Monday, May 14, 2012

Satyameva Jeyate - Female Foeticide

Did India experience an earthquake on 6th May evening?. The ripple effect of the really actual talk show "Satyameva Jeyate" hosted by all time favorite Aamir Khan had the same impact while watching.Here is a real superstar who can make you glue to your screen, subject whatsoever it maybe. His intellectual bent of mind going after sensible cinema has continued to small screen as well. Though a team effort, it was a one-man show.Although Aamir is a superstar, he doesnt dominate the show.Aamir is letting his guests speak and he, listens.  A talk show that makes people listen for the first time. Its more of listening and provoke thinking rather than talking and concluding. Aamir has proved that he is not only an ace actor but also a better journalist and above all a very good human being.

A talk show, hosted by a celebrity - We can infer the immediate reaction of any aam Indian face. Their next obvious question is - who is the other bollywood celebrity invited to share their so called cinema chemistry, behind the scenes, ractifying the rumours, gossip ghalata and what not.  The nation, so drowned in trivial sitcoms, ‘reality’ shows and talk shows that can put street cockfights to shame, seems to be finally experiencing self-awakening moments.

Aamir has done the "break the rules" concept here again. He has taken (or rather taking) really serious subject happening in every town and village in India. Oh hold on, I am not talking about Corruption. I am not talking about scandals. I am not talking about gang rape. I am not talking about polictics as well. Its female foeticide. When most of the media is lost in covering upfront footages and reports on politicals scandals, Bollywood gossips and other absolutely not worth the news next day type, Aamir has taken a leap front to showcase how to use media to educate or enlight or influence an aam Indian about some of the very serious issues happening around us. The team has done an execellent research and detailed study on the issue. Their statistics are not just numbers, it makes you sit back and think. Their rootcause, how they enroute, their consequences everything was explained crystal clear by bringing the real life people who had experienced this trauma.

Here in some metropolitan city and in some rural towns, we are talking about Women empowerment, and Women entrepreneur and there in some remote village and even in cities - people are eliminating female foetuses. The one and only reason being - husbands and inlaws demanding "mere ko beta chaye". We all knew its still happening in some nook and corner of India, where poverty overrules everything and where illiteracy is at its peak. But the one hour heart overwhelming show showcased a really more horrid and other side of our assumptions.

The hand chosen people to share their darker side of life, how their ignorance was misused, how their emotional or sentimental well-being was taken for a toss, later how their will power and motherly affection overcame all these cannot be explained or showcased any better.  A talk show where every affected individual came foreward to share their darker side to brighten India became a celebrity!!!!! Bringing a doctor as a victim of this harasement showed how weak and emotional women are when it comes to family sentiments and how the same women  can go way forward to fight for the live of her adorable girl twins was the turning point of the show. 

D.O.C.T.O.R.S - there are ways to earn money!!!! But definitely not by killing the foetus, not by killing the mother in a woman, not by killing the trust with which she comes to you, not by killing your professional ethics. You are also an human being at the end of the day. You have all the rights, pleasure and blessings to bring a beautiful human being into this world, but not to end their journey mercilessly!!!!.

How technology is mercilessly being misused. Sonogram and Ultrasound - people thought it would be a medical miracle to know the well-being of the foetus and to ensure they have a safe 9 months in the mother's womb. The inventers would have never even imagined this could be used for such a shamefull income. Well, like all pros and cons - its the human's evil side taking advantage of these technologies.

So now knowing, where it happens, to whom it happens, by whom it happens, why it happens and how it happens - What should Happen now???

Awareness - ‘Satyameva Jayate’ aims at creating awareness and I think with this show, Aamir and his team has reached 80-85% of Indian minds. Awareness is there. so whats that little baby step everybody takes towards saving these little girl babies?. Like Aamir mentioned, it cannot be concluded but everybody needs to work towards the conclusion. I hope his letter to the Rajasthan government to setup a fast-track court to punish the victimized doctors happen soon and I already see that today Rajasthan government has announced that they will install ultra sound tracking technology device called 'silent observer' (SIOB) at all the sonography centres in the district to control sex selection and female feticide. Lets see how much this helps and hope it doesnt become another scandal :(. Its in the hands of all fellow husband and father-to-be  as well - wont you dream of another beautiful woman in the world just like your wife by your wife? and you be a proud father one day :)

With Mother's day just gone yesterday lets hope many more women rejoice Mother's day next year being Mother of a proud daughter.

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