The decision of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, to re schedule the Rakhee ka Insaaf and Big Bosss 4 shows to the 11 P.M. slot, instead of prime time 9 P.M, has predictably raised tempers amongst the media, and the "Free Speech Ayatollahs" on Twitter. Given a choice, i would love to ban both the shows for their sheer stupidity and egregiousness, but that is a topic of discussion for another days.
What is amusing is the reaction of self styled "Crusaders for Freedom of Speech", railing on and on, about the decision, tweeting their usual quota of PJ's. Looking at the hysteria generated by the "Freedom of Speech is in Danger" junta, one would think we are just going into a dictatorship phase, where everything is forbidden. It is another thing, that we can't even make proper use of the freedom we have, but then, talk of responsibility, and you are immediately branded a dictator, a conservative, whatever, whatever.
Now to all those "fuming and frothing" against the decision, relax, the Government has not banned those shows, they still run on Television, at 11 P.M. What the Govt in effect has done, is the equivalent of grading movies for various age groups. Of course the "Free Speech Ayatollahs" has another argument again for this, it is the prerogative of NDTV and Colors to do it. Right Sherlock, only in this case,neither NDTV nor Colors, has even bothered to ponder over the impact of their shows, too busy as they are with their TRP's. The fact is shows like Big Bosss and Rakhee Ka Insaaf forget about being vulgar or offensive, just cater to the lowest common denominator.
These shows are the equivalent of the Roman Circuses of yore, where howling mobs, cheered at the sight of hapless slaves being torn apart by lions. Well considering the way, Reality Television is going, i won't be surprised if we have such a show too. In this case though the hapless participants( the slaves) are thrown into the arena, and we have the vultures ready to tear them apart. Yeah i can hear the standard argument "But it is my right to see", oh yeah, many consider it their divine right to kill babies in wombs if they happen to be female, does not make it an acceptable practice. If we consider it the right to produce content catering to the Lowest Common Denominator, then be prepared for the backlash too.
To the media, you fucking have the free speech. But as they said with great power comes great responsibility. You have not been exercising that responsibility, so when the Govt comes in to enforce it, DON"T FUCKING COMPLAIN, YOU ASKED FOR IT.