Satyamev Jayate, Amir Khan’s show, can be watched on You Tube – please watch it if you have missed it. This is one of the rare times when we are seeing a social issue being discussed seriously by the media. The show is being described on twitter as a ‘movement’.
When Amir Khan started the show with talking about motherhood, I feared for a brief moment that he was going to talk about gajar ka halwa made by mothers for their sons, but this first episode turned out to be more than anything I had expected. The question Amir has asked in this episode is,
“Kya Bharat mata sirf ladkon ki hi maa bankar rah jayegi? Ya is desh ki betiyon ko jeene ka haque milega?” – Is Mother India going to end up being a mother of sons alone? Or will the daughters of this nation will also get the right to live?
You can watch it tomorrow (Monday) morning at 9 30 am too. The best part is, the show is being telecast on DD too. I asked my domestic helpers to watch it too – the way the show is done, it would make sense to all those who are affected by it, i.e. all Indians.
Amir explains that the father’s Y chromosome decided the gender of the baby. He also simplifies why ignoring the issue is not really an option, because nobody is going to remain unaffected by it. He explained what baby girl killing actually means for the society, how it means more trafficking of women to be sold as ‘wives’, less respect for wives and women since they can be bought and sold and then resold. (Remember, Baby Falak’s mother had been sold to a man in Rajasthan as his ‘wife’). How 914 women for a 1000 men translates to millions of missing women and millions of men who are not able to find partners. He recommended solutions – what works he said would be action against the perpetrators. (The same thing works for all crimes, including for sexual crimes against women)
It was good to see single mothers – women who had walked out of their marriages to save and to raise their daughters, being applauded. Don’t you think this would encourage other women in similar situation to take bolder stands too?
Did you watch the show? What did you think? There was some criticism on twitter because some felt that Amir Khan should not accept payment for the show – I feel what he is saying remains relevant whether or not he is earning through the show.
Also, I believe female sex selective abortions are only a symptom of a much larger malaise – the real culprit is Patriarchy. I hope this show becomes a much needed antidote for our male-child worshiping Patriarchal saas bahu serials.
I hope the coming episodes also talk about the need for every Indian woman (and man) working and living on their own and becoming self reliant, for an year before they get married and about no woman marrying for financial security (or no man marrying because he needs home cooked meals). One of the mothers said she wished she had walked out of her marriage earlier – but she had no idea she could survive on her own.
Do you think this show will continue to discuss more issues – with same seriousness – say, like how sexual crimes against women are also connected with the Indians not valuing their daughters? Do you agree that they are directly connected? How?