Mumbai , By Kabir Ali
In a day and age when we are faced with innumerable instances of brutality of the mind and body being carried out against people across the world, hope starts dwindling easily. At a time when human frailties are unable to stand up to the constant badgering by the world and by one’s own mind itself, what is a person to do? Urging people to break their silence on issues by providing various perspectives on these very important yet oft ignored questions was COLORS, the channel known for creating meaningful entertainment through a panel discussion on ‘Battling Demons: Inner and Outer’ held at Hindu College in Delhi on the occasion on the launch of their new show Code Red that deals with issues such as suicides, entrapment and violence against women and children.
Be it, demons of insecurity, low self-esteem, inferiority complex or the demons that steal our children and sell them off to brothels, we are never really free of them. But are we, the smart ones, really equipped to deal with any of these demons? Can we step outside the shadow of our own prejudices and doubts to listen to that inner voice coaxing us to take action? Are we willing to give hope a chance? Providing their invaluable views and suggestions on the need to instill hope in the victims and motivate them to speak up about the issues they are facing were a prominent group of extremely qualified people that included none other than social activist and Retired Indian Police Service Officer – Kiran Bedi; BJP Spokesperson and President of Mahila Morcha Delhi Pradesh – Kanwaljeet Sherawat; Senior Journalist – Nalini Singh; Head of Twitter in India – Rishi Jaitly; Actress Tisca Chopra, Actor Manish Chaudhari, Senior High Court Lawyer – Rita Kumar, Addiction and Wellness Counselor – Vijay Simha. The discussion was moderated by RJ Richa Anirudh.
Actress Tisca Chopra spoke about issues she faced while growing up. “There were a lot of restrictions posed on me while I was in college which I didn’t like. But over time I realized that our parents are our support system and it’s better to get them on your side and take them along with you.”
Talking about Code Red which is slated to premiere on 19th January at 10:30PM on COLORS, the face of the show, actorManish Chaudhari spoke about how television is a great medium to spread awareness. He said, “The show aims to be an enabler of change and in order to see that change we need to be the change ourselves.”
BJP Spokesperson and President of Mahila Morcha Delhi Pradesh – Kanwaljeet Sherawat said, ”Today’s youth is more alert and exposed and they have a mind of their own. We urge the parents to guide their children in a friendly way and understand their point of view rather than impose their career or personal choices upon them”