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Why Indian Soap Operas Should Be banned

if I had any sort of political power in my country the first thing i would do is to ban the indian soaps....the reason? women are portrayed as nothing but vivacious bitches who have nothing better to do than plot plans against the families, or as submissive daughters in law who slog in the kitchen all day long,take permission from their in laws to even step outta the house and that makes them look "good" and "cultured"! it's either that or a bitchy mother in law who tortures the women in the house...every SINGLE soap in the country shows women as weak or devilish...usually the "good" girl in the show will be the one who listens to the "elders" without using a brain of her own and the "bad" one is the one that wears western clothes and thinks for herself....if she does that she's generally the one shown devising plans to sabotage the family....the men of the family are generally shown as calm and intelligent who are made to look like poor innocent lambs caught between a bunch of cunning women.....half the reason why the country is still backward and why the women are talked ill about for expressing their freedom are these serial shows...because every housewife watches them and is made to believe that she doesnt deserve to live like a human being



nilima's picture

i agree with ya pawani..the

i agree with ya pawani..the way they have made the portrait of women is nothing but a doll and puppet.. you should speak..all women should speak and these soaps are really need to be changed!

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Deepti's picture


Namaste Pawane,

That was a nice issue you raised. One of the favorite things I like to do during my break is watch Indian soaps, so I am quite familiar with this issue. I partly agree that Indian soaps are portraying women as puppets, but I would not ban these soaps - these Indian serials are so mesmerizing that one cannot stop watching it once started. I guess similar is the case for most of the other viewers - the housewives. These soaps (at least the ones I have watched) definitely are over-representing the reality, but they do have some reality, unfortunately! By this, I mean that I can draw a connection of these story to my society. Only a few soaps has women able to work outside their home, and the way they have pictured how a typical Indian woman should be is discriminating. If they change a little bit of the role of women, and show women not only confined in a house serving their family, I think these soaps could be the best tool to start with, to give power to its viewers, mostly the housewives.

Deepti Bista

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