Recently, Rajiv Bajaj said that he blacklisted three hate-mongering Television News Channel for he wants a toxic-free society for his children and alike. Soon, Parle joined the suit.
Since 2012, I have not watched TV as I was in a hostel and later on, I was mired with CA preparation and then UPSC and so I was away from home and TV as well. I already withdrew from TV serials in around 2009 onwards when the Saas-Bahu drama kicked in. The impact they were creating on middle-aged women was toxic and I felt the repercussions.
What disturbed me recently was a comment on a Facebook post by one of my known peers. She is well educated and a Chartered Accountant but her remarks on some post “Kha gai Sushant ko” (She consumed Sushant) seriously gave me deep thoughts for days. What are we becoming as a society? What and where did we go wrong as a country? If a well-educated person is a victim of hate propaganda, then what about those who do not have any idea of society, it’s functioning, who haven’t had the privilege of having a proper analytical and reasoning mind? It’s not just this lady but many teenagers are under this influence and surprisingly, my school teachers who themselves stood against all odds in their life are voicing hate openly.
Hindu- Muslim divide, Upper caste-Lower Caste divide, Women- Men divide, Bengali- Bihari divide, we are constantly fed hate on a plate, even spoon-fed. But is this really in our control? Can’t we can change our channel, can’t we focus on the real issues at hand? Is it that hard?
Our silence is supporting hate too. As much as a glance on such content supports hate too. Our inaction is supporting hate too.
Change your choice and express your voice to change the scene, tone and fight the hate.