Aamir Khan did a story in Satyameva Jayate where he painted the doctors black. He said:
- there are huge (50%) kickbacks
- generic medicines are not prescribed, only branded ones are
- doctors perform unnecessary operations.
Let us take the case of other professions:
Chartered accountants, insurance agents, etc are also accused of
- unnecessary complications in returns making it expensive
- performing unnecessary steps
In a country where the client is happy to pay a Rs. 20 L cash bribe but will baulk at a Rs. 5 lakhs fee for a professional, is it surprising?
What fee will you pay a doctor or a CA who says : “everything is fine, take a term insurance, put money in an index fund and keep your ppf running” or ‘eat daal chaval, one sabzi and salad’ exercise regularly and you will be fine.
NO. Clients find complicated solutions sexy and something they can flaunt. “My Fin Planner has made a detailed cash flow which takes into account my wife leaving her job at age 44…NOW she is 21…”
Most people (if not all) expect a lot of time spent on them, 140 page cash flow, color brochures, a beautiful girl well dressed (change the gender if you wish and think the client is a woman!!)…so that a Rs. 35,000 bill would look like ‘it was worth the effort’
So while it is easy to find fault, let us accept that in a corrupt society..where shit – animal or human is found everywhere – do not EXPECT the professional to be honest. He does not live in an island.
Tomorrow if Aamir Khan does a ‘completely dumped bechara’ kind of a program in an old people’s home…it will hurt the kids who are at home. It will hurt the kids who COULD not look after an ailing 88 year old father and his 79 year old mother.
If AK does not speak to the people (the children who have LEFT THEIR parents here) …the program will be one-sided..but it will have the shrill voice and back answering…and create an impact showing the children as villians. These are easy to sensationalize topics –
dowry, child abuse, doctors kickback, old people staying at home vs staying in an old age home, …
so will A K do a program on the old age problem?
1. YOU bet he will. It is a surefire trp puller.
2. It will be one-sided. He will not meet the same set of parents and the kids
3. He will talk to children who are abroad (Nri audience) …
4….sorry I am not a guy good at PR…
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