SATYAMEV JAYATE episode 10: Aamir Khan sheds light on casteism and untouchability

Sun, July 8, 2012 1:52pm UTC by 33 Comments
SATYAMEV JAYATE episode 10: Aamir Khan sheds light on casteism and untouchability

Tainted by their birth into a caste system that deems them impure and less than human, Dalits or untouchables live a life that strips them of their dignity. Aamir Khan bravely discusses the social monster of casteism that runs deep in our psyche

What if you are born with a label or an identity that deems you as impure, unacceptable and even guilty not just for a lifetime but it continues to discriminate you even after you death? Aamir Khan asks a pointed question based on the way people are being coldly categorised on the basis of their cast and creed in our country. Are all men truly born equal? Not really. Just take a look at headlines in our mainstream newspapers and you will know India’s untouchables are relegated to the lowest jobs, and live in constant fear of being publicly humiliated. In the 10th episode of Satyamev Jayate Aamir casts light on untouchability.

The show begins with a heart-wrenching story of Dr Kaushal Panwar who was born into a lower-caste family. Right from her schooling years to the present day where she is working as a university professor in Delhi, Panwar faced discrimination at every step in her life. With her story Aamir brings forth a shocking tale to introduce the monster of untouchability that exists even 2012 India.The discrimination is so deep-rooted that even elected MPs are not spared. MP PL Punia who is also the Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes was barred from entering the Kali temple in Odisha because he is from a scheduled caste and his community has been traditionally not allowed to enter the temple.

Documentary filmmaker Stalin reveals how untouchability is well-entrenched and is still being widely practiced across the country by people of all religions – right from children being discriminated at schools to people being ostracised at social functions. He shows us how dalit kids are forced to clean school toilets just because they belong to a particular creed. Stalin captures the biting reality in his camera and portrays it in his documentary film titled India Untouched. Aamir shows a few rushes of Stalin’s documentary to show the prevalent practice of discrimination, subjugation and casteism.

Justice Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari believes that the labels of cast and community are so deeply ingrained in people’s mind that they continue to remain even after a person’s death, and the only way to stop caste-based discrimination is to refuse the existence of a caste system.

Aamir also discusses the provisions by law to stop manual scavenging. Statistically speaking, Aamir states that there are still around 13 lakh families across the country who continue to be employed in the most demeaning and humiliating profession ever known to man. Mostly people from lower caste (Dalits) are employed, or even forced to do manual scavenging, or cleaning other’s excreta.

Just like in previous episodes of Satyamev Jayate, in this episode too, Aamir gets different points of view and different voices in. And in the end, Aamir asked viewers all over the country to send in their opinion on the subject.He also urges young Indians to come forward and participate in wiping out the social evil of casteism.Subscribe to me on YouTube

  • Anjani negi

    I watched todays show and after that,the question put up by Aamir khan, I would like to go with Y (yes) that manual scavenging should be end immediately… and I’m with stayamevjayate’s team in every issue or topic.

    • Capt Aman Sethi

      I want to add, a hypothetical situation, wherein a so called “High Caste” person is in desperately need of Blood Trnsfusion and with Time running out only so called “Low caste” person’s blood is matching, who (So called Low caste person) is in normal circumstances is NOT allowed to touch others utensils or share same seat, room etc.
      Now in that scenario will the relatives of so called “High Caste” person accept the blood of so called “Low caste” person’s to save the human life or NOT ?

  • TARUN KUMAR TIWARI

    I WATCHED TODAYS SHOW ND I FEEL VERY SHAME THAT IN OUR STATE ALSO THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO USED TO DO THIS JOB AND DEFENETLY SEND A LETTER TO OUR CM MRS. SELVI JAYALALITHA TO STOP THIS…. ND I WILL TRY TO MAKE MY SOCIETY WITHOUT ANY PROBLEM OF THIS TYPE… I THANK AND SAY SALLAM TO Aamir JEE FOR DOING A CONTINOUS JOB THROUGH THIS PROGRAM…. THANK UI VERY MUCH

  • ARCHANA

    INDIAN POLITICS REEKS OF CASTEISM.THERE IS SO MUCH CASTEISM IN THE HIGHER RANKS OF ALL GENERES OF ALL WALKS OF NATIONAL LIFE THAT IT COMES AS AVERY RARE SURPRISE THAT A NATIONAL MISSION IS ACCOMPLISHED WITHOUT CASTEISM.

