Saturday, 17 November 2018

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

17 November 2018

Tamils Pioneered Use of Chili Powder

New York Times reporters Dharisha Bastians and  Jeffrey Gettleman have reported about the chaos in Sri Lankan Parliament under the heading:

The Newest Weapon in Sri Lankan Politics: Chili Powder in the Eyes

It was however not new to us – Tamils. I recall keeping chilli powder ready during the 1958 riots. We were then living in Colombo and I was 8 years old. I still recall the fear we felt at that time. It happened due to the ‘Sinhala Only’ legislation implemented by  Mr SWRD Bandaranaike.
Today we were informed by a Diaspora leader about another such ‘common experience’ . This is how it goes:
I remember a quip from Tarzie Vitachi’s book Emergency 58!
In 1956 when Bandaranaike won the election he had an open day at the Parliament.
Some stupid moron came running in and sat on the speaker’s chair.
Immediately the Sargent at arms jumped up and pulled the fellow away, saying that’s the speaker chair which is the neutral place in this house. 
No one except the speaker is allowed to sit there.
For this, Bandaranaike intervened and said, no no this is “ape anduwa” & people can sit anywhere!
Vitachi says, that was the beginning of the end of respect for traditions and law and order.
You can see it well in this video clip!’

Each one of us would interpret the happenings of current government and its opposition as per our own experience. To the extent we are true to ourselves, such interpretations would naturally communicate themselves to others in need. To my mind, this is the real power of the media. If the People of a nation continue to be insensitive, then the media also has failed in its duty to invoke this natural power by being true to itself.

In Ape Aanduwa / Our Government – Truth becomes the law. If Mr Bandaranaike believed that he was capable of performing the speaker’s job – he could self-nominate. But that would then prevented him from being the Prime Minister. That is the way self-governance works. When we disregard the structures that brought us to power – we lose power. Time told us that Mr Bandaranaike was killed by a Buddhist monk. Suicide killings started then during our generation as Sri Lankans.  

Dr. Upul Wijayawardhana shares with us as follows his experience in this regard, through his Island article ‘Of that unfolding drama’:

[Even Shakespeare, the greatest dramatist of all, would have found it extremely difficult to pen a political drama to match what is unfolding in the ‘Land like no other’. It was left to my very good friend and retired senior administrative service officer, Dharme Hewamadduma, to remind me of a prediction I had made after the last presidential election. I could sense the excitement in his voice when he rang me to inform that President Sirisena has appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister but his excitement was for a different reason."Upul, do you remember telling me that Sirisena will do the same to Ranil, what he did to Mahinda?" Frankly, I could not remember but am indebted to Dharme for having reminded me that I predicted MS would do a Brutus again.]

So, at least 54% of the Members of Parliament do not have confidence in Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa.  An overwhelming majority news reports and sharing through social media have confirmed lack of confidence in President Sirisena and therefore his appointed Prime Minister – Mr Rajapaksa. If Mr Sirisena genuinely believed that he had the authority of the Constitution to terminate Mr Wicremesinghe as Prime Minister – and the Parliament accepts this – then Sri Lanka is limited to that interpretation. Those who suffer most would be the young who have invested in the Western system and its interpretation of the law.  As per Tamil Guardian report ‘US, India, Australia and Japan discuss crisis in Sri Lanka :

It would obviously be difficult for young ones when their government is ridiculed by nations they consider to be progressive and through whom they connect to wider world.
But until the voter without special status is ‘included’ by the media including social media – their beliefs would be different to the beliefs of young ones with access to international resources – which are often termed ‘Foreign powers’ by those who shout Ape Aanduwa / Our Government merely to hold positions of power. They are also bribes to the gullible voter who dreams that he is the Prime Minister’s mate. One of the tuck tuck drivers in Colombo who has many regular customers in Tamil area of Wellawatte  - said to me that before Mr Rajapaksa came to power he actually visited his home in the village. But later when he sought some favour Mr Rajapaksa did not respond. The tuck-tuck guy then turned against Mr Rajapaksa – towards General Fonseka first and later towards Mr Sirisena. Wonder where he stands now???
True Confidence of the People will naturally elect reliable government. Likewise their representatives would naturally work the Parliament through belief in the people. The current chaos in Parliament confirms that there is serious lack of confidence in the People by the Parliamentarians.  A Parliamentary  election would not address this problem. Politicians need to remember that in Ape Aanduwa / Our Government each one needs to first stay within his / her circle of belief and be transparent about the processes followed in reaching the outcomes. The President failed in this regard by not informing Mr Wickremesinghe of the allegations against him and following due processes of Public Administration – starting with requiring Mr Wickremesinghe to ‘show cause’. Thereby Mr Sirisena lost the moral authority to find fault with any other Parliamentarian on the basis that that Parliamentarian failed to follow Due Processes including standing orders. One who believes would apply the rule to himself also. Our Natural Consolidated vote goes to Mr Karu Jayasuriya and the Officers in Uniform who defended and did not attack.

