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Face the Truth

July 28, 2009

Last night I was seeing ‘सच का सामना’ (Face the Truth) in Star Plus. I saw one or two episodes before also. There I had a conversation with my room mate say Mr. X

Mr. X: This is too much to show in Television, it should be banned.

Me: What’s wrong in it?

Mr. X: This is against our culture and values

Me: If the participants don’t have a problem telling the truth in front of all, why should we have a problem?

Mr. X: No no, this is not correct and it is obscene

Me: It is our TV and we have a remote, if we don’t want to see this program we have the option of switching to other channel, nobody stops us

Mr. X: No no, why should not I see if they show? It should not be shown at all.

Me: Why should we live our lives hiding all the truths under carpet?

Mr. X: Then you should be in England not here

I didn’t had answers. This was just a lighter conversation we had. Then we went on to see the full episode. The same day there was a debate in Rajya Sabha (the upper house of Indian parliament) on this. The MP’s across party lines except ones in government insisted on regulating Television content through independent autonomous body (Don’t ask me how independent Indian autonomous bodies are). The Congress being a centrist party walks a thin line (dumb?) in all these kind of matters.

Needless to say anything about Indian television programs or movies. Some years ago I was shocked to see my neighbor, a young girl singing and dancing to the tune of ‘கல்யாணம்தான் கட்டிக்கிட்டு ஓடிப் போலாமா?’ a Tamil movie song which goes on like this, the female lead asking the male lead ‘Shall we run away after marriage or shall we run away and then marry? Shall we marry and have child or shall we have child and then marry?’ So much important isn’t it?

After giving much thought I can’t accept with Mr. X neither morally nor rationally. But our vast country has diverse population, majority of them attached with lot of taboo, fear and superstition that goes hand in hand with various caste and creed they blindly follow. These programs serve only the minority, free thinking educated elite.

Wait wait i am not telling any story here! The need of the hour is to provide quality education to all which leads us to new generation and builds a new society based on modernity, prosperity, equality and justice.

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  1. August 1, 2009 8:38 PM

    I don't know what type of show you were watching but I will relate something similar from my point of view of what is shown here in America. Here in America they show a multitude of what we call Reality Shows. Many, to me, serve no value whatsoever and are inane or morally questionable. I, as an adult, have the option of not watching them and can switch the channel. Here is where I agree with you. But, unfortunately, the young generation – whose minds are still being molded – view these shows and they become an addiction to which they can't seem to look away from. What they see, unfortunately, they translate as 'normal' and well, you know where I'm going with this. So, this is where I agree with your roommate.

    But, we live in a country where many freedoms are accorded us and, as a parent, knowing this, I fully believe it is the parents', responsibility to monitor what their child is watching and educate them on the right and wrong things at home rather than expect the communications media to take on the parental role. So, on this – Ham Actor: 2; Roommate: 1. =)

  2. August 7, 2009 9:46 AM

    yes it is true that we can exercise discretion while watching these shows…but as Rebecca rightly mentioned young minds are easily impressionable and hence need to shielded from potentially harmful content..

    so regulation, by someone, should be in place to protect our young and also to enhance the experience of the general audience.

  3. September 10, 2009 7:40 AM

    well its one of my personal fav topics… i wil always vote for facing the truths n i believe in leading a spotless life. i feel one should never have 'secrets' which they find difficult to face or tell to the world.. but then there r incidences that people feel embarrassing to let out… it happens.. thats life.

    as far as our society is concern, our culture has been moulded into such strict rules n regulations that we dont wanna except it when girls dare to sing songs like "kalyanandan" i remb when i was in school, this song was a hit those days n that particular singer came to our school n sang that song n we all went crazy dancing on that!!

    as far as the show goes, i found it strange to c that ppl actually participate in such shows for money.

  4. September 12, 2009 2:01 PM

    my one fear is that if we allow someone else to decide what we and our children should watch or not watch we give them too much trust and too much power.

    And what if they are biased? What if they can be bribed?? We saw what great job our censor board do? Showed cruelty, violence, torture, but banned some simple words. I feel I would like to use my own mind, and my own discretion. Once we have children we should take their responsibility. If we can't then how can we depend others.. like you rightly said, how 'autonomous' are our autonomous bodies. And what about the adults in the country.. what if they wish to watch the proggramme?

    Also the anchor pointed out that seeing the show would not inspire but put you off most of the things they confess to… (I haven't seen the show though so I may be wrong here)…

    Why should we decide what others should watch or not be allowed to watch? Why do we want to be treated like we have no thinking capacity?

  5. September 19, 2009 8:36 AM

    I am quite late to read your post !

    Yes, even I agree that there is nothing wrong with the program in question. In fact I liked even the foreign version of it.

    The funniest part is that if it is shown people who oppose it, "DO NOT" want to give up on it….. but they stand on one leg to oppose it.. inst it hypocritical behavior ?

    Also, In my knowledge Indian culture had always supported the truth .. there we have the saying "SATYAMEV JAYATE" (meaning truth alone wins) then on what basis do they have the opinion that it goes against Indian culture ?

    LOL …………..

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