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Bluffs,Tears and Apologies By Madiha Ishtiaque
Posted By shafeeq On March 1, 2012 @ 9:53 am In English Columnists,Misc | No Comments
Stop the Drama! That’s one statement for it. There has to be a clear difference between a morning show and a theatre performance, and Maya Khan has victoriously blurred it to invisibility. Don’t you get the feel of being cheated, your naivety in gluing your eyes on the morning TV screen being mocked at, and you as audience being hoaxed in the name of ‘creating awareness’? Yet I should salute Ms. khan for her ‘genuine concern’ for the people of Pakistan and her absolute devotion in shelving her married life in a corner so she could rightly serve the nation.
Any better reasons than the ones given? For they miserably fail to appeal reason. Is she justifying the ‘drama’ staged for ramping up her show ratings by telling us the People of Pakistan; the parents and women, calling her to take up the issue of park-dating, and that she was simply helping them? How? By orchestrating a brilliant performance and passing it for reality? Was this the only viable way left for her to bring the grave issue to light? Good Maths – minus multiplied by minus gives you plus, but truly Bad Ethics! Two negatives never make a positive is one lesson someone smart might have skipped.
Her fumbled response on not having a do’s and don’ts list must have given you bigger surprises. I’m not aware of an explicit and documented policy or law in our part of the world, but I’m sure of the well-defined, implicit values and notions taught from right after the birth that enlighten a person enough ton be able to differentiate between a glaring wrong and right. What more can I say on that- it’s all quite self-explanatory.
Given a prestigious platform where issues can be discussed and debated upon, without having the necessity of being enacted, does not legitimize any of the given limp excuses. For all the noble deeds Ms. Khan may have in her bank to vouch for her goodness have already come under a credibility check. It’s no one else’s fault; the ‘concerned host’ has herself lent her so-called credibility to fabrications.
And Yes the very NGOs whose good work she discounted for cashing in on the plight of downtrodden women, how does she distinguish herself from them? If this is how she labels them so and unjustly so, shouldn’t she choose a label for herself as well, for standing in precisely the same league. Banking on people’s miseries to earn yourself ratings, what nobility is that?
And a bigger wow to the public show of her private life by having her husband raise a complaint of her selfless devotion to solving her countrymen’s issue. Whatever dose this was, it was pretty inedible.
Being a part of media, to bring out the truth is one uphill task that comes under our very job description as journalists, but to package and present it in the folds of deception and deceit is unequivocally condemnable and despised.
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