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

17 November 2018

Constitution is Dismissing the Lankan President

Sad as it was to watch the rowdy conduct of  Sri Lankan Parliamentarians, we Tamils have gotten used to such in Jaffna by the people, especially in front of the Jaffna Courts. The Government could not bring that under control and we still do not know what level of fear factor influenced the judgments in those cases. Majority rule brings Natural order only when it is belief based. Where there is violence, one knows that the dominant party did not act out of belief.  Adherence to the law is only the next best alternative pathway to order.

Yesterday unarmed uniformed officers and staff of the Courts were seen to protect the Speaker the Hon Karu Jayasuriya. As I watched the video – I stood up and with tears in my eyes I said ‘thank you officers’. They are of my culture – irrespective of which political side they had faith in.
I asked myself as to whether we ought to have expected this? May be.  I know we did not because we were able to go about our activities with less anxieties. The war did not cure the weaknesses in our society. Yesterday, I was counselling a family in Northern Sri Lanka, where the wife separated herself and her three children from her husband because the husband was accusing her of sexual relationship with her father. Knowing the wife  – I knew that that was not true. A woman of loyalty to her marriage is the true measure. I heard from the wife’s immediate family – that the husband was going about telling others that he chased her away because she was not of good conduct. The husband had said that the children were born to the father and that they were not his. There is no way in that community in which one could externally prove this to be false. There is no need to – because the wife is known to be of good character in her community. But the husband did manifest the proof – that he desired such freedom – so he could enjoy pleasures with a younger person – his wife’s sister who is years younger than his wife. That disorderliness was part of his makeup – in his genes. Whenever his mind is idle – he lets his imagination lead him. He works and brings the money home. To his mind – as per its order – the pleasures in return for sharing his income was to be determined by him. The gap is filled by his imagination. I usually fill this gap these days with ‘food’. Imagination – whether it is to elevate or depress is damaging to the brain.
The above happened due to social separation of that community from mainstream. To my mind, the problem that  former minister Mrs Vijayakala Maheswaran used to elevate LTTE was also due to this separation from mainstream.

At National level, the war crimes allegations against Sri Lankan Government appear to have been ‘forgotten’.   This morning a Tamil Diaspora leader linked us to the BBC article headedKhmer Rouge leaders found guilty of Cambodia genocide’ – at
The email communication was headed ‘UN can punish Sri lanka war criminals’.

[For the first time, two leaders of Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia have been convicted of genocide.
His deputy Nuon Chea, 92, and head of state Khieu Samphan, 87, faced trial on charges of exterminating Cham Muslim and ethnic Vietnamese communities.
This was the first genocide verdict given by the UN-backed tribunal on Pol Pot's brutal 1975-1979 regime……………………
Why is the genocide verdict significant?
The Khmer Rouge's crimes have long been referred to as the "Cambodian genocide", but academics and journalists have debated for years as to whether what they did amounts to that crime.
The UN Convention on Genocide speaks of "intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group".
So prosecutors at the tribunal tried to prove that the Khmer Rouge specifically tried to do that to these groups - something some experts, including Pol Pot biographer Philip Short, say they did not.
During the trial, a 1978 speech from Pol Pot was cited in which he said that there was "not one seed" of Vietnamese to be found in Cambodia. And historians say that indeed a community of a few hundred thousand was reduced to zero by deportations or killings.
Apart from being targeted in mass executions, Cham victims have said they were banned from following their religion and forced to eat pork under the regime.
The verdict today may not end the debate completely, but victims groups have long waited for this symbol of justice.
"They brought suffering to my relatives" 72-year-old Cham Muslim Los Sat, who lost many family members, told the AFP news agency at the court. " I am really satisfied with the sentences."]
As highlighted above, Marriage between the more orderly and the less orderly where the latter rules the former  results in violence. Separation   is one way of preventing this.
The current problem within the Sri Lankan Government was manifested due to Mr Sirisena being less orderly than Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe. Mr Sirisena pointed to the Bond issue as the fault of Mr Wickremesinghe. That is the parallel of the accusation by the husband. Whether he believed it is proven by his conduct in the current matter.
If disorder in financial management is the reason for Mr Sirisena to dismiss Mr Wickremesinghe, then one concludes that according to Mr Sirisena’s belief – Mr Rajapaksa is a puritan in Public Financial management. It is highly doubtful that majority Sri Lankans would identify with that conclusion. The other allegation was about a Minister colluding with Indian RAW to kill him. If he genuinely believed that to be the case he ought to have initiated  action to investigate – and do so through DUE PROCESS – as any citizen who elected him.

