My grouse is against people who've used these glitches to create the political space for themselves; and against media who are always aplogetic on these issues. It's become a tool for such people to potray India as a regressive society. .............of "But BEFORE we Indians need to clean our own mess". Are we to just always be on the defensive?
True. D'accord. But Plumber, I aint being defensive here. My worry & issue here was the way our news channels work. The way they blow something 'relatively trivial' out of proportion( yeah when we compare it with the ghosts we are facing within. Period. ) and bloody hell these reality shows are perfectly orchestrated. I wouldnt be shocked if someone told me, this entire thingy was all fixed and went according to a script. And what a killer speech Shilpa gave after her victory " I am proud of my colour. Am proud of my origin...". Nonsense. "I made India proud." Crap. She is a millionaire now. And that is precisely why she went there. A b grade actress in search of name and fame. Good for her.
And I think a show such as ' Big brother' can never make Indians proud. Come on, Indian representation in Big Brother which is essentially 'cheesy voyeurism' wont do any good to the nations cause. I always feel If India are to prove their worth.., They better do it in academics, arts or sports. Even Oscars, for that matter, they aint a yardstick to measure goodness of Indian Cinema. There are many brilliant movies that miss out on oscar. At the end of the day, Oscar is all about the marketing and the money the producer has.. and how he could market it to the jury members.
An Indian winning an olyimpic medal, or inventing a vaccine or say when Pandit Ravi shankar performs at the UN. well that is something more heartening. Dont you think so Plumber!!! ( and hope I dont sound dramatic here)
The news channels are behind the 3 Cs .. Celebrity, Crime and Cricket. Of course we do have some amazing journalists like Rajdeep who 've some idealism left in their eyes and words! Otherwise, its all market driven crap.
True, India is poised. India is shining. It has never been so good. Perfect. And I think this is the right time to address and work on few of our issues as well. When you look at our matrimonial ads 80% of 'em want a "Fair. Good looking girl who is intelligent." ( Oxymorons eh ;).. Kidding! ). We have racisim here as well. Now that we are on verge of becoming the Big guys. World leaders. We musnt behave like We are an inferior race and say "London fellas called us names etc etc". We are giving the weat too much credit here. And to be Big guys we have to fix our issues as well!!!
And remember Shilpa issue pushed Nithari killings from the headline. On the contarary, I thought Shilpa was on the defensive mate. She could have come out of the house when jade was delivering all her 'goodies'. And Chuck, I beg to differ with you here dude. :P
And Chuck like how you told us abt the Viv Richards event. I have one about Cyrus Broacha and yep it was related to racism!!!
The event was ICC awards ceremony held at mumbai, a few years back. All the teams, team boards, ex- cricketers were present at the ceremony.
Cyrus Broacha & Malaika Arora were the MCs..
And Cyrus in the finishing stages of the awards distribution announced" Ladies and Gentlemen We have a new award this year. It is called the best Visionary award"
The audience went silent. They were never told about this new award afterall !!!
Cyrus continued"And the award goes to Darren Lehman. Come on guys he has an amazing vision. He knew difference between Black and White. He called Murali a Black Bas****""
While there were few laughs around. One couldnt help but notice the look at Australian team members faces!!!
Boy I have typed something long here. Plumber, no issues. Am sorry when I asked if you had been to villages. Hope u understand what I have been trying to say.