Mr Thamizhchelvan's timely expose of the anti-Hindu tirade unleashed by the program 'Neeya Naana' telecast by Vijay TV has borne fruits. The TV has agreed to render an apology for the cultural slander it has been committing through this program in its telecast of Neeya Naana tomorrow, the 22nd November. In an irony of sorts, the callousness of Vijay TV has been brought out first by "Vijayvaani"!!
The media has a very responsible role in a culturally vibrant country like ours. We as Indians and Tamils have been coming in a value system, which not even the invaders could shatter. It is a shame that the massacre of our Value system is happening in Independent India by the so-called 5th Pillar that must guard our system. It seems we, the people have to be watchful as the 6th pillar to bring sense in others. The activism of writers such as Mr Thamizhchelvan & Mr Haran, research scholar Mr Gauthaman, professional photographer Mr Srinivasan and advocate Mr Subramaniam Balaji and internet forums has set precedence in checking the onslaught of the media which is supposed to be most powerful.
I am posting here the article by Mr Thamizhchelvan and the correspondence between the Editor of 'Hindu Voice' and the Sponsor of the Program who has a moral responsibility in checking what stuff is being brought out with the money they pay.
While writing this, I am reminded of the Purananuru poem (134) by Muda mOsiyaar on the king Aai ANdiran, that the king is not an 'aRavilai vaNigan'.
'இம்மைச் செய்தது மறுமைக்கு ஆம்' எனும்
அறவிலை வணிகன் ஆ அய் அல்லன்;
பிறரும் சான்றோர் சென்ற நெறியென,
ஆங்குப் பட்டன்று அவன் கைவண் மையே.
It is an accepted practice of Dharma that a businessman will follow ethical business tactics with the aim of reaping fruits in his next birth. But the King Aai is not even like a businessman who does his work with an eye on good results. Aai is one who follows the footsteps of Noble ones in that he does his work as it has to be done and not expect any returns.
Such were the people of this Tamil land who considered that even the ethical practice of a business man was inferior. Today we see people who run the programs for Tamils saying that they do 'this' for TRP rates and monetary returns! If the word "Hindu" makes them allergic, let them remember that what they are doing is against Tamil culture. For God's sake, let them not harm Tamil culture by claiming to cater to Tamils!
The previous article by Mr Thamizhchelvan on this issue can be read here:-
Electronic media and Hindu sentiments – A sequel
20 Nov 2009
Readers may recall the three-part article titled "Electronic media and Hindu sentiments" that appeared here last month. The backdrop to the article was an episode telecast by the Tamil Channel "Vijay TV", which belongs to Rupert Murdoch's Star Group. As the concerned episode terribly hurt the cultural and religious sentiments of Hindus, a campaign was started by a few individual activists against the channel and the producer and sponsor of the concerned program. The campaign has been successful so far and is likely to reach its logical conclusion in the days to come.
Meeting at the production house
On 3 November 2009, research scholar Gauthaman, professional photographer Srinivasan, advocate Subramaniam Balaji and columnist Haran had a meeting with Antony, CEO of Mercury Creations, which produced the concerned program "Neeyaa Naanaa" (You or Me / Tum aur Mein) for 'Vijay TV.' During the conversation, Antony gave the important information that the topics for the program are "chosen" by an "expert panel" constituted by the TV Channel and that the producers (like him) could only give them some suggestions.
The point to note here is that the TV Channel's so-called expert panel regularly "chooses" topics which are relevant to Hindu cultural and religious traditions and subjects them to debate. The anchor conducts the program in such a way that the subject of debate is derided, demeaned and defamed and projected in such a manner that viewers get confused with a feeling that the concerned tradition is unwanted and unnecessary.
Mercury Creations produces two programs (Neeyaa Naanaa and "Nadanthathu Enna" – "What happened") for Vijay TV and both programs deal with "Hindu" related subjects quite often. Since the subjects (topics) are chosen by the so-called expert panel, the real and ulterior motive of a Christian Media house like Star-Vijay can be understood. It can also be inferred that other channels must be following the same methodology to select topics for similar programs, as most media houses operate with the common objective of "de-Hinduising" society.
