Will Aamir Show Make Difference?

Years ago, when private TV channels started, we had been watching only Star Plus. But then I got disenchanted with the soap shows and shifted to the news channels, surfing and blogging. After trying many, Yamuna switched to ‘NDTV Imagine’ with ‘Ramayana’ and ‘Colors’ for ‘Uttaran’. Perhaps a month before we left for US last April, ‘Imagine’ closed its shop.

After coming to Cary in May, Yamuna went for Star Plus and Life OK. Those were the only available in the package that Anand has for us through Home TV. I kept on watching my news on ‘NDTV 24×7’ on i-Pad. However, it was a chance that we could hit Aamir’s show, ‘Satyamev Jayate’ on Star Plus. And with the very first, I got impressed. We watched it here in Cary at 10PM on Sundays. Aamir appeared initially pretty curt and unattractive. But his shows revealed many things on the critical social problems in India and touched somewhere immensely. We were hardly aware of many things that came up in each show, be it on female foeticide, child sexual abuse or medical malpractices or water conservation.

I liked the way Aamir provided the solutions of the issues through the successful case stories of the distinguished persons or groups working on the problems. I came to know of the generics medicines from the episode on medical malpractices. Generic medicines against the branded ones may provide some relief for the high expenditure on medicines for common people. The work being done in Andhra on organic farming and Dr. Ramoo who has been helping thousands of the farmers was really impressive. Even the solutions of water scarcity in many different states may solve the problem for many more villages and must be encouraged by the state government. Water harvesting must become compulsory for any housing complex.

Aamir’s show have covered 12 topics till date: female foeticide, Child sexual abuse, Dowry system, medical malpractices, Love marriages and Honor killings in India, Physical Disabilities, Domestic Violence, Pesticide poisoning and Organic farming, Alcohol abuse, Casteism and Untouchability, Old age, Water crisis and Rainwater harvesting,

Each episode ended with a sweet song. Two of them:”Ghar Yaad Aata Hai Mujhe” and “Bahut Yaad Aathe Ho” really touched me and I kept on humming them for a long time after the shows.

Aamir Khan has attained a new image of his own with ‘Satyamev Jayate’ and got very good media support not only in India but abroad from too. As one writes, In just three months, the Sunday morning show, “Satyamev Jayate,” or “Truth Alone Prevails,” has become a national phenomenon and as popular as KBC or even Ramayana. It got reproduced in seven languages and drew a cumulative audience of nearly 500 million.

Aamir is completing the series today. July 30, 2012 with his thirteenth show of ‘Satya Mev Jayate’ I wish some government agencies or NGOs working on the issues set up some follow up plans for the solutions of the problems with a time frame through Panchayats and city governments. As reported, the Aamir show has made an impact.

Will Aamir Khan himself or Star Plus have the follow-ups or further plans for ‘Satyamev Jayate‘? Will the educational institutes carry on with the movement?

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