Thursday, May 12, 2005

Police chase, gunfire, and Mata Amritanandamayi

I just watched a video of this Calfornia car chase that ended in the driver's death in police gunfire. The video showed the guy being repeatedly shot at. No, I wasn't watching one of the American channels. I was watching a new Malayalam channel, Amrita TV, launched recently by Mata Amritanandamayi's followers. Whenever I watch these high speed chases I wonder whether it's news or entertainment. I guess this is what they call infotainment. And I guess TV channels show these incidents as there's a market for that.

But then Amritanandamayi is a spiritual leader with millions of followers worldwide. One would expect her followers not to go by all that that sell, right? I was curious and checked what Amritanandamayi had to say about launching this channel. In her message, she said:

    The media's dharma is also in finding and enhancing the beauty in human life and nature. What is true and auspicious alone can lead us to real beauty. We should not only consider what people like, but also what is good for them. The entertainment and enjoyment we provide should be based on cultural values. This is the only way for us to perceive truth and beauty.
Now that was a beautiful car chase there, and a few beautiful gun shots!


At 11:56 AM, Blogger Sunil said..., would anyone ever think of calling that ironic?

At 9:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is true and auspicious may lead you to real beauty - but it wont do anything ror your TRPs - only death, preferably violent and involving guns can lead you there!


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