Antony refused to divulge the names of the expert panel. But the four activists found a blackboard (inside the mini meeting hall) on which the titles of subjects for shooting in future were written. Some topics mentioned were:
- Is it necessary to name newborns with the names of their grandparents?
- Who are beautiful, North Indian women or South Indian women?
- Inter-Religious marriages – Husbands vs. Wives
- Also, the topic debated on 18 October was, "who creates problems for a married woman, sister-in-law or brother-in-law?"
If we go deep into these subjects, see the programs and analyse them, we can clearly identify the motive behind the choice of title and program. One can recognize a "larger conspiracy" to demolish the institution of marriage and the family values entwined with Hindu religion and culture. The alien powers which control and fund our media houses are behind this huge conspiracy of de-Hinduising the nation and they are aided and abetted by 'secular' governments and political parties. It is sad and unfortunate that the Hindu majority falls prey to such programs, risking their religious and cultural identities.
During his meeting with the four activists, Antony tried to convince them about commercial strategies, TRP ratings, etc. But they stuck to their guns, demanding a public apology from both the production house and the TV Channel, apart from a commitment that such programs demeaning and hurting the Hindu community would not be produced and telecast in future. Finally Antony agreed to render a public apology during the telecast of the program on Sunday, 22 November, as programs till 15 November had been already shot.
Campaign through "Tamil Hindu" website
Meanwhile, my article in Tamil (more or less a translation of the English version carried here) was published in www.tamilhindu.com on 6 November, wherein readers were requested to send e-mails to Mr. Ponnudurai, Managing Director of M/S Lion Dates Impex Pvt Ltd., 4A/3 Kaveri Road, Trichy – 620002, the sponsor of that program, at firstname.lastname@example.org, expressing their anger and hurt and their decision to boycott his products in future. Readers were also given telephone numbers (0431-2730047 / 2730191) requesting them to call the company and register their protests. The article (http://www.tamilhindu.com/2009/11/tele-medias-degrading-hindu-religious-feelings/) drew the attention of thousands of Tamil Hindus across the world within two days and hundreds of readers flooded the mailbox of the sponsor.
Concerted move by "Hindu Voice" magazine
Sri GP Srinivasan spoke to Ponnudurai, proprietor of the sponsoring company, for an interview on behalf of the Mumbai-based monthly magazine "Hindu Voice." Sri Deivamuthu, Editor & Publisher of Hindu Voice, also shot off a letter to Ponnudurai urging him to withdraw sponsorship of such anti-Hindu programs and conveyed his intention to run a campaign against his company through Hindu Voice and other media if he did not withdraw sponsorship.
The letter sent by Deiva Muthu:
Realising the gravity of the situation, Ponnudurai sent a reply to Deivamuthu and also shot off individual letters (though stereotyped) to all those, including the readers of "Tamil Hindu", who sent protest letters to him. In his letter, Ponnudurai said that he understood the hurt feelings of Hindus and conveyed that he had instructed his advertising agency to be careful in future, monitoring each and every program sponsored by his company for each and every channel. He also said that he had expressed his views to the authorities of the TV Channel and that they have given a commitment to him that they would not telecast such programs in future.
The reply letter sent by Ponnudurai:
If the concerted efforts of a few individuals could elicit such a response, one can imagine the effect of a united campaign by Hindu organizations. Though Ponnudurai's letter did not have a feeling of regret or a note of apology, the concern and respect he showed to the feelings of those who had written to him was quite visible in his communication.
So in the event of the production house not apologizing on Sunday 22 November, as per its commitment, the concerned activists have decided to proceed further legally and take the issue to its logical conclusion. One hopes Hindu organizations come together and rally behind the activists, as there are many other channels that need to be taken to task as they compete with each other in denigrating Hindu religion and hurting the Hindu sentiments. This is only a beginning and this movement against the hostile media has to be sustained.
The writer is a freelancer