In an information packed media landscape which churns out news and entertainment 24 hours, seven days of the week, it is difficult to find the real pulse of rural India with its promises as well as failures. It is in this context that the Kerala Government in association with Thiruvananthapuram Doordarshan has initiated a very unique and one of its kind developmental programme titled Green Kerala Express: the first social reality show in Indian television history to select the best panchayat in Kerala which has developed sustainable development models.
For a show intended to promote women's empowerment, it wasn't too bright about it. Its messages were often self-defeating, because the women were heavily tinged with the politics of patriarchy. Shoma Chatterji looks back at television's first big impact-making serial in www.indiatogether.org . Due thanks to the site.