Rather he has only requested to stop the malpractices. Curbing the CUT practices only would make medical services well within reach of everyone. It’s not about charging nothing but charging what is pertinent. A required surgery should be done but the patient should not be charged more than what is applicable. Cases of performing unnecessary operations / treatments not only causes added financial burden on patient and the family but also can lead to loss of life.

Aamir is a professional actor and he is charging what is applicable in his profession. I do not think that anyone of us should decide what an actor should charge for such performances. I do not believe that if Aamir declares that he would not charge anything for the show; it would have any impact on the response that the show has received or will receive in the future. It would take a phony character to not follow something that is authentic just because the presenter is charging X amount of money.

These were a few concerns of the Medical Fraternity and my personal views on the same.
I feel that the show had many important lessons for us to learn and we should not let that be clouded by the dramatic face given to it by the medical bodies, in fact they have crossed the lines of silliness by claiming that they will be boycotting Aamir’s movies as a display of anguish.

I recently have received a comment from one of the readers of my blog. It was on IMA and Medscape India’s demand for an unconditional apology from Aamir Khan. This reader happens to be a doctor herself and it was very encouraging to learn that the younger generation of doctors is devoted to the profession. Read the comment below:

“Being a doctor I will say Amir should not apologize.IMA need to apologize to public.I think private consulants such as physician, surgeons, gynaecologist are really sucking money from helpless patients.There is no limit for their consulting charges.For IVF these criminals are looting childess couples.They are charging in lacs,without guarantee.All these are happening because of our corrupt government policy.There is no good facilities in government hopsitals like other countries.That’s why these private practitioners are looting people.India’s government hospitals are in worst conditions, sometime we feel these are for animals not for human.I do not blame all doctors but some are there.If you are really hungry for money then accept other profession,,should not play with life of patient, Run practice with grace & dignity.”

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