I believe in the saying that Dharma protects those who protect Dharma. On that basis – if the Constitution was respected and its provisions practiced by Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe more than Mr Sirisena – and Mr Sirisena interpreted one part of the Constitution – keeping in mind the benefits to himself – then another part of the Constitution that is beyond his control will raise itself to protect the Constitution.

Sri Lanka Guardian is calling for a Presidential election to resolve this. 

This has been widely shared within the Tamil Diaspora also.

I appreciate the above call  as a People’s choice – the parallel of the medicine recommended by Mr Sirisena as per the express wishes of his group led by Mr Rajapaksa.  
But Section 38 of the Constitution provides for the lawful alternative as follows:
38. Vacation of office by the President.
(2) —
(a)  Any Member of Parliament may, by a writing addressed to the Speaker, give notice of a resolution alleging that the President is permanently incapable of discharging the functions of his office by reason of mental or physical infirmity or that the President has been guilty of—
(i)   intentional violation of the Constitution;
(ii)  treason;
(iii) bribery;
(iv) misconduct or corruption involving the abuse of the powers of his office; or
(v)  any offence under any law, involving moral turpitude and setting out full particulars of the allegation or allegations made and seeking an inquiry and report thereon by the 
Supreme Court.

A believer may or may not win – in a particular institution through  lawful process. But expressing one’s true belief invokes the power of independence – as Gandhi demonstrated. Gandhi was not fearful of being defeated by others because he did not have anything to lose. Gandhi had everything to win. If the President does not resign or call for Presidential elections on the same footing as his call for Parliamentary elections – true parliamentarians committed to the Constitution must seek his dismissal through the above provisions of the Constitution or apply to the Courts on the basis of Article 9 of the Constitution.
The Constitution is not a substance to be interpreted for once benefits. It is the Consolidated form of minds that provide Order to a group.

Friday, 16 November 2018

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

16 November 2018

Domestic Violence in Sri Lankan Parliament

Sri Lankans who are dependent on Politicians inherit the Domestic Violence genes from the Parliament. This was confirmed by the members of Parliament yesterday. I myself learnt about it from our ABC news here in Australia.
While majority are trying to focus on the latest saga – as Counsellors we need to observe and look for the root cause. Is it in the marriage itself?
As per Colombo Gazette report Madam Kumaratunga has stated as follows about her feelings on this:
[Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga said that she is watching with concern and regret the efforts by some Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members to betray the peoples’ demands for a better Sri Lanka which gained victory on January 8th, 2015.
Kumaratunga said that the SLFP, together with most other parties and civil society, built a massive unprecedented movement to win the struggle for a decent, honest and prosperous Sri Lanka.
It is regretful that some sections of our beloved Party finds it fit to betray all our policies and once again join hands with a political group that destroyed fundamental rights, democracy, democratic institutions and built a destructive network of graft and corruption” ]

But this was bound to happen.  Mr Sirisena on his own could not have become president in January 2015, due to Mr Rajapaksa being SLFP leader who was active in the leadership position.
Whether Mr Wickremesinghe of the UNP  would have, depended on Tamil voters who were naturally connected to Sinhalese voters. It was for this reason Mr Rajapaksa won the 2005 Presidential elections after the LTTE threatened Tamils and successfully prevented them from exercising their right to vote/franchise.  
In 2015, unless this had happened, Mr Wickremesinghe would have become president in his own rights. In the  2010 Presidential elections, Tamils overwhelmingly voted against Mr Rajapaksa which went in favour of Mr Fonseka – the war-time army leader. This  had similar effect  as not voting in 2005. But in 2015, Tamils were ready to vote for Mr Wickremesinghe again due to the simple reason that Tamils in Colombo and Kandy were demonstrating greater integration with Sinhalese.  I have continued to feel this in many ordinary ways. This was not put to the test by SLFP ancestors. SLFP  was saddled with Mr Rajapaksa and his family.

Madam Kumaratunga who did have more in common with Mr Wickremesinghe than with Mr Rajapaksa, may have had her doubts due to not identifying with Tamil pain on language basis – especially the pain of those like us – to whom Sinhalese was not a working language. SLFP may have forgotten it after the 13th Amendment to the Constitution which  rendered Tamil also National status.   But the fact of our experiences becomes one sided Energy until we balance  it with the other side and make it ‘common’. Once it is ‘common’ it is easier for minorities and juniors to be not handicapped by ‘status’ intimidation in their own minds. The Sinhala only legislation had the effect of suppressing minorities – just as Buddhism foremost continues to influence Buddhists who are not committed to respecting other religions as Equals. A junior Buddhist Police officer working at Vaddukoddai started preaching in our class about Vishnu and Krishna right in my presence. As his English teacher I gave him an English exercise to help him stay within his position as student. Later I quietly shared my Hindu knowledge with him – as an equal.

