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All of 6, Rupsa Batabyal was the star of “Super Dancer Chapter 3”, where her belly dancing and ‘latka jhatkas’ won the hearts of the celebrity judges who dubbed her an “angel of dance”. She is just one of the many children who end up imitating bold and suggestive moves and expressions in the pursuit to climb up the ladder of success in the world of dance reality television shows.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, in an advisory, noted how several dance based reality TV shows portray young children performing dance moves originally done by adults in movies and other popular modes of entertainment.
In the advisory to private television channels, the ministry said: “These moves are often suggestive and age-inappropriate. Such acts may also have distressing impact on children, impacting them at a young and impressionable age.” According to filmmaker Onir, this directive was long overdue.
“I am glad that this was issued. In a country where child sexual abuse is rampant, encouraging children to perform moves that are essentially sexual, is worrying. The channels should have on their own never allowed this to happen,” he tweeted.
Ashoke Pandit, who is associated with the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), said: “Kids should be allowed to bloom like a flower as per their age. These dance shows snatch away their innocence from them. They should not grow bigger than their age. Instead of being regulated, we should ourselves in the industry take a conscious call.”
Vivek Agnihotri commented: “Almost all channels have kids dance/singing reality shows fully dependent on Bollywood songs. Not even one show which sharpens a child’s intelligence and creativity.” and left it by raising a question: “Who is responsible for this? Makers? Parents? Government? Society? Regulators? Channels? Human greed?”
Choreographer Ashley Lobo, who had judged “India’s Dance Superstar”, believes it has to be a collective effort to ensure choreography for children is age appropriate.
“Right at the conception stage, we must be careful of what songs, outfits, steps, make-up and look is being planned for the performance. At Danceworx, we are very particular about age-appropriate content and choreography for children. What they see is what they learn and we have to create responsible, conscientious adults,” Lobo told IANS.
The “what they see is what they learn” concept is also something pointed out by Abhay Singh, father of young and talented dancer Akshat Singh, who was recently seen on international show “Britain’s Got Talent”.
“One has to understand that the kids are at the bottom of the chain. They see what is happening at the top of the chain and follow that. They watch the Bollywood songs and whatever is happening in the movie industry and it impacts them. Kids cannot really do anything about it. Parents should know what their child should or should not do,” Abhay told IANS.
It has also been welcomed by the industry. “The I&B Ministry advisory is an excellent one and we are happy to adhere to its guidelines,” said ZEE TV Business Head Aparna Bhosle, while a Sony Entertainment Television statement read: “With regard to the advisory issued by the I&B Ministry, as a responsible broadcaster, we comply with the guidelines of the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and the advisory of the Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) on the participation of children on television shows.
“All parties involved in the production of our shows have been made aware of the importance of compliance with the guidelines and adhere to the same diligently.” Plain logic says children’s reality shows must maintain a certain hygiene, says Samir Parikh, Director, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Mental Health, Fortis Healthcare.
“Firstly, kids in talent shows must enjoy the fun element. Winning and losing must become secondary to joy of participation. Secondly, the pressure needs to be removed. For this, parents must encourage them to look at their participation as honing a skill, otherwise the kids will struggle too much.
“Thirdly, one does feel the innocence is being replaced by very adult-like behaviour with lyrics, gestures, nature of movements… This advisory is a good thought to make people introspect, be aware and be thoughtful about how it would have an impact on six to seven year old children who pick a lot from observational learning.” (IANS)
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An energy meter, also known as a Watt-Hour Meter, is a device that monitors the level of electrical energy or gas consumed by users. Utilities are among the agencies that place these devices in various locations such as houses, businesses, organizations, and commercial properties to charge for the power consumed. You can always know how much is gas or electric cheaper by contacting a utility company.
Electronic Energy Meters
When compared to traditional mechanical meters, these types of measuring equipment are more accurate, have a faster processing time, and are more trustworthy. When attached to a source, it uses less power and begins measuring immediately.
Analog or digital meters are both possible. Analog meters transform energy to proportionate frequency or pulse rate, which is then combined by counters inside the device. A high-end processor directly calculates power in a digital electric meter.
