January 13, 2004

Don't Hate Participate

A short docu-toon released by India's Film Division to promote national integration. Many Indians in their twenties might remember having seen this as kids. They showed this cartoon all the time on Doordarshan as a filler in between the regular programming.

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Jim has an even better link!

Also Sprach DJ Spin Boldak on January 13, 2004 02:55 PM


It was shown in India, on "Doordarshan", which used to be the only TV station on air and was owned by the Govt.Back then "National Integration" was a big slogan!! Made a lot of sense in a multicultural society like India. This was a small piece fo propaganda targetting kids. The basic idea is that when diversity becomes unity, no one can beat it!! A kid trying to pluck mangoes all by himself overhears his sister use the word "Anek", which meant "multiple". She explains its meaning using examples like stars, birds, butterflies etc. From there they move on the the classic fable about the flock of birds that get caught in a hunter's net. They are able to fly away with the net only because of their unity. The kid understands what his sister is trying to explain, and takes his friends help to pluck mangoes. He succeeds and they live happily every after!!

I remember this thing used to drive me mad. It was aired every time they had to make up for unused air time. There weren't too many ads back then you see. No sponsorship at all infact. So you could get to see this thing every time you tuned in on the 55th minute of any hour!! It was a major pain back then. It seems kinda interesting now!!

Posted by: Shyamal Ramachandran on January 13, 2004 02:58 PM

Had completely forgotten about this. Thanks for this link.

Am posting it on my blog too. :)

Posted by: Abhimanyu Chirimar on January 13, 2004 10:57 PM

Awesome. More fun and films to be had at the Films Division's Website.

Posted by: jima on January 14, 2004 02:02 PM

Haw! Keep forgetting I can't post a link.


Posted by: jima on January 14, 2004 02:03 PM

never saw this as a kid, but it's cute. i'm sure the cuteness would wear off though if i watched it enough times...

Posted by: yaser on January 15, 2004 12:12 AM

Good one, I couldn't resist posting something on this at my blog. (BTW, don't you have trackback enabled?)

Posted by: Debashish on January 15, 2004 12:28 AM

I remember late evenings in Bombay when they used to play this. Over the smell of my mum's Bhajia and Tea from the kitchen. Somewhat other-worldy and innocent, no?

Posted by: Nishant R on January 22, 2004 06:06 PM

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