These are true sharing –experiences that infect us for better or for worse. There are thousands of such Tamils who share naturally with Sinhalese and hence exponentially influence the voting pattern – provided the voters are not tempted by money one way or the other. Our energies work naturally in a free environment.
The recent manifestations have confirmed that despite Buddhism and Sinhala being common to SLFP and UNP – they are unable to live in harmony in a ‘free’ unstructured environment that the Parliament became in August 2015. The more we intimidate on the basis of culture – the more internally divided we become. Where cultures are different – we must respect each other as Equals. I do this all the time with our children in certain aspects. In formal education – I insist on holding my Senior position – including with my husband because I sacrificed more for education than anyone else in our family. Since I do not ‘show’ that seniority through my ‘certificates’ but I AM, and I show only for the need that the other has – the ‘gap’ of relativity becomes Shakthi / Energy. When such persons bless – the junior is Energized.

This is the power that Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe shares with Tamils who feel common with at least one other culture – through religion, language gender etc.

Seniority through majority is artificial and seniority without common belief is immoral. At political level, Mr Sirisena, to the extent he did not have common belief through Law – with Mr Wickremesinghe felt intimidated by him. It was easier for him to become Mr Rajapaksa’s junior than to share the leadership with Ranil Wickremesighe with globally acceptable credentials. The tool used to overpower Mr Wicremesinghe was threat of majority power demonstrated through Local Government elections  in 2018. That was the parallel of Buddhist foremost clause in the Constitution. But Tamil and Muslim Politicians overwhelmingly supported Mr Wickremesinghe and they were empowered by educated Tamils & Muslims who have common investment with educated Sinhalese. THAT is how unseen and less known powers work. Those close to the roots know intuitively to the extent of their needs.

In terms of law – Mr Sirisena behaved like the Buddhist police officer preaching to a class of Hindus about Vishnu and Krishna. He probably thinks that they are Buddhist gods – just as Mr Sirisena has demonstrated that the law is junior to the Sinhalese president.

If the President believes that he is right – in the interpretation – then Tamils and Muslims who do not oppose it at least in their minds,  become subservient to Sinhala Buddhists and that would dilute Sri Lanka’s Sovereign powers, leading to Sri Lanka in turn becoming subservient to other countries like China.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

15 November 2018

President is the Umpire – not the lead player

The power of the Parliament is based on the Belief of the People. Belief is right whatever its form. Hence the ‘form’ of majority is allowed to lead – just as who bats first. ABC report states as follows about yesterday’s motion in Sri Lankan Parliament, in relation to the President’s 26 October appointment of Mr Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister:

"The (no-confidence) motion was taken to vote by voices on the floor and it had a majority support. Now we are going to sign the papers," said R Sambanthan, leader of an opposition group bitterly opposed to Mr Rajapaska.

This then automatically clears the ‘appointment’ to make which the President did not have the mandate. An elected President needs the confidence of the Parliament to appoint only when the position is vacant.

That is like the cricket game ‘toss’ that decides who bats or bowls first.  The elected President, as the umpire merely confirms the verdict of the People – that the majority side bats first.  It does not declare a win or a loss. Wins and losses are determined by playing the game – and the umpire has to wait until a mistake / wrong is done to bring the players into right order. When the umpire rules – not only must s/he use the common rules of the game but also needs to be seen by all  - including the audience – that the rules had been the measure.

 Soon after elections when the confidence of the People is reflected through the side that earned majority – the President umpires. From then on within Parliament – the speaker becomes the umpire.
Yesterday, the Hon  Karu Jayasuriya performed amazingly under extremely difficult conditions and upheld the honor of the Parliament.

The Supreme Court is like the Cricket Board which ensures that its members follow the International rules of Cricket. The Court has the direct power to mark members right or wrong using the rules that are already in place. The way the Cricket Board cannot directly umpire – the Supreme Court also cannot directly rule. All those who access its services through due processes are its members.
The Supreme Court – by temporarily setting aside the decision made by the President to dissolve parliament, cleared the People’s belief to be upheld by elected members. The no confidence motion yesterday also effectively cleaned the parliament of the unlawful appointment of Mr Rajapaksa – to make which Mr Sirisena did not have the belief  of the people nor the  logical authority  of the law.
According to today’s Daily Mirror report headed ‘President rejects NCM brought against PM, Govt.:

[In a letter to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday rejected the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) brought against his nominee for Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Government.
In his letter, the President said proper procedures were not followed as was required by the Constitution and with regard to Standing Orders when submitting the No-Confidence Motion against the Prime Minister to Parliament.
President Sirisena said the NCM was thus passed without adhering proper parliamentary procedures.
‘The President shall appoint as Prime Minister the Member of Parliament, who, in the President’s opinion, is most likely to command the confidence of Parliament”, the letter read. The opinion of the President cannot be questioned or tested. He is expected to evaluate the prevailing situation and decide on the person best suited for the country.]

