Monday, 21 January 2019

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

21 January 2019

The small believer in Democracy

Today is Thai Poosam day on which Hindus celebrate of Mother’s/Shakthi’s heritage power is shared with  the Son Muruga.    Muruga is recognized as the Lord of Democracy. In Democracy, victory / success is measured through objectively measurable outcomes produced.
The message from Sri Venkateswara Temple, Sydney presents the significance of Thai Poosam as follows:
[The ‘Vel’ (lance) was given to Lord Murugan to eliminate the three demons,
Surapadman, Singamugan, and Tarakasura, who represent the forces of hatred, greed, and arrogance.
The mighty ‘Vel’ was invested with the ‘Shakti’ or power of Goddess Parvati and used by
Lord Murugan to kill the three asuras. Thus, it has come to be regarded as a symbol of purification.
The ‘Vel’ also serves as the protective and purifying force of Lord Murugan and
the occasion of Thaipusam is celebrated to glorify these benign forces.
The form in which we remember the significance would change as per time and place. In democracy, the demons are separation extremism, possessiveness of common manifestation and  top-down telling to those of different culture to us.
Yesterday, Dr Alan Keenan of International Crisis Group wrote to me as follows – which I interpreted as ‘telling me’:
From: Alan Keenan
Sent: Sunday, 20 January 2019 11:47 AM
To: gaja param
Subject: Re: Constitutional Rights of Minorities

Dear Gaja Param

Once upon a time, many years ago, emails sent from one person to another were assumed to be private and were treated as such.
Alas, those days seem to have passed, at least among some people I deal with on Sri Lankan affairs.
I don't know you, I know nothing about you, I never gave you my email address and I never asked anyone else to send me your writings.
Please stop writing me.
Thank you very much,

Since Dr Keenan confesses to knowing nothing about me – I conclude that we are of different culture – meaning our beliefs are of different form. Dr Keenan did not think I was important enough to do a Google Search to know my contribution to Democracy in common and Sri Lankan Democracy in particular. I responded as follows:

Dear Dr Alan Keenan,
              Once upon a time, we were not as global as we are today; nor as democratic as some of us are today.
              Once upon a time, you and I would have been strangers; and you would not be expressing opinions as you do about Sri Lankan governance
If you know deep enough about Sri Lanka you know me as a caring Sri Lankan. The other side of your Sri Lankan work is your Sri Lankan Common Customer. If  you do not feel that way then you do not qualify to provide public opinions on Sri Lankan governance.  You did – during the October issue – and I was upset that you would expect Ranil to be magnanimous enough to facilitate MR to remain PM.  It did not happen that way and I believe I also contributed to preventing such. I believe that when one seeks genuinely – one finds the right pathway. Even though I had been responding to your articles from time to time – largely through Sri Lanka Guardian, I did not look for your email address in particular. But after you made the above suggestion, I got your email address from a member of the Tamil Diaspora. It was part of a group email. I don’t know any of them as individuals but I took it that the sender considered me to be a common member of that group also. The information came to me because the issue sought me to keep you informed of how the common Sri Lankan felt.
As you know,  we Hindus celebrate Thai Pongal in January. You were reported to have stated during your Thai Pongal dinner speech in 2013 , as follows:

[My central message tonight is that Sri Lanka’s two political crises – the crisis the long-standing denial of the rights of the Tamil people and the crisis of Sri Lanka’s liberal democracy – these need to be analysed and understood together and they need to be addressed together. There is no way to respond effectively to one crisis without responding effectively to the other. Sri Lanka as a whole, and that means the Sinhalese majority, can never have a meaningful and stable democracy so long as the Tamil people are abused and humiliated and denied their individual and collective rights.’]

I responded to that through my own article headed ‘Are you Trespassing Mr. West?’ published by Sri Lanka Guardian.
If you had practiced what you preached to Sinhalese – you would have recognized me as a very democratic person – more democratic than you. In democracy, we do the work ourselves. All you had to do was block me as a sender. By ‘choosing to tell me’ you have confirmed that you are autocratic.
I am in the middle of writing about how Truth has shown me Its manifestations before those with official power. The Hindu example we have is Saint Poosalar who built a temple for Lord Shiva in his heart. The Lord said to the king who was building the visible temple – that He had to first visit the one who was enshrining the Lord in his heart. That is how Dr Keenan, Truth comes to me before It manifests Itself through officials with external power. It happens all the time when I seek genuinely. If you truly care about the Common Sri Lankan, you would read and know how some of us influence outcomes through natural belief.
If you really want to get rid of me – you need to take legal action against me and that would be interesting. You may know of Professor Damien Kingbury of Deakin University. He actually threatened to take legal action against me and I asked him to go ahead. He did not. I contributed to email policy at the invitation of the Australian Government – Senator Richard Alston when he was minister for communications. I believe I was invited due to the role I played in challenging ABC MD Jonathan Shier.  My complaint was dismissed in court but I accumulated credit with the government on the basis of my genuine contribution.  Dr Keenan, I believe strongly in ‘knock and the door shall open’ philosophy.

