Out, out from that damned prime spot, the government says, delivering its verdict on television shows Rakhi Ka Insaaf and Bigg Boss Season 4. Move over to the 11 pm to 5 am viewing slot (when good citizens sleep), comes the rebuke from the information and broadcasting ministry, you TV shows that have scant regard for good taste and habits.
Though the Bombay High Court ordered a stay on the directive for Bigg Boss on Thursday, the task of national character formation can now be taken up by politicians.
After all, there is more to learn from a politician, with his instant connect with the aam aadmi, than from Rakhi Sawant who has only recently lent her ear to the aam janta. A week-long compulsory viewing of Parliament proceedings is enough to impart valuable lessons in punctuality, discipline, orderliness and noble behaviour.
Those about to step into adulthood (and bothered by concerns of livelihood and marriage) might learn more about how smart thinking and alacrity can turn the nation's resources into your own, and how feathering the nest of those closest to you is necessary for fostering family values.
Sceptics may point out that we tend to lose a slice of reality, so to say, if we banish Rakhi with her earthy tales of murder, robbery and extra-marital affairs into the cold. That it might help tackle some ugly truths about ourselves if we sift through the muck, just as British society confronted its racist underbelly through Shilpa Shetty's experiences in the Big Brother house.
That literature and humanity would have been poorer if a Charles Dickens or an Arthur Conan Doyle had turned their faces away from the grisly realities of Victorian England for a squeaky clean version of those times. But then, our daily news would always come to the rescue, would it not?