Student body slams reality shows

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Aizawl, Oct 29(UNI) The Mizo Students' Union has criticised that too much reality shows, hosted one after another by warring cable TV operators, would affect the students' performance in schools.

"If reality shows/contests go on like this, the students' performance in their studies will certainly be affected. Therefore, we appeal to all cable TV operators which are currently airing reality shows to suspend the shows till the promotion exams are over," MSU said in a statement.

The MSU has made an appeal to the LPS Vision, which is currently live-telecasting audition rounds for the second season of Youth Icon singing contest which has more than 2000 contestants, including mentally-challenged persons, to suspend the show in favour of schools' year-end exams.

Though not totally condemning the reality shows because 'they unearth young people's talents', newly-elected Mizo Zirlai Pawl President C Lalhmachhuana suggested that the negative effects they can cause to the students be considered.

"It seems that the demerits are larger than the merits," he observed.

MSU general headquarters (Aizawl) president Zothanpuia added, "Reality show is not a bad thing, but I think we are doing too much.

Whenever the show is in progress no student can concentrate on his or her studies because every household is glued to the TV." Yet another critic of Mizo reality shows Lalrinsanga pointed out that ''a talent hunt is fine if the organisers can assure a future to the winners in the show business like Sa Re Ga Ma (Indian musical show) does. But the Mizo shows offer nothing but hot air to the young minds that get unduly inflated and prove unproductive in the long run''.


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