Hence I urge you to please do the right thing and take legal action against me. If there is no such avenue – then learn from us – the doers.

As stated above, truth was known to me before ‘facts’ were manifested through officials. In terms of democracy, I identified with the disorder at the University of NSW and did what I could to bring back democratic order. One of the first major manifestations through which I identified with the parallel of  Saint Poosalar’s experience was my complaint to the authorities about Racial Discrimination happening at the UNSW – a couple of years before staff and students from Liverpool Clinical School went to ABC with their complaint – except that theirs was labelled Scientific Fraud by the ABC. I learnt about the problem at the funeral of Dr David Garlick when two academics were talking about it. I believe that David was common to me and the relevant academics and hence the place of communication.
Dr. Garlick  stated during the investigations into my complaints: ‘He considers her to be an extremely ethical and moral person . He said that she had almost a touch of genius and that this, together with her other characteristics made her so unusual that it could be possible to misinterpret her comments and suggestions.
David would never have ‘told me’ as Dr Alan Keenan and Professor Damien Kingsbury did. David’s was belief based due to sharing in each other’s pain. To Dr Keenan I was merely of hearsay value – like most rural  voters are to Sri Lankan politicians, including Tamil politicians.

More recently in terms of Sri Lankan politics I shared my democratic wisdom in the matter of Dual Citizenship by Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa on 18 January 2019 in which I included the following:

[….But does it hold true when the citizen has been part of a group that is alleged to have committed  human rights violations in Sri Lanka, based on which the American Government sponsored UN Resolution to investigate into war-crimes allegations. The American Government is taken to have sponsored the resolution as per its belief. Until there is clearance of such allegations, it would be immoral of the American Government to treat the individuals concerned on ‘normal’ basis. The right thing would be for American Government to honour its own recommendation and not clear Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa as if he was free of possible wrongs when he was American citizen. American Government owes this to the global community and more importantly to Sri Lankans. Without such higher moral responsibility one would conclude that the American Government was using its power to show its strength to wider world for which Sri Lanka became the medium.]

Two days later Economy Next published the following:
[Gotabaya is still not qualified to become a candidate at Sri Lankan elections because he is yet to renounce his US citizenship. He has previously said it could be done within two months, but this week he told reporters that giving up the foreign nationality was a personal matter.
He argued that Washington could not block him giving up the US citizenship and referred to the United States as the “father of democracy.”  “A person cannot be tied to US citizenship,” he added.
However, diplomatic sources said there was a time consuming process to renounce US citizenship and that can be done only if there was no outstanding taxes and litigation against the person trying to renounce US nationality.]  - Gota’s entry splits Rajapaksa-led Sri Lanka opposition

Reading the above, I appreciated that the matter is being dealt with by the forces of Nature – even though there have been no moves to inquire into allegations of war-crimes. In natural justice, the punishment happens through  blocking of or identifying with  opportunities and/or further manifestations of the same wrong or right as the case may be.

Those who pray / work  for particular outcomes, without need, confirm lack of belief. Their contribution even if successful – would not spread itself through natural common belief.

Be it Tamils or Sinhalese – the quickest pathway to Democracy is through common belief. Given that majority Sri Lankans are driven by religious beliefs, that is the quickest pathway through which Democracy would be learnt by Sri Lankans. Buddhist leaders have created their own ‘block’ by rendering Buddhism political and administrative status. Hence the Buddhist citizen would need to do more work than say a Hindu, to take each other as equals until known otherwise.

The latest news report confirms this as follows:

[We hear a few members of the UNP defensively saying that the proposed new Constitution will accord to Buddhism the foremost place as at present and that the unitary status of the country will remain unimpaired.] Island article ‘Achieving Tamil aspirations through Sinhala leaders’

Buddhism foremost causes eustress in the person driven by emotions – which majority Sri Lankans are. If such is within the Buddhist community when the Politician close to Buddhist monks goes up with excitement the citizen who shows least status – would go down and experience depression. This maintains the balance of sovereignty where both are genuine at the same wavelength.

If there was no separation of powers between Buddhists and non-Buddhists – and the Buddhism foremost principle causes eustress, the first victims would be the one with zero investment in Buddhism. Hence TNA is being blamed for the Constitutional problem:

[Where the present constitution-making process went wrong is that it was not driven by any of the principal partners in the government but by the Tamil National Alliance.] Island article ‘Achieving Tamil aspirations through Sinhala leaders’

With equal status to diverse forms of belief, Democracy has room to grow and bloom. But with Buddhism foremost clause – the most backward group in terms of Democracy would be Buddhists who believe in the Buddhism foremost clause. Customary laws are developed bottom up and if that is confirmed by Article 9 – then the government is fooling the People about Democracy.

