show stories and tongue lashings
Last week's talk show culture became more like a walk show culture.
In one talk show, the moderator had to walk out, and get his guests
to walk out and stop the show midstream because two guests, Rajitha
Senaratne and Wimal Weerwansa were about to gouge each others eyes
out - right there in front of the cameras.
The usual talk
show performers, I mean politicians, act as if they can develop
this country by the sheer weight of their clichés. They say
things like 'api me sthavaraye nonavathee gaman karanava', 'api
janthava venuven sadakalikawa kepa venava,'' etc etc., and if a
country would be developed by cliché alone, then Sri Lanka
will absolutely be the world's undisputed superpower.
Last week though,
they decided to let their trousers down, oops to let their hair
down. No doubt if they fought to a finish, they would have let their
trousers down too, and a fight it was that was about to happen at
the Kinihira show whose moderator is a sham - I mean a Shan.
Well, it did
not develop into a full blown fight, and in the way that HIV is
stopped from developing into full blown AIDS, midway things were
controlled, and a total embarrassment was avoided.
But, let us
suppose that they - the fighting MPs - were later at a different
talk show and asked for grounds for mitigation - ''amathithuma,
ayie me giya para sangwadayakadi adi pudi gahagannna thatwayakata
awai kiyala kiyanne?" ("Minister (or MP as the case may
be) is it true that in one recent TV discussion, you almost came
talk show types, wouldn't the answer naturally have to be in the
lines of 'why are you complaining about under development in the
South when there is so much misery in the North.'' Therefore, wouldn't
the answer be: "when Sajith Premadasa has been accused of killing
another MP, shooting him clean dead, what is a little fisticuff
thing by the side? What, you thought we attained Buddha-hood?''
By the way, Sajith Premadasa appeared on TV and pleaded that despite
the poster campaign saying nasty things about him and Provincial
Council MP Ranjith's death, that he is a clean politician who has
nothing to do with drugs, assassinations, underworld thugs, and
like son - he said 'mava gathanaya karath mage charithaya gathanaya
karanna epa.'' (Even if you assassinate me -- do not assassinate
But what would have some of our less cleaner politicians who report
to the CID every week for instance have said, if they were to be
more, let us say rooted in reality. It would have not served them
much to appear on TV and say what Premadasa said. But something
on the following lines would sure be more spot on and useful.
gathanaya karath kamak ne - karuna karala mawa gathnaya karanna
epa.'' ('Even if you assassinate my character - kindly, please do
not assassinate me.'') At least this way, newspapers would have
less pictures to carry of MP's who are blood splattered, dead as
a dodo, and sprawled on the streets?