Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

24 October  2017

Belling the UN

When I read the adaderana.lk news report ‘Political promises on ‘war heroes’ offer no warranty internationally – UN expert’ and I took a quick look at the report – I was reminded of my experience at the University of NSW  which was included in my book ‘Naan Australian’. The relevant excerpt would help interpret the report within the Sovereign borders of our respective institutions:

[Then again later on Monday, 19 April 1999 I wrote to Kerry with copies to Phil Kringas (who was no longer my supervisor because I was employed by Sports Medicine as a contractor ), Jeff Bateman - Director, Human Resources, Alan Pettigrew – Deputy Vice Chancellor and Chris Lidbury – Director Business & Finance:
 …………………It is a clear case of discrimination to me and through this communication which is being copied to the Director of Human Resources – I am lodging a formal complaint – not just about what happened today – but also what you did back then. You even wanted to check with my former employers just because I had criticized the FSD systems. I was not just critical – I gave you the answers. At that time you said that Mr. Lidbury had said ‘what if the Auditors saw this?’.  I then said to you ‘Why? Do we have anything to hide? Let us do it right and fear no one.’ The Auditor General did not need my memo’ to find out – he found out himself – as was confirmed by his report that was published in the Sydney Morning Herald of 05 November ’98. Had your department heard me and discussed matters objectively – we would today have progressed well in the direction of true Accrual Accounting and effective Budgetary and Reporting Systems. Despite all this – this is exactly what I am giving the schools – and more. I give them Cost Benefit Analyses by Subject and by Staff – so they can operate more efficiently and effectively. You and others within FSD will not stop me from helping the schools. All you are doing is to slow down the pace of progress. But despite your hindrance progress will take place – whilst your department adds to the cost of bureaucracy that brings little or negative value in some instances.] Appendix 3 – Naan Australian

The above is an example of how I escalated the conflict to the level of the Auditor. To my mind, I am the parallel of those who escalated the Sri Lankan ethnic conflict to the UN level. I have mentioned above,  05 November ’98. This is  the day on which Kungkumum (Holy Red Powder denoting  Love) appeared on the picture of Sri Sathya Sai Baba who to my mind at that time was a Saint respected by many in my family and community. That picture was given to me by Mrs. Vara Visvanathan whose son was killed by Tamils when he tried to protect Sinhalese in their student hostel in Madras. I felt for ‘Vara Acca’ (as we call her) – as I could identify with a mother’s pain. That picture of Sri Sathya Sai Baba represented that sharing.

I believe that when we share pain – the value becomes exponential  and when such is given form, it becomes a protective structure for all those to whom we feel connected and all those who feel connected to us.

On that same day the Auditor General’s report criticising the University’s Budgetary system was published by the Sydney Morning Herald. I found out about it when I went to the University the following day and one of my believers Phil Dulhunty gave me a copy of the article. Phil, like the ordinary Sri Lankan voter in terms of the UN report, did not have special expertise in Accounting. But Phil believed in me and he became part of that experience. Each time I appreciate that sharing, Phil gets Royalty on his contribution to the common system.

The  above report states:
[Transitional justice processes are nothing like ‘witch hunts’ and they do not involve massive purges, and do not trade on charges of collective responsibility or guilt by association, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence said. 
Mr. Pablo de Greiff made these observations at a press briefing held in Colombo today (23), on the conclusion of his 14-day official country visit to Sri Lanka.
He also noted with concern the use of rhetoric such as ‘war heroes will never be brought to trial.’ 
He stated that this seems to him to misrepresent the target of transitional justice accountability measures by suggesting that it is a generally anti-security agenda, and also by forgetting that no one who has committed violations of human rights law or of the laws of war deserves to be called a hero.]

The University of NSW was also going through Transitional management systems when it recruited a group of Accountants with wider experience which included my supervisor Mr. Phil Kringas who to my mind, did identify with my path but did not have the courage to  oppose those who were already in the system. He is the parallel of the Hon Ranil Wickremesinghe in Sri Lankan Public Service.