  • MEETU

    IN LIGHT OF THE CASTEISM THE WORKING LEGACY OF M.L.A OF ROHTAK DISTRICT,HARYANA TO BE STUDIED CAREFULLY. ESPECIALLY HIS WIFE OPINION ON CASTEISM AND UNTOUCHABILITY.

  • S.N.Kaul

    Politicains are responsible for this cast system by sponsering candidates on cast lines and maintaining reservation on caste lines.

    • suryavanshi subhash chander

      aamir ji. jo apishode apne untouchability par banaya tha ushne hume ander tak hila. diya. hum bhi human equality ke liye kaam kar rahe hai. thanks you.

  • BN

    Dear Mr Aamir Khan

    Your this episode of Satyameva Jayate was as enlightening as the previous however failed to cover the full picture as holisticaly as the previous ones. If we are focussing on removing casteism from our society; don’t you think we should have touched upon reservation as well in this episode. You may or may not have a plan to do that separetly however casteism is not fully covered if reservation is not included. I am not trying to say that what is happening in enforcing this is justified; it is inhuman and must be removed. However at the same time if we are talking about equality ; then why have we missed covering Reservation for certain castes..is it justified for general category?

    • Mohan Sawant

      and without taking the name of Dr Ambedkar.

  • namlen bage

    god evng, Amir ji aaj k episod dek kar bahut he kharab laga ..ki aaj v hamare kuch log gulam ki tara ji rahe he or azadi to milgai bapu se pr hamare banaye gaye socity casteism se av tak azadi nahi mila…bade sharam ki bat hek aaj v hamare ghar/school/collage me v ye chala aa raha he pr aaj k episod se agar youngstrs logo ko kuch v sik mili he to jaru ye desh kal sub gulami se azad hojaye yega.

    namlen bage,student of m.com 4m orissa

  • darhan

    I Would like to team of Stat Plus and Mr, Amir khan who has covered this type of topic, I have never cover see these kind of program before with long discusion on DISCRIMINATION BASED ON CASTE. This is totall myth. Now these day this discrimination happened with dalit with more hyteck way. As you have seen with the Prof.Kushal in Delhi University.Even I am suffered from upper cast due to my low cast. I am M.B.A and Pharmacy working with M.N.C.

    Actully we Dalit communinty have not find a good leader who can fight for the rightes of dalits.they are getting their power and money only. We find only two great leader BABA SAHIB AND SAHIB KASHI RAM ,who has worked for the dalit community. Every day these kind of mishappening happened with dalits. THIS DISCRIMINATION IS THE BLOOD OF INDIA THIS CAN NOT BE REMOVED EASY BECUSE THEY HAVE LEARN IT FROM DHARM GRANTH LIKE MANNU SAMRITTI. I thnk if MR. AMIR KHAN WILL SUPPORT TO DALIT REGARDING THIS ISSUE THEN IT WILL WORK MORE.

    HOW WE CAN STOP THIS UNHAPPENING WITH DALITS?????????????

    I THINK LIKE 100 NUMBER IS FOR THE HELP OF GENERAL PEOPLES, THERE SHOULD BE A PHONE NUMBER FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA, WHO SHOULD HELP TO DALIT COMMUNINTY SUFFERING FROM ANY UNHAPPENING. SO IT IS MY REQUEST RO GOVERNMENT OF INDIA TO CREATE A NATIONAL HELPLINE NUMBER, WHO CAN HELP TO DALITS.

  • Varun Kumar

    Sir I am Varun Kumar from Ghaziabad Uttar pradesh. Maine aapka show satmav jayte aaj dekha aur usme aapne kis tarah cast equality par jor diya. mujhe bhaut aacha laga.main bhi jatiwad ke bhaut khilaf hu kyu ki main samajta hu ki ye jati wad hamare desh ko ek demak ki tarah kha raha hai aur jo hamare desh ki tarraqki main bhuht badi rukawat hai.
    come to the main point Sir main samajta hu ki jis tarah ye cheez iss desh main aayi hai use tarah yaha se chali jaye aur isske liye hamain
    3 kam karne patege

    1. jo jaisa usko waisa(I am not saying for querreling)

    2.mandir masjid main puja band karke aapne gharo main puja karna kyoki god is not only that particular place No god is everwhere.

