Posted: 08 September 2012 at 10:56am | IP Logged
Neelamra and everyone else, thanks for sharing your opinions.
I tend to agree with most of the other posters in this thread - I don't have a problem with the current Rajkumar-is-a-terrorist track. I think that having a track such as this in DABH is helping to increase awareness of this sensitive issue.
Terrorism is an unfortunate reality, but I feel that DABH has handled it quite well and sensitively so far. They have shown (truthfully) that anyone could be a terrorist, no matter how nice-looking or hard-working some one is or how trustworthy they seem, or what connections (to other people) they claim to have. I think DABH has highlighted the fact that we all need to be careful and be aware of things that are happening around us, particularly anything that seems suspicious or way too good to be true.
They haven't brought religion into the actual terrorism part at all, apart from Hinduism seemingly being the religion practised by the majority of the characters in the area where the story is set and so having a Hindu temple being the terrorist bomb target because they know a large crowd will be formed there for festivities soon. And seemingly, Rajkumar/Anuraag Joshi is in the guise of a Hindu (going to the temple and carrying out rituals etc and making his presence in the local community felt in this way) and they haven't given him any Muslim-sounding names/aliases (I hope that statement is not offensive to anyone), so they definitely haven't hinted at the terrorists being Muslim. In reality it is a very unfortunate stereotype that "most terrorists are Muslim" and that "terrorism is always motivated by religion", pervaded by a lot of terrorists using Islam/religion as a mask/excuse for their evil actions, when religion in general teaches peace and not the mass killing of innocents. There must be people of different religions working in DABH (eg. Anas is Muslim, Deepika is Sikh [I think], someone else must be Hindu etc etc) so I really don't think that they would be comfortable in playing up to "religious terrorist" stereotypes much, and so I'm glad that they haven't really done it.
Bringing terrorism into the show might seem quite an extreme thing to do, and an extreme way to get Sandhya's IPS dream out in the open when it could have happened in several different ways, but I am actually glad that they chose to go with the terrorism storyline (even though terrorism itself is horrible!). The reason I am glad they brought the terrorism angle back into the story is because they actually (sort of) started off DABH with it - Sandhya's parents died in a terrorist bomb blast. If they had died in some other way, like a really big traffic accident that had also affected lots of other people, then bringing in the terrorist angle now would not really have been necessary. BUT, they did start off with Sandhya's parents dying in a terrorist attack, which also affected the whole city, so I think going back to having a terrorism storyline now is not a bad thing. DABH is famous for closing off story loops, and this is one way for them to do this. They can bring some closure to Sandhya (and maybe even Ankur and Ankita, if they move back to Pushkar soon) if another terrorist bomb blast is foiled, and by being able to help out in doing this, it may help to get Sandhya's IPS dream out in the open but it will also help to honour her parents memory. That is why I feel that having a terrorism storyline is actually necessary at this stage - because they actually started it a long time ago and now need to finish it off properly.
DABH have handled this sensitive issue very well so far and I hope they will continue to do so. Good on them for using their wide-reach to educate the masses about this issue.
Edited by A-A-S - 08 September 2012 at 10:59am