SATYAMEV JAYATE episode 6: Aamir Khan fights for equality for the differently-abled

SATYAMEV JAYATE episode 6: Aamir Khan fights for equality for the differently-abled

On Satyamev Jayate this Sunday, the actor shed light on various difficulties that the disabled have been facing in the country, and the solutions to make their lives better

Every time people question Aamir Khan’s intent to spread awareness about real life issues on his TV show Satyamev Jayate, he answers them by churning out a thought-provoking episode. And on the sixth episode, the actor chose to chat with special people who have accomplished great things in their lives after weathering many storms.

One of them is the confident Sai Prasad from Hyderabad. This young lad, who has a spine disability, works for Infosys and can ably shut everyone up with his vehement opinions. He recently tried skydiving despite his disability. After facing rejection from numerous schools and colleges, and being mocked by insensitive souls for years, Prasad today is extremely successful in his professional life. Emphasising the fact that our county’s shoddy infrastructure is one of the biggest hindrances that comes in the way of disabled people, Sai thinks that it also deters people like him from leading a normal life. Aamir also chatted with the visually impaired Krishnakant Mane who believes that only when handicapped children are given the opportunity to compete with normal people and lead a life filled with challenges, will they finally triumph. But that’s only possible when people don’t treat them like aliens, he said.

Aamir brought to the fore various superstitions that people still harbour about the disabled. Dismissing the belief that disability happens due to past life sins, he stated that if people were carrying their past life sins to their present life, the number of polio cases wouldn’t be dwindling with every passing day.

On a positive note, Satyamev Jayate showed that there are many schools who take an active effort to incorporate all kinds of children under the same roof. It highlighted that it’s imperative to replicate that model if we truly want to be called a developed country someday.

As Aamir got talking to Nisha’s (a child suffering from a rare skin disorder) parents, he was surprised to discover that someone could ruthlessly spit on the girl ‘coz of the way she looks. Khan also made us meet this fitness conscious dude who was denied entry into a gym because of his deformity. Aamir as a host made sure he didn’t preach or prate. He simply highlighted the chinks that we have in our armours, and we think doing that  is no mean feat.

Satyamev Jayate‘s sixth episode ended with a mind-blowing performance by a bunch of enthusiastic differently-abled dancers. And it left us with a message that all we have to do is be a tad more forthcoming, when it comes to doing something for these real heroes.

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  • pooja kansara

    its a great job to do help people every person has right to live a normal life we should help all of them and we should thank to god that we are normal and we should pray for them handicam people….. We should give them an inspiration to live a good and better life and try our best to keep them HAPPY.

  • najmul siddiqui

    Hats off to Amir khan who is raising those issues which no one does, disabled peoples are just like normal people, anyone of us may be disabled to any moment of life so its a part of life.
    they should be given equal status as Amir insisted in his show.
    I thank Amir and his team for his great effort , may God bless all success to this show.

  • Bali

    Unfortunately my daughter was born pre matured due to being battered during pregnancy. At 15 months i brought her to the UK for a check up and was confirmed that she is mentally and physically disabled.This resulted in the breakdown of my marriage. I settled in the UK but always wished i could live in India.
    I gave my daughter the very best of what was her right to receive as a disabled child and she lived to 24 years and then died suddenly in her sleep 3 years ago.
    I was confronted by backward thinking Asians who belived that i had comitted sins in my past life.
    I believed that i was the choosen one to look after and give this child all the love.
    She got the best of all facilities in the UK where the word Handicapped is a NO NO. we say special needs person.
    It is important that every one in the world recognize that they have a fundamental right to be treated as importantly as possible in every aspect and through your programme i hope that this is going to be possible. Hats OFF to you AMIR jee for touching on a topic so close to my heart. Wishing you the best for Satyemave Jayte

  • V.K.Agrawal

    Sub: Deprivation of rights of appointments of persons with disabilities acc to sec.33 of PWD act 1995 in the services of Govt. Of Rajasthan.

    Sir,

    According to Sec 33 ,of persons with disabilities act 1995, enforceable in India from 7.2.1996. ,Govt. shall appoint in every establishment not less than 3 percent for persons with disabilities. But it is not being followed in the State Govt. of Rajasthan.

    Commissioner disabilities is writing continously to the DOP / advocate General/Secretary RPSC but none is following the mandate of the act. The latest communication sent to the above authorities vide their no 423-34 dt. 18.05.12 may be looked into.

    In SLP no. 14889/09 Union of india vs Ravi Prakash Gupta decided on 07.07.10, Supreme court of India mandated to appoint Ravi Prakash Gupta ( Person with disability) in IAS main, counting the backlog from 1996, this judgement is the “law of the land” under article141 of constitution of India ( every Public servant takes oath to follow it at the time of joining the duties) Every department of GOR is also bound to follow it.

    Similarly in writ (service) petition no 3568/2000 Manuja Agarwal vs State of Rajasthan decided on 30.07.2002, High Court of Rajasthan has declared the entitlement of PWD candidate in the appointment of Govt. services from 7.02.1996 according to section 33 of PWD act and ordered to appoint PWD candidates against advertisement of 1999. In compliance GOR appointed the petitioners as Medical Officer.

    The RPSC Ajmer is also not publishing a separate merit list of PWD candidates after the prelim exam, scrutiny test, main exam, and final selection, as is being published by the UPSC, for the recruitment of PWD candidates.

    I request you to kindly take up this matter with the Commissioner disabilities ,urgently ,and
    look into the deprivation of Rights of Persons with disabilities, in the appointment of Govt. services provided by section 33 of PWD act and well interpreted by High Court of Rajasthan and Supreme Court of India refered above.

    Yours Faithfully,

    V.K.Agrawal
    (Retd. Session Judge)
    51/16,Shipra Path,
    Mansarovar, Jaipur.

    Contact No. – +91 9460866808

  • priyendra singh

    sir u r topics r so good it goes deep in heart.we never think that some body in so much pain till it happen with us .

  • shakuntala

    sir wich were topic u r talking about its such a nice an touching tu heart u sad true that dil pe lagi thabhi baat banegi

  • Priyal Tawade

    The topic which u picked for this time was really amazing and great.
    The story of Nisha was the one from which i got something to learn & i.e ‘ACCEPT GOOD OR BAD WITH GRATITUDE’
    As u alwaz say Dil Pe Lagegi Tabhi To Baat Banegi..!!

  • Joy Majumder

    Dear Amir,
    I liked your episode on physically challenged person.I appreciate you for arranging such a programme riched with data base information.But I should mention the name of one Athletic namely Masdur Rahaman Baidya of West Bengal who had crossed English channel by swimming being a physically challenged person, as he had to amputate his both legs from knee. You should have call upon that person in your programme.
    with thanks
    joy,14.06.12

  • jyoti

    sir,
    you are doing great job.as many of us are not aware of what’s happening in our country because we are not coming face to face these situations in our home or surroundings. and because of you we are now more close to our India .
    thank you.


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