The author of the above article C. A. Chandraprema states:

[The merger of the north and east can never happen through democratic means. Then why include such a thing in the new draft Constitution? TNA MP M. A. Sumanthiran was shown speaking at a public rally stating that their stance was that the north and east should be merged and that there was a provision enabling this to take place in the Constitution. Given the chance that there is very little chance of this taking place in reality, why does the separatist/federalist lobby keep harping on this merger of the north and east? If the Tamil people of the East were told that Sri Lanka was to be turned into a federal state with nine semi-independent provincial units which was to have complete and unfettered control over everything that related to the day to day lives of the people, they would be among the front ranks of those demanding the retention of the unitary state because of their unwillingness to live under Muslim rule in the east.]

By belief – Northern Sri Lankans are already merged with others of similar forms of belief – especially through religions. They do not have the parallel of Article 9 disturbing this commonness. More importantly, majority Tamils being Hindus – the more we believe in Lord Murugan, the more democratic we become. Recently, my work in Vaddukoddai was appreciated in terms of  the departure from that area of a guy who was unprincipled in enjoyment of sexual pleasures. That is what family, community and nation are about. Common belief helps us to confidentially clear weaknesses through strengths of other members.

The October political revolution confirmed that Tamils are more democratic than Sinhalese in National level politics. Where my contribution is not received as intended, by those through whom Truth manifested – I am entitled to conclude that it was through belief and not intellectual merit. That is how as Sir Winston Churchill said - the little believer praying to the Lord of Democracy in her/his little  home saying a little prayer, empowers the politician who feels connected to her/him through the common electorate.

It is the duty of the Sri Lankan government to facilitate mergers of non-Buddhist cultures to balance Buddhism foremost article. If Muslims also develop such adjoining electorates where they are the majority they also are entitled to such privacy to develop Democracy as sovereign communities. The whole must be sovereign through measures of Democracy to qualify for such separations due to diversity in the form of belief. It’s not different to the separation between the Judiciary and the Executive using different pathways to practice the same law. Belief makes all the difference. Diversity in form of belief automatically entitles one to Equal status. That is the fundamental principle of democracy.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

20 January 2019

Beware of women scorned and minorities scorned

Every action of ours impacts our current environment. Be it positive or negative, it becomes our heritage that is shared with that environment. Experience is true. What happened becomes true only when we experience it. When we keep recognizing our own truth – we would enjoy good mind order and peace of mind. All those to whom our  environment is home – would also enjoy peace of mind.
The Sunday Observer, through its report headed ‘Lasantha’s daughter takes Gota head on’:

[“If Lasantha’s daughter wants to know who his murderers are,” Rajapaksa said, “ask her to come to Sri Lanka and meet me. I will tell her what happened.” The former defence secretary made these comments in an interview published in a Sinhalese weekly yesterday……………………
The former defence secretary quipped that Lasantha Wickrematunge’s “first wife, second wife, daughter, brother and successor as Editor of The Sunday Leader are all overseas. The journalists who wrote for him also live overseas. Only Lasantha’s corpse is here now.” He alleged that “all of them know the assassin” but that “no one wants these investigations done properly.]

Journalists who share their truth through their work are global. Their ownership rights should not be limited to one particular area of the earth. In contrast those who ‘show’ outcomes of common work as if they alone produced those outcomes become stagnant.

The mind that is continuously purified by Truth – is steady and becomes the source of peace for the person and all those in that person’s network.

Both – Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa as well as Ms Ahimsa Wickrematunge may believe that they are right as per their own conscience. Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa and Mr Prabhakaran could have opposed each other only if they were on the same plane. As per the rules of Dharma – one cannot defeat one’s junior. One who claims victory therefore confirms having operated on Equal plane. This was possible only if they were foreigners. One who claimed victory confirms that her/his side was operating at the same level as the other side. This means also that the rules of war were abandoned. This was wrong because LTTE were Sri Lankans by law and the actions taken against them ought to have rendered the satisfaction that the ruler had done his duty. Instead, Victory was celebrated – confirming that the LTTE were external enemies taken to be of the same level of operation as the Government’s armed forces.

A government that disciplines, would bring the disorderly forces under common order of the government. One who celebrates victory, confirms equal level of disorderliness within its own group. One who so celebrates confirms inheritance of such disorder. Such a person cannot be an heir of Buddha – the Emperor accepted by majority Sinhalese.

Inheritance of Separatism was confirmed by Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa recently as follows:
[The Opposition Leader’s office was previously used to represent a particular group of people and a region, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said]

His brother who was Defence Secretary during the last phase of the war – also demonstrates such inheritance in the case of Lasantha Wickrematunge who is known to have opposed the Rajapaksa  clan. One who experienced the Truth – would not separate individuals who act as family nor separate their investment as being ‘foreign’ to Sri Lanka.

