Of late it appears that every other satellite channel has a talent show featuring children. I am not sure how popular these are but I am certain that few people are depriving many children their childhood. Children have been equated with God because they tend to forgive and forget, but by stealing away their childhood they are being made into unfinished imperfect adults too early.
What do you say when a small girl sings a song of seduction to an adoring and spell bound audience and judges? I cringe at the choice of song and the parents who have taught it to their children. The parents who may shy away from sex education are watching spell bound their angel singing rubbish at her tender age. It is not very different for little boys either.
It gets worse on the big screen; minors are made to romance middle aged men twice their age. I am told that the heroines of Kadal and Kumki are below 16. I guess not much can be expected from a nation where child prostitution is rampant. At a time when parents must spend time with their wards teaching them and keeping them safe from abuse from known and unknown people we have those who are either living their failed dreams through their children or simply living off their talented children.
Let children be children, let them reach adulthood in the time charted by nature or better at their own pace. They have a greater right to their future than we do.
What about reality shows? They thrive on TRP so if fewer people watch fewer will be made…