I’ve been watching a bit of Indian TV lately, namely the series Satyamev Jayate “Truth alone prevails” to those of us who don’t speak Hindi.
It is hosted by Aamir Khan who is apparently a famous Bollywood actor – don’t blame me for not knowing him, I’ve never seen any of his films – I’m more of an Ashkay Kumar kinda girl anyhow!
The series aims to give exposure to social issues in India, the sort of things that happen every day but need to be stopped – Female foeticide, Dowry killings and other shockingly awful things. I think this program is doing a really good thing by exposing these things – I think that maybe a blind eye can be turned too often so if something can be brought back in to the limelight (not limelight but you know what I am trying to say) perhaps things might eventually no longer be socially acceptable. Making something a social faux pas might finally put a stop to the sort of practices that making them illeagal did not manage to stop.
Personally this sort of thing is what scares me the most about the country I may one day in the future call home. Things like dowry payments that are Illegal and have been for over 50 years (!) still happen regularly as it is still the social norm in many parts of India, it needs to stop. How much other stuff that is completely against the law still happens without people standing up for what is morally right and over all legal?!? Hopefully a program like this might help give people a nudge in the right direction and start standing up for what is right maybe.
If you want to see what I am talking about, the episodes (with English subtitles) can be found on the videos section of starworld.in, they’re just over an hour long each but definitely worth a look if you have time.