MERVIN SILVA and MALAKA SILVA: Isn’t it time to handover these demonic apes to Dehiwala zoo?
Posted by Ajith on July 30, 2008
Doctor Dutugemunu Mervin Silva has done it again. He was ministering his labour at Araganwila, in Nuwaragala. The good ole doctor had entered a shop carrying a gun, threatened the owner, run havoc and caused more than Rs. 75,000 damage to the property, in a manner which would have put most cow boy movie makers to shame. (Now, where we have heard this before?)
Well, Doctor. Mervin Silva has not come alone. He was with a gang of about 35 SLFP henchmen. Among the evidence found by Police were seven used bullets, some of them recovered from the walls of the shop. Somebody from the group has also aimed at a passer-by. Only God knows why – perhaps he is watching too many cow boy films. The poor bewildered man had to take cover of his motor bike to avoid being hit. As the passive observers were not as brave/naïve as the Rupavahini staff, the doctor and his henchmen have left unharmed.
The reason for this mayhem? Apparently the shop owner is a supporter of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and rejected some of the promotional material of JVP.
Doctor Dutugemunu and his son have violated the law of the land, so many times in multiple ways that if the law enforcing forces have taken the right action both father Mervin Silva and son Malaka Silva should be behind bars by now. The only major crime this father and son duo has to commit yet is raping a woman in public, but I do not think we need to wait long to hear it. I am certain one day they will do it together. With this father and son anything is possible.
His present boss and mentor, who brought the good doctor fist into politics from latter’s humble home at Hambantota, which is famous for kurrakan and big buffaloes, does not give a darn. Either he is not man enough to counter Doctor Mervin or silently approves the acts. (After all, we talk about an individual who was once remanded for handling illegal firearms. It is perfectly natural such a character to tolerate Mervin’s behavior. They are birds of a feather.)
The sole idea of this post is to raise a simple question. Why do individuals behave in this idiotic manner, which is certainly disastrous? What do they gain?
My first impression was Mervin takes all these troubles for survival. The God had forgotten to bestow any skills to this poor soul and so finds it difficult to live on in politics. No rationale human being votes for him. So the only way he can survive is by massaging the egos of his bosses. The only way he can add value to an election campaign is threatening the supporter of the rival parties. This he does to his best.
However, a friend argues against this theory. According to him there are so many other ways someone like Doctor Dutugemunu can win the hearts of those who yield power. I do not intend to go into details but let us just say that many aged politicians, with their once beautiful wives now getting older, still find village damsels mouth-watering – even if they are no beauty queens. With right connections at both ends Doctors like Dutugemunu can easily operate a supply chain. My friend could not prove his theory, but seeing Doctor Dutugenumu goes unpunished for every one of his stupid acts I have almost no reason to deny this.
So if Mervin Silva has others means of winning hearts of the influential and for his own survival why this trouble?
The reason can be biological. Both he and his son have an irresistible urge for violence. For some sadistic individuals violence is a way of achieving sexual satisfaction, especially in a situation where the real thing is not possible.
Desmond Morris too has talked about it, but the following excerpt is from ‘Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence’ by Jonathan Mark, who for the first time proved violence against its own is a common trait seen among other apes too.
“Suddenly the peaceful moment is shattered by a hunting bark from a hundred yards away. Everyone lurches awake, up and running to see what’s going on. Three males have cornered an unwary group of red colobus monkeys in a tall tree with only one good escape route. One of the hunters climbs high toward the terrified colobus group and rushes at them, pretending to come straight on but stopping short and shaking a branch at them, hoping to scare them into trying the escape route. One monkey jumps wildly, lands far away in another tree, and manages to scamper off. But the next one tries the more obvious escape and is snatched by a waiting chimpanzee as soon as he lands. The remaining monkeys pause in terror on their high perch. Now a hunter approaches, grasps their five-inch-thick branch, and furiously shakes it, until one, two, and finally three colobus jump or are shaken off. They leap and scamper frantically. And so it goes. Some chimpanzees press the attack, others focus the quarry’s retreat, others wait in ambush, and soon the hunter apes have killed four monkeys.”
Don’t you see similarities between what happened in this African jungle and Nuwaragala? Is Doctor Dutugemunu’s behavior different from those of these monkeys? Does he appear to be any more sensible?
So now you know what I mean. When I say they should be behind bars – I don’t mean in a prison. It would be more logical to have these two in a zoo.
(I hope Malaka Silva will not mind me publishing two of his Face Book images, under creative commons license. I thought the readers would prefer them to the photographs of his father leaving Rupavahini painted in pink.)