Completed experiences confirm truth and truth purifies the mind. What happened, happened due to many forces. The way we experience  them is as per our truth. One who experiences hardship to maintain that truth – becomes the law that regulates that environment.

They say ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’.

The woman back then was considered a minority power in family. Hence as per the above  minority scorned would be furious and they have the power to burn down kingdoms.

The final stages of the 2009 war happened in the area of Vattapalai Kannagi Amman temple. Kannagi Amman burnt down Mathurai because the ruler falsely found her husband guilty of stealing a crown jewel. The power to burn down the kingdom  developed because  Kannagi was a true wife and endured much hardship to be a true wife. Every believer of Vattapalai Kannagi Amman is a natural owner of that land. Every ruler who falsely punishes such natural owners stands condemned by Natural powers. So long as we seek on the basis of our experienced truth we will identify with these manifestations of nature. We must seek and have the experience and not sell ‘what-happened’ for votes or popularity. When we do – the place that we call home becomes haunted.

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

19 January 2019

You Divide & We Conquer

The Sinhalese Government has insufficient resources to honor the Constitutional Rights of Minorities

Yesterday, a young reader and writer wrote to me:

[I don't understand why you are sending me your incorrect and hateful posts]

I responded as follows:

As for being ‘hateful’ I do not hate anyone. Hence I conclude that you find them hateful. I therefore conclude that your conclusions about Mr Sumanthiran are also in confirmation of your hatred of him.

I believe that when we seek through our own truth we find others’ truth. This morning I wrote about how Tamil National Alliance has become the Joint Government in National Parliament. Later I identified with the truth that Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa was revealing about himself.

The Daily Mirror reports under the heading Opp. Leader’s office previously confined to one area: MR’ :

[The Opposition Leader’s office was previously used to represent a particular group of people and a region, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said today.
He expressed these views after assuming duties as the Opposition Leader at the Opposition Leader’s office at No 30, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo 07.
“We were prevented from having the official opposition in parliament on numerous occasions. However, I am of the opinion that it was a great victory for us to gain the official opposition in parliament after a period of hardships,” Mr. Rajapaksa said.
He said they were ready to work for the people who are in every part of the country irrespective of their race and ethnicity. ]

To the mind that saw ‘Sinhalese only’ the leading opposition led by Tamil National Alliance was ‘Tamil Only’. That is the mind-structure of one who held the position of Executive President position twice.  

In 1976, Tamil Politicians declared Political equality through Vaddukoddai Resolution. In severity the hardships that Mr Rajapaksa refers to are next to nothing, compared to the hardships endured by Tamil Politicians and the People who empowered the Vaddukoddai Resolution 1976. The 1956 and 1958 riots due to Tamil resistance against ‘Sinhala Only’ legislation confirm the serious difficulty that Tamils experienced if they dared to be equal in government Administration. The 1976 Vaddukoddai Resolution resulted in more serious attacks  in 1977. The LTTE was not involved in any of these. They became the Joint protectors of Tamil areas thereafter.

The fact that Mr Rajapaksa could not stand the thought of Tamils being Opposition leaders in National Parliament – confirms Separatism roots in him and his supporters.
The Constitution to which Mr Rajapaksa has committed himself requires him to abide by the following promise to the People:

[WE, THE FREELY ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE OF SRI LANKA, in pursuance of such Mandate, humbly acknowledging our obligations to our People and gratefully remembering their heroic and unremitting struggle to regain and preserve their rights and privileges so that the Dignity and Freedom of the Individual may be assured, Just, Social, Economic and Cultural Order attained, the Unity of the Country restored, and Concord established with other Nations, do hereby adopt and enact this CONSTITUTION as the SUPREME LAW of the DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA]

In the eyes of Truth – therefore every Sri Lankan who ‘gratefully remembers  the heroic and unremitting struggle by those before her/him, to regain and preserve their rights and privileges so that the Dignity and Freedom of the Individual may be assured, Just, Social, Economic and Cultural Order attained, the Unity of the Country restored, and Concord established with other Nations’ is a People’s representative.  

Recently, the Tamil Governor of Northern Sri Lanka – Dr Raghavan is reported to have stated   I have a dream like Martin Luther King” Post-war transitional justice, not another victor’s story!

The dream I have for Northern Sri Lanka is for Northerners to feel common and think equal  and not ‘be told’ otherwise.

 Rev Martin Luther King Jr expresses this beautifully as follows in his ‘I have a dream’  speech  during the  ‘March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on 28 August 1963:

[….In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects  of our Republic wrote the magnificent  words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing  a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.  This note was a promise that all men - yes black  men as we11 as white men-would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit  of happiness. It is obvious today that America  has defaulted on this promissory note in so far as her citizens of color are concerned.  Instead of honoring  this sacred  obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked ''insufficient funds.'']

