SATYAMEV JAYATE episode 12: Aamir Khan votes for water conservation

Sun, July 22, 2012 12:48pm UTC by 29 Comments
SATYAMEV JAYATE episode 12: Aamir Khan votes for water conservation

In the penultimate episode of his chat show, the actor explains why it is important to realise that saving water is vital to life

Rivers are holy, according to Indian culture. Yet, we are treating them like garbage bins by pouring industrial, medical and other waste into them. The country gets adequate monsoon, yet there is water shortage in almost every village, town and city. A large stretch of Yamuna is officially dead as is the Ganga. Apparently, we Indians are the only ones who treat rivers in such a callous manner. Rivers world over – in countries including the UK, the US, Australia and Singapore – are respected and kept clean.

These are just some of the points that Aamir Khan makes in the twelfth episode of his show Satyamev Jayate. The problem, he says, is far more dangerous than we believe it to be. One of his guests was Ravi Agarwal from Toxic Links in New Delhi who explained how polluting the water with toxic wastes, especially lead, can be dangerous to health. Farmers grow their crops using the polluted river water. When we consume those vegetables and fruits, the toxicities enter our system and can affect motor co-ordination in children and even foetuses. The current generation’s lack of concern has already begun to affect the next generation. There are laws to tackle this but no one is enforcing them.

Aamir does not just enumerate the problem. He gives a workable solution. He proves that it is not impossible to reverse this water shortage, whether you are in the city or in the village. The solution is simple: rainwater harvesting. Aamir talks to several community leaders and an IAS officer from Chennai who have taken the initiative to harvest rainwater in housing societies, villages and even an entire state. All that is needed are strong political will and unity among the people.

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  • Manvendra Singh

    Amir khan keep it up……….!!!!!!!!!!?

  • manoj

    best best best

  • mrs patel

    you’re the best admire Amir khan.
    I really have very strong hope that your show will change many people’s life.hats off salute to you……….

  • Dr. Mohan S Dashora

    Respected Mr. Aamir Khan,very many congratulation for enlightening episode. While talking on drinking water quality,i had been stating that next word war would be for water only.We must stop use of coolers instantly, particularly in Rajasthan where dryness is health requirement.Moreover making cemented pavements along the roadside should be stopped sign-a-die so that water can percolate in soil.Tanka (old rain water harvesting practice) be revived.Use of sop should be dispensed with.Industrial development is not development but a destruction for society.i would love to have a mini water harvesting plan for implementation.It should be supported by Govt.

  • Hemendra Gosavi

    Really Amir is doing well, he handles the issues through every angle,this water related episode is worthy,to conserve the water is the responsibility of common man also. Unfortunately our politicians are very dumb and deaf after spending crores of rupees many dists. in country are starving for water,on one side progressing in science and technology,we are not critical for pollution of the rivers and the underground water.It should be made compulsory the rain water harvesting system in every house there should not be a condition about when it was constructed,for the new houses appt.colinies it is mandatory,and heavy penalties to be levied for not following this rule, the pollution oriented industries to checked with different agencies and a group of common person who does not know about ind.and the pollution.Only he knows how worse the pollution affect day to day life.It is brought to your notice that rain water harvesting is effectively in operation during the period of Great Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj,I think this modelity is still in operation near at Mahableshwar.
    I hope you will also look in to the traffic problems in city ,necessity of fly-overs,and traffic rules and the controlling agencies of that,

  • tulsi ahuja

    IT WAS A WONDERFUL EPISODE I AM SURPRISED THAT CHENNAI HAS MADE IT CUMPOLSARY FOR RAIN HARVEST WATER SYSTEM AND MAHARASHTRA IS LEFT BEHIND INSPITE OF ALL THE BIG SHOTS LIVING IN MUMBAI AND NEARBY.HOPE WE MUMBAIKARS WAKE UP TO THE CAUSE OF PEOPLE IN SHAHPUR AND OTHER AREAS. LET MAHARASHTRA GOVT COME OUT WITH AN ORDINANCE LIKE CHENNAI TO DO THE RAIN WATER HARVESTING IN ALL THE SOCIETIES, ALL THE SCHOOL BUILDINGS,ALL THE OFFICES ALL THE COMMERCIAL PLACES ETC IN ALL AREAS BEING PRIVATE OR PUBLIC. LET OUR GOVT OF MAHARASHTRA ANNOUNCE FOR THE ABOVE RAIN WATER HARVESTING WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT .THE PENALTY MUST BE LEVIED ON NON COMPLIANCE FOR BOTH GOVT AND PRIVATE. ALL THE NEW CONSTRUCTIONS SHOULD ALSO BE GIVEN THE PERMISSION ONLY IF THE BUILDERS AND BUYERS COMPLY WITH RAIN WATER HARVESTING.

