Just saw a piece of communication for the South Asian Federation (SAF) Games, soon to be held in Colombo.
There was a man throwing something (I think it's a Kabadi player), and a rooster with a torch - both being used as graphic elements promoting the event.
My first question: why two symbols? Answer: One is the logo of the event, the rooster is the mascot.
It's not just another rooster - it's a Vali Kukula, the symbol of the nation, I was told.
All these years, I was under the impression that the symbol of the nation was the lion. And peacock, the national bird. They both have a sense of regality, sense of pride and integrity, above all - a commanding presence.
But, a rooster? That too a rooster that runs for life, into the bush, the minute it hears the slightest noise? A bird that gets picked on and pecked on, a bird that is better off dead than being alive? One that lives in constant fear? One that has no pride or presence at all?
And the best part of course is the pandama (torch)..!
What the hell is wrong with this nation? I cannot understand. What is a lion or a peacock, and what is a rooster?
Then it dawned on me - this is an extremely clever plot to symbolize the nation what it stands for today, in reality: pandan allana kukulo...!