The legitimate claim to position of Leadership duly developed by Tamils has bounced due to insufficient commitment to the Constitution by the Government elected by Sinhalese majority.
But Truth will prevail and so long as we continue to value truth more than benefits or even the law, we will identify with the true outcomes. Wonder what Dr Raghavan is doing to address this damage to post-war transitional justice by the self-declared victors of a ‘free’ war.

To me, the TNA is now the Natural  Government of Tamils and Mr Sampanthan is the parallel of Rev Martin Luther King’s heir – the real manifestation of that ‘Dream’ - Barack Hussein Obama. Mr Rajavarothiam Sampanthan is the heir of our consolidated political leadership who had the real dream of Independent Tamil Nation. This was endorsed by Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa who lacked funds to honour the ‘unity claim’ as required by the Constitution of Sri Lanka.

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

19 January 2019

Joint Government for Tamils – By Mr Rajapaksa

Did Mr Sampanthan renounce the Leadership position to establish Tamil Eelam? Below is the Hindu legend that confirms how that works: (Note – Mango is the Leader of the Opposition position  in this  context)

[There is special significance in relation to mangoes.  As pre Hindu Legend Muruga renounced the prize mango – to establish His own kingdom.  Elephant faced Ganesh and Muruga are the two children of Shiva-Shakthi.  Saint Naradhar is  usually known to highlight an issue by promoting/escalating  a conflict which ultimately ends well. This time Saint Naradhar took a mango to Shiva-Shakthi and said that whoever ate that mango would attain eternity.  Given that Shiva-Shakthi did not need it (they were already immortal) they decided to share it equally between their two children.  Saint Naradhar says that to attain the value of eternity, the mango should not be shared but should be eaten in full by one person.  This means that anything physical should be fully experienced  by one person to raise it to the higher value.  For example,  our workplace credits need to be fully owned by us before we could raise it to ownership level. Towards this we need to feel grateful to those who contributed to our development and the opportunities through which we obtain those credits. If we are not able to do this, we need to share benefits purely on merit basis. Hence Equal Opportunity principles in countries/cities  that have high migrant population.
The two sons – Ganesh and Muruga are invited to participate in the race to go around the world to get the prize mango. Muruga the active  junior, immediately takes His vehicle the Peacock and starts on His around-the-world trip.

In Hindu temples, the Divine quality  is personified inside the altar and its opposite – the animal quality is personified outside the altar and is called the vehicle.  It is called the vehicle due to us needing to travel on the animal to realize the values of our divinity.  If the animal is not used as a vehicle – it would tend to dominate and run the show. 
Shiva for example is personifies Love.  Hence ‘`[fEp civmf / Anpe Sivam (Shiva is Love)’.  The bull outside denotes lust.  Likewise elephant faced Ganesh personifies the intellectual path - as the elephant is known to be the one with deepest memory within the animal kingdom.  The mouse outside personifies hearsay and does as it is ‘told’.  To me Ganesh is Computer and mouse is the mouse used to instruct the computer.  Ganesh is worshipped at the beginning of a venture due to being known as the  remover of obstacles – the way the elephant clears the path for others coming behind him. One who uses his own deep memory is like Ganesh and  one who uses hearsay is like the mouse.  Information that is not written by us would not last long in our memory. Muruga personifies egoless state due to His 360 view.  When we are global / universal – there is no ‘I’ ego in us.  The peacock on the other hand is known to be proud of itself.

 Ganesh, who is the thinker – and who would have been at a disadvantage compared to Muruga due to the latter’s ability to fly – compared to Ganesh’s mouse - asked Saint Naradhar whether it was correct thinking that His parents – Shiva-Shakthi stood for the whole world. Saint Naradhar said ‘yes’.  Then Ganesh asked whether it was therefore correct that if He went around  Shiva-Shakthi He was actually going around the world.  Saint Naradhar said ‘yes’.  So Ganesh went around His parents – believing them to be the whole world and Ganesh won the prize mango. To me this is the academic way. But then that works only if their academic gurus are their whole world. In terms of migration – this means also that the senior migrants need to be driven by their intellect and not physical contribution, if they are to retain leadership power.

Muruga on completing His journey successfully, learns that the prize mango had been awarded to Ganesh who completed the journey by His mind, renounces His heritage and establishes His kingdom on Palani Hill in South India. Muruga is known also as the Lord of Democratic era for this reason of physically observing – and hence ‘objectivity’ in democracy. Hence this accommodates juniors / minorities who would actively observe a matter from all angles before they make decisions – as in Do It Yourself way.] Naan Australian – chapter 17

The Leader of the Opposition position was awarded by the speaker (the parallel of Ganesh’s parents) to Mr Rajapaksa. Mr Sampanthan who actually won as per global  rules has effectively declared Tamil kingdom as Lord Murugan did at Palani. This has been confirmed by the recent press reports – through an alleged agreement with the UNP. The seating arrangements in Parliament – according to the speaker was to be on government side for TNA.

