The craze of being on television was seen when RPI leader Ramdas Athavle was not selected in a TV reality show. By burning the effigy of the host Shilpa Shetty at various places of the city, RPI party workers are not just publicizing themselves but are also unnecessarily giving a boost to the shows TRP too. The way in which racial discrimination and controversies gave a boost to the show ratings of Big Brother and gave a high to the rather flop career of Shilpa Shetty, in a similar way controversies are trying be created in the Big Boss series to make it a favorite show of India. Big Boss is a reality show being telecasted on Colors in which 14 participants have been selected which includes political people like Sanjay Nirupam and Rahul Mahajan. Ramdas Athavle was also contacted for participation which he accepted. However later he was informed that he was not selected in the 14 finalist. Ramdas Atahavle claimed this to be a caste discrimination and challenged to protest this decision. After this, many RPI party workers burnt the effigy of Shilpa Shetty and tore of posters of Big Boss at various parts of the city, one of which was Azad Maidan. The party workers spoke about their protest. Looking at the drama, one wonders if this is not just a very well planned publicity stunt to gain viewers for the show. One thing is clear and that is today’s political leaders are so anxious that if not as a leader then atleast as an actor, they want to be seen on television. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Rajeev Midhra for NMTV News.
June 23, 2016