Aamir Khan made his debut on television today. As expected, the debut was different. The show titled “Satyamev Jayate” plans to take up hard hitting realities of the Indian society.
He hopes to involve the average Indians in the issue to change the way we think and act against the social issues in India
Hope he succeeds!
But this is not about Satyamev jayate
The next few days people will debate how the show worked or did not. Its expected and a debate might or might not change anything.
The thing that got me writing was a post on FB where the person wanted to have a sense of positivity in the show as we already have many issues in the country.
I wanted to reply but did not. How does making the show positive would change our thoughts toward the issue. Its like “Things are bad but somebody would be working on it! But not me!!”
Unfortunately I am too part of the same crowd who shout and do nothing!
Couple of days back, I hired a vehicle to take some guest around Mumbai. While dropping the guest at their hotel and returning back, I got talking with the driver.
The driver originally from Madhya Pradesh was asking me about Engineering and MBAs. The driver told me about his cousin who got married in his teens to have children reach colleges when he himself was studying his masters in medicine.
He explained how education was becoming a business. Educated individuals were more lucrative in the marriage markets. An IAS or an MBA or a PH.D was worth more in the marriage market.
Father would want to get their girls married to highly qualified individual and would go to any price to secure the marriage. In short, grooms could be bought for a price. The more educated the more pricey he was.
Especially people working in government jobs. He told me that an honest district collector can earn Rs. 10 lakhs and above. Knowing that government jobs do not offer that much salary, I was curious to know how.
He told me that by “Honest” he means that where the person does not make use of his position to earn money but where he automatically gets a share of all contracts in the district.
I may be old school but I guess that was not what honesty meant. The definitions do change with changing times.
I know a person who’s sister who is a professional herself got married and her family spent a fortune just getting her married. The amount of money spent would get me a house in a small town.
The point is the truth is out there. Its ugly! Its real! The world changing faster and the values changing even faster.
Not something we can brush under the carpet. Its not going to change even if we sugar-coat it. Maybe we will change it and maybe we won’t
But the first step in changing it…Accept it!
The rest will follow!