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Is Indian Government Nanny to viewers ??
Shray Jai Mishra | 29 Nov 2010

After the judgement was passed by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry,about changing the time of shows like BIGG BOSS & RAKHI KA INSAAF..This article is my take on the way things should be.

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What I fail to understand is that, why government is trying to play ?NANNY?, at the wrong time??? Were they sleeping till now???On Indian television screen today once-taboo topics like divorce, extra marital relations, partner-swapping, threesomes, and prostitution are becoming common. Gone are the glorious days of Doordarshan, when every time the wheel turned with a melodramatic tune, people switched on their black and white TV sets to tune into shows like Hum Log, Buniyaad, Bharat Ek Khoj and Mahabharat. It will be easy to understand the popularity of these shows with this piece of information that I read somewhere,? A lady held on to her labor pain so that she could watch a particular episode of the Mahabharat !? (TV networks) today are more interested in being shocking. They?re more interested in being provocative than telling a story that?s going to resonate with the vast majority of TV viewers. The popular reality shows ?BIGG BOSS? and ?Rakhi Ka Insaaf? have been ask to remove them from their regular prime time slots and placed in the late night slots of 11 pm to 5 am. The government has ordered them to change their show timings. According to the latest updates, ?Bigg Boss?, has obtained a stay order and the show will continue to be aired at 9.00PM till 22nd Nov. In the recent years, Reality shows have increased. Channels are buying the formats from other nations and are creating shows for Indian Audiences. But what they forget is that still in the heart of this country its customs, traditions and values are safe. Still children don?t feel very comfortable watching certain shows as ?SPLITSVILLA? , ?EMOTIONAL ATYACHAR?,and even advertisements sitting with their parents.If the government wants to ban then first it should notice ads. One out of four advertisements that come on cable today leads to bad impact on children, and there is no one to check them. I tried to search and found that in the Cable Television Network Rules, 1994, in rule 7, in sub-rule (2), in clause (viii), after sub clause (A) :-?All advertisements found to be genuine brand extensions by the Ministry Of Information and Broadcasting shall be previewed and certified by the Central Board Of Film Certification as suitable for unrestricted public exhibition and are in accordance with the provisions contained in sub-clause (i) to (v) of the first provision, prior to their telecast or transmission or retransmission.?But did it ever happen? Do we have a regulatory body to imply these rules? If there is no check on the advertisements which come in every 15 minutes then what will they get by controlling a few shows?According to I&B officials, this decision to change the timings of two shows is in order to protect child viewers. And when the same child viewers watch,?Munni Badnaam hui? or the very recent ?Sheila ki jawaani?, what steps do these officials plan to take? I just want to say that Parental control is more needed and will be more effective then governmental control. Today kids know things which we might not be aware of. They have easy access to Internet, so even if you will change the timings of these shows, it will still be available to the one who wants to watch. Parents have the remote control and child lock facility. In case they feel certain shows cross borders of obscenity then ban them in your own homes, why control the nation? If the government really wants to do something then it should check, filter and then telecast. Rather than check after the telecast.Nothing would be better to end, other than what Kelly Mistry, an old timer who has worked in DD for 20 years then moved on to Zee TV and now freelances, said,?Control has not proved successful in any model, be it banking or airlines. Finally, the viewer will decided which shows should be pulled off the tube. 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