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Bengal governor wants scripts of TV soaps screened

Society is being portrayed in an incorrect way, said Keshari Nath Tripathi.

kolkata Updated: Nov 19, 2016 13:00 IST
Surajit Ghosh Hazra
Surajit Ghosh Hazra
Hindustan Times
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Tripathi at the programme in Bolpur on Friday.(HT Photo)

Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has decided to write to the Union information and broadcasting minister to form a committee to screen the scripts of daily soaps before granting them the nod to air them.

“Television serials are using languages that are improper. They are also portraying society in a wrong way. Such programmes are destroying our culture,” Tripathi said on Friday.

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He was speaking at a programme to mark the golden jubilee of Akhil Bharatiya Sahitya Parishad in Bolpur.

“I’m thinking of writing a letter to the Union minister of information and broadcasting. I’ll request the minister to form a committee to screen the scripts of these TV serials before giving them permission to broadcast,” he said.

Tripathi, 82, took over as the governor of West Bengal on July 24, 2014. He has also published a few books of poems.

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The governor also took a dig at a section of newspapers for the language they are using. “The language used in newspapers is also part of our literature. But columns published in a section of newspapers are spreading negativity. They don’t have any aim,” the governor said.

“Even politicians are using words which are unconstitutional and unethical. When I was the speaker of the Uttar Pradesh assembly, I used to omit unethical words from assembly records. Otherwise, such words would have been used by the common people. The impact of this is very bad,” Tripathi added.

“Please respect our language. Be careful that no one can destroy our language and our culture. Use decent language in everyday life,” he said.

Incidentally, over the past few years there has been growing criticism in different sections of the society about the deceit, violence and wily ways that are regularly portrayed in Bengali TV serials.

First Published: Nov 19, 2016 13:00 IST