The Condom Ad Ban Just Saved Indian Sanskar


The Condom Ad Ban Just Saved Indian Sanskar

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


agree with the government’s ban on condom ads on television from 6 am to 10 pm. There will no longer be awkwardness in the living room, parents won’t have to send their children to get water when the ad plays on screen, sparing them from the indecency. While we are at it, we should also ban deodorant ads and American sitcoms. Kamasutra might have originated in India, but that is not part of our culture. (Pakistan can have it for all we care.) Indian culture is all about threatening Bollywood actresses with death threats on prime time when impressionable children are watching.

When children wake up in the morning and switch on their TV sets (because that’s the first thing they do), they shouldn’t be exposed to sexually charged filth. Instead, they must tune in to spiritual channels and watch babas giving sermons on how AIDS can be cured if you visit a particular religious place and offer a banana. Ok, some Messengers of God turned out to be frauds, but should we let nine out of ten dhongi babas give the rest a bad name? Surely there are better role models out there.