Aamir Khan, Star India honoured for creating awareness against social discrimination
Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and Star India have been honoured by the Government for creating awareness against social discrimination through the popular television show 'Satyamev Jayate'.
Star India CEO Uday Shankar and Aamir Khan were last night honoured by the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) to help create awareness against social discrimination through their pioneering TV programme.
Mr Shankar and Aamir were honoured in recognition of their remarkable contribution in highlighting and helping the cause of eradicating 'untouchability' - a cruel reminder of the regressive caste system.
Both of them received a special award at a function held here to mark the International Valmiki Day.
Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, P L Punia conferred the award on Mr Shankar and Aamir Khan at an event attended by Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Social, Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and other eminent political and civil society leaders, who have championed the cause of social equality.
Receiving the award, Aamir said,"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 Mr Uday Shankar for giving a medium to reach out to the masses." Speaking after receiving the award, the CEO of Star India, Uday Shankar said, "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 honour to be felicitated by the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and I am thankful for the prestigious award."