Letters | Jun 04, 2012
  • What’s First, Cause or Effect?
    Jun 04, 2012

    I’d be the first to put my hand up and admit that I’m not an Aamir fan. In my mind, he’s always in the right place, at the right time, milking every possible opportunity. He really isn’t the person to pick up to endorse the show. But he’s doing it, and my, doing such a brilliant job (Truth Paste, May 21)! Whether you see him as a social activist/reactivist/TV show host, he’s doing exactly what should have been done a long time ago: bringing such issues out in the open in a way that would affect the public. And here’s where we need the power of the celebrity, the power of an Aamir.

    Sheetal Sharma, Hong Kong

    Aamir’s show is Oprah Winfrey meets Lok Seva Sanchar Parishad, with some Bollywood glamour thrown in, for the mass consumption of the Indian middle class which is now in the mood for some idiot-box catharsis. It looks like cheap saas-bahu thrills on TV and nri-themed Bollywood kitsch have run their course. Now, celebrity-supervised guilt trips must satisfy the shallow moralities of the day. Was it just me or did anyone else too feel uncontrollable outrage that day at the comments of the social activist who, after describing the sexual abuse of a two-year-old by his grandfather, argued in favour of keeping things within the family!

    Pankaj Vaishnavi, London

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