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.