Is that the Real Indian Youth in Reality TV?

Do you want to take revenge on your ex-boyfriend/girlfriend, convince your parents about your love relationship, or shout abuses at people? Call up a TV channel (MTVUTV Bindass or Channel V, in particular) and you may be the star of a reality show!

Yelling, pulling each other’s hair about trivial issues, silly arguments, public displays of emotion, and manipulative thoughts, are the nitty-gritty of many of India’s reality TV shows. A significant part of MTV RoadiesDare to DateAxe Your Ex, and Emotional Atyachaarepisodes contain beep sounds that block “innovative” and “out-of-the-box” abuses!! These are the basic ingredients that go into the making of most (so-called) prime-time, reality, shows and an even bigger mockery of Indian Youth!

After the huge success of Indian Idol in 2004 and Roadies in 2005, Indian reality television has made it big and most of its programs target the youth.  From how to flirt, to how to axe you former lover, a plethora of shows are up and blaring on TV for the entire nation to watch (and raise eyebrows perhaps).

What’s startling amidst all of this interesting drama is the routine stereotyping of youngsters as violent, loud, obnoxious, and unethical individuals! A completely misleading portrayal of Indian youth, don’t you think? It’s not common to see every other youngster slapping others, shouting lewd abuses, engaging in physical scuffles and doing things that are (ahem) not worthy to be written of! If you think we are exaggerating, you have not watched “popular” TV shows like Emotional Aatyachar, Roadies, Dadagiri,  Dare 2 Date, Splits Villa, Love Net, Supestud and Love Kiya Toh Darna Kya!

Soon, you begin to wonder if it’s all part of a larger campaign to malign the image of Indian youth! We seem to live in a world of twisted realties. Judges, hosts, and participants all get together to put up the grand reality ‘Drama’ (remember we Indians are known for it :p )! Industry insiders and participants say that every program, and every single action of each participant is planned or adjusted for riveting footage. What’s more, it is then carefully edited to create the “best entertainment” value for us. A slap on our face and we have accepted it with a big cheerful smile!

What’s alarming is that the huge commercial success of these shows is attributed to the money earned from viewer votes (thanks to mobile network collaborations) than to the advertising moolah!!

Now think of where all this is leading to – a generation that is self-obsessed with appearance, fame, and money! It is undisputed that the actions of most reality shows influence the views, actions, and desires of viewers. Studies show that as more children watch violence, they become less sensitive and thus create insecurities for themselves.

Why then do youngsters queue up in large numbers to audition for reality TV?  Most end up taking part only to ‘experience’ thrill and excitement. Instant fame and money are an added bonus (The fact that they fizzle out after the show is a sad irony in itself)!!

Ever wondered why we don’t have a regulatory body for television like the Censor Board for films? You see, TV reaches a much larger audience and has a greater impact than any other entertainment medium! The government will NOT take action until a controversial ‘reality show scam’ maligns Indian television.

Isn’t Rahul Gandhi now free (rather jobless) after the debacle at UP polls? Why not approach the ‘Youth Icon’ and give him a chance to take up the cause of bad youth portrayal on Indian television? What say folks?

(courtesy: Binfikr)

Indian Media News Round-Up: Media Laundry @Dhobitalao

Govt.’s media plan, Rahul’s Chintan, bans & censorships, content immaturity in coup, muslim lifestyle magazine ‘muallim’ & readers outburst on ‘army coup rumor’ !!!

Akbar-Birbal tale of the yokel who chose to look for his lost ring at a place where there was light rather than the spot where it had actually fallen.

“Looking at Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi‘s ‘review’ of the party’s debacle in the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, one is reminded of the Akbar-Birbal tale of the yokel who chose to look for his lost ring at a place where there was light rather than the spot where it had actually fallen. Much like the fool in the parable, the Congress seems to have ignored the fact that the primary cause of it’s defeat were its senior leaders from the state – Beni Prasad Verma, Sriprakash Jaiswal, Salman Khurshid and Rita Bahuguna Joshi to name a few. It is best not to expect any strict action from Mr Gandhi because if any of these leaders is held accountable the blame will sooner or later land at his own doorstep, or at least that of his mentor Digvijaya Singh, who had an equally important say in matters like candidate selectio.”

