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Update : 2016-04-16 22:21:28
Satellite TV channels and our moral degradation

Satellite TV channels and our moral degradation

In 1994, Malaysian former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad remarked about Indian & American TV channels, ‘Today they broadcast slanted news. Tomorrow they will broadcast raw pornography to corrupt our children and destroy our culture.’ His forecast became really true today because the harm has already been done to our young generation and the whole society.  And it is now up to us to undo it. Our youths are our most valuable assets. They are the future leaders of the nation. The youths of today have been ensnared by youthful, lusts, pride, arrogance, disrespect, disobedience and indiscipline; these are traits that can only grow out of habits for ‘thoughts bring forth acts and acts produce habits, while habits become character’. The changes in the family structure, advent of westernisation, the media revolution, dirty policies etc. We know media is playing very important role in our society. But we do not deny the anecdotal evidence to suggest an influence on women and girls in fields such as fashion and clothing as well as fast food consumption. We know that satellite television viewership is no more restricted to the upper-middle class only; with the availability of low-priced television and cable connection, it has become a common household facility for the lower class as well.  Bangladesh is a Muslim country and Bangladeshi culture is the unique pattern of belief, ideas, values highly influenced by the religion of Islam and others. Constitution of Bangladesh sets Islam as a state religion and sets code of ethics in the cultural life for the people of Bangladesh. But the people especially the young generation gained western and Indian culture due to acculturations of modernisation and westernisation. Viewers have access to a variety of channels from local to foreign, which provide them with an opportunity to watch all types of programmes. Hindi drama serials are spreading the flavour of sexuality which is not allowed in our society. These dramas are diverting our young generation from the mainstream. Captivating by sexuality, youths cannot pay heed to constructive work, and thinking. They are losing character because nowadays character is less valuable to them. So, I think foreign satellite TV channels are the main cause of moral decay. and local TV channels are also responsible for moral degradation in our society, because nowadays, some of the Bangladeshi channels are highly influenced by Indian and western channels and are trying to compete with these channels to serve as the translator for our society. They are losing its cultural identity by showing off, glamour, romance, etc. They have forgotten our native culture and customs! Cable network is forcing the youth to celebrate the anti Islamic and anti Bangali cultural festivals which are creating different economic and social problems. The overall debate on the impact of media on Bangladeshi culture indicates that all these problems are created due to freedom of media. Bangladeshi media should provide the healthy entertainment to the viewers by projecting the Islamic culture, customs, and Liberation War history of our motherland at global and national level. Foreign especially the Indian dramas & films have frequent and intensive negative impact on our social, cultural, religious beliefs and values of Bangladeshi youth. We all are accepting it. The effects are clearly visible on lifestyles, conversation, food, dressing, language, traditional celebrations and religion. When we look around us, we find fashion everywhere. Teenagers are fond of fast foods and soft drinks and thus we can say that the media is now introducing new trends, behaviours, attitudes and standards for a modern life which greatly affected the society. Most of the dramas and films or serials in our country or others countries are full of dirty things. And women wear vulgar dresses. In any film or drama, women are shown as fascinating thing. They try to show their bodies to the common people. An international survey demonstrated that 54% viewers admitted that, the model in film, drama are presented with filthy dress up. Especially, girls wear very short dresses to show their body by which the gents easily can be easily attracted. Our young girl even the middle age women, nowadays, are influence by these dresses. Men of all ages also follow their dress up. In this regard, last year of Eid-ul Fitr, a number of lives have been lost and wives divorced their husband for not allowing to see foreign satellite TV channels and not permit to buy pakhi dress! Today media plays an important role in the promotion of Hindi language in Bangladesh. People mostly watch Indian programmes and they adopt many Hindi words. They use Hindi words in daily conversation. Media present the modernisation and westernisation and it has a negative impact on the original culture, but we are not denying the bad effects. After all, to save our culture and youth from foreign cultural aggression, the government should take some steps such as – set up a committee that will control and monitor the programmes aired by satellite TV channels. They should also monitor any programme which will telecast and should  keep their eyes on our cultural values, religions and traditions. Md. Sharifur Rahman Adil, Lecturer, Feni south – East Degree College