The parallel of ‘war heroes will never be brought to trial’  in the case of the University in essence was - ‘old staff  will never be found fault with’. It came from Head of Research Administration Mr. Peter Cook to me during our first meeting on Research Funding:

[Mr. Cook: You come from a Commercial background, but we do not operate that way here at the University. This University like all other Universities operates on a Cash Basis and semi accrual basis.
Gaja: I have worked also with Public Service
Mr. Cook: ‘Shirley Kueh will be moving to the Research Office soon. We receive grants from various bodies and we have to report to them in a specific manner. We have to have a united approach together with all other Universities. (This said to me that Peter Cook was relying heavily on group power and  not individual merit based power. Later I heard reports about his heavy reliance on male power. He was one of the persons I complained against but Professor Alan Pettigrew abused his discretionary powers to leave him and Chris Lidbury out of the investigations) This University cannot do anything on its own.(An admission of dependence on the more powerful universities). The Researchers may want this and that but you have to tell them how it is to be done. As far as the Medical Faculty is concerned, the Faculty had it all under control until almost three / four years back. But this has not been the case since then. (The recorded fact is that Peter Cook was the executive officer of the Medical Faculty at that time – before Jeff Warnock)……………………………………………

Sandi: That is how it was required by NH&MRC a while ago.

Gaja: But do they require in the same format now. Have we asked them recently about it?
Mr. Cook: We cannot do anything different on our own. Don’t think that you have all the answers. (In other words he thought I had more answers than himself and he was irritated by that). We have known about these problems for sometime now and Shirley has been working on these problems for a while. Don’t think that Shirley started after you discussed it with her. (In other words, he was trying to suppress my higher status above Shirley earned through performance. Shirley was already part of his group. I was not. Hence if I am above Shirley, I am above him for these matters. He could not have that could he?)
Gaja: I did not think that Shirley started it after I suggested it. (In other words – ‘Don’t think for me or speak for me)
Mr. Cook: But you implied that Shirley was  discussing with the group after you spoke to her.
Gaja: Are you suggesting that I refrain from making my observations and Recommendations on the system?
Mr. Cook: Gaja, I find you most offensive.
(This made me speechless and I recoiled inwardly, staring at Mr. Cook)
Mr. Cook; (again) I find you most offensive
I pushed the pain to the back of my mind and reminded myself that I had to focus on the issue – I owed it to the University; it was my job. However, I thought that it would be rude not to respond at all – so I said:
Gaja: That’s alright by me
And I turned to talk to Sandi]

The Auditor General did not mark me ‘right’. The Auditor General started listening more to me – which resulted in the Auditor General directly communicating with me over a Common Public   issue in relation to using Performance Indicators. The UN likewise, is communicating more with Tamils over Human Rights issues because Tamils have endured the pain of war enough to escalate the issue  to UN level. It is now up to us to share it in common with all Sri Lankans and others facing similar problems – including in the USA.

The true pain of the loser when borne with forbearance naturally gets converted into Common Energy, needed to work the Common structure. One who has done that gives form to Mother Lanka. If such person is global minded – the new structure would be of global value. If that person is tradition-minded, the Common Sri Lankan would stay at home and feel wholesome. At the moment we have too many fathers and not enough mothers on both sides of the Lankan matter. Hence the tendency to separate once pleasures are enjoyed. I said recently to a close junior relative who was trying to ‘tell’ me – ‘You use family, you lose them; You respect/appreciate  family you keep them’. 

Monday, 23 October 2017

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

23 October  2017

Healthy Escalation of Conflict

They say that it is healthy to escalate a conflict. Hence one could legitimately conclude that conflict is healthy at the escalated level. Conflict between Tamils and Sinhalese was healthy until it was demoted to thuggery followed by armed resistance followed by armed attacks on Government followed by indiscriminate armed attacks by the Government. To most of us this experience is of value at family and workplace levels. Only a few would contribute directly to policy.

As per Ceylon Today’s recent report headed ‘President dares critics provide solutions to devolution :
[He also remarked that all the people who criticized his policies on devolution, did not have alternative proposals either !
The President, while highlighting that there was no Constitution ready as of now and that even the Draft Bill was not prepared at this stage, said that there could be amendments which could be made, as this was still at the discussion stage. He also highlighted that the foremost place will be given to Buddhism and the unitary status of the country have not been compromised.]

Whether it be the Joint Opposition led by the former President or the Official Opposition leadership in Parliament led by the TNA (Tamil National Alliance) – Buddhism foremost is the Policy level trump-card used, to demote the Government in the minds of voters. If that is taken away, it would be difficult for the average  member of the Public to form a picture in her / his mind, as to why there was a war in Sri Lanka between two ethnicities. Hence it is healthy for Buddhism foremost to stay on in the Constitution to motivate higher level competition. The parallel of that for Tamils is the Eelam claim which resulted in Tamil also being recognized as National language.

At the primary level – these cards help express emotions and make a connection to the Government. Otherwise when there are losses – our pain is taken out at individual level – where the physically stronger person wins – as in jungle warfare. At the Tertiary level, what happens at reality level becomes largely irrelevant – provided that Policy is the true version of one or more believers’ experience escalated through Due Process, within Sovereign borders. Completed experiences naturally add strength confirm to our Sovereignty.

