I had been eagerly anticipating this Television ever since I saw the first promotional video. And it did not disappoint.
Aamir Khan at his best.Bringing forth,for the perusal of the country (and people abroad),some of the ghastly truths we conveniently lock inside the realms of our four walls.Some bitter truths that have not only affected the people within this house,but also society at large.
The hopeless person that I am,I could not watch the entire show,just saw bits and pieces. The pilot’s theme was probably the most rightly deserved issue of concern to India,and specially parts of Northern India,where money is in abundance while consciousness,humanitarianism and self-control are in the minimum count.I deliberately did not mention respect for women,because Women here as the show said as well are merely a commodity,thus the pilot’s theme was befitting for a country like ours,in the timezone which is not the past,or the coming future,but NOW.
There have been several mentions of cases of feticide in the so-called uneducated states of Punjab, Haryana,Uttar Pradesh and so on.But why miss out on a metropolitan like Delhi,where the masses are well-educated,well-read and relatively unorthodox compared to these states.And the specifying the location:South Delhi which houses some of the top names in the country,are bound to be mentally sensible right?
But according to a survey conducted in 2008,it is this region of Delhi which had the least number of females per thousand males compared to other parts of Delhi.So what do we interpret of that?
I have always wondered if the women compared to men are less in number,then WHY is it,then men get to ‘choose’ their wives-to-be rather the other way around?Women are the ones who have to compromise,who have to adjust to the new environment,who endure the wrath and much more.It is logically impossible isn’t it?
Considering,female feticide does subside and eventually come to an end,but what about all those girls who are born and brought into this world.Has Man been fair to them?Eve teasing,assault,molestation,rape,gang rapes constitute the headline of every Daily once every month.Correct me if I’m wrong.
Junk all that,the most enraging statement I get to hear is that women ‘invite’ rape:the way they dress up,their lifestyle(smoking,drinking,partying et etra),the erratic timings they venture out.And all this coming from the mouthpiece of the so-called protectors of the city/state/country.
As women,what do we derive out of that?For me,it is simple.Ours is a democracy for the men.And under the cloak monarchy for women.We are mere slaves.We are unequals.
So,if truth is invincible,then this is the bitter truth of our country.
In the last segment of the show however Aamir Khan dealt with the notion of existence of a ray of Hope,and that there is still a scope of ameliorating the condition.And I totally support him.We cannot have a world without Hope.We all have predicaments in our lives,that make us say and think,“my life sucks”,but it is this tiny ray of Hope that pushes us forward to newer pastures.
So,today’s truth might be ugly,it sure is,let’s hope tomorrow’s truth is not.