A few days ago I woke up to the nude shot of a model/ aspiring actress in the Bombay Times. The lady in question was a certain Miss Pandey who had offered to strip herself if India won the World Cup. Evidently, she saw in her offer an adequate incentive for our ‘boys’ to bring home the trophy and a more than adequate strategy to gain front-page coverage in the nation’s dailies.
I have not engaged myself with the matter of how her career or stripping schedule has panned out since we won the World Cup but I do know that she has a Twitter account that, in my imagination, must have a huge testosterone driven following.
Two days ago, when KKR finally won the IPL 5 trophy both Mamata didi and Poonam Pandey lost all inhibitions and made this victory their own. While the former ran about playing traffic constable for SRK and his team, Miss Pandey did her bit by shedding her clothes.
What better means to grab eyeballs than the hallowed pages of Bombay Times, a once respectable supplement, that lately is only too willing to idolize publicity seeking non achievers. In the copy accompanying her nude photograph in the paper, Pandey promised that this was just the beginning and more was to be expected. She then went a step further to inform the uninitiated reader (if any), that she keeps her followers on Twitter charged by sharing her photographs from her bedroom and her bathroom at regular intervals. Well done ‘India’s leading daily’ for throwing such crucial information at us first thing in the morning.
Which brings me to the essential question here as a parent and a reader – just how irresponsible has our media become? A few months ago it was porn star Sunny Leone who hogged the headlines, then a topless Rozlyn for Dhoni and now a nude Pandey for the national sport.
As a society, it is one thing to be permissive but quite another to glorify career options of this nature. Now to add to the list of artist, singer, designer, doctor, writer…there are also choices like porn star and stripper available to our children. About time the media exercised its discretion. In the meanwhile, I am considering discontinuing my newspaper subscriptions until my kids
reach voting age.