Returning the true essence of Ramzan
A recent trend is seen in the past few years during the holy month
of Ramzan that every TV channel in Pakistan starts a game show
where people are asked to either to compete or portray a certain
set of skills to win prizes. At start, there were certain limits
and check and balance but with time, the activities and the portray
of behavior by the anchors and the general public is rather
alarming. Such actions have two main aspects related to it: the
religious aspect and the social aspect.
Ramzan is considered a sacred and holy month for Muslims and they
try to engage themselves more in prayers, recitation of Holy Quran,
and help the needy. While every channel is engaging in launching a
show and compete with other channels, people are more concerned
with becoming a part of these shows rather than concentrate on the
true essence of Ramzan. Secondly, in such shows only 5 to 10
percent people are those who are truly needed, the rest are middle
class people who can afford a good living. This creates a social
imbalance. Moreover, it’s been taken into concentration by PEMRA
that the anchors of such shows are showing disrespectful behaviors
and notice has been issued to Geo to address this matter.
According to my understanding, this is not enough. This has become
more of a money making segment then a “helping hand” segment.
Millions are taken as sponsorship’s and only chips are distributed
among the general public. Some of the programs needs to be banned
and a set of rules needs to be made for the entertainment channels
for the programs aired to be during Ramzan.