By H Anjum (NVONews.Com)
Mumbai: Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan and his television show Satyamev Jayate are under assault. The outspoken actor who is hosting a very well-meaning tele-show Satyamev Jayate, is under attack from Indian Medical Association and other doctors who have asked him to apologize for his anti doctors’ comments.
Aamir Khan during his show on May 27 had alleged that doctors across the country are involved in malpractices that endanger the lives of patients. He had also said that these malpractices are also making the healthcare unaffordable to common people.
Indian Medical Association and several other state level doctors’ associations have said that these allegations are destroying the image of medical fraternity as a whole. They have demanded apology and have threatened to move court if he doesn’t follow their diktats.
Meanwhile a Nephrologist with Fortis Hospital, R Sreedhara ,has said that he has been under stress ever since the show was aired on May 27. R Sreedhara is the same doctor who performed the surgery on the wife of a retired army officer who was present on Aamir Khan’s show. Aamir Khan on the other hand has flatly refused to apologize. “I am very comfortable if they (IMA) plan to take legal action if they feel that I have done something wrong. Of course, the courts are available for them. My answer is no, I will not be apologizing”, says Aamir.
Meanwhile his fans are solidly standing with him. They insist that he shouldn’t apologize. A reader says, “Why?? We demand apology for the malpractices in medical services. My experiences with medical services is far worse than what was shown. Aamir Khan simply highlighted some of the evils. Kudus to him. Those who are requesting apologies, can you not go back and investigate some of the issues, instead of wasting your time on the great efforts of a true patriot?”
Another reader Ashwin Parikh says “Aamir should never apologize. MCI must withdraw their demand of apology. If not, their more scams and lapses will get exposed. Keep up Aamir”.
Yet another reader Hussain says, “Doctors should learn to take the show with a pinch of salt. Sacchai kadwee hothi hai. The reactions of the doctors were anticipated. I think it is the corrupt doctors who will object to the show. Whereas if any honest doctors too are objecting, then they should in fact support Aamir’s cause, as this will be a good chance for them to expose the corrupt doctors. How come the doctors who are asking for an apology from Amir were silent till now? Have they ever exposed any of these going-ons in the medical profession?”