Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate has taken India and the world by storm


We as NRIs love India and speak about our home country with a lot of love yet when it comes to problems in the country we are able to assess much better sitting from afar. While India progresses at a fast pace economically and modernization in general yet it is quite far behind in many areas such as infrastructure, service delivery, amenities for daily use and eradicating poverty and upliftment of the poor, discrimination against women and their rights. Satyamev Jayate ”“ a TV Talk show hosted by actor Aamir Khan, debuted in early May, has been praised for bringing social issues in front of the public.

Satyamev Jayate has been dubbed by the press as ”˜not just a show; it’s a movement to change people’s mindset.’ And it has become so popular that millions wait for the day on Sunday when it is aired on TV.

Says Aamir, “Satyamev Jayate is about meeting the common man of India, connecting with India and its people.”He also added, “Through this show we understand the problem of the people, we are not here to make a change. I am no one to change anything. I don`t think I am in the position to change anything else. I feel understanding a problem and feeling it or holding one`s hand or hugging is also important. I may not have the solution, but at least I can hear and understand.”

One can say with surity, seeing the popularity of the show, that Satyamev Jayate is making a difference in the lives of common people and Aamir Khan must be congratulated for taking on a TV show amongst other shows such as ”˜Kaun Banega Crorepati’   and ”˜Dus Ka Dum’ and TV series such as Balika Badhu. Rakhi Sawant ”˜Rakhi Ka Insaaf’ had her own gripe with Satyamev Jayate accusing that “They have stolen our concept. The format of my show was similar.”

Satyamev Jayate is the first show ever in the history of Indian Television to be aired simultaneously on a private channel STAR and a national broadcaster Doordarshan besides being dubbed in several Indian languages including Tamil Malayalam and Telugu, Bengali and Marathi and aired in over 100 countries around the world.On the broadcast of the show, Khan commented, “This show is being launched on a large scale. I had to make complete use of this medium. This is a baby step in that direction.”

Uday Shankar, CEO of STAR India, suggested Aamir Khanto venture into television. Khan, however, was hesitant at first but agreed and worked upon the concept of the show for two years. In an interview with Zee News, he was reported saying, “Initially I was scared to do the show as we were travelling on a different path. I was worried. It was in a way difficult, but we knew what we are doing is different, but it comes straight from our heart.”He also added, “I cannot say I understand TV completely. I was earlier scared to go ahead with the project. I can only say I have made this show with complete honesty and without compromising on anything.”

List of episodes aired:

Satyamev Jayate Episode 1 – Female Foeticide – 6th May 2012

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Daughters Are Precious: Female Foeticide. Large-scale killing of girls before birth has led to a serious gender imbalance in the Indian population, and severe social problems as a result

Satyamev Jayate Episode 2: Child Sexual Abuse – 13th May 2012

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Break The Silence – As many as 53 per cent, or one in every two children, are victims of child sexual abuse, which often happens at the hands of a trusted person, within the home. Parents must be vigilant and sensitive to their children’s signals; and a robust and specific law against child sexual abuse is needed.

Satyamev Jayate Episode 3: Big Fat Indian Wedding – 20th May 2012

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Most people dream of a lavish wedding but the reality in India is that expensive wedding celebrations and heavy dowry demands end up making brides’ lives miserable and ruining their families. The very concept of marriage has been turned into a transaction, with no value placed on the people or the relationship. But this can change, and it is up to girls and their families tosay NO to dowry, to insist on simple ceremonies and restore the sanctity of the wedding bond. The SMS Question which Aamir Khan asks in this episode is – ʺDo you think marriages have become a business transaction in our country today?ʺ

Satyamev Jayate Episode 4: Does Healthcare Need Healing? – 27th May 2012

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People trust medical practitioners, believing that they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to safeguard their health. But when this knowledge is misused to exploit this trust medical care becomes a nightmare. The profession is riddled with unscrupulous doctors and hospitals out to make big bucks at the cost of patients, but there are still medical practitioners who stand up for the Hippocratic Oath, and those who want to clean up the profession.

Satyamev Jayate Episode 5: Is Love a Crime? – 3rd June 2012

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The simple act offalling in love opens up a world of emotions and reactions which sometimes culminate in crime — the death of the couple. Even if they escape death, lovers who go against religious and community barriers still have to face harassment and censure from society and, due to this pressure, rejection from their families

Satyamev Jayate Episode 6: Persons with Disabilities ”“ 10th June 2012

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People with disabilities have the same zeal and appreciation for life as the rest of us do. But they often get shunned, doubted, mocked and insulted. Access to public places and buildings is restricted and doors are closed for schooling and employment. India does not appear to be mature enough and understanding enough to recognise people with disabilities for what they are – people.

Satyamev Jayate Episode 7:   Domestic Violence — Danger At Home ”“ 17th June 2012

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