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Aamir Khan visits IIT Bombay; talks about politics, corruption and Satyamev Jayate

IIT Bombay organised a special screening follwed by a discussion round with Aamir Khan and Svati Chakravarty at its campus in Powai on Sunday, 23rd March

Here's an exclusive report on the Q and A session: 
 
Q: Should there be a monitoring organisation to keep a check on the Gram sabhas and Moholla sabhas?
 
Aamir Khan: The important thing in the Gram sabhas and the Moholla sabhas is that each individual living in the area should take interest in them and attend those meetings. We should take the responsibility on ourselves. Though, Moholla sabhas do not happen in the cities, if they do take place, we should make it a point to attend them.
 
Q. People say that every youngster should do something for the country. What is that ‘something’?
 
Aamir Khan: You should be a part of the democratic system. The youngsters should be aware, conscious and inquisitive about what is happening around them. You should ask questions and be involved in decision-making.
 
Svati Chakravarty: The most essential thing is to dream about your nation. Everyone has a dream for themselves, for their careers. Similarly everyone should have a dream for India, however small it is. And then we must devise a game-plan to realize that dream. We must take efforts to make the dream come true.
 
Q. Who is responsible for the disillusionment in the political scenario- society or the administration?
 
Aamir Khan: All of us are part of democracy and so all of us are responsible for the disillusionment. If there is a wrong candidate, why do we vote for him? Why don’t we exercise the weapons of democracy that we have in our hands? There will be change at a big level only if each one of us takes the responsibility on our shoulders.
 
SC: We must take interest in the affairs of the country. We should break the vicious circle or else it will go on continuing endlessly.
 
Q: Everyone has their own interpretations of corruption. What exactly is corruption?
 
Aamir Khan: Corruption is having a bad thinking (kharab soch). Corruption exists at all levels, in every field. Being greedy is corruption. Our social fabric has become corrupt. We have become too insensitive. We idealize the corrupt people. 
 
Q: What are the changes that have been implemented due to Satyamev Jayate? Why don’t you project the before-after effects of the show?
 
Aamir Khan: (Laughs) This is an important question. We started this show because we wanted to do our bit. This is our tiny, earnest attempt to make change to society. There have been amazing results after season 1. We will be revealing it in a separate episode of this show itself. However I would like to mention this one thing. After our episode on female infanticide, there were as good as 6 fast-track courts started. In Maharashtra and Rajasthan, there were close to 25% improvements seen.
 
Q: Will you join politics?
 

Aamir Khan: No. I believe the entertainment industry is the only thing meant for me. I am happy doing what I am doing here. I enjoy this life. I do not think I would make a good politician, its just not my cup of tea.  ...more

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