‘Buddhism’s importance’ stated at Constitutional level, would naturally produce Separations between religions and in this instance a coalition of minority religions as the opposition – along the lines expressed by Mr. G.G.Ponnambalam – through his 50:50 policy alternative which was rejected back then. To the extent the above provisions are accepted by at least one member of minority religion who realises Sri Lankan ownership – the ‘other’ side is automatically generated by the system of God/Nature. There are many to whom Sri Lanka is ‘home’ – without the Constitutional advantage. They are the winners – first amongst equals. The pathway through which they realized this ownership is the more harmonious pathway for Sri Lankans. If there was no religion used in this pathway – as is the case with TNA – then they have the duty to use enough energy to diffuse the advantage by the other side. This is facilitated to be through  debating the point in Parliament and more importantly – promoting actively amongst their voters the pathway used by them – including  the business pathway of money equality at transaction level.

Every completed relationship adds natural governance value to the Nation and moves the local borders to cover wider area. That is how we become global in small ways. When we uphold Truth – Truth supports us.

I was reminded of the blessings of Natural Powers last night also when Uber walked up to us and delivered a dinner package when we were hungry after our trip from  Melbourne during which Jetstar service in terms of updating the schedule boards in the main waiting area left much room for improvement and upset us enough to spoil my travel experience. Since I am usually particular in following their rules to the letter, including paying attention when they take us through the safety measures at the beginning of the flight, I naturally developed the ‘credit’ for them to ‘listen’ to me when I said that the electronic information boards were not showing the right information and that it was my intuition that brought me to the gates within the stated boarding time. There was very weak response from the staff and I decided to complain to Jetstar later today through their web facilities.

Then I started feeling hungry and instead of Jetstar, Uber returned my goodwill service after satisfactory response that we were from the local area. Today when I looked up Uber meals – I learnt that they are now developing Airbnb’s parallel in meals. To my mind, these are the networks of those who enjoy homemaking activities, which includes managing extended families – after completing  which activity we were returning to Sydney yesterday. I was reminded of the time in Kathirgamam Hindu Murugan Shrine, when the Sinhalese Assistant to the Priest handed over sweet rice prepared for the ceremony – mistaking me for a Sinhalese lady. Then also I was hungry but came to the temple instead of eating first. It was this morning that I realised that it is now Kantha Sashti time -  during which mother Shakthi / Energy empowered her son Murugan to oppose and facilitate Soora Pathman the demon to defeat himself and surrender to the Lord.  I did not consciously fast yesterday – but I felt I was blessed by Lord Muruga for being a good mother. The true Believer knows within and makes the connection.

The President must do what he believes to be best for Sri Lanka. The rest will happen through the Lord’s system which includes home governance.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

20 October  2017

Wonders of  Mind Network

‘They say that great minds think alike or that fools seldom differ.’ In Tamil the best form of demonstration of this is ‘Naan Pesa Ninaipathelaam Nee Pesa Vendum’ by Poet Kannadasan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6rQC97gkxQ . (Your words must be my thoughts)

To the extent my mind is great to me – the other mind that thought with me is also great. We see  others’ Truth through our Truth.  

On 13 October I wrote under the heading Media’s Mental Disorder’   at http://austms.blogspot.com.au/2017/10/gajalakshmi-paramasivam-13-october-2017.html

Yesterday, on Deepavali day, when light of Truth eliminates Dark ignorance -   Prime Minister the Hon Ranil Wickemesinghe is reported by Daily Mirror  to have asked ‘How can media mislead the public in this manner? The draft of the constitution is yet to be made. Will you give front page headlines for my story as well? You went ‘Kade’ for Rajapaksas once. Do you have to do it again?

As per the Daily Mirror Report dated 18 October, that the Prime Minister was referring to The Karaka Maha Sangha Sabha, of the Malwatu & Asgiriya Chapters today decided that there was no necessity of a new Constitution or amendments to the present Constitution of the country and urged to stop the Constitution drafting process. The decision has been taken during a special meeting held at the Dalada Maligawa, Kandy yesterday evening, with the participation by the members of the Karaka Maha Sangha Sabha of the Asgiriya and Malwatu Chapters led by Anunayake of the Malwatte Maha Vihare, Ven. Dimbulkumbure Wimaladharma Thera, Anunayakes of the Asgiriya Maha Vihare Ven. Wedaruwe Upali Thera and Anamaduwe Sri Dammadassi Nayaka Thera.