    3. hamai shadi vivah main lagta hai ki ek pandit hi shadi vivah karwa sakta hai nahi court marrige is also available in india and for the shake of enjoy of party we can organise party after marrige

    thoda english main hath thang hai ye sab english man nahi likh pata agar likh pata to samja nahi pata.

    Aur main ek bat kahna to bhul hi gaya ki jo log Sc/St cast se belong karte hain wo bhuht rudiwadi hote hain agar unhone koi darwana sapna dekh liya to wo samjhte hain ke puja pad karwana chaiye jise ye sankat chala jayega

    mera matlab kahne ka ye hai ki jis cheez ka brahmin cast ko ghamand hai use ignore karo aur aapne pariwar ko educated banane ka prayas karo chahe hame bhukhe hi kyo na rahna pade.

    Thank You Sir

  • John

    Harijans…who were asked to live at the outer part of the villages in Gurgaon (Haryana ) are the richest people today (coz they have their lands on the prime locations)… compared to the higher cast people who are living inside part of the village …NOW THEY ARE CRYING… WHY DID THEY ALLOTTED THEM LANDS OUTSIDE??) !!!! Hope People will understand n will change or at least improve their thought process.

  • miss roshan ali khan

    hello Aamir Sir

    aap ke jitne bhi show the lajawab the bohot hi zabardast mudda ,ek se bard kar ek main aap ko ek zabardast mudda aur
    batana chahungi woh hai MAA ke bare main woh MAA ke bare main yahan bachche MAA BAAP ko aisi umar main akela chord dete hai ke woh dua mangte hai ke woh be aulad hote to achcha hota khas kar lardke ,agar aap yeh mudda uthayenge to kai MAAUN ki dua aap ko lagegi main kuch apne bare main aap ko batana chahti hoo hum 3 behne aur do bhai hai bhai jab kamane layaq hue to ghar chord di ek bhi nahi dono ne us waqt main school jaya karti thi ghar ke halaat theek nahi the ghar ka samaan bech bech kar kissi bhi tarah aadha pet khate the in bhayoun ko bohot dhunda hamari MAA pagalon ki tarah inhen dhunti thi lekin yeh nahi mile maine dasvi ke baad kaam dhund liya 18 saal tak bhaiyun ko dhunda lekin yeh nahi mile kai baar hum dono behne MAA ko hospital akele hi le jate the shadi shuda behen bhi saath nahi deti thimeri badi behen MAA ki dekh bhal karti thi aur main kaam kar ke ghar ka kharch chalati thi 22 saal baad ek bhai mila jo mooh chupa kar bhag gaya MAA ki tabiyat bohot bigardne kagi hum dono behne rote the ke koi nahi hai hamare saath phir ek din woh bhai phir mujhe bus stop par mila jab main us ka haath pakad kar ghar le gayee MAA se milaya woh bohot roi usse mil kar 25 saal ke baad ghar par aaya aap ko tajjub hoga sun kar ke woh ghar ke nazdeek hi rehta tha shadi kar ki hai bachche bade bade hai ek mahine baad hamari MAA guzar gayee shayad us ko dekhne ke liye zinda thi phir 6 mahine baad sab se bada bhai bhi bus main mila us ko bhi main ghar le kar aayee sab bataya ke MAA kitna yaad kar kar ke chali gayee lekin tum log nahi aaye ab MAA ko guzar kar saal ho gaya hai ab yeh teeno bhai behen hum dono ko ghar se nikalne ki koshish kar rahe haisamajh main nahi aa raha hai ke hum kya karen MAA ke liye hum dono behno ne shadi nahi ki hai,bohot lambi kahani hai lekin main chahti hoon aap yeh mudda bhi zaroor uthay aise bhaiyun ko sabak sikhay.satyemev jayte

