Political Satire is a very important component of entertainment and plays a very important part of helping keep the public aware about national politics and politicians in general. People consider Politics as really boring and it is no coincidence that satirists play a vital role in forming opinions.
Most free countries in this world, have political satire shows be it Europe or America – every country has intelligent and gutsy political satire shows. America excels in this aspect where there are so many political commentators. Rambodoc has built his blog with his signature WEAKLY HUMERUS NEWS posts based on the text transcripts of entertainers and commemorators like Letterman, Novak, Hamilton and Bartez to name a few. And its only because of their belief in democracy that the president can be openly be lampooned by entertainers like Colbert (do watch the video)
Link here if the video doesn’t work.
India has a very few shows NDTV/ NDTV India has one, GUSTAKI MAAF and its english avatar , both rippoffs of kukly but they are rather mild. Alpha Marathi channel had another Ghadle Bighadle (Done Undone) which was hugely popular and outed many of the inner dealings of Maharashtra’s political elite (i think it got shut down). The question is why are there so few a shows in India and is there self censorship by media houses to be in the good books of the state ?
Even the news has a degree of self censorship, and glossing over important issues.
Take the example of the current Amarnath row, when a highly opinionated Barkha D goes on record in her NDTV show saying – it is a jammu / kashmir issue – when the on ground situation shows a clear and amazing unity of the NC, PDP, some of the Congress politicians and the single Communist politician Muzaffar Beig and the separatist bunch Hurriyat or its splinter groups… and clearly on religious lines, as the state has been virtually shut down by all and sundry supporting this agitation to supposedly protect forest cover from destruction (where were they when the forests were being chopped down to fund the AKs? ) that too in the only Muslim majority state in India ( which has no minority commission to safeguard minority rights), which makes me think where has the Kashmiriyat gone ?