Delhi Premier League: Babus v/s Ex-servicemen

Civil servants posted in various Delhi government departments and civic agencies are up in arms against retired defence service personnel angling for plum postings. The Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS) officers don’t want any exservicemen to bag high-profile positions in the DDA, MCD and the Delhi government. A senior official of the Delhi secretariat said.

We already have limited opportunities to work, we keep shifting between the Union Territories and if even here such new, untrained personnel are brought in – our career, promotion aspects will suffer the most. We are at a loss to understand if these retired defence personnel are so competent why did they leave the services before retirement or superannuation.

Officers are contemplating going on a ‘protest strike for a day’.

Read more on: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/index.html

Govt. plans for strengthening reach of media units & administration

The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is contemplating to introduce structural improvements for strengthening the performance and reach of different media units . Uday Kumar Varma, Secretary to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry said:

all media units need to bring transparency and encourage work culture to flourish, for improving the information dissemination mechanism. This would help in reaching out to the common masses with the information about policies, programmes, achievements and initiatives of the central government, in a better way.

read more: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/i-and-b-ministry-plans-for-strengthening-reach-of-media-units/933503/

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India has witnessed a number of instances of ban on books, films, plays and ideologies in the last two decade. From Salman Rushdie‘s The Satanic Verses to MF Husain’s nude paintings of Hindu godessess, from Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal’s adaptation of American play Vagina Monologues to Vijay Tendulkar’s Marathi masterpiece Me Nathuram Godse Boltoy and from NRI filmmaker Deepa Mehta to Bollywood director Anurag Kashyap, India has seen a series of bans, censorships, court cases, allegations, threats and violence.

Are we a nation of bans and censorships? Is India not ready to accomodate voice of dissent? Do we really get ‘hurt’ by an induvidual’s opinion on religion, morality and social conduct? Or is it merely a matter of whim of an individual or a group? Hindustantimes.com asked the readers and here’s their response.

In our survey, 59 % people agreed that Indians are incapable of dissent and criticism while 38 % thought otherwise. Three per cent respondents had no opinion.

In our survey, a whopping 76 % responded ‘Yes’ freedom of expression is under threat in India, while a meagre 20 % felt it was not the case. Four per cent of the people could not decide.

Though 41 % of our respondents believed and independent tribunal should look into objectionable content, 52% respondents said nobody should decide what to ban and nothing should be banned. Only 7 % respondents believed the government is the best agency to regulate objectionable content.

Read more : http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Are-we-a-nation-of-bans-and-censorship/Article1-836679.aspx

GROUND BATTLE MAUNEVOURS OF INDIAN ARMY IS MISTAKEN BY MEDIA AS COUP D’ ETAT

Emergencies exercises from Hissar and Agra Army bases towards New Delhi were misunderstood by the media, as a Coup attempt to topple the democratically elected governement.

The major misguidence created by such news was linking the Ground Battle Maunevours to the disputed statements and legal battle of the Indian Army Chief’s against the Union Government, to make some sensation…. In a larger democracies like India, it is really unmature to think of coup attempts against government, as all the other two branches of Defense Forces viz, Air Force and Navy have got their individual Chiefs for whom there are no special disputes with the Union governement. Coup in big nations is unrealistic sans participation of three wings of the Defense Forces with a pre-motivated objective. So, the allegged coup attempt to overthrow the Indian government is a news that shows its content unmaturity.

By dchaitanya.

read more: http://www.groundreport.com/Politics/GROUND-BATTLE-MAUNEVOURS-OF-INDIAN-ARMY-IS-MISTAKE/2945285

“Muallim” Muslim Lifestyle magazine in May

Maxim Media Pvt. Ltd. a media house based in Mumbai has announced to launch Muallim, a Muslim Lifestyle magazine in English language in the Month of May 2012. The magazine, “Muallim,” will be the first of its kind to be published from Mumbai in an attractive 4 colour format, which will enrich the lifestyle of Muslim Families. Regular feature will be on Islamic theology and contemporary affairs in Muslim world. Editor-in-Chief of Muallim, Ubaidur Rahaman Qasmi, an Alim from Darul Uloom Deoband and a member of Islamic Investment and Finance Board of India, said,

taking a cue from the lecture of Hazrat Maulana Sayyed Abul Hasan Ali Nadawi (R) “We should quickly move to form an Islamic media, otherwise Europe will invade us and deform our ethics” delivered in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia -1976). We are introducing “Muallim, to enrich lives of Muslim who are well versed with English language.