  • Reena Meshram

    hello
    Amirji, you r doing amazing job i saw yesterday episode of Satyamevjate on untouchability ,it was a very truthful and heart touching episode
    itne sare tv channels hai itne sare serials hai par life ki jo reality hai wo sirf aapke serial me dikhai deti hai i m very well appreciating you. aap ne is episode me jo muddha dikhaya hai wo un loga keliye wakayi me sharmanak hai jo Dalit logo ke sath ithna gandhha wewhar karte hai, jab ki bharat ko swatantra hua itne saal ho gaye hai par aabhi bhi Dalit to pe attyachar ho rahe hai. mei appko bohot bohot dhanyawad karti hu ki Desh ki gandhi soch ko badalne ke liye aap bahot hi badiya kaam kar rahe hai. par kaal ke episode me yaddi aap is jung ki survat karne wale pahile insan Dr.Bhimrao Ambedkar ji ka Nam lete to mujze dugni kushi hoti .unhone jo kam kiya hai unpe jo attyachar hua hai wo bhi dhekhne layak hai yaddi aap unka thoda sa bhi jikar is episode me shamil karte to is episode me char chand lag jate
    thank you
    with best regards
    Mrs.Reena MESHRAM,
    Geologist,Geological Survey of India
    NAGPUR
    Maharashtra

    • Nikhil

      See i would like to say to amir khan and his Satymev jayte what ever u did for last 9 episode is incredible job.
      but in episode of UNTOUCHABILITY one thing i missed name MAHATMA JYOTIRAO PHOOLE an activist, thinker, social reformer, writer, philosoper, theologist, scholar, editor and revolutionary from Maharashtra, India in the nineteenth century and BR AMBEDKAR.THe history of untouchability and its solution could notbe and can not be solved without Introduction of BR ABMEDKAR And MAHATMA PHOOLE

  • Nilima Priyadarshini Mishra

    Dear team members of Satyameva Jayate.
    Thanks for showing the story of Dalits in Satyameva Jayate. I think this is the initiative to change the society. Besides of 3/4 strong acts against caste based discrimination and untouchability the so called dominant caste people are practising untouchability. for the eradication of untouchability this type of programmes in TV channels is necessary. I am agree with stellin ji tat there is simple way to eradicate the caste discrimination that is intercaste marriage.Most of the pairs in love faces the problem of caste. But till date there are a very few films on this. most of the people are not agree that caste system is a problem in the society.
    Again thanks .

  • rajkaur malhotra

    surname or cast column should be erased in Government service and school and colleges.regarding in this one rule should be make in our constitution. which will be followed in all over
    india .

  • Divya H C

    I feel touched watching any episodes of ‘Satyameva jayate’ and this one of ‘casteism, untouchability and manual scavenging’ was no different. I really emphathize the people who are involved in this manual scavenging and show great sense of respect towards them. As mentioned by Nilima, I too felt that stellin ji’s way to eradicate this is simple one. In fact, I am in love with a dalit guy, me being a vokkaliga (which I hate to be labeled as), so I feel proud that I am doing my bit for this issue. Regarding the manual scavenging, I feel this should be eradicated immediately.

    Great going ‘Satyameva Jayate’ team. You have all support from public.

  • Niharika Raghuwanshi

    People who support discrimination and believe in castism
    should be sent to those dirty places and they should do
    such kind of work. Innocent boy not taking lunch because
    of discrimination, how badly his heart have got hurt.How
    can such person score good marks than us.Such mind cannot
    give his fullest to examination because some part will
    spent its energy in searching answers for what is his
    mistake that he is getting discrimination as punishment.

  • rajkaur malhotra

    surname or cast column should be erased in Government service and school and colleges.regarding in this one rule should be make in our constitution. which will be followed in all over
    india . although problem of reservation will be finished in
    services and educational institution.

  • mrs. Rajkumari

    Dear Aamir Khan,

    RE:-Last episode

    I attended the last episode and did feel bad about the whole thing, as it was the idea to mention that the castisism is a very bad thing specially in India, which should be ruled out.

    I perfectly agree with you, but as per me the steps are to be taken from both the sides. I mean to say that if the people think these people are blue blood and should not be near us, and it is also true that these same people will not be in a position to clean their own defecation, i.e. to say that without these people there will be dirt and filth every where which first of all no body would be able to bare and secondly there will be epidemics.

