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Monday, January 21, 2008

Indian Of the Year

Every other channel is competing with each other to find their own brand of Indian of the year, nowadays...!! Some of them had already come up with the results and many are in the process of selcting one....!!!

Each channel has their own number of panel members and a small group of 'elite' audience to influence the selection and the viewers are asked to spend their valuable 'INR' by sending SMS to effect their vote for their choice from a small choice list of people.

The funniest thing is that as a person, I failed to understand the logic and the methodology of selection of these panelists, audience and ofcourse, the nominees....!!! It is really entertaining when you come across some panel members and even some of the nominees....!!! But in this era of media 'company', we are all helpless spectators and preys...!!!

As I was forced to watch many of these shows to avoid the saga of 'saas, bahu and their poor hubbies', it was startling to see some shady ones on the dias and talking about patriotism and other developments of the mankind....?! They talk as if they've presented a thesis on this subject.

n one of the channels' choice list, I came across Shah Rukh Khan (for his role in Chak De ), Chak De girls, Rajinikanth etc. in the category of entertainment. It was sad to notice that the name of Mr. Negi ( The film was made on the true life story of this great player of yester years, who went on to coach the world cup winning women's hockey team later, to prove his commitment to the country which was under scrutiny once ) and no one in the dias, nor in the audience had the senses to mention his name even....!! However, I had only one consolation uttered to myself......"hey cool yourself dude....This is Thackerays' and Bachans' and Laloo's get noticed....not a straight forward, conscience pricking citizen like Negi".......Yes, definitely India is shining...!!!!!!!

This is happening across the channels in their respective quality levels and I would like to end with only one comment, that in no channel the equal opportunity is provided.....!!!!