Lately I have seen some reality shows of competitive nature, be it dance or singing or other talents. In many of these there are children who compete with adult artists. Their performance is very impressive most of the times but somehow they get eliminated by or at semi final stages. Though there is voting system for viewers but transparency in that is not clear. There was a news item some time ago that in one of such competitions one of the participants had bought bulk SIM cards which were used by his close one to vote for him more than one time. My intention is not to cast aspirations on fairness of TV channels but to bring out that such participant children are in tears on being eliminated even after their sterling performances. I thus suggest that children upto certain age, say 10 years, even when eliminated should be given some prize in the form of a trophy as well as cash apart from encouraging words like their performance has been very good and with little more practice they can surely win FIRST prize. This will go a long way for psychology of the child. I think TV channels or sponsors are surely in a position to bear this small expenditure to ensure that such children are not disheartened and leave practicing whatever be that talent.
Another point which has been coming in my mind is that how would we feel if we see our ex- Presidents promoting something or the other in ads, TV or print? I am sure that we will feel that they are degrading sanctity of their position, isn’t it? So don’t you think that recipient of our HIGHEST NATIONAL AWARD, BHARAT RATNA, should also not be shown in any such acts?
These are my personal views. I do not know if any of you support me on this.