MPAs debate impact of Indian TV, cartoons and music

Published: October 20, 2010
Indian media manipulating minds of Pakistani children and promoting the Hindu culture through Indian cartoons, claim MPA officials.

Indian media manipulating minds of Pakistani children and promoting the Hindu culture through Indian cartoons, claim MPA officials.

LAHORE: MPAs debated the affects of Indian cartoons on the minds of Pakistani children in the Punjab assembly session on Tuesday.

A resolution calling for a ban on Indian cartoons was one of the five presented and defeated in the assembly. Law Minister Rana Sanaullah defended the composition of the taskforces working in the province.

MPA Samina Khawar Hayat said that the Indian media were manipulating the minds of the children through Indian cartoons. She said that they were promoting the Hindu culture in Pakistani children, and proposed a resolution banning such programmes.

Deputy speaker Rana Mashood responded that the channels could not be banned and people should take responsibility for their children. “If we bring up our children in a proper way, no such programme can affect them,” he said.

Advocate Tayyaba Zameer said that the devastation caused by the Indian dramas was far greater than the devastation brought by the floods or the earthquake.

PPP MPA Sajjida Mir opposed the resolution, saying it would be followed by a resolution demanding the closure of Hindu temples and gurdwaras. Hayat replied that she had moved the resolution for the benefit of the children of Pakistan.

Hassan Murtaza, a PPP MPA, said that the Pakistani society had double standards.

He said that things condemned inside the assembly were openly followed outside it. He said that Khwaja Imran Nazir apparently opposed Indian songs, but listened to them in private. “Yesterday, when I asked Khwaja Imran Nazir for a lift, he was listening to Munni Badnam, an Indian song, in his car,” he said. Nazir called Murataza a ‘liar.’ “I have never given Hassan Murtaza a lift,” Nazir said.

The other defeated resolutions concerned the sale of non-prescription drugs, financial support of flood-affected farmers under an ‘Islamic agricultural system’, and the Services and General Administration Department.

Law minister on task forces:

Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told the house that the government had abolished seven more task forces and only 18 task forces remained. He said that the chairmen of these task forces were working without pay.

Responding to a question from MPA Mohsin Leghari, the law minister said that political workers were appointed to work in the task forces, and they did not require professional skills. Previously only seven task force chairmen were paid and the rest worked without pay. However, he said, after the floods the pay of those seven was also stopped.

Speaker on Mastikhel’s absence from court:

The Punjab assembly speaker, Rana Mohammad Iqbal, has directed a special committee to hold a meeting on the absence of MPA Sanaullah Mastikhel.

The speaker asked Provincial Finance Minister Tanvir Ashraf Kaira to lead the meeting on October 21 in the Punjab Assembly committee room C, after the session.

Mastikhel had been sought by the Lahore High Court, regarding news tickers on three private TV channels, which said that Mastikhel’s BA degree was bogus.

In previous assembly sessions, Mastikhel had asked the speaker to take immediate action against the TV channels.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 20th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Oct 20, 2010 - 9:49AM

    First of all we must try to look into our behavior before pointing fingers at others. Some Media Houses are doing all this either on daily basis or on weekly basis by showing duplicate faces of our top leaderships in a very insulting way. Mocking them on TV, shows that we ourselves are part of Cartoon Network. We must accept our failure in providing good music, entertainment and comedy on our channels. Nothing is left for the kids to see on our TVs, all is for elders (Talk Shows 7/24) or people killing each other for reasons they are not aware of due to their age so what do we expect from them. Anyhow, Indian music, comedy shows, films, cartoons are far better than ours if we really have anymore left here or there. Yes, classical, semi classical and gazal singers are best in our country but not play back singers. Digest what I have penciled down here.Recommend

  • Salman Ali
    Oct 20, 2010 - 11:44AM

    I agree,Indian cartoons should be banned!!and especially Indian song.We are Asia’s largest POP industry.But instead we listen Indian crappy sings(Well not me because I don’t like to watch or listen to Indian Songs because if will watch Indian songs or movies,I consider it as betraya against my great nation)lWhen we have our own Pakistani Cartoon Network,then why should we watch Indian Cartoon Network.We have best musical bands like Jal,EP,Call,Irtaash,Ali Azmat,Ali Zafar,Areib Azhar,Nusrat Fahete Ali Khan,Bilal Khan and many other underground bands..When we have these kinds of bands and musicians,then why listen to Indian Songs.If we listen to Indian Songs,God-Forsaken we may destory our music industery like we did it to film industry.Our music represents us,our culture,our ideology and our nation…..Fine if you want to watch Indian Music and Movies,then we should join India.Remember what Sonia Gandhi said “We should avoid war against Pakistan,because we will conquer through our media”at first I did’nt believed her,but unfortunately everything is going according to her plan.I don’t about know rest of Pakistanis, she,every Indian and Pakistani should know that I am incorruptable and I will stay loyal to Pakistani Music Industry..We still can avoid this,before its too late.Our Music channels were hope for Pakistani Musicians but they too have been corrupted.And one last thing instead of calling our politicans corrupt,traitors,we should look at ourselves in the mirror,first

    P.S I know my words will fall on deaf ears,but I said what I had to say.Now its up to youRecommend

  • Harsh
    Oct 20, 2010 - 1:09PM

    Remember what Sonia Gandhi said “We should avoid war against Pakistan,because we will conquer through our media”

    Ali bhai saheb, when did Sonia ever say anything to that effect? Could you back your claim with valid credible news report?Recommend

  • Oct 20, 2010 - 1:21PM

    Rana Mashood is right in his stance.Recommend

  • humayunm
    Oct 20, 2010 - 2:36PM

    “Advocate Tayyaba Zameer said that the devastation caused by the Indian dramas was far greater than the devastation brought by the floods or the earthquake.”

