Satyameva Jayate is a television show hosted by Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and co-produced by Star TV and Aamir Khan Productions. It is a weekly show that brings to light social issues that distress India. The show that is aired at an unconventional 11a.m. time slot on Sundays, managed a record-breaking 8.7 TRP rating after its first episode!!
In the first show that aired on May 6th, the focus was on the burning issue of female feticide in India. In this episode, Aamir Khan did not just chat (like most channels do) about the issue, but traced the origin of this practice, provided statistics that were collected over 2 years of research, and suggested solutions. In addition, he also interviewed victims and their families and provided video footages of sting operations that were performed in the past.
This first show had such a strong impact that Madhya Pradesh Health Department suspended the licenses of 65 maternity centers for not submitting their reports. That’s not all; Aamir Khan met Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and got an assurance from him that a fast-track court for female feticide cases will be set-up immediately.
When a single show has such an impact on audiences, it should be aired across as many states and in as many local languages. Unfortunately, that is not the case! Satyameva Jayate is available only in select regional languages including Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi, Hindi, and Bengali (and English, of course).
Kannada is the only south-Indian, regional, language that has been left out. Do not blame Satyameva Jayate producers for this mishap – they dubbed the show in Kannada and Suvarna television channel was supposed to air this program starting May 6th! Shockingly, the Karnataka government, especially Karnataka Film Chambers of Commerce (KFCC) and Karnataka Television Association (KTA) prevented the Kannada-dubbed show from being aired!
Taking refuge under an old restriction imposed by the KFCC and KTA, way back in 1960, Karnataka state has banned the dubbing of movies and television serials into Kannada for decades now. The reason being that dubbing would suppress local talent and would also reduce the popularity of Kannada language.
Consequently, a majority of the not conversant population of Karnataka state (accounting for about 2 crore people) might have skipped the last episode of Satyameva Jayate because they did not understand Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi, or Bengali languages! It is sad, is it not?
Both rural and urban populations of Karnataka must watch such inspiring television episodes. Did you know that Bangalore Rural has a glaring sex ratio of 872 females to 1,000 males? Who knows, it could be attributed to the prevalent female feticide practices in rural Bangalore! Many online blogs have condemned this decision - Churumuri declares it “Talibanisation of Kannada cinema and television”!! Voice your Vote!