A friend of mine who teaches general science to the lower classes in a reputed school, observed
amusedly that thanks to TV viewing, the students display a greater interest in and knowledge about the animal kingdom and that her classes have become livelier.
In the light of this statement, I wonder if TV is not more sinned against than sinning.
Do the programmes-other than the ones meant for entertainment-fail to hold the interest of children who are regarded as the main victims of the ‘new opiate’? I, for one, eel youngsters take a keener interest in sports, literature, science or even politics, as a result of watching TV.
A school girl known to me has become an avid reader of Tagore, Premchand, O’Henry, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jane Austen, etc., in recent months. I think TV whets their appetite for general knowledge in a way.
As for waste of their prime time, in the absence of TV the children could well become hooked on to comics of dubious merit. Injudicious viewing is indulged in by children only in households where the parents lack the requisite firmness to deal with them. Or, do some parents themselves ned to be de-addicted?
*this letter won the first prize in the Eve’s Weekly magazine, Feb 28th to March 6, 1987 edition.