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Need your opinions on : `Drive against unsavoury serials needed'
- Mr. Vachaspathi V
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Following is a News Item in The Hindu which I am putting it here for your valuable opinion. *** `Drive against unsavoury serials needed' VISAKHAPATNAM, MARCH 6. The need to launch a movement against unsavoury serials on television channels, particularly those depicting women in bad light, was emphasised at the open forum, jointly organised by the Chennai-based Pappus Academic and Cultural Trust (PACT) and Soundarya Lahari here on Sunday. The forum's theme was: `Should the TV serials/soaps be banned which show excess of domestic violence?' Restraint urged A score of speakers, including some from the audience were unanimous in demanding the censoring and certification of TV serials, which could damage the psyche of the viewers, particularly the youth. Every speaker condemned the negative characterisation of women, excessive display of domestic violence, acceptance of multiple marriages and extra-marital relationship, etc., in those serials, and felt that the time had come to exercise control over this rank commercialism. They wanted the print and the electronic media to show some restraint in this regard, lest the Indian cultural ethos would take a severe beating. Suitable action The project director of PACT and Redefining the Concept of Marriage in Indian Society (RCMIS), Jaya Venugopal, who delivered the keynote address, wondered whether the TV serials were showing 'how we Indians are living or directing us how we have to live''. She said that the proceedings of the forum, including the views aired by every speaker, would be forwarded to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry for suitable action. The city advocate, Kandala Srinivasa Rao, quoted the provisions of the Cinematograph Act to pinpoint that it was possible to tackle the menace through public interest litigation. A functionary of Soundarya Lahari, Valli Ramgopal, announced that her organisation would take the initiative in moulding the public opinion on this issue. The Visakha Music and Dance Academy president, C.S.N. Raju, was the chief guest. The participants included the retired professor of Andhra University, K. Malayavasini, the founder secretary-general of Lebenshilfe, T. Saraswathi Devi, the Sri Satya Sai Vidya Vihar principal, A. Kaushalya, Y. Vijayalakshmi, T. Padma Rao and Y. Lakshmi Narayana Murthy. Dusi Dharma Rao compered the programme. The managing trustee of Soundarya Lahari, Rama Devi, welcomed the gathering. The forum's convener, G.R.K. Prasad, proposed a vote of thanks. *** I suppose, these serials are doing lot of damage to the youth, as elders are preventing them to watch other channels like National Geographic, History Channel and BBC. Family politics is the theme of these serials and the projection of these family politics in poor light is hijacking the enlightenment in the family environment. Share your opinion also.

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