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Superstitions and TV

I was reading about Karnataka minster planning to spend the night in grave yard in an effort to eradicate superstitions. And was reminded of what I heard yesterday on TV.

The program is in Kannada TV channel. The show is a cookery show. The guest is making groundnut chutneypudi and giving many home remedies for different ailments. So far, so good. Then there is a caller who asks this guruji about her diabetes. And the answer made me surprised and then furious. He was saying he will hypnotize the lady and gradually she will realize her diabetes is caused by some paapa - sin, done in previous birth. And after 2- 3 months of this treatment she will be completely cured. 

Diabetes is caused when the body is not making insulin. This should have been his answer and he could have given some recipes meant for diabetic patients. 

Now the serious question is why do regional language channels show such programs? The programs which instead of enlightening and educating the people, take them back to 17th century. TV has a reach all around the country, to all social strata. And hence it is moral responsibility of the channels - private channels also to show programs to encourage scientific outlook in people. 

Until they do that, there will be more and more Rampals in this country. 

I am not saying TV should tell people everything ancient is bad and everything modern is good. My mom used to tell me to put turmeric paste with salt on pimples. And it certainly would help and there will not be scars. I give my son and husband lemon juice with salt if their stomach is upset. There is some tree in our town, whose leaves have the capacity to make bones stronger. 

My suggestion to such TV channels is,

Show home remedies. In the afternoons, show programs about how to use computers, so that women can check mails sent by their children and grand children. Show programs on how to meditate, do yoga or some other exercises, how to draw and paint, how to sew different things from recycled clothes. These programs will certainly increase your TRP. Help people to gain knowledge, not ajnana.

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