“Undue importance is being given to the so-called intellectuals..um…”
“Do you think the intellectuals should keep mum?” The person who conducts the debates on some TV channel interferes, without giving an opportunity to the participant to complete his/her views—may be because the said participant seemed to upset the plans of that particular channel. “Not exactly” ,that participant tries to air his views but the host cuts in again: “What do you mean ‘the so-called intellectual’?” Only those who dance to the tune of the said channel are allowed to complete their sentences!
But still the debates go on. If the matters are not political, the chances are that the participants are allowed to have their say. At the end of the debate, the viewers [if they have not switched over to other interesting channels] find themselves in a mini debate with their kith and kin at home!
Then, there are stage-managed debates which serve as propaganda stuff for certain leaders who are eager to gain some political mileage.
Amidst all these wars of words or one-up-man shows, we do get an opportunity to enjoy the pleasure of listening to the flow of beautifully-worded ideas. And, rarely though, we have healthy debates which bring to light the plight of helpless people, especially of certain students who are brilliant but sidelined by the society simply because they belong to the so-called forward communities. Some good Samaritans come forward to extend monetary help to these bright students.