Appreciating the concept, Hazrat Maulana Rabey Hasan Nadawi, President All Indian Muslim Personal Law board, said,

“The time is apt for Muallim to hit the market as there is dearth of such literature which focuses on Islamic upbringing and on contemporary issues.”

Read more: http://www.ummid.com/news/2012/April/06.04.2012/indian_magazine_launch.htm

Readers outburst on ‘Army Coup Rumor’

The editorial “Misplaced fears” (April 5) has rightly questioned the rationale behind the full-page coverage given by The Indian Express to the troop movement story with a sensational headline, after stating the word “C” implied ‘ curious’ and nothing else.

Ever since Army Chief General V.K. Singh’s age row came into the open, many television channels have been giving undue publicity to the controversy and sensationalising news pertaining to defence matters.

The media should exercise the utmost caution and avoid publishing reports that are alarmist. Such reports not only dampen the spirit of our proud and heroic Army but also strengthen the enemy.

C.A.C. MurugappanKothamangalam

The editorial and the cartoon (April 6) are a telling comment on speculative journalism. While television news channels are vying with one another to reap maximum benefit, irrespective of the implications of their observations for the morale of the Army, The Hindu needs to be complimented on tackling the controversy with a sense of responsibility.

But I do not understand the argument that The Indian Express is well within its rights to write about a sensitive matter like this. If a sensitive issue is “overblown” and the content is “alarmist,” why not condemn it unequivocally? Given the kind of sensationalism certain media houses are resorting to, it is important to send the message that the media must regulate themselves and exercise restraint.

Y.L. SrinivasHyderabad

It is extremely distressing to see accusations and counter accusations flying thick and fast in the media, particularly the 24×7 television channels, on the discord between the government and the Army.

The Army is one of the most respected institutions and should be allowed to remain so. Television news channels, especially some of their anchors, should be banned from airing atrocious comments which not only demean the government and the defence forces but also bring disrepute to the nation.

Raj SabapathyChennai

The entire truth about the alleged troop movement is yet to unfold. Several questions remain unanswered, leading to wild speculation. The Prime Minister should come out with an open statement on whether all procedures were observed before the exercise and the civil administration was taken into confidence. The government should tighten its hold on the armed forces while giving them full operational freedom in day-to-day matters. Let us look around at our neighbours to avoid any cataclysm, anticipated, apprehended or imagined.

S.V. VenkatakrishnanBangalore

Gen. Singh’s remark that the report on troop movement was “absolutely stupid” is unacceptable. There was a movement of troops near Delhi. It is also true that the Army Chief was aggrieved over his DoB issue. Since the troop movement was a severe case showcasing the mistrust between the Army and the government, all things must be addressed to protect our democracy.

Sameer Abbas ZaidiBareilly

NO APRIL FOOL: ROBERT VADRA RECEIVES ONE MORE “EXEMPTION” AWARD !

Ministry of Home Affairs (India) has exempted Robert Vadra, husband of an SPG protectee Priyanka Gandhi, from preimbarkation security check at all civil airports in the counrty. MOA did this recommendation in consultation with the security agencies of India. Priyanka Gandhi is the elder sister of the Prime Ministerial candidate of Congress (Inc.) Kumar  Rahul Gandhi.  Vadra, by the virtue of being the son-in-law of Congress (Inc.) President Sonia Gandhi, is unsure whether he will join politics, but claims that he can win “any election” from “any where”.

Ministry of Home Affairs while replying to an RTI application of Anup Kumar Alias Sangh Priya (West Bengal) on this regards has mentioned that ” the details ( of why Robert has been qualified fit to be exempted ) in this regards are exempted ( like Robert himself is) from disclosure under the RTI rule. MOA has obliged to send a copy of this communication to “A” wing Janpath Bhawan.

Readers are cautioned that this is not an “APRIL FOOL” posting and should take a lesson (or follow suit) from this above information for personal benefit.

RTI Anonymous (RTIA) Success: Ministry Admits that it recommended Robert Vadra for exemption from Security Checks at Airports. Why does Government of India need to always keep on buttering one family?