    • Nupur Biswajyoti

      Though I,m not Mumbaikar, live in ‘Vadodara’, would like 2 applause on your suggestion .In both of these Mega city & city, we should make happen. It should become our national drive.

  • santhana krishnan

    amir sir your prove that indin it is true . so thanking for this show content one more thank you amir sir

  • Dr. Lakshmanan

    Aamir has nicely brought out the serious role water plays in our life and the need for saving it. I like to add my thoughts how to save water. With God’s grace we in India receive more than our share of water in the form of rain. However, 95% of it is lost to us through surface run off. Most of the rain falls on open fields where a subsurface hard pan prevents water from percolating down the soil profile. It is logical that if this hardpan is broken, water will move freely deep down in the field to build up the fast receding water table. Thus once the water is stored underground by raising the water table, it can be used for human and crop uses even during drought. This will help to free nation’s food supply which is currently monsoon dependent. Now, how to break up the hard pan open fields? As a part of land preparation prior to planting a crop, a ‘Chisel System’ can be effectively used to break up the hardpan to 24 or even 36 inches deep. Mr. Khan can be a national facilitator.

  • deepa

    Hey….Amir Hw r u?

    U r doing wonderful job…for people knowledges &problems also…
    many things & suggestion r solving or giving by ur program…thank u Amir

    But let hope so…u will come sooon for other project by SATYAMEV JAYATE

  • shaik a w

    your documentaries are better than any I have ever seen including those produced in US or UK. your child abuse, old age, and water have universal message and I ask that these atleast be dubbed in english, please.

    i have loved every one of your episodes
    please do not stop
    shaik

  • rozen

    alyo kusy me do lue amirr khan smo pe douy mino raty loceza

  • Gauri

    Amirji namaste apka ya episode Bahut hi acha tha aur logoko pani ki ahamiyat batanewala koi to hona chahiya tha aur muze viswas hai ki khas kar ke bade city ke logo ko pata chalna chahiya. Amitji aap ka Satyamev jayate episode hame Bahut khuch sabak deta hai dhanyawad and Satyamev jayate

  • dolly

    amir ji namaste,
    apake episode bahata achha lagta he.

  • maqsood

    you should give more example from quran about water or many evils

  • Arun Ghotar

    I want to be a part of your valueable reaserch.Episod on 22 jully is very sensetive,I want to work with you full time to Develope water resorces for near by villages of SHAHAPUR,Maharashtra from where water is supplied to MUMBAI.Please permitt me to contact you,waiting for reply

  • Sanjay Nigam

    .Hey….Amir Hw r u?

    U r doing wonderful job…for people knowledges & problems also…
    many things & suggestion r solving or giving by ur program…i have loved every one of your episodes pls. do not stop pls.come back new episode and new problems
    thank u Amir !!!!!!!

  • kanchan badwal

    Good afternoon sir, i want to knw hw cn i stop those people who r live in our street n they r wastng water a lot.thy dnt knw the value f watr.they r rich nd dnt want to listn anythng.i want ki evry weknd pe watr sply na ho for a hole day.so tht unko pta chale k pani k bena rehte kese h. N plz do me a favr, cn u send me some email id so tht i wil kep in touch with those fnds who cn help me.or m un madam ke touch m rehna chahunge jo ladies ko veshyavriti se bahar nikalti h.

  • priyanka

    hallo sir,
    sir i wanted, my society wil get ready for dis cause. not only my almost my whole area n city. i knw its very difficult to convince everybdy. but in future it is beneficial to all of us if v do it nw. sir plz let me knw d details of rain water harvesting. i wanted to knw abt tht team which helps for dis.?
    really want to do something for dis cause.