So Mr Rajapaksa got the Opposition leadership position in return for Mr Sampanthan getting his own kingdom? When both Ganesh and Muruga believed that the mango was theirs – by winning as per their rules – then their worlds had to be different. Likewise, when Mr Rajapaksa and Mr Sampanthan have been moved to their own kingdoms in the Parliament. Now TNA is joint government – the parallel of joint opposition that Mr Rajapaksa headed until 26 October 2018.

That is the way of Truth the Sri Lankan way! Thank you Mr Rajapaksa for separating yourself.

Friday, 18 January 2019

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

18 January 2019

Dual Citizenship

The issue of Dual Citizenship of  the Defence Secretary during Sri Lanka’s ethnic war is ruffling feathers in some quarters. Daily Mirror reports as follows in this regard:
[Dual citizenship: Gota says US can’t block individual rights:
Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said the matter of dual-citizenship was something personal to him and he did not think the US could block individual rights.
He said this in response to journalists at the Special High Court premises when they asked him about renouncing his dual citizenship and reports that he may not be allowed to do so.
Mr. Rajapaksa said he could either cancel or keep the dual-citizenship as it was something personal.]

Under normal circumstances, the above claim of freedom will hold true. But does it hold true when the citizen has been part of a group that is alleged to have committed  human rights violations in Sri Lanka, based on which the American Government sponsored UN Resolution to investigate into war-crimes allegations. The American Government is taken to have sponsored the resolution as per its belief. Until there is clearance of such allegations, it would be immoral of the American Government to treat the individuals concerned on ‘normal’ basis. The right thing would be for American Government to honour its own recommendation and not clear Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa as if he was free of possible wrongs when he was American citizen. American Government owes this to the global community and more importantly to Sri Lankans. Without such higher moral responsibility one would conclude that the American Government was using its power to show its strength to wider world for which Sri Lanka became the medium.
At UN level we need to operate close to the system of Natural Justice / Karma. Change of time and place does not clear one of wrong doing – especially in relation to love and war.
If Sri Lankans do accept Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa, then we would conclude that majority Sri Lankans are  indifferent to war-pain endured by minorities. If so – then why bother investing in Democracy and Equal Opportunity? Let minority communities elect dictators who would ruthlessly claim ownership through occupation. This would mean continuous war in Sri Lanka and if majority race wants it – who are we to work against it? We get the behaviour we reward.

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

18 January 2019

Democracy & Belief

Yesterday I received an email from my Sri Lankan friend Harry, under the subject heading ‘Canadian National Anthem sung in Tamil.’

The performance was touching and the singer looked Western which was most natural. I felt that my granddaughter was signing that song. That deep experience happened due to Common culture.
Yesterday I received another email – this time from Mr Alan Keenan, Crisis Group’s Project Director, Sri Lanka, based in London. Mr Keenan’s credentials are described as follows by the Crisis Group:
  • Sri Lankan politics
  • Human rights and peacebuilding
  • Transitional justice
  • Democratisation
The email message in response to my article ‘Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s Moral Ineligibility to be President of Sri Lankacarried the following request:
Hi. Can you please remove me from your email list? I simply don’t have the time to read them.
Best wishes,
Harry has been receiving my emails for a much longer time than Alan. I doubt that Harry reads all my emails or that he reads them to gain knowledge or to use them for intellectual debate. From time to time Harry comments or merely asks a simple question about what I wanted? Such communications confirm and deepen our common feelings developed through various pathways – including as Australians of Sri Lankan origin. To the extent we believe in common issues – we believe in each other. That belief is the basis of natural and continuous sharing of Energy. We don’t need to prove ourselves to each other within that circle of commonness. Must say that such sharing would have been difficult under the previous government.

Alan did not have to read my emails but has the duty to respect them for my insight into the Common Sri Lankan and the Common Tamil. The Common Tamil is one who has transcended caste, gender and age based discrimination – in that order. One cannot access that knowledge through text books and speeches by politicians. It comes through sharing our happiness and benefits as well as participating in the other’s pain and costs. It’s experience based.

I received a third  email from Victor who is very witty. Victor’s email directed me to the following:  - a recording of Mr M A Sumanthiran’s speech at a function celebrating the October victory in Courts. Mr Sumanthiran strongly attributes credit for that to Mr Kanaganayagam Kanag-Isvaran. Mr Sumanthiran stated also that Mr Kanag-Isvaran had ‘gifted’ the occupation of his Jaffna residence to Mr Sumanthiran. Mr Kanag-Isvaran’s ancestral property is at Sangarathai-Thunaivi junction where we have our family temple. Mr Kanag-Isvaran’s name is merely hearsay in Thunaivi – a toddy tapper village. He is known mostly as ‘proctor’ in Thunaivi. There is no pathway through which Mr Kanag-Isvaran’s victories would be shared with the folks of Thunaivi – to whom law is largely the word of their supervisor.

