Mumbai – International Literacy Day, observed annually on September 8th, serves as a global platform to highlight the importance of literacy, shed light on the challenges faced, and showcase efforts to combat global illiteracy. In India, this day holds immense significance as it reaffirms the nation’s commitment to education, raises awareness about literacy-related challenges, and encourages continued collaborative efforts to foster a more literate and educated society. To commemorate this day, artists from &TV have shared their insights on the vital role of literacy.
Among those who expressed their views are Atharva, who portrays Young Bhimrao in “Ek Mahanayak – Dr. B.R. Ambedkar,” Neha Joshi, essaying the role of Yashodha in “Doosri Maa,” Geetanjali Mishra, known for her character Rajesh Singh in “Happu Ki Ultan Paltan,” and Aasif Sheikh, who plays Vibhuti Narayan Mishra in “Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai.”
Atharva, embodying the role of Young Bhimrao Ambedkar in “Ek Mahanayak – Dr. B.R. Ambedkar,” emphasizes, “Literacy plays a crucial role in personal empowerment and societal development. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar greatly emphasized the critical importance of literacy for social progress and individual empowerment. He believed literacy was a means to uplift oppressed communities, enabling them to understand their rights and fight against repression. For Babasaheb, literacy was a way to break free from the cycle of ignorance and exploitation, ultimately leading to a more inclusive and just society. He advocated for educational reforms that would provide equal opportunities for education to all, regardless of caste or social background. Babasaheb viewed education and literacy as essential tools to break the chains of caste-based discrimination and inequality in India. He advocated for free and compulsory education to enable them to participate fully in the democratic process and secure their rightful place in society.”
Neha Joshi, portraying Yashodha in “Doosri Maa,” comments, “Literacy is the key that unlocks the door to empowerment. It empowers individuals to articulate their thoughts and ideas and engage actively in society. Through literacy, one can advocate for oneself, make informed decisions, and participate meaningfully in the world.”
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Geetanjali Mishra, in her role as Rajesh Singh in “Happu Ki Ultan Paltan,” adds, “At its core, literacy is the bridge to knowledge. It grants individuals the power to access information, enabling them to expand their horizons, pursue learning, and seize opportunities that might otherwise remain inaccessible. Literacy equips people with the tools to navigate an increasingly complex and interconnected world.”
Aasif Sheikh, essaying Vibhuti Narayan Mishra’s role in “Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai,” concludes, “Literacy goes beyond the mere ability to read and write; it cultivates critical thinking. Engaging with written materials fosters analytical skills, encourages discernment, and promotes a questioning mindset. Through literacy, individuals can evaluate information, challenge assumptions, and contribute constructively to conversations that shape society. With literacy, people can pursue education, acquire knowledge, and enhance their critical thinking, which is essential for adapting to the complexities of modern life.”
Don’t miss these inspiring thoughts and join the conversation on International Literacy Day. Tune in to watch “Ek Mahanayak – Dr. B.R. Ambedkar” at 8:00 pm, “Doosri Maa” at 8:30 pm, “Happu Ki Ultan Paltan” at 10:00 pm, and “Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai” at 10:30 pm, airing every Monday to Friday exclusively on &TV!