Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Satyamev Jayate: the truth however uncomfortable shall prevail

I watched the first episode of Satyamev Jayate today, which talked about female foeticide in India and I have been feeling uncomfortable ever since. From the reactions on social media, I gather many of us are feeling the same way. There must have been quite a few gasps, tears, lumps in the throat, heavy hearts, a lot of trending on twitter, posts and reposts on facebook. I would be surprised if there weren’t; it is “an honest show”, “a step in the right direction”, and all that. But what happens next?

I have noticed that we often get very emotional, agitated and idealistic when we hear someone else’s account of atrocity and torture. But we tend to succumb when it starts happening to us. I recall one of the interviewees mentioning something on lines of it being as much of a crime to succumb to torture as it is to inflict it on someone. The fact is, and it is a really sad fact, that she had to endure it in order to realise it. Here we may put the blame on lack of education. But educated women from well to do families succumb to torture and emotional pressures at different levels every day.

We don’t need the TV show to see evidence of that. If you are a woman you will know what I mean. If you are a man you would most likely tend to avoid thinking about it or give some reasoning about how men are supposed to be bearers of family name and how women should (take the cue from Sita and) follow their husbands’ command even to her own peril. We seem to be hardwired that way. To endure until it is unbearable and to inflict it until we are exposed. Nevertheless, we cringe with disgust when the neighbour or the cousin does it. We blame the society and in doing so we ignore the fact that we ARE the society. Then we go about doing our chores. And when we face any tricky situation we tend to take the easy path, to succumb, to tolerate, to let our emotions get the better of us. The cycle is vicious and seems never-ending. The hushed and muffled voices are too many, the raised ones too few. We are horrified by three victims and their experiences. To think there were three crores of them sends shivers down my spine!

Satyamev Jayate episode 1 at least makes us pause and think. I am glad the show has taken up the prime Sunday morning slot for broadcast. Hopefully the children are also watching alongside their parents and grandparents. Hope they will start poking us with the difficult questions soon. The kinds we have so far avoided asking ourselves.

1 comment:

Shalmalee.... said...

I agree with every bit of this post.

The show left me numb and i was in some kind of a lost world for hours!
Kudos to AK!