In the above mentioned speech, Mr Sumanthiran refers to the following conclusion by Sir Winston Churchill:

democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time’.

I identify more with the following:

[At the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy is the little man, walking into the little booth, with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paper—no amount of rhetoric or voluminous discussion can possibly diminish the overwhelming importance of that point.]

Belief in that place / homeland – naturally binds the leader to the voter. To many Tamil leaders and their foreign supporters that little voter as an individual is almost non-existent. Thus far Mr Kanag-Isvaran has failed to demonstrate his identity with the toddy-tapper voter who is also his neighbour in Northern Sri Lanka; nor has he shown any identity with those folks’ need for law and order to connect with his group. Members of this intellectual group praise each other and live in their own world. They practice Separatism while preaching Federalism. In Federalism the Central Unit is conscious of its higher position but at the express level takes equal position as the other units to which power has been devolved.

In terms of caste for example, Mr Kanag-Isvaran – a lawyer would generally have earned high status. But he does not practice law to represent the little toddy tapper in Thunaivi . To the extent he believes in  his ancestral home in that area he would connect to the toddy tapper who believes in that same area through his own home. In Democracy, he needs to keep the merit based gap in reserve and take equal position as the toddy tapper. As per my knowledge the common voter in Thunaivi has no idea about the so called ‘October Revolution’ and its defeat led by Tamil Political group.

To my mind, the Tamil group developed strong belief in their homeland despite carrying minority status. When such happens and we function independently – maintaining our belief based dignity – the ‘gap’ develops as ownership Energy. That was how Tamil National Alliance won equal status in Parliament and later led the legal action to success. But until it is shared with the little voter it stagnates to breed autocracy.  

Belief connects us through Nature. Earth being  a natural element carries our belief as Energy. I believe that I am able to invoke this energy to the extent my loved ones and I have a common need. The sharing happens at root level. The outcomes bloom in diverse forms through all with belief – to the extent of their belief  - in the form through which they developed that belief.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

17 January 2019

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s Moral Ineligibility to be President of Sri Lanka

