Day 94/ 365 – Satyamev Jayate


So after the grand success last year, Satyamev Jayate is back once again this year. Just like last year, the show attempts to highlight the problems which India is facing and just like last year the show will not offer any solutions to any of the problems India is facing. May be the aim of the show is to only highlight the problems India is facing and how badly those problems are affecting the people of this country. However, if that is only aim of this show then I am not sure why viewer like myself and most urban viewers should even watch this show. I mean, we are already aware of most of the problems which this country is facing. May be in some parts of the country, the problem is more severe than others, but the problems are the same. My main issue with the show is that it does not offer any workable solutions which can be implemented or for the solutions it does offer, there is no follow up on if those solutions have been implemented or how they have been faring in the areas where they have been implemented.

Take for example, the show which was broadcasted today, it covered the sensitive topic of rape in India and how nothing has changed since the Nirbhaya rape incident in Delhi.  The show covered, how the rape victims face hurdle at the police stations while registering the complaint for rape, how the hospitals are not really very helpful, how many rape cases are pending in the judiciary and the how the judiciary is very slow in responding to cases which have been registered. I think most Indians are very well aware about these problems. I dont think we need an Aamir Khan to come on a Sunday and tell us the same thing. May be if Aamir Khan was to come and provide a solution which he and his team had worked out with the local authorities, I would still watch this show. However, as of right now this show is nothing more than news hour focusing on just one show. If I have to watch a news show, I would rather prefer watching Arnab or any news channel to watch the same issues.

I know my views on this subject are different compared to a lot of people out there and I know I am going to get a lot of brickbats for this post. However, I stick to my views on this topic – I don’t need a show to tell me what the problems are – we know what they are. What we need to know is how do we resolve those problems and make this country a better place to be.