It takes a special kind of moral courage and commitment to self and society to address issues that have been pushed under the carpet for so long. Issues that are associated with our everyday lives and yet we have an ostrich like attitude towards them.
Female feoticide/infanticide ( do read the link Unnatural selection published in The Caravan magazine), new-born girls dumped into bins to die ( womb to bin ) all crimes against women, child abuse (including CSA), child labor, child marriages, beggar mafia, gay rights, honor killings and mining and wood smugglers nexus, Deforestation, e-waste, elephant and tiger poaching, farmer’s suicides and many more such burning issues need total involvement of masses, stringent laws and punishments, and most of all strong administration.
Isn’t it sad that it takes a Reality Show on National TV hosted by a film actor to awaken the masses and bring their attention to what’s happening right under their noses?
Didn’t we all know that female foeticide exists in our society and needs to be abolished. If we decided not to wake up to the grim reality will this celebrity reality show really do anything ? If it does then it would be a miracle.
Sad, that despite the regulations, campaigns, awareness programs, sting operations, newspaper reports, blogs, media coverage the truth is that the evils have managed to dig their claws deeper into the core of society and government is feeding the monsters.
Amir’s effort is credible, there is no doubt about it but the questions which bother me are -
Will it also become a twelve day wonder like all other reality shows?
Will it just keep gathering accolades week after week?
Will people just sit down in the comforts of their homes on Sunday mornings and watch the show, listen to the stories, write/ talk / tweet about how “brilliant” it was, how much they “enjoyed and liked” watching it( I was appalled to see wall post of some people on Facebook saying how much they “enjoyed” the program and congratulating Amir and other panelists).
Did they miss out the silent tears and agony that had now dried up in the eyes of those who have suffered?
Was it all just a staged event for them?
Did they miss the point somewhere? I hope Not.
I hope this doesn’t become a routine where an issue is brought up every week , raises the TRP, trends on twitter and other social media networks and dies a silent death.
This needs to go beyond. The social change, the mindset change needs to be bigger than this.
I sincerely pray that the fight against issue of female foeticide or sex selection does not get limited to sending SMS to Rajasthan Govt. or signing a petition. It needs to get more real than this reality show. It needs to cover the entire nation.
Another thing that makes me ponder is- what next ? What are the options, what actions need to be taken, what is an average person literate or illiterate (for education has nothing to do with this inner awakening) going to do in this direction?
The issues have been raised, the horrifying painful truth brought out once again from under the carpet, Govt. agencies, Doctors, medical practitioners’ nexus exposed , Now What?
Will some one wake up and take an oath to eradicate this evil from the root at least by doing his/her bit ?
The website of Satyamev Jayate , the Facebook page , the twitter handle , the You Tube channel , will they just provide praise and links and act as promotional sites to increase rating OR offer solutions, knowledge, support systems ? Will it be the nucleus to the Sunday program where people get involved and work in the direction of bringing the much required change?
If Not, then all the effort will be a lost cause. People will choke over their morning coffee watching the show like benumbed spectators like we have been doing since centuries. Aware but always in denial. Telling ourselves that somehow it doesn’t matter to us.
Let this not be just an “exquisite piece of TV journalism” .
Let it be the spark to ignite the flame in every heart to abolish each social evil. To change the narrow mindset, to fight against controlling, insecure, prejudiced deep patriarchal attitudes that are entrenched in our society’s collective psyche resulting in skewed sex ratios, lack of brides in some states, men are forced into bachelorhood due to lack of brides, thriving racket of trafficking of women where they are sold and resold ( remember baby falak’s story ) and any related crime against women.
Sex-selective abortion statistics are mind numbing (Thirty million girl-children killed in the womb in the past six decades).
Simple language, no screaming to bring some pressing issues to the fore, important points explained for the benefit of those who may not know the facts, the inter- relation of some other crimes which are born under the wings of this one , the positive stories of those brave people who not only fought against the evil and emerged victories but made decided to share it with millions of viewers , to give them courage and reason to step forward and shed fear. The change brought by Deputy Commissioner Kishan Kumar of NawaShahr where the sex ration is equal . ( 1000 girls per 1000 boys) was an exemplary story. Exemplary for everyone; masses , officials, government. Y chromosomes of a male are responsible for the gender of the baby. An important fact which should be brought into focus more strongly.
The show presenters took care to cover all aspects but there needs to be a constant engaging, proper interaction with the masses, follow-up to show what efforts were taken on that particular issue. I hope it helps in sensitizing Indians about so many issues that they would generally ignore and provoke them into some sort of positive action.
Amir says,” “I want to be part of this silent campaign in a very dignified way without hurting any body’s ego.”
When issues like these are raised, when dying fires are stirred, when centuries old norms are questioned, when nexuses and mafias exposed , not one but many egos will be hurt. Are we ready to push through all this and join our voices with his? Will it create That impact in the hearts of its viewers?
The choice is ours.
Speak up, Fight, or Suffer.
Are you ready to do your bit with or without Amir?