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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2739

Fast changing methods to attract public attention

By S.H.Moulana

All what we have seen the method to achieve trade union demands in the past was a strike, but the same trade union action is also used now for political issues.

How often we see the doctors parading on the street carrying placards, which was totally unheard of those days.

The medical profession is more frequently on strike than the harbor workers in the past.

While these trade union actions of work stoppage is adopted by those employed, our politicians have started an altogether new kind of strike; hunger strike.

After the Easter Sunday massacre we saw them mushrooming in every part of the country being encouraged to see the publicity given to such action in the print, electronic and social media.

How genuine this fast is something nobody can confirm. A well-known politician who is reputed to make the loudest noise in and out of the parliament once started a fast in front of the UN office in Colombo.

After few days’ MR intervened to break his fast with a glass of milk and on calling off the fast, they say that they found number of Marie biscuit wrappers under his pillow!

In the good old days all public meetings are confined to Galle Face Green, Hyde Park and Price Park in Colombo and there were highly educated top class speakers to attract the people who flocked in thousands to listen to them.

Some of the outstanding names are Colvin, NM, Pieter Keuneman, Robert, Dudley and the famous SWRD and so on. Now there is a severe scarcity for educated politicians.

It was said that there are 95 MPs in the parliament who have not got through their G.C.E (O) Level examination.
So, accordingly the venue for meetings has changed. The popular choice now is either Fort Railway Station or Lipton Circus, these two places are practically crowded right throughout the day.

The placard holders and the speakers can shout any nonsense there is an unrelated crowd is there for the all-important pictures in the print media or TV.

Any way the general public now knows this crowd has no relation to those who demonstrate in front of the camera.

So, our politics itself have become fake and our politicians so cheap and corrupt. We cannot have any hope for a change in the near future but it can become worse. May God save Sri Lanka!

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