I’m speaking about Aamir Khan’s show, Satyamev Jayate. I was a little upset with the Hindu’s article yesterday, titled Satyamev Jayate’s Ardh Satya by one Farah Naqvi. Farah has raised a very pertinent question about the show: about the “dangerous authority that only his kind of stardom can muster.” I had a certain admiration for Mr Khan simply because he had refused to give interviews to the media on the allegation (made by him) that the media distorted truths. I thought that Aamir Khan had some principles. I had never watched Mr Khan’s Satyamev Jayate until this morning. I watched it after reading a second article about it in the Hindu today by Kalpana Sharma, a writer whom I like. My wife helped me find the channels which broadcast the programme simultaneously in Hindi and Malayalam.
Having watched the programme’s one episode, I think Farah Naqvi’s allegation is quite right. Aamir Khan looked too authoritative and domineering in the episode I watched today. He seemed too eager to show that he knew more about the matter of sexual abuse of children than the people who are actually working with such children and more than even a person who did a 5-year long research on the topic with the criminals locked up in Tihar Jail for such offences. Aamir Khan appeared like a person who was trying to put up a show rather than a person who wanted to solve a social evil.
I would have supported Mr Khan’s initiative had I not watched the show today. What I watched was only a show. So the Hindu seems far better to me who likes reading. I hope Farah Naqvi and Kalpana Sharma won’t betray my trust in them as Aamir Khan did.
I also hope that Aamir Khan will rise above the need to prove his superiority to the people of India and start serving the people REALLY.
Why don’t really intelligent people get due attention in India? Are we terribly obsessed with film stars and politicians and religious leaders?
Author’s Note: This is the last post before I return to Delhi after a short break from blogging and other normal activities.