To those who immediately shut out their minds at the very mention of Burka – a Saudi Arabian custom of women wearing full-body black clothing – this is not for you.
Media conglomerate Zee is doing something no other channel (and dare I say, even TOI’s utopian ‘Aman ki Aasha’) could – bringing Pakistani culture right into the nerve centre of Indian households.
The concept of empowering girls through a cartoon character in a garb widely seen as a sign of oppression has been praised worldwide. The cartoon has been nominated for the Emmy Kids Award and has won the prestigious Peabody Award besides many others.
Indian cartoons have become not only mindless but shoddy, too. Cartoons have stopped teaching anything to kids of our times. Thankfully, kids in India will be able to learn a great deal of good from a heroine from “regressive” Pakistan, who has successfully trumped the villains in her fictional world as well as “progressive-thinking” creative producers of India.