The advice of the Speaker to the President – is not mandatory but one that shows good culture. By walking away and out of the Parliament, Mr Rajapaksa failed to demonstrate that he was of the Belief that he was the rightful Prime Minister as per his own investment in Parliament.  During the 2009 battle against Tamil Militants also – he left the country. In both instances he confirmed that there was conflict between his belief and his calculated decisions through which he ‘showed’ authority that he did not believe in. To that extent he is a good man.

According to Tamil Newspaper Uthayan, President Sirisena has confirmed his belief that since he is not able to work with Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe – he was entitled to declare another from within the UNP as Prime Minister. If true – then that is like the umpire refusing to allow a particular batsman to lead the batting team. That then means that the independence of the batting team has not been respected in terms of who bats next. The internal workings of the UNP are its own business and Mr Sirisena failed to demonstrate respect for the structures and protocols that UNP develops within its own institutional boundaries. This confirms ‘takeover’ mentality of his party in Opposition.
As per my service experience, interactions free of structures invite infections from one to the other. Position boundaries and respect for those boundaries help us prevent such infections. Truth comes with its own structures and therefore is safe. If Mr Sirisena is acting as per his Truth – he is stepping down from the position of elected President of the Nation. If UNP changes the leadership – it would also insult the People’s mandate.

As a People’s representative  Mr Wickremesighe brought credit to Sri Lankans confirming to ourselves that we are capable of Peaceful Assembly to express our belief. Public Reactions whether they are in agreement or disagreement dilute the value of Belief. They come without the protective structures of Truth / Belief. As a strong investor in law – Mr Wicremesinghe demonstrated good order and accepted his party’s decision to test the decision in Court. If the Court decides in December that the decision was not unlawful – then he has the duty to accept that the Parliament has been dissolved. This is not because he as an individual interprets the law but because he respects the Institutional values of the Judiciary as an Independent and Government  parallel and Equal to the parliament – just as Hindus are to Buddhists.

For my part I kept invoking the powers of Kathirgama Murugan. I was very hurt when a Buddhist shrine was built on the hilltop – blocking the Hindu shrine. All three leaders involved in this political tangle are seen to seek the blessings of Lord Muruga of Kathirgamam before elections.  They obviously pray to win. But neither repealed Buddhism foremost Article from the Constitution. As per that Article – Muruga is second to Buddha – as Kiri Vihara Buddhist Shrine is first to these leaders in that area. But to be Muruga is the foremost Deity at Kathirgamam. When I pray to Lord Muruga – my powers  would go to the person who is more for Hindus than for Buddhists. This I know is Mr Wickremesighe  above the other two – due to my investment in English law which to the other two is foreign law. That is how the citizen empowers through belief based mental participation .

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

14 November 2018

Soorasamharam Happened
All Lankan leaders – take note

We talk about Gandhi; we go to places of worship when we want a certain outcome. But only a few become that force through true belief. My faith delivered for me yet again.

On 12 November, I felt the urge to write about Soorasamharam which I feel was due to my belief in Lord Muruga. After my Australian experiences, where the Australian Administration and the Judiciary failed to deliver as per my interpretations of the law – miracles ‘happened’ to confirm to ME that I was right. Back then, since I was attached to the outcomes of my work – I was in pain every time I was ruled as the ‘loser’ by the higher authority. But gradually, the returns ‘happened’ in natural environments and more importantly I was able to identify with them as the real outcomes of my work and sacrifices of earned benefits. Peaceful assembly is one such huge sacrifice.

When Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe remained in Temple Trees – he became the medium through whom I could show my own investment in Peaceful Assembly. That may have been a reason why I saw as per my Truth Soorasamharam happening in Sri Lanka. As stated in my article of 12 November, Sooran takes various forms of superiority. Lion personifies territorial ego which happens when one ‘occupies’ and extends power without having worked for it currently nor by paying one’s respects to the original power/ancestors.

Yesterday’s verdict by the Supreme Court was ‘Samharam’ / Natural Death Sentence to Territorial power directly exercised.

But there is still the Elephant ego – as indicated by GAJA cyclone – which message also was published in the same article of 12 November. Superstition and true belief are shown in the same form; but they are poles apart. One should not look for reasoning in either. Superstition has no reasoning and belief has full and perfect reasoning which need not be proven.

