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Doctors rise in revolt against Aamir Khan's 'Satyamev Jayate'
June 4, 2012 07:02:04 PM IST By Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
While the jury is still out on 'Satyamev Jayate' whether it has made an impact in terms of TRP ratings and whether the number of breaks have increased during the program or not, the fact of the matter is that the community whose profession was looked into through the show was forced to convene a press conference to condemn perceived tarnishing of their image. It was the doctors who had flocked together against Aamir Khan for unfairly targeting them and have demanded unconditional apology from Aamir Khan lest they would boycott his program as also his films.
Two points emerge from the premise. One there is some truth in the manner in which the business of medicine is being run in the country, and secondly are doctors as a community such a veritable force that if they boycott Aamir Khan's films it would affect his commercial viability. As a matter of fact in all probability it happened for the first time in the history of television channel programming that a midweek interaction was called in to let the doctors also have their say. While the attending doctors presented a brave face, they could not brush aside the issues that were raised by Aamir Khan through 'Satyamev Jayate'.
Aamir Khan repeatedly sought the views of the doctors whether they were ready to join him in a delegation to the health minister for the opening of more number of medical colleges, but the response from the doctors was not enthusiastic. This issue in fact was not highlighted subsequently, but it is an issue that needs to be brought into the public agenda. The moot point of the argument is that most of the medical colleges that exist in the present domain are owned either by the politicians or their ilk and therefore they would not have an interest to let the government increase its presence, as it would mean a lucrative revenue generating mechanism would be knocked away.
There are scores of medical colleges in the country which do not have the required infrastructure but have been approved by the Medical Council of India under pressure of one kind or the other. It would be interesting to follow it up with Aamir Khan whether he would implore upon the government to open more medical colleges.
According to a study an average Indian spends 70% of his total earnings on health care and drug costs. If he or she gets adequate medical care, and deploys his resources gainfully, imagine the quantum of growth country can achieve without much effort. When we talk about inclusive growth this is how it can be achieved: by setting our health system right. After all, biggest scam that is being witnessed in the country, NRHM, is associated with the field of medicine.
So Aamir Khan has hit the nail on the head and it has ruffled the doctors, who is demanding an apology, but Aamir should persevere along. Underlining the impact of Aamir Khan, Shyamal Narain who is a practicing advocate in Allahabad High court said, 'Satyamev has worked so far because of the instant and vicarious connect it has generated across a truly variegated TV audience. A no-frills, honest and straight-forward approach at checking out everyday concerns, without promising the moon, and steering clear of immediate quick-fix solutions to endemic and chronic issues gives the show its mass appeal. For once, the couch seems respectable and not just a place for potatoes.'
Indeed it has and let's hope that it continues to be for the times to come.