One of my professional friends said to me that if Gotabhaya were to contest for Sri Lankan presidency she would vote for him. I must say that I was shocked by it. Somehow, I had assumed that due to our common professional interests, my friend would reject such a person or at least not be open about it with me – someone who shared in the pain of war victims including during the 2009 battle. This lady assisted victims of Tsunami generously and on one to one individual basis – the lady is caring. What was lacking was the involvement in the ethnic issue despite cross cultural marriage within her family. I guess it is to a lesser degree applicable to Tamils unaffected directly by the civil riots – living outside the war area and time zone. It helped me read Mr Gotabhaya Rajapaksa through her eyes also. Those of us who recognize an ethnic problem need to have strong common base on which to feel Sri Lankan despite the problem, as registered in our own mind.
The commonness comes from ‘feeling’. Intellectual relationships are thoughts based. Last of all are emotionally driven actions and reactions. Just last week, I got cross with my husband who started doing some cleaning work that was generally my responsibility. Param made out that he was helping me but I pointed out that he was ‘telling’ me how much dust and dirt was there. My cleaning is a manifestation of my feeling for homemaking. His was emotionally driven after watching cricket and squeezing this in between, due to eustress. Param feels for his teaching work as I feel for homemaking work. Who tells whom under given circumstances  depends on whether we feel, think intellectually or are emotionally driven. Emotions without feelings are extremely negative, especially because they are distracting. Hence hearsay is not accepted as evidence in a court of law.
Where we recognize that there is strong cultural divide – we need to be conscious of using common measures or our own truth. War crimes would have happened to the extent common measures/rules  were not followed. The head of Armed forces was responsible to ensure that these were upheld during the war. Following is the latest report that exposes weakness in Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka:
[Dissension still reigns in the UNP over denial of ministerial perks to some MPs.  National List MP Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka directly hit out at Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in this regard, and accused him of paving the way for President Sirisena to not appoint him in the Cabinet.  Fonseka criticised the party leadership in this manner at the recent parliamentary group meeting. 
Quoting the Constitution, he said the Cabinet had to be appointed by the President in consultation with the Prime Minister. The size of the Cabinet has to be restricted to 30 under the 19th Amendment. Fonseka said that the Prime Minister had sent 35 names including his to the President instead of 30 names. 
“The President got the chance to knock off five names including mine. If there were 30 names including mine, the President would have appointed all,” he said.
Fonseka implied to say that the Prime Minister only made way for the President] – Daily Mirror article ‘Gota’s announcement subdues President’s advocacy for candidacy’
The above confirms that Mr Fonseka was driven by personal outcome rather than by policy in common. That is emotional without feeling for the UNP through UNF Alliance.
The conscripted soldier in turn would have not felt bound to Mr Fonseka as leader of the Armed Forces during the 2009 war nor would s/he have had adequate knowledge of the rules to make intellectual decisions. The only way one cuts off the return karma is through truth personal to her/him. Hence the saying that all is fair in love and war.  In love, you do not calculate and hence do not need laws and rules. In war – the other side is your enemy and hence you have nothing in common except after the Geneva Convention. In terms of provisions of the Geneva Convention – the Government that had the responsibility to train its armed forces is responsible and not the individual soldier. The individual soldier is protected from adverse karma when s/he acts as per her/his belief which often is through religious tenets in Sri Lanka. In the case of a militant combatant who invested in education and that investment was damaged, the true pain from such becomes her/his moral authority to damage the other side. Then any excess becomes hers/his. The paid officer in the army has to consciously follow the rules he was taught.
As per the above mentioned Daily Mirror report:
[In a further step towards subduing agitation for candidacy to the President by his loyalists, former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa remarked at a function last Saturday in Colombo, that he was ready for the presidential elections if people agreed.
“I am ready if people are ready,” he said. This is the first time he directly hinted at his interest in becoming the presidential candidate. Let alone, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was widely perceived as the person tipped to be the next candidate. Against that backdrop, his remarks gave some sort of certainty to public perception. Though it is not a formal announcement, it has the intended effect- to preempt lobbying for candidacy by President Sirisena through his loyalists.
….It is not yet fully certain who would be the candidate. Be that as it may, it is reported that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has applied for the renouncement of his dual citizenship in the United States. The renouncing of a dual citizenship is a constitutional requirement for a candidate to contest for the Presidency in Sri Lanka. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, has barred dual citizens from becoming the President of Sri Lanka.  He has reportedly filed his application in Washington....]
We are all governors of a place or institution  by our Truth. To be eligible as per the law, one ought to have demonstrated such commitment to the applicable laws at her/his level of operation. In the case of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, he had the responsibility as Defence Secretary, to ensure that the Geneva Convention was followed in terms of the enemy – the LTTE. As an American citizen he had the higher responsibility to not be seen to be lacking in commitment to uphold global principles of war. Until he is cleared of alleged war-crimes – as a leader - Gotabhaya Rajapaksa would not be morally eligible to govern and lead Sri Lanka. In addition, as per  Article 9 of the Sri Lankan Constitution, Mr Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has to declare that he did not act in breach of the tenets of Buddhism as stated in the Buddha Sasana. To carry Executive powers in relation to Defence, Mr Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has to demonstrate clear knowledge of relevant sections of the Buddha Sasana in relation to war – and affirm that he did abide by such tenets.
If there are none, then the question arises as to which law applies to the LTTE? Given that majority LTTE were Hindus let us look at what Hindu tenets say ? Lord Krishna whose role in the great war was that of charioteer did not physically lead the war. Lord Krishna’s word is the Natural Law of Hindus. Lord Krishna recommended the  practice of Natural Justice  to those who believed in Him :
[In Mahabharatham, the head of the common family Bhishmar, was the Commander of the Armed Forces of the majority side.  The minority side - Pandavar  - whose side included Krishna found it very difficult to defeat  Bhishmar. Knowing this, Bhishmar informed them indirectly  that if faced by one who had once been of the opposite gender, he would lay down his arms and fight no longer. Shikandi was woman who in her previous life was scorned by Bhishmar and vowed to kill Bhismar – however many births were needed for it.  Shikandi was born a girl and changed her sex and fought on the side of the Pandavar. Picking up the truth in Bhishmar’s  message Lord Krishna advised the  Pandavar  to place Shikandi with Arjuna – the prince who led the minority side and at the time when Bhishmar seemed victorious – Shikandi would move in front of Arjuna. That was how great Bhishmar allowed himself to be defeated by the brave young ones in his family.
There are other such examples in Mahabharatham that lead us to a true solution against an unlawful enemy. Had the LTTE combatants followed those tenets, as per their truth, the Government forces who killed them or named them ‘terrorists’ would have been acting in breach of Article 14(1) (e) which states:
[Every citizen is entitled to – the freedom, either by himself or in association with others, and either in public or in private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching;]
And their masters led by the Rajapaksa clan would have been guilty of failing in ‘assuring to all religions the rights granted by Articles 10 and 14(1)(e)as required by Article 9 of the constitution.
Truth transcends time and place boundaries. One who is driven by truth would be cautious of her/his negative karma from previous life / job. The current president of Sri Lanka failed to recognize the truth about his previous bosses. Hence was defeated by the side that represents the heirs (TNA) of the victims of that government led by those bosses, in the recent battle in Parliament. This will continue until penance is served.