As per  report - ‘GAJA’ very likely to move closer to Sri Lanka. This indicates to me that the next form of Sooran is Intellectual ego – as personified by Elephant / Gaja. Intellectual achievements of the past need to be ‘forgotten’ and made formless ‘heritage’. Mr Sirisena has confirmed that Mr Rajapaksa was still his ‘boss’ and demonstrated bipolar behaviour . As per my discovery through my service work, including in the Silverwater prison where I shared cells with drug addicts,  Bipolar disorder happens due to lack of current working of the brain (on merit basis) and keeping the past work at the outcome level – as ‘attachment’ to dead matter.  Past becomes dead matter due to lack of belief in those who contributed to those past achievements and therefore possessing the whole as if we are the sole owners of that past. This is a real risk in the war-affected areas of Sri Lanka which are being excessively compensated to ‘show’ development work.

Lack of current work coupled with position benefits  is imaginary. Living in the memory of past outcomes without belief  is like living with the dead body.  The position of  CEO of a democracy was former to Mr Sirisena. The old position where he was heavily dependent on his boss Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa and the status of SLFP – Sri Lanka Freedom Party  – patronized  by Madam Kumaratunga – who failed to discipline Mr Sirisena publicly over his undemocratic actions – became deadwood which gave Mr Sirisena mental refuge when he wanted to be idle. These are common in most families but where family bondage is strong one makes up for the other.

In terms of karma – Mr Sirisena promised Tamils a better future under his presidency and got the votes. If Tamils were truly insignificant to him  - he would not have made such promises. To the extent the Tamils had real needs – to preserve their diversity – they had the power to take back the promises. Those with the strongest power were the uncompensated civilians who continued to live as per their current environments and taking the pain and losses on behalf of the whole community – a part of  which also contributed actively to the war. Their empowerment returned to them – leaving Mr Sirisena with his ‘traditional’ allies.

Mr Sampanthan declaring his plans for the elections in January confirmed his attachment to political power and his weak investment in Administration through national and global principles in Tamil areas.  He did not demonstrate strong faith to ‘wait’ for the judicial outcome.

Mr Sumanthiran  is reported to have stated [This is probably the most important order the Supreme Court has delivered in its history,” said Abraham Sumanthiran, a lawmaker and senior lawyer who had challenged the dissolution of Parliament.] New York Times

But when the Jaffna High Court which is the highest court in his electorate – failed to uphold the law – he did not share in the pain of the loser. His law brain is active in  his current residence – Colombo and becomes dead wood in Jaffna once he gets his seat in parliament one way or the other.
Sumathiran is part of the GAJA / Elephant-faced Sooran.

Mr Wickremesighe needs to ask himself why he worships at Hindu temples. If they are for particular outcomes – then he would not access the inner powers of ordinary Sri Lankan Hindus. If he believes that those powers have protected him – then he needs to SHOW that in order to prevent himself becoming dead wood to his heirs in politics.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

13 November 2018

Two Opposition Leaderships Resulted in Two Prime Ministers?

Sri Lanka is now being highlighted as the world’s first democracy to have two Prime Ministers at the same time. But, we Tamils already had this experience when Mr Rajapaksa formed Joint Opposition on the basis of majority.

The UNP ought to have gone to Court back then. The speaker  had the duty to internally discipline and remove that status of Mr Rajapaksa as Joint Opposition leader for the simple reason that his party – SLFP lost its independence in Parliament when members crossed over to form Unity Government. Tamil National Alliance – TNA also failed to take the matter to Court to preserve its Diversity as the representative of a group that had declared its independence in 1976. All of these breaches also led to Joint Premiership. They reaped as they sowed.

Majority power as per its best   application reflects the Truth when the two sides produce their independent outcomes at the same time. It does not reflect the Truth if one steals the work of another or is dependent on the other. It is to eliminate this ‘shortage’ that the leading opposition is by law entitled to Equal status. Mr Rajapaksa merely extended the Joint Opposition to Joint Premiership.
It was as per the essential requirement of Independence, that the Tamil National Alliance became the leading opposition in Parliament. When the Joint Opposition was declared – the fundamentals of the Separation needed  in Democracy were breached and the Parliament allowed this status to continue. The Opposition had to be Common and not Joint. The outcomes produced need to be independent. Of the other side.

Effectively, the current application before the Supreme Court is successful expression of no-confidence motion by majority vote. If the Supreme Court fails to recognize this – then it is an ‘outsider’ to majority voters who are represented by the Applicants. Truth finds Its way to manifest Itself to true seekers.

