India looks for social progress on TV

Aamir Khan in Satyamev Jayate (Truth Alone Prevails)
Aamir Khan in Satyamev Jayate (Truth Alone Prevails)

India is a country that’s growing in wealth and economic inequality. Then add to that on-going societal problems of sexual assault, child brides and women being discouraged from pursing their own careers. But could television come to the rescue?

Turn on a TV in India and you’ll see a host of new shows addressing those issues and others. I know what you’re thinking – soap operas and reality TV are not exactly venues for intellectual discourse in the U.S.

But in India, TV is trying to promote social progress.

Zachary PincusRoth writes about this in the new issue of LA Weekly and spoke to KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis.