The incredibly admired and only two-episode-old Indian talk show "Satyamev Jayate" has raised millions of brows by bringing out the grim realities still prevailing in the Indian society.
It is perhaps for the very first time that the lackadaisical Indian society, desperately awaiting some force to bring about a radical change, has a television show that is genuinely thought-provoking and has set the Indian masses thinking.
Satyamev Jayate for some is an eye-opener, for others their suppressed voice and a means to uncover their plight. But it is also proving to be a big thorn in the side for politicians in the country.
Its impact on ordinary citizens has created hullabaloo among the ruling parties who were already under the scanner.
Ostensibly, a recent statement by Rajasthan's minister of health Rajkumar Sharma has given a patent insight into it.
Sharma has blatantly alleged show host and popular actor Aamir Khan of sensationalizing female foeticide cases in Rajasthan "for money," while claiming that the situation there is better than the other states.
The minister said, "He (Aamir) himself has said that he is an entertainer and cannot work longer on one topic, that simply means what he is doing is for monetary gains. If he really wants to work on this issue then I welcome him to work here on ground," IBN Live reported.
Female foeticide is a deep-rooted bane prevailing since ages and is more prevalent in the illiterate, orthodox families of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and other states in India.
Sadly, more than decade-long cases are still pending in the courts; however, the minister has nothing more to say than the usual — "the government is already working for the same… several other steps are being taken."
He went on to clarify that it's not because of the show that the government has gotten into action but that the decision was already into the channel.
"There was an impression that the government has swung into action after Aamir Khan's campaign but to clarify, I would like to highlight that the government is already working for the same. Budget announcements to check feticides are there and several other steps are being taken," The Times of India quoted him as saying.
Also, the minister isn't averse to adding that their state was unnecessarily being targeted.
The very first episode on female foeticide and illegal sex determination prompted a long-pending reaction from the Rajasthan government.
Despite the contradictory claims of the minister, it was quite evident that an instant action in this regard from the Rajasthan government is somewhere an outcome of the impact of the show.
Just a few days after the telecast of the episode on the issue, Khan was invited by Rajasthan's chief minister Ashok Gehlot, who immediately gave a nod to setting up a fast track court for expediting trials in the pending cases of female foeticides in the state.