Sunday, May 27, 2012

Aamir Khan's bleating liberal TV show, Satyameva Jayate

Aamir Khan comes across as a decent person, who believes in what he does and sincere about it as well. It would appear really crass and cynical to criticise his much-praised and popular TV show, Satyameva Jayate, which is a chat show and an investigation feature, something between Oprah Winfrey and one of those NDTV/CNN-IBN/TimesNow and all that investigative programmes. He is a star and he has been able to churn out a reasonably good journalistic feature. So, it would seem utterly irreponsible and churlish to say Satyameva Jayate is an irritating programme.
It fails to be a hard-hitting news programme which is something that it could have been, But why blame for not being hard-hitting when proper news channels believe in beating their chests for the right cause instead of ferreting out the unpalatable facts.
Perhaps Aamir Khan's programme is comparable to the silly article-features of P.Sainath in The Hindu, which present a false picture of a problem when then focus and magnify a small detail without giving the whole picture which is what fair reporting is all about. For example, P.Sainath when writing about farmers'suicides does not tell us what are the specific reasons of one farmer's suicide from another. For example a middle class farmer, who is the only one to whom banks lend, uses up the loan amount for marrying off his daughter and is unable to repay the loan. In another case, a farmer commits suicide because his crop had failed but there have been times when he had a good crop and repaid his loan. He also does not say as to the proportion of farmers who commit suicide from among the indebted farmers. But Sainath wants to condemn the government's indifference and he thinks he has the poetic licence to heighten the impact by speaking of one aspect alone. He has not clue to as the real situation of rural distress and how rural folk are fighting it, and successfully too many a time, and there are situations when they lose the battle. A good reporter looks at the whole picture and he or she does not wear the emotions on one's sleeve.

Aamir Khan too gives a sermon as could be seen on the May 27 episode about the medical profession at the end of the programme.
Aamir Khan has every right to make the programmes he likes to make and he believes in. If some of us feel compelled to criticise it, then it is our headache. Not his.


The Sunshine Woman said...

Do not agree. Think you're just being contrarian for the sake of being contrarian. It is ludicrous to describe Sainath's work as "silly". Can't say much about Amir's programme as I've only seen the first episode.

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