  • Vinayak

    Mere idol aap hai Aamir sir,my best leader.hamara aapko full support hai sir sab hila ke rakh do and ho sake to politics me bhi part lijiye hamara vote sirf aapko hoga plz sir.
    your’s obidient,
    A Indian.

  • saurabh kumar

    amir sir hamara aapko full suport hai sir aap politics mai aap bhi aaiye hamara full vote aap ko jata hai

  • Vilas Jagtap

    Hi Amir – well done and congratulations. Being part of Rotary International for more than 20 year and working with youths and their programs in Pune and Raigad district, would be glad to take this cause further. We have organized a forum on “water is future” and shall be addressed by few experts including Hon.Shir. Rajendra Singh.Forum date is 2nd Sept. 2012. Venue Tilak Smarak Mandir. Timing -9.30 am to 1.30 pm. Is it possbile for you contribute and motivate people’s of Pune city? Follow-up action plan involving youths has been also finalized.

  • Mrs.Revathi

    hai,i was very much inspired by the rain water harvest episode and wanted to implement in my colony.my colony people are extensively dependent on ground water in such a way that it almost reached to the danger zone which may lead to the watrer scarcity in few days.so i want my people to make use of maximum amount of rain water.i tried to educate my people regarding this issue but,no one responded me.so,i need your help to save rain water and implement my views.so,my humble request you to respond me as soon as possible.hopefully i’ll b waiting for ur reply to my mail and please contact me on 9505123788.

  • siddu.dhatti

    hai sir my ne apako real hero manthe ho . apne pani ke bar me jo bathye use lekar bahuth apasosh hone laga hai sabi india k young star bolath hu plz save water . save river . nahi to ek din aisa ayaga pini ke bar me third world war ho jayaga . amirkan je apko etna sukhriya karo muje samajme nahi a rahae thank you sir . “PLZ SAVE WATER

  • rucha kanani

    its true….amir sir you are real hero and the work u r doing is is too good.you r showing what is the real face of India.now we the young india should know what to do!!!!!thanks.

  • vijay jaisawal

    hi ,sir apko aaye satyamev jayate continu karni chahiye q hamara desh 65 year pahale in chijo gina nh jata ,aur sir se aap continu karte ho to hamara desh 90′/. Sudar chuka hai aur 10′/, hamari pari sudarne ki aur sudarne ki.agar aye progaram nh hota to aaj hamara desh tik usi prakar hota jaise 10year pahale tha.isliye sir mai khata hu continu kijeye ham apke sath hai.aur sir mai 19year ka hu mai aap se ek bath kahana chata hu aaj kal boys dugs ,sarab,aur segaret yungs boys chale ja rahe hai q ki aaj kal ke socitey mai aaye sub ho raha hai aur jada karke mumbai mai ki socitey mai ho raha hai q mai ek mumbai ki socitey ek mamuli 19boy hu.aur plz sir, is par bi epsoid banaye aur boys aayesa q karte hai aur q . Q ki us laat mai bi aa chuka hu segarate etc.plz sir aap chuc aaye sa ki jiye jo hamare mumbai ki boy and girls kon se disa mai ja rahe aur q.sir agar aap kuch aaye sa karte hai to hamare desh ka future kuch aur hi hoga. Plz sir mere bath ko gambirta se lege.sir mera ek Quetion hai ek aam adami ki cha hat kaya hai aur q? Is ka ans mai aap sunana pasad karuga .bye sir.

  • abhishek gautam

    hello sir,
    sir i wanted, my society will get ready for dis cause. not only my almost my whole area n city. i knew its very difficult to convince everybody. but in future it is beneficial to all of us if v do it now. sir please let me knew d details of rain water harvesting. i wanted to knew about that team which helps for dis.?
    really want to do something for dis cause.

  • Rakesh

    satyamev jayte mission ke saath judne ki meri bahut ichha hai mer dil mey deske liye kuch karne ki tanaama hai plees sar meri help kijye mene abtak bahut logose bat ki to sab log muje pagal kehtey hai sab kehty hai ki tu apna dekh lekin mey des ke liye mey aapna ghar chodne ke liye tayar hu lekin muje saport saport cahiye plees sar help mey my cntect 9662880622

  • KULDEEP SINGH

    i am a research scholar in Panjab University Chandigarh and i am working on rural drinking water please send the reports of water which use in water episode.


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