Season of love and politics
perceptible effect on television content; unsurprisingly, the
advent of sawan saw DD Punjabi come up with delightful
folk songs, including Amar Noorie’s song and dance numbers. It
is always a pleasure to watch DD Punjabi’s quaint shows
celebrating Punjab’s culture and tradition. However, although
the dominating theme was love, with various songs depicting a mutiyar’s
longing for her mahi, there was also the perennial theme
of saas-nuh tussle.
As the anchor
pointed out, yesterday’s daughter-in-law becomes today’s
mother-in-law. Accordingly, her attitude and role metamorphose,
keeping the sass-nuh tension perennially in tact.
Some things never change. This is proving true of Punjab’s
politics as well this sawan.
DD Punjabi comes up with delightful folk songs, including Amar Noorie’s song and dance numbers
Badals of this world may do their utmost to impact the state’s
political scenario but the SAD-INC equation remains familiarly
adversarial. The bitterness between Captain Amarinder Singh and
Parkash Singh Badal and family endures. Both the political
stalwarts are equally dismissive of Manpreet while reserving
their most biting invectives for each other. Their verbal
fusillades can now be witnessed by a wider audience as each
adversary has a dedicated platform to launch ballistics from —
PTC News for the Badals, and Day & Night News (DNN) for the
Captain. The other day, on DNN’s Fair & Square, the
Captain repeatedly pointed out the failures of the SAD-BJP
Government even as he took credit for whatever Punjab has
achieved in the past few years.
On the other hand,
PTC News is giving live coverage (as it did on July 22) to the
various public meetings organised by the SAD-BJP leadership,
wherein the speakers never tire of telling the tired Punjabis of
what a paradise Punjab is going to be once they got voted back
to power, viz. 24-hour power supply, sewage and water facilities
for every house in the state. Of course, they seldom fail to
point out what a horrible thing it would be if the Captain’s
INC is voted to power. Now that the state Assembly elections are
nearing, we are increasingly going to see hyperbolic invective
and related un-civilities.
But the battle for
the forthcoming ballot does not end with the mutual exposure of
warts and moles. The combat spills over to the media space, too.
It is a well-known fact that the PTC group of television
channels has a stranglehold over the Punjabi infotainment world.
They are ahead in popularity stakes simply because PTC has
exclusive rights to telecast Gurbani from Harmandar Sahib. DNN
chafes at this monopoly. In September the contract between the
SGPC and PTC is due for renegotiation. With the possibility of
elections being held in December, there is a sense of urgency on
the part of DNN to ensure a level playing field. But the odds
are stacked against it because, reputedly, PTC has the backing
of the ruling party. So, even though it is being alleged that
PTC is not paying all its dues as laid down in the contract,
there is no way it is going to be shown the door by the SGPC.
Interestingly, MH1 is having exclusive rights to telecast
Gurbani from Hemkunt Sahib.
issues, Khabarsaar of Zee Punjabi discussed the pros and
cons of the recent reshuffle in the Manmohan Singh government’s
Cabinet. Masle (PTC News) dealt with the controversy
between Punjab and Haryana over the building of a concrete wall
across the Ghaggar; subsequently, it also held a discussion on
snakebites wherein the invited specialist said that not all
snakes were venomous. But, frankly, with so much of political
venom being spewed by homo-sapiens all over the small screen
this sawan, the reptiles stand no chance in attracting