Ms. Naitthani is a teacher at St. Xaviers College-Mumbai
Her contention”My campaign is not only against nudity; it is against the Adult content, which includes both Violence and vulgarity, my whole effort is to make media safe for children and to get the law of the land implemented. The law says no Adult content on TV because we need to be sensitive to the sensibility of all the viewers including children.”
My contention” How can you assume that we are not responsible enough parents to monitor the viewing habits of our children? What statistics do you have to prove that it is adult movies which are responsible for warped psyches? What is your denotation of the term ‘vulgar’? How can you highhandedly presume that all viewers are children? Where was the consensus from the average viewer to file a PIL that essentially signifies an authoritarian, subjective, despotic, crusader mentality more than a zealous initiative to rectify perceived wrongs? Would a continuous stream of mythological serials and films aired , by the same logic, ensure a generation of spiritually awakened children?”
India’s bigoted censorship laws which are paradoxical, antiquated and anti-progressive, have received a fillip in the passing of this High court order which was at best only a re assertion of a law, not a statement on the validity of the contention.
Coercion should not be adopted as the tool for the path to change..it riles, encourages rebellion and defeats the purpose. This measure, if anything is only going to encourage piracy, as dvd,s and cd,s are available for as little as Rs.5o. Censorship of any kind is innately detrimental since it pre-supposes that humans need an authority to pontificate on matters to do with their individual decisions. Apart from issues of national concern and security self -censorship is the only answer to ills that plague our society.
Raising the bar as citizens , exemplification through highlighting real life heroes, re-infusing values with renewed vigor and stringent punishment to crime will go a long way in providing a robust environment..Pil’s are a poor substitute and bitter pills to swallow.
This article by Anil Thakraney in Mumbai Mirror is a must read..hillarious