    Only thing I want to bring to the kind attention of everybody is all of us should also learn the hygeine level.

    I dont intend to blame anyone. They have not gone to
    school, neither are their forefathers taught about the hygeine, so sofar they do not know this aspect. but if they are part of us and definitely they are, it becomes our duty not only to teach them hygeine, but see to it they practice it and Aamirji trust me they will be best of the citizens and intelligent also.

    with lots of love

    RAJKUMARE

  • bharati misal

    Respected Mr.Amirji,
    In bollywood people come and touch life of people through their excellent acting and show their concern or donate money to NGO and feel that they have accomplish their duty towards societyrough and relax at home
    But this is a very sincere and genuine approach of bollywood you people as you represent it that you people are really thinking about people like us and care for them.
    I PERSONALLY MEET YOU IN PANCHGANI WHEN YOU ARE ON VISIT TO YOUR NGO its a very noble work that you are doing I salute to the work and your approach.want to discuss some issues with you pl give your valuable time THANKS AND BEST WISHES TO AMIR the father

  • mashinder bhardwaj

    many many congratulations for this episode on untouchable.
    I have a thought for a long time . gentleman brought a point for railway ministry.I felt so bad when I travelled in india in the train. washrooms defuse left quite open in the train which is being sprayed in all over the country . it is been going on 24hrs every day since railway started . It is very hard for any one to accept that it is old tradition and it cannot be stopped,on one side what a slogan keep the country clean and other hand govt itself making this mess all over the country 24hrs non stop.why not the waste be collected in tank connected to the washrooms and be despose off at proper place to the sewage.My country is beautiful very old cultured and have to be proud of. only when we nri or other visitors comes to our country and first see filth ,dirt dirty colonies of poor people beggers hunger not hygenic any where contaminated water polution . it is govt duty to do all that have new ways of things keeping people health preority . to my views india should be the richest country in the world where the tax payers are close to billion as compared to those countries where tax payers are only in 10 mil.i thank you very much through this media if i can express my views.

  • avinash aggarwal

    AAMIR KHAN HAS SHOWN ONE EXTREME VICE VERSA IS ALSO TRUE.LET PRODUCERS BRING IN PUBLIC THE OTHER EXTREME PREVAILING IN THE SOCIETY.CASTE BASED RESERVATION IS MAJOR CAUSE OF PRESENT MESS.

    • abhishek halder

      reservation should be there. otherwise it will be a great injustice with the lower caste as they are still lagging behind in many fields(ofcourse education). first equalize everything for everybody then ask for equality in all fields. you can’t ask an unfit athelete to compete with a fit athelete providing all the rules are same for both of them.

  • Shraddha Pathade

    will u talk about caste reservation system in education..

  • Quamar Azam

    I highly appreciate Aamir Khan’s effort in bringing out the issue of casteism in India. I hope our generation works hard to wipe out this evil.
    Yet there are other aspects which was not covered. Like many poor families do not get the benefits of resevation just because they are born in upper caste. I have heard this deprived section of society saying- ” Accha hota ke Bhangi hi ban jate, mere bachhe ko padhai aur naukri to mil jati”.
    We as Indian youngsters need to think on these issues and do whatever little individually we can do.
    Thanks once again to all those brave real heroes of the episode.

  • ARCHANA

    the news of sharukhkhan flirting with women outside his marriage is very disturbing. he should behave responsibly.he has global fan followihg with conservatism as a great human virtue.

  • sarah

    waiting eagerly for for some srk yashraj magic. musicand films

  • bhanupriya

    satya meba jayate mujhe or mere sare friend,family & relatives ko bohat accha laga.please app yeh show firse jaldi suru karye.esme education ke bare me topic laiye.

  • archana

    i seek resignation of b.b.batra m.l.a rohtak haryana on grounds of being casteist . casteism was abolished in 19century.in total deviation of categorically stated indian laws casetism is being practised most diligently.please support me.

  • archana

    i seek resignation of b.b.batra m.l.a rohtak haryana on grounds of being casteist . casteism was abolished in 19century.in total deviation of categorically stated indian laws casetism is being practised most diligently even today .please support me.


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