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Published On:15 May 2012
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Aamir Khan, the new Social Hero of India


By Mike Ghouse


Aamir Khan may become the biggest change maker in the world, unlike all the previous social reformers, Aamir has something that other’s don't. He is admired by billion Indians across the world and respected for the films he makes and the message they convey. People listen to him.


The biggest issue in India is female infanticide – 3 lakh baby girls have been aborted, it is a daily affair. The criminals are the conniving doctors, witchy mothers in law and shamefully, the ruthless husbands. It is in all strata of the society – rich or poor, illiterate or PhD’s, Hindus or Muslims, Jains or Sikhs. The evil is pervasive and we are all in this together as good people, criminals and reformers.


He has an inclusive approach, he is not pitting one against the other, neither is he condemning the sinner, but determined to eradicate the sin of the female infanticide by bringing people together. He offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day.


I watched the show “Satyamev Jayate” – the truth ultimately triumphs. It is 1:08 Minutes on you tube. I cried, and you will too, and it will make you feel human all over again.  The show is in Urdu/ Hindi language, but now some one has written a summary of it in English, which is appended below. 


This is a very inspirational show; you see solutions and not judgments.  Aamir has clearly stayed out of the judicial jurisdiction, but has gone one an appeal with this Sonay ki chadi, the golden rod. He appeals the the audience and those watching the show to take responsibility to fix the society. If we don't, the flames will engulf us all. India needed a social hero very badly and Aamir has taken that step.


I salute my New Hero Aamir Khan and I stand with him in bringing the positive change.  When a celebrity takes up the cause, he can affect it. I hope the other celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan can take on the evils of dowry and public humiliation of women and children.  The mothers in law and husbands need to be thrown in the jails for a few years to eradicate this shameful practice in our society.  Unless we stop it, we are part of the crime.


Think about the Helmet laws in India and Seat belt laws in the United States, it was a pain when it was initiated, but over the years through fines, penalties and education it has become a part of us. Indeed, we feel guilty if we do not wear the seat belt. Over a period of time, I hope the Mothers in Law, and husbands feel guilty about how they treat their new woman in the family.
I salute Aamir Khan.


I had the pleasure of meeting with him and sharing the stage facing 8000 people at the Dallas Convention Center. He is an inspirational guy.


The documentary “American Together” is about Americans working together in building a cohesive America, where no American has to live in apprehension or fear of the other.  This could very well be adapted to Indian situation when no Indian has to live in fear of the other and, over the years one should feel like a Rakshas when he intimidates the other. I am looking for script writers and screen play writers as well as a story to weave the film through.


[Mike Ghouse is committed to building cohesive societies where no Indian has to live in anxieties, discomfort or fear of the other. He is a frequent guest at the TV, radio and print media offering pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. His work is indexed at www.MikeGhouse.net and his current articles at www.TheGhousediary.com. Mike Ghouse is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Foreign Editor. He can be contacted at MikeGhouse@aol.com]

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