An Idiot Box
- 30 lakh free CTVs to be distributed this fiscal; 60 lakh more in next two financial years.
- Rs 750 crore allocated for the scheme in this year's budget
- Each set costs Rs 2,965
- First lot of 30,000 sets to be given away on birthdays of C.N Annadurai (Sept 15) and E.V. Periyar (Sept 17)
- Tamil Nadu to be the first state whose entire population owns TV sets
fter the J. Jayalalitha-led AIADMK crashlanded in the May '06 assembly elections, Jaya TV reporters conducted an informal survey among the fisherfolk of the tsunami-battered Nagapattinam and Cuddalore districts. "Amma gave you everything after the tsunami: house, boats, nets, provisions, stoves. Why didn't you vote for her?" The reply was piercingly frank: "True, she rebuilt our lives. We'll always be indebted to her. But she did not give us a TV. Karunanidhi was offering us that and more. So we voted for him." Many had lost their TV sets too in the tsunami.
The moral of the story is not greed, but how...