Originally posted by -SamiR-
Interesting take UMDU ji! So, you're looking at the situation from outside, in. It seems like a plausible reason for why Sandhya's character is the way it is. Although, it's hard for me to digest that a major media channel is so enthusiastic on the social activism front, for the sole purpose of bringing progressive change to rural India (most media corporations are usually not known for having a conscience
). If anything, I would give the credit to the writers of DABH. Of course, that doesn't change the validity of your analysis; I completely agree.
I also wanted to add that although your analysis shows why Sandhya's behavior is important to get the message across to the audience, I think her behavior is also consistent with her character from a literary perspective. The latter point is quite well demonstrated in the above posts of MisscoolEyes, and Peachesandcream. Among other things, I think Sandhya's trait of selflessness is an important justification for her behavior, as I have argued previously.
Nonetheless, great analysis from a unique perspective
EDITED: oops, forgot to comment on your Gandhi ji/ Bhagat ji analogy. Just to be clear, I believe that the contributions of 'revolutionaries' were as important as the non-violent civil disobedience by Gandhi ji. Both violence and non-violence can be justified or criticized, depending on the intention behind the act. It's quite hard for me to think of any successful solutions to conflicts in history that have used only violence/aggression or only non-violence. Usually, a combination of aggression (or at least the threat of it) and diplomacy is required. It's true that we have immense respect for Gandhi ji, but I think any true Indian would have equal respect for 'revolutionaries' like Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and others (at least I would like to hope so!)
Thank you so much Samiji for your inputs. Let me discuss the points yoou have raised one by one
1. Star Plus is not here to do social service. No one will say that. The CVs have to be given a lot of credit but it is Star which is telecasting it and they repeatedly say they want to bring in new leher. In India there are several firms which are deeply into corporate social responsibility and either passively or actively contribute. To give you an example Bharti Airtel had a plan to have 1,00000 homes with mobile phones. No doubt it would bring in brisk business for their firm but also improved communication networks phenomenally. TATA Motors introduced the aam admi car Nano which made car available at a very affordable price to a middle class man who till than only dreamt of it. TATAs also made money but the benefit passed on to other classes as well. These are passive contributors while there are many active ones like Wipro or Infosys or Reddys etc we won't go into that. The point I am making here is they may promote social awareness through serials while making money through ads. The fact that the serial is so popular encourages them further to go in that direction. However as I said about 65% are in rural areas and their sentiments cannot be ignored. So they decide to combine social responsibility sensitively with their material gains.
2.Regarding Sandhya's nature and the analysis of her character many threads by IF members has been taken out and discussed. I did not go into that as I was concentrating on the larger picture i.e why her character has been built that way.
3.Regarding the freedom struggle my analogy was limited to the participation of Congress in the elections indicating a will to fight from within. The congress continued to contest in elections till our independence barring few disruptions due to different movements. It is they who played a greater role in the independence movement. The revolutionaries did not believe in joining the Government. Their impact was limited to a few areas. We have the greatest respect for our revolutionaries but their popularity cannot be equated with Gandhiji. Here we are talking about relative popularity. I also agree that no freedom struggle has been blood less and a combination of two works. Gandhiji became famous due to his mass mobilization while other leaders could not manage that and were popular in pockets. In the same way Star Plus is also targeting the masses who would like to see a submissive Sandhya achieve her IPS dream gradually rather than satisfy the urban educated elite who want her to rebel and chart her own path of success. They no doubt are doing it for their own selfish reasons as they are going by the percentage of viewership but it will benefit atleast in a limited way in changing the psyche.We don't need such lessons they do so they are giving it to them and making money as well.
4.The civil disobedience movement was started by Gandhiji with the salt satyagraha while the revolutionaries I mentioned had a parallel movement going under the party name of Hindusthan socialist republican association. They were not the same and Bhagat singh along with two others was hanged in March 1931.They were in prison from 1929 till death and civil disobedience started in March 1930.
Edited by UMDU - 08 November 2012 at 12:13am