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Does India need ‘Bollywood activism’ to bring social change?

May 11, 2012

For India, it took a Bollywood actor’s weekend TV show to openly debate female foeticide, a rampant practice in parts of the country that has struggled with a lopsided sex ratio for decades.

The impact of the show Satyamev Jayate (Truth Alone Prevails) was evident when its host, actor Aamir Khan, convinced the chief minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot, to help bring justice to women who have had to forcibly abort their foetuses.

Media reports say the Maharashtra state administration has also sought Khan’s help to prevent female foeticide.

Khan, one of the most popular Bollywood actors, has associated himself with various social causes in the past. But critics question his activism and say it is more to do with promoting an upcoming film.

Khan is perhaps the most outspoken Bollywood actor when it comes to social issues. But, when state governments like Rajasthan and Maharashtra wake up to issues as old as the pre-independence era merely through a TV show, it speaks volumes about the disconnect the administration has with its own people.

So how far will Aamir Khan’s activism go? And should actors endorse more social issues for more awareness? Share your views.

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The speed with which the political parties queuing up to endorse Aamir Khan’s (latest) activism suggests the actor is just a ‘hop, step and jump’ away from plunging into politics.

Posted by maGiK | Report as abusive

What Aamir Khan did was commendable to those who are deaf and dumb about what is happening in India. The low sex ratio especially in children 0-6 is a fact that most of the Indians are aware of. Khan has just publicized an issue and brought in the forefront of national consciousness. The same was done by Anna Hazare for corruption. What was Anna Hazare’s impact on corruption. Khan’s impact on infanticide will be far less.

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