Ra­mazan trans­mis­sion

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - FAREED ZA­FAR

In early 2000 when there were no pri­vate TV chan­nels, the peo­ple in the month of Ra­mazan would watch in­for­ma­tive re­li­gious pro­grammes, news, dra­mas etc. But to­day, we spent time by watch­ing cheap and low qual­ity Ra­mazan trans­mis­sions on pri­vate Chan­nels. Ap­prox­i­mately, there are 25 to 30 Pak­istani chan­nels all broad­cast­ing their own Ra­mazan trans­mis­sion from Sehr to If­tar but un­for­tu­nately there is no Is­lamic ed­u­ca­tion in it rather they all are sell­ing Ra­mazan and pro­mot­ing brands.

This is very sad state of af­fairs that, “we are not learn­ing from Ra­mazan, we are earn­ing from Ra­mazan”. To­day, these chan­nels are com­mer­cialised to the ex­tent that even Mul­lahs also do­ing a roar­ing busi­ness charg­ing money to come on shows. More­over the au­di­ence are also par­tic­i­pat­ing in such pro­grammes for the sake of free cheap gifts. I have seen in one of the trans­mis­sion where a host is con­tin­u­ously in­sult­ing the au­di­ence but peo­ple were happy be­cause they get gifts like mo­biles, LED TVs or mo­tor­cy­cle.

Fur­ther­more, why ev­ery TV channel is now do­ing the same thing, be­cause, we ac­tu­ally want to see this on TV. This has be­come the moral stan­dard of our na­tion. There are no ed­u­ca­tional and knowl­edge based con­tent in all such TV pro­grammes. To­day, there is no TV channel where a sin­gle pro­gramme is tele­cast to pro­mote real ed­u­ca­tion and knowl­edge for all ages. — Via email

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