Logic circuits combine the power to obtain the energy as well as for testing and certification purposes. The frequency or pulse rate is then calculated.
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Smart Energy Meters
It is a cutting-edge metering technique that entails installing intelligent meters that read, process, and relay information to clients. It monitors energy usage, changes the supply to consumers remotely, and digitally manages the maximum energy usage.
For greater performance, smart metering systems make use of modern metering infrastructure system technology. These meters limit the number of times you have to go to the place to get your monthly reading.
In these smart meters, modems are utilized to enable communication technologies like phone, wireless, fiber cable, and power line communications. Another benefit of smart metering is that it eliminates the possibility of tampering with energy meters, which could lead to unlawful power usage.
An energy meter, also known as a Watt-Hour Meter, is a device that monitors the level of electrical energy or gas consumed by users. | Wikimedia
Working of The Meter
The conventional electric meter looks like a clock and keeps track of how much electricity you consume. A series of microscopic gears inside the meter moves as your home takes electricity from the power wires. The numbers on your meter that you notice when you look at it indicate the number of revolutions.
The quantity of electricity utilized determines the speed at which the rotations occur. The velocity of moving gas in the pipeline is measured by a gas meter. As the gas flow rate increases, the dials speed up.
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How Often is Meter Read?
Unless the meter is a consumer-ready meter, the government will demand utility companies read user meters quarterly. If the consumer checks the meter, the utility is asked to read it at least once a year. Almost every month, many utilities try and read their customers' meters.
If the meter isn't read, the utility might issue an estimated charge based on the previous usage. Keep bushes and plants away from the meter and allow access to the meter reader if your meter is within your home. All utilities demand their meter readers to have an employment ID as a security measure.
Smart meters limit the number of times you have to go to the place to get your monthly reading. | Wikimedia
Responsibility of Meter
The utility provider is in charge of meter installation as well as the gas and electric lines that go up to the meter. The wires from the meter to the customer's premises are his responsibility.Please call your gas or electric utility if your meter is broken or displays evidence of tampering. Manipulation with a meter is prohibited and may result in service termination, legal punishment, or both.
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A hilarious rhyme that children often chant cheerily while jumping around, Jack and Jill is another example of the dark history covered up in light-hearted rhyme. Instead of England though, this is a rhyme that sheds light on the history of France.
Unlike other rhymes, the rhyme is part fiction and part history, since only the first two lines can be taken as an allusion to the past.
"Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water,
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after."
King Louis XIV ruled over France in the late 18th century and was called out for treason. He had failed to uphold the economy of France. His spouse Marie Antoinette was an equally powerful influence in the monarchy but could not do anything when her husband was convicted.
King Louis XIV of France Image source: wikimedia commons
The French are famous for the guillotine, and Louis XIV was beheaded on this device. This act of executing a monarch is why the rhyme has the line "Jack fell down and broke his crown". The guillotine, at this point in history, was kept outside the city, and the journey to it was long and tedious. It was ideally located on a hill, so that the entire city of Paris could witness the execution of the accused.
Louise XIV is believed to have been dressed and taken on the long journey up to the guillotine, where his hair was cut off and he had to renounce his authority. He bid farewell to his friends and was followed up the hill by a crowd holding pikes and bayonets, to prevent his escape. He was then executed as the last monarch of France.
Death by guillotine was the most terrifying way to execute a criminal Image source: wikimedia commons
A few months later, when the hue and cry of Louis XIV's death has died down a little, but the political situation of France was no better, his wife, Marie Antoinette was also executed at the guillotine for her role in the fall of France. And this event alludes to the line, "Jill came tumbling after".
The rest of the rhyme is a fictional account of a moralistic idea for children, as a way to tell them to be careful of where they engage in play. Since a large part of the rhyme seems like a story of two children who have had an accident in play, that is how the rhyme has survived and the history behind it, has been forgotten.
Keywords: Marie Antoinette, Louise XIV, Guillotine, France, Nursery Rhymes, Monarchy