In the meantime the Truth we have shared through this experience needs to be the basis of Amendments to the Constitution – not for intellectual debate – but for the genuine Sri Lankan voter to self-govern. Majority vote is one such avenue through which the average citizen would identify with her/his side. Now that Parliamentary status has become a controversial issue – the relevant provisions need to be in ordinary language that the common citizen would comfortably identify with. Obviously, the current Parliamentarians – including the President – lack the skills to do so and / or not humble enough to seek the wisdom of fellow Sri Lankans.
Mr Harsha Gunasena draws some parallels with Gandhi when reviewing Dinesh Weerakkody’s book on  Ranil Wickremesinghe:

[Ethnic conflict

In 2002, with no end in sight to the ferocious war that was raging, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe signed the Ceasefire Agreement that brought the war to an end. The signing of that agreement was the act of a statesman who put country before self and the Right to Life above all others… When he said that he would negotiate a ceasefire and an interim administration with the LTTE, he stuck to this platform although defeat after defeat followed him.” Page 150

It is seldom that ethnic and religious minorities can determine governments. But despite losing ethnic majority support, and losing elections as a result, Ranil Wickremesinghe stayed steady to his course.” Page 148

This was an attribute of a selfless leader. A not-so-close parallel would be Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi conducted his last hunger strike on two demands that Indian Government should pay 350 million to the Pakistan Government and the Hindu refugees who came from Pakistan should release the properties they forcibly acquired from Indian Muslims. The Indian people and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru conceded in three days
 In this line the PM met his counterpart in the President who fought hard to reduce his own powers which is a rare phenomenon in world politics.

Inaction of PM

It may therefore be better if Ranil puts his resources to full use now in fighting corruption and taking the country on the development road. This is what the public and Maithri (the President) want from him.” Page 116

When Gandhi stared the hunger strike, the people understood the justice in three days. Our people need much more time. The Sub Committee of Centre-Periphery Relationships of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly published its report where Chief Ministers of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party recommended that the powers of the Governors should be curtailed drastically which needs a referendum although the SLFP officially rejected a referendum.

Several members of the Joint Opposition actively participated this sub committees. The debate is going on. Ranil does not want to take this to the people and get ownership of it but he facilitates the exercise. This is everybody’s baby. If no one is wearing that hat, civil society should do so. The country needs all the corrupt and un-corrupt politicians in this process so that the Government is not in a position to pursue anti-corruption campaign at this moment. That is the crux of it.

The fundamental difference between Gandhi and Mr Wickremesinghe in this regard  is that Gandhi – a Hindu and Indian that held majority power sacrificed majority power to respect the Sovereignty of Muslims. The parallel of those Muslims are the Tamils of North and East. Ranil did not have to self-sacrifice as Gandhi did – by fasting – and therefore foregoing the little he had possession of.  But the India that benefited from such self-sacrifice delivered.
When Mr Wickremesinghe finds a Sri Lankan Gandhi –  he and Sri Lankans would deliver to the minorities. If Ranil becomes Gandhi then he must find a Nehru to actively represent his values at the top.

Gandhi was kingmaker as was his Tamil disciple Kamraj known as Black Gandhi. The Hon Kamraj became kingmaker of India itself due to his humility and simplicity.

The two Opposition leaderships were like two bowling teams against one batting team in a game of cricket!

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

13 November 2018

When Constitution becomes a Commodity

As per Hindu elders the Hindu Bible – Bhagawath Geetha is a garland of experiences – Anupava Thaara. One with experience confirms ownership. But when one sells the experience – one sells ownership and therefore no longer confirms ownership. It is for this reason that free exchange of money is banned in families.

Sri Lankan president  - Mr Sirisena confirmed recently that MPs were sold themselves:
[Giving other reasons for the dissolution of parliament, President Sirisena said prices had been placed on MPs following the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as the PM. The President said amounts ranging from Rs. 100 mn to Rs 500 mn had been offered to MPs.] The Island report – ‘MPs offered Rs 100-500 mn; Fear of violence expressed by some MPs – President’

This confirms that the Members of  Parliament became a ‘commodity’. Like some grandparents who activate such trading in families – Mr Sirisena also activated the trading by dismissing the existing occupant and appointing another of his ‘choice’. Choice and confidence based sharing are not the same.  Former is about the body and the latter is about the soul.  In family one shares. In business one trades and therefore ‘chooses’ to sell or buy.

I learnt about this trading practice in Tamil community also – especially with my sisters in law who claimed that they had mothered my brother in law who passed away in 2010. The claim was made at the time they ‘saw’ his wealth. The position of mother in that family fell vacant when the mother of 8 passed away when my husband was 2 years old. My husband revealed that he did not identify with any suffering that the sisters had gone through but that one of them was more orderly and ‘inclusive’ than the other.  So I concluded that this was false claim of occupation as Mr Piyadasa claimed in relation to our Colombo land.

