National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has honored Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and Star India CEO Uday Shankar for spreading awareness against social discrimination through their show ‘Satyamev Jayate’.
“Satyamev Jayate was an initiative to offer a public platform to issues that concern all Indians. Today, I feel glad that after the show a lot of people, including the youth of India, have come forward and expressed their views. It was a team effort and I am also grateful to Uday Shankar for giving us a medium to reach out to the masses,” said Aamir Khan to PTI.
NCSC applauded the effort out in by the duo to bring to light that untouchability still exists in India.
Social discrimination wasn’t the only social cause brought to light in the show. Other issues like dowry system, female infanticide, medical malpractices etc were brought to light during the 13 episodes of the show.
“Television is not just a source of entertainment and with Satyamev Jayate we proved that it also has the power to contribute towards the growth of a nation and change the mindsets of people. It's an honor to be felicitated by the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and I am thankful for the prestigious award,” said Shankar.
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Social, Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni, Chief Minister of Delhi Shiela Dikshit, NCSC Chairman PL Punia were also present at the function held to mark the International Valmiki Day.