When Aamir Khan is on National Television, everyone knows ‘it’ is coming. ‘It’ will open eyes. ‘It’ will show the reality that no one is willing to accept, and make it acceptable. ‘It’ will show problems and simultaneously give us hope. ‘It’ is coming.
It is Change. Change is coming. ‘MUMKIN HAI!’
And Satyamev Jayate is back again, every Sunday at 11am on Star Plus and Star World.
The first episode of the third season was on ’Sports, a catalyst to change lives’. With the recent culmination of the Incheon Asian Games and India performing superbly, with obviously its due share of controversies, this first episode was well-aired. Through a number of real stories and real people, known and unknown, the show and its host gave everyone an insight on what sports has done. Not everyone is an over-achiever in sports, yet those who have given something to the field have yielded something or the other from it.
With a round of inspiring stories of Slum Soccer, Village Wrestlers, Village Golfer, Magic Bus Foundation and Aged-Women Athletes, Satyamev Jayate brought to light the fact that a game is like an addiction, you just have to find your passion. Certain facts like, the existence of proper soccer tournaments for slums, or that our government is inadequate in honing the brimming-cauldron of talent in our nation, made the viewers wonder what is happening in the country. On one hand, our government, which stresses on studies and youth empowerment, fails to recognize and provide impetus for the sport-enthusiasts and achievers. And, here come the various foundations like Isha Foundation or Magic Bus Foundation that work at the grass-root level, in villages, slums and those nook and crannies where the government should extend its hands in.
We stress that kids must play, but they study too. We want achievers in Olympics, but we forget those who have achieved, very soon. We wish to compete with China, but what we are looking at is 6 lakh stadiums and a compulsory referendum on physical health. Our villages are overflowing with sportspersons, because India is a labor-intensive country, with our major occupation being agriculture largely depends on manual labor, on people who work, weight lift, wrestle, run, and do gymnastics every day. We have the underprivileged children whose lives are not spent around books and gadgets, but natural tools and equipments of athletics and gymnastics.
Our sportspersons do not rise out of concrete gyms, rather the ‘akhadaas’ of our villages.
In short, one should give their children the chance and opportunity to choose a sport, let it not be a pressure on them to excel in both studies and sports, but they should be provided with enough opportunities to test their abilities. Satyamev Jayate has now returned again, bringing with it a hope for ‘change’.
‘Ab Mumkin Hai’!
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