Thesawalamai  law facilitated us to establish this through the Testamentary case filed in Northern Province. The sisters first tried to ‘takeover’ and then when that failed they claimed equal share – which was ‘granted’ by Mallakam district court and upheld by Judge Illancheliyan after we appealed to the Jaffna High Court. The petitioners claimed there was no requirement for Administration and applied for Certificates of Heirship only. We are yet to receive our Certificate but the Petitioners’ lawyers are assisting the Registrar of Mallakam District Court to ‘collect’ the monies from the bank. This to my Accounting mind is Administration. But in a land where the Governance and Administration are used as interchangeable commodities – what better can one expect of lower level Public institutions? Our inquiries as to progress were blocked by the claim that we needed to come through our lawyer – Mr V Manivannan   who is actively involved in politics. Mr Manivannan is also closely associated with Mr Wigneswaran who carries his former Judicial position status as a commodity. Hence he did not share his judicial wisdom with the People. An elected person has to carry high level of Governance value and therefore natural sharing.

I however went through the pain of being treated as a retired foreign woman who did not know about the local customs of Northern Province. By not fighting against their prejudices I had the experience as a nobody – very similar to the poor widows and mothers who have to fend for themselves. The moment I sell that experience I lose the ability to cure their weaknesses. To my mind the reason why Mr Manivannan is now being challenged in Colombo courts – in relation to his position as leader of the opposition in Jaffna local government is his failure to complete his experience with me – an owner of Jaffna – seeking to contribute to post-war development  through better Public Administration. Mr Manivannan is a ‘foreigner’ to Jaffna just as Mr Wigneswaran is due to this lack of Governance Energy. Their claim that they are with the victims of war is false due to them living off  their past – both through the legal community – to ‘show’ and not to ‘share’.  Successful politics is in that sharing. Belief takes us directly to the root cause – where one does not need to calculate or justify.  Other owners would naturally identify with what we do.

The president Mr Sirisena failed to become the position of President and traded the provisions of the Constitution as if they were commodities. He did not become the President as it is structured today – but is living in it as per his imagination – just as Mr Wigneswaran did as Chief Minister and Mr Reginald Cooray is continuing to do as Administrator – albeit under the name of Governor.

A Governor needs to be still minded so the People could see themselves through the governor. I am such a governor to the groups I am with in Northern Sri Lanka. One needs to have the experience as  lay litigant to become the people and the curing happens from within, through shared life. When one seeks to ‘trade’ one ceases to be a governor to that extent. Mr Sirisena – to the extent he enjoyed the benefits of the position of President but did not share in the difficulties and weaknesses of his immediate family  - the Parliament, became a welfare president. Hence he became the puppet of Mr Rajapaksa who is a smart trader in an unregulated environment.   

It took the opposition – including TNA -  a long time to act against this. The reason is lack of ownership due to being driven by benefits, with little service value shared with their people – quietly  away from public eye – as we do in families. Without such sharing one is not elected representative with natural powers to cure weaknesses. Only the structural values of such sharing needs to be brought out for others to read and benefit and not the costs for which we ‘take’ benefits especially more benefits.

We may not find such persons in Sri Lankan politics. Gandhi was such a person in Indian politics. It’s Gandhi’s ownership with those of minority status that continues to sustain Indian democracy. Each one – to the extent we sacrifice earned benefits and live within the balance – become shared owners of the common group that benefited from the sacrifice.

The confidence of the elected leader – in this instance the  President - is demonstrated by such sharing. When he finds fault with MPs for trading, he confirms that he did not have the confidence of the Parliament. In the system of Belief – one does not need to prove to the other. One who believes becomes the other side instantaneously. If the president has confidence then the Parliament also has confidence in the President. If so there is no need to rush and justify.

If the President lost confidence in Mr Wickremesinghe  - and believed that the Parliament also did not have confidence in Mr Wickremesinghe  then he had the duty to become the caretaker Prime Minister until the  laws of Parliament established otherwise. By appointing Mr Rajapaksa, Mr Sirisena confirmed trading his position as if it was a collection of benefits. This takes value away from Mr Rajapaksa also.

The Constitution needs to be based on the Truth we know about ourselves. The Courts may or may not uphold that Truth. But one who self-governs would not stagnate by a negative but would continue to serve to cure that weakness which reflects the ownership deficiency of the Courts in the Public.
Now that we know that Sri Lankans are capable of protesting non-violently – we could move on – away from that part of the government that has made a commodity of itself. That separation is also part of self-governance. They become ‘foreigners’ to citizens who practice the law with respect.