For decades we watched films that catered to the lowest common denominator.
That not only dumbed down our cinematic sense but also froze us in a happy, unquestioning state that suited the powers-that-be.
With lazy scripts, mandatory songs, item numbers, puerile slapstick humour, unreal portrayal of Devis & ‘fallen’ women, heroes on celluloid that in real life should have been serving jail terms, the subliminal messaging of stereotypes we created Demi-Gods who sold us crap.
And those Demi-Gods exposed their goldfish level intelligence when they not only gave Headley a tour of the city, held up placards, lectured us, but instigated riots as well.

And we ask too late how did this come to pass ?
We allowed politicians to loot, plunder, destroy states because they made us laugh with their rustic humour.
When the next lot arrived they didn’t even bother with such ‘niceties’ but put the fear in us, Mafia style.

And we ask too late how did this come to pass ?
Night after night on Prime Time TV the same people are given a platform, assaulting our intelligence as defence experts today, economists tomorrow, thereafter historians, political analysts, medical experts or what have you …
They are also given space & opportunity to amplify what would be considered treason in any half decent democracy.
So when a Pulwama or Galwan happens, we are insulted by their glee & gloating

And ask too late how did this come to pass ?
Is it because, ONCE we found them funny, a comic relief in discussions of national security, the economy, in matters of State, armed forces, terrorist attacks.…?

The Anchors themselves seem to have scant respect for some of their own guests & get off by
insulting them - which makes one wonder why at all are they there except to torture the viewer.

Many have also argued that this is a good way to draw out the termite but that reason is well past it’s best by date.

Having seen this lot may we view the next batch please ?
One would think more than anything else the choice of these panelists tells us about our own level of intellect & our own limited desire to understand & be informed.

The argument that TV channels invite them to kick up TRPs with tamasha doesn’t hold as you only have to see how
eagerly viewers look forward to intelligent, well informed, articulate panelists.

Thus, before opinion & debate in this country is dumbed down down any further & we ask too late how did this come to pass ?
We Must Demand Better !

Or we should switch off our TVs at Prime Time in protest.
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