|Posted by H. Anandarama Shastry on August 19, 2010 at 2:13 AM|
TV reality shows have become the present day craze. Watching on TV screen somebody excelling or failing in some deed/adventure no doubt gives us thrill. But these reality shows in the long run do no good to the society but spoil the future of many innocents.
There is a saying in Sanskrit: 'puthraadichcheth paraajayam'. A parent should and will solicit defeat from his/her son/daughter. This simply means, 'son/daughter should achieve something greater than what his/her parents have achieved and parents should be happy for that.' That is why, we the parents want our children study more than what we have studied, achieve more than what we have achieved and have all the fame & comforts more than what we have. It is quite natural and also admirable. But, A few parents go overboard and want their children perform something unfit for the age of those children. Reality shows are a boon for such parents.
Parents want their children to do all the nonsense, all the misadventure in these reality shows and the show organizers cleverly exploit those children. With uttermost tension those children give their performance. For that performance they are brainwashed and made to think and do something unfit for their tender age. Such an act contributes negatively in shaping their future.
After the brouhaha of the show, only one competitor will be the winner and the remaining all are made to weep for their failure. At that juncture those innocent children think their future is totally ruined! Are such reality shows necessary for us?
In many of the reality shows the children are exploited in a voyeuristic, commodified manner!
Reality shows with the grown ups are more horrible! The participant there discloses his/her illicit relationship, spouse spies on his/her own life-partner, persons quarrel in front of the camera, talk rubbish, eat the rubbish (including worms) and do all the rubbish. What for these nasty things are shown to crores of people including women and children? What purpose do these reality shows serve for the society?
To say in a nutshell, reality shows nowadays have become a show of crime, sex, dirty glamor, misadventure and wrong doings. Barring very few non harming ones it is high time now to ban all the misguiding and spoiler reality shows.
Follwing verse from 'Subhaashitharathnabhaandaagaara' comes to my mind:
Yathkarma kurvathosya syaathparithosho antharaathmanaha
thathprayathnena kurveetha vipareetham thu varjayeth
We have to do only such deeds which please our antharaathma. Deeds of other kind we should not do.