First of its kind

 
“When you are dealing with humanity as a family there’s no question of integration or intermarriage. It’s just one human being marrying another human being or one human being living around and with another human being.”
— Malcom X
 
 

Achar! was a show commissioned by the Government of Singapore in an effort to increase racial integration and harmony through public service broadcasts. Most aspects of the show were mediocre to pedestrian and yet, this show will probably be remembered in posterity as a groundbreaking milestone.

That is because this was the first major attempt to showcase an interracial relationship between an Indian and an Asian. Somehow watching something on television makes it more natural to everyone who watches it, allowing them to set aside their prejudices and biases.

I watched this show at a time when I needed to watch something like this. It made everything seem more bearable. Years from now when there will be a significant number of people who come from mixed backgrounds perhaps we will look back to this show and appreciate it for what it helped enable.