    Really? What is she smoking? Recommend

  • Humanity
    Oct 20, 2010 - 6:40PM

    The sense of right and wrong is no more.

    “Flags are bits of coloured cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people’s minds and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead. When independent, thinking people (and here I do not include the corporate media) begin to rally under flags, when writers, painters, musicians, film makers suspend their judgment and blindly yoke their art to the service of the ‘nation’, it’s time for all of us to sit up and worry.” – Arundhati RoyRecommend

  • basanti
    Oct 20, 2010 - 7:45PM

    “Yesterday, when I asked Khwaja Imran Nazir for a lift, he was listening to Munni Badnam, an Indian song, in his car,” he said. Nazir called Murataza a ‘liar.’ “I have never given Hassan Murtaza a lift,”


  • Mubarik Tahir
    Oct 20, 2010 - 7:59PM

    I think our Mullahs provide enough live entertainment like target killings, suicide bombing etc. We don’t need to watch Indian movies, cartoons and music. If someone still needs more entertainment he can watch Taliban slaughtering people.Recommend

  • rocket
    Oct 20, 2010 - 8:28PM

    love it or hate cant ignore it.Recommend

  • Anoop
    Oct 20, 2010 - 8:54PM

    Such an insecure bunch. Judiciary hates the Civilian government, Government hate being under the Army’s thumbs, Army hates the way Civilians are tearing apart the country. Now, I appreciate that the Pakistani parliamentarians had the time to discuss Indian cultural impact on Pakistan. lol.

    If a culture is so weak to be influenced and overridden by a TV show or a Music Channel, then does that culture really has a future or does it deserve to be present in its present state? Recommend

  • Sravan
    Oct 20, 2010 - 10:16PM

    The Paki stores in US rent and sell Indoo TV serials, Movies and music CDs more than their own. I recently read a news item saying a popular female Paki singer performed for rich Indians in London with all the B’wood stuff, dressed in Paki outfits. Not sure why law makers are hell bent on depriving their public entertainment in the name of hatred while sending the Paki aspirants to India to participate in Indian TV realty shows. Double standards! The munni part is hilarious!Recommend

  • dhanya
    Oct 21, 2010 - 7:15AM

    I would also like to know whether the punjab government also ban muslims of using hindu surnames like Rana, Raja, Rajput, Neyyar, Bhatti, Rao, etc. It should also be banned by the “elite cultural police of Punjab”.Recommend

  • SA
    Oct 21, 2010 - 10:53AM

    LOL here we go again… BTW Harsh I remember having read those words of Sonia Gandhi, back in 1996 though! Recommend

  • ramayana
    Oct 21, 2010 - 12:11PM

    My gosh. This article is full of English mistakes and really badly written! It should be “effects of Indian cartoons”, not “affects”.Recommend

  • Talha
    Oct 22, 2010 - 1:00AM

    We need to get rid of this extremist government in Pakistan asap.Recommend

  • Hamood
    Oct 22, 2010 - 5:39AM

    I cannot stand to watch more than 5 minutes of Indian TV programming, its all rubbish. Our programs were way better than theirs until the mid 90s when a decline in pretty much all aspects of life started. Our pop/ rock and traditional music is way better than their play back thumka thons. Nobody in the world watches Indian programming except people from the sub-continent and some third world countries. I think that sums it all very well.Recommend

  • Abdul Haseeb
    Oct 22, 2010 - 10:55AM

    I think all Indian Channels should be banned in Pakistan but I would like to turn your attention towards an even bigger problem. See when you’re watching an Indian Channel you know that they’re using Hindi language but I was shocked when I heard Hindi words being mixed in Urdu by a Pakistani channels presenter.
    The thing is that after sometime our new generation will not be able to distinguish between Urdu and Hindi. And I would like you to recall that this Urdu-Hindi controversy had a big role in the partition of Indian Subcontinent.

