Yes, he can. Not only an actor but a solider, a doctor, a police man, a school teacher even a poor villager earning Rs. 500 per month; has got the capability and power to change a nation. Aamir Khan, an Indian Bollywood actor dared to change the old school of Bollywood and chose to stand for social issues of India rather than selling soaps and detergents in advertisements. Today he got featured on US magazine TIME’s cover page for taking up India’s social issues on his television show ‘Satyamev Jayate’. Discussing issues like Female Foeticide, dowry, domestic violence, Child sex-abuse, medical issues, Un-touchability, Honor Killings, opposing big fat Indian weddings and supporting differently abled people on a national forum, he has talked about so many things in these thirteen weeks of duration of his show. He showed the real face of India to the ‘New Yo-Yo generation’. I don’t know if Aamir khan and his show have just moved us or we are going to move-on after the truth has knocked at our door..
Or maybe, we think that he has a face, a name and a history behind him and that’s what has worked for him. Do we have the capability of doing the same? Maybe we don’t have readers, audiences and followers like he has and may be our start up is not going to make to ‘TIME’ but still we have the capability of doing a bit of our part.
We complain for the poor education facility in our country; but we never cared to teach our maid’s son at home just for half an hour. We complain for the poor health conditions but as a doctor we chose to open our own clinic and not to work in a remote area to help the have-nots. We curse the country for the social slurs like domestic violence; but we never chose to interfere our drunkard neighbor’s fight with his wife’ no matter we attend her funeral the very next morning. We shout to the slogans of ‘No more honor killings’ but back at home; we oppose our kids to go for an inter-caste marriage. We call our country a big heap of shit; but we never care to clean our part of that shit. Instead we chose to leave the country, get settled in developed countries and come back for Diwali’s every year. If you really want to do something for India; I guess you need to be there in India.
JKF has once said, ‘Once Do Something, Do Anything except stand around with your hand out for freebies.’ ‘Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country’. I am born and bred in India, no matter how my country is; it’s my country, if it is not the best, we are going to make it better. Every other day I read slanderous and corroded posts and tweets by my young friends about how pitiable our condition is, how scrawny our government is, how corrupt our politicians are, how they say, and ‘there is nothing going to change in India.’ If our youth is spreading this message to the world, there is absolutely nothing going to change in India.
We got our freedom 65 years back; but what we have done of that freedom, how much we could have made of that freedom. We are standing on the carcasses of people who had fought, sacrificed and died for our freedom; what are we doing with it? We are still bound to the shackles of superstitions, corruptions, social bondage, religious atrocities, political incapacities and so forth.
Yes, we do need personalities like Aamir Khan who has such a mass appeal and influential power who can speak to masses and leave impressions on their mind, soul and lives. But at the same time we should not step back in doing our own bit for the country we live in. Mind it, if you don’t like anything, stop complaining and start changing it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Our parents have lived a life and our next generation is going to live their life; we have only our life to stand for the things we don’t like and dare to change them. I hope we can make our India, the dream india of our freedom fighters:
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free,
Where the world has not been
broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out
from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving
stretches its arm towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason
has not lost its way
into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind
is led forward by thee into
ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom,
my Father, let my country awake.