    People might think we (Indians and Pakistanis) are very much the same but we’re not and please safely transfer our culture, our language and heritage to the next generation.
    We might want peace with our neighbors but this doesn’t mean we lose our identity to make peace.Recommend

  • witness
    Oct 22, 2010 - 10:55AM

    T.V does have a massive affect on young children’s minds.In India we have lost our culture already to English.Our children speak better English then Hindi,and watch more English programmes then Hindi.In Indian metropolis speaking in Hindi is shame as English is always preferable other wise how ever wise you may be and if you do not speak proper English you are considered dumb.Thanks to media and now I think Pakistan is going through the same phase.Welcome to the club.Recommend

  • lalit
    Oct 22, 2010 - 9:36PM

    thanks ,at least you could watch this lowly stuff for at least 5 minutes.i dont understand why,some “patriotic” Pakistanis take it as humiliation to watch Indian movies or serials.always ranting about poor quality of Indian films and serials,and same old rhetoric of their golden past.common this is no serious business,its plain entertainment.even former USSR was not that much bothered by the effects of Hollywood on its populace.and yes we do produce films for predominantly Indian population,not for Koreans,Swedes or Finnish,so why bother who watches it and who doesnt.personally i am no big fan of films and serials,but to make a mountain out of a mole is just stupidity.moreover,movies are watched for entertainment,not to showcase your patriotism.there are better ways of doing the later.
    @Abdul Haseeb
    have you ever felt the same peevishness with those who mix Urdu with English or say Arabic.dont hide behind culture and language.accept that you hate anything remotely language has been able to retain its purity over a period of time.and Hindi and Urdu are no classical languages to lose their grandeur by intermixing.Urdu(originally a Turkish word meaning camp) itself came into existence in seventeenth century by the amalgamation of Persian and Hindi,in Mughal military camps,by the interaction of people of various provinces.its ironic that you are worried about its mixing with Hindi,while its origin is shared by Hindi itself.languages are enriched by interaction as we in India know it better than anyone with scores of regional languages interacting simultaneously.which culture and heritage you are talking about safely handing over to your coming generations ?that of hatred towards your own shared past?Recommend

  • Giri
    Oct 22, 2010 - 10:29PM

    I wonder why there is no ban on pakistani artists who are being sent to India for participation in the indian singing shows, if they have to pass a resolution to ban the indian shows. Yes, this is double standard as claimed in the article. BTW, we indians do not oppose pakistani artists coming here. They are generally very nice and we are happy they are here to perform and not talk BS. But, i am amazed they know most of the hindi songs which even i never heard.Recommend

  • Sonia
    Oct 23, 2010 - 9:20PM

    Seriously, everyone here is blowing everything out of propotion. Anyone who knows a little bit of psychology knows the affect of cartoons on children’s minds. Its not the cartoons like mickey mouse or tom and jerry that (i think) the government disagrees with but with cartoons that are based in hindu religion (as shown by the pictures). Do we really want our children learning about worshipping hanuman and the likes when worshipping idols is the worst thing in our religion you can do? If someone says watching cartoons wont affect children if they are brought up well, well that person is highly in denial. Why do you think there is so much controversy in banning violent cartoon, movies and video games? if such things dont effects children’s mind if they are brought up properly, why are they condemned by almost everyone?
    I agree our nation does not have enough cartoons for children but you cant say there is nothing there. Safe guard and tetra packs were amazingly made and just as creative. I urge pakistani animators to create more informatory cartoons for children.
    As far as indian movies songs and soaps are concerned, its true. They are effecting our minds. I oftn find myself saying hindi words instead of urdu. I think a ban will be a great thing as it will promote the local market. people will be prompted to create more entertainment as no other alternative will be availabe. You guys have to understand this is not about fundamentalism or anything. The fact is indians are ruling our minds and that is not a bad thing but it is effecting our own industury whcih needs a big push. Recommend

  • Sonia
    Oct 23, 2010 - 9:25PM

    Just to clarify something, I am in support of not banning the whole channel bt just banning such cartoons.Recommend

  • Kenneth Joe Cleetus
    Dec 10, 2010 - 2:12AM

    I’m a Christian by Birth but I hav read Bible, Khuran, Ramayana and Mahabharatha .

    Judaism and Islam are Similar in nature… Whereas Christianity incorporates the idea of the “trinity”, Islam believes in one all-powerful, infinite God.
    For Us Jesus is God’s son … For Muslim Jesus is jst a prophet and Jews are still expecting for the arrival of Jesus Christ.
    These 3 religions originated frm the same place …

    This is not the case in India… Indian Society and culture is diff… Hinduism existed even before Christianity and Islam (Anyway i believe only in Bible) …
    Hinduism is an Ancient Religion … Buddhism and Jainism derived Frm Hinduism…

    Why can’t u people respect all religion …I like the discipline of Muslims, teachings of Hindus and Spirituality Of Christians… I luv Muslim religion but i hate Pakistanis . 88% of the world hate Pakistan for Sure… Pakistan promoted terrorism to collapse Indian Economy . Remember Pakistan was once a part of India… It was the political trick (Divide and rule policy) of English people to Divide India into two.
    Pakistan got it’s independence due to Mahathma Gandhi and not coz of Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
    Muslims in India are in better living condition than Pakistani Muslims.

    Pakistan ‘ll never earn goodwill until it join it’s hands in peace with India. China’s supporting Pakistan coz Chinese gov wants to curb the development of Indian Economy.

    People of Pakistan can improve their standard of living by giving up terrorism. Everybody knws that Kashmir belongs to India. Majority of Kashmiri’s are Muslims but it has nothing to do wth Pakistan.

    God created all humans alike… we worship that supreme power in different ways that’s all.Recommend

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