But according to the Prime Minister’s genuine work based expression published yesterday:One of the gentlemen gathered here said there are allegations with regard to the new constitution. Who is making those allegations? Look at the newspapers today. They are carrying a story saying the most venerable Maha Nayaka Theras are against the new constitution. I spoke to venerable Maha Nayaka Thera of the Malawathu chapter. He is out of the country at the moment. I spoke to him today.’

Ultimately – published work whether it is that of the politician or the media or the Buddhist clergy – the way we relate to it is as per our own inner ‘system’. It is therefore important to develop a base that would support us when we are with ourselves and therefore with all those we carry in our minds and their relativity to us. Common laws help us develop common mind. Truth makes us Universally common. Truth brings us the support we need when we need it. The fact that I published the weakness in the media of twisting ‘facts’ before Mr. Wickremesinghe, confirms that my group is now  ‘facility’ that the Government could learn from – including to craft the new Constitution.

My group is the small project group which helps people focus on governance in their own home-groups even if that group is just the family or village. Self-employment often helps us give form to both sides – costs as well as benefits.  When this is in place, exercise of authority to ‘show’ status diminishes in value and thus the folks would identify with false status – be it by politicians and religious leaders  or by militants.

One of the charges that carried the severest of punishments by the LTTE was disloyalty. But they who hijacked the Vaddukoddai Resolution which had the blessings of Truth, did not want to even talk about their disloyalty to the People they claimed to represent – and who were represented by elected Politicians. I keep hearing the comments by Vaddukoddai folks that they seem to suffer from high level of mental disorder, relative to others. If the LTTE had not promoted itself in Vaddukoddai – especially amongst the youth – Vaddukoddai would have been saved this fear of mental disorder. Once the Vaddukoddai Resolution was hijacked by those who were against politicians in that area – the root value of Vaddukoddai Resolution would not support those who are disloyal to the group that established that root. That is the way of Truth.

When we complete our family relationships we get naturally promoted to the next level – and we will form new and higher relationships with wider society. Those who fail to complete their local relationships – would lack the natural powers to form wider relationships. This is the problem with attributing  National level recognition to a particular form of diversity. Once that distinction is made – that part is Equal to the rest. In Australia for example, White-Only policy naturally separated White Australians from the rest who did not believe they were White. Natural Diversity promotes independence through separation. Hence the above policy had the effect of separating Whites from Non-Whites even when the latter were Christians. But at local level, Christians merged through their belief in Jesus. I find this happening in Sri Lanka also.

Yesterday, I received the article ‘Rev. Fr. Dr. Peter A Pillai OMI Apostle of Social Justice
by Stanley E. Abeynayake from an Australian of Sri Lankan-Sinhalese origin which included the following:

[ In 1940 Rev. Fr. Dr. Pillai was appointed as the first Sri Lankan Rector of St. Joseph's College, Colombo, the premier, Catholic Collegiate school in the island which post he held with great acceptance and distinction for 21 years till 1961.]

I was then reminded of my inner voice urging me to go to Jaffna when I was in pain due to having to cancel our Pongal (Harvest ) celebrations at our family temple. The cancellation was due to serious misconduct by the youth in that area who were playing Hindi cinema songs early in the morning using someone else’s land for their music system. I was really upset and cancelled the arrangements. I was upset because it was just that morning that I thanked my mother who kept the tradition going even after our father passed away. Back then we were respected as Temple owners who also demonstrated the higher values of education.

After cancellation, we had a quiet poojah by the Priest and the regular group of devotees. I left for Colombo as scheduled but on the way to the station, I felt the need to stop at the church of Our Lady of Refuge – at 4th Cross Street, close to Jaffna Railway station. The common urge is my mother who prayed at the church regularly when she was pregnant with our brother – 13 years after I was born. We lived close to that church while schooling at Jaffna Holy Family Convent. Hence our belief in Divinity was given that form also. I now believe that to the extent I completed my relationship with my mother, I am able to invoke the powers of all forms of Belief in Mothers. I felt comforted in many ways – including through a call from a Catholic nurse whom I had helped access this Government as a facility. That Royalty would keep going to the current Prime Minister.

I still did not appreciate the significance of that ‘call’ until recently when it so happened that I was led to book my next stay with Jetwing Jaffna – which is next to Cargills and KFC which are committed to  global standards of service. The Penny dropped when I read the following in relation to Constitutional issue:

[Despite declining regional disparity Western province continues to contribute most to the Gross Domestic Product(GDP) contributing 42% of the GDP while the second highest the Southern Province only represents 10.8% of the GDP while Uva and Northern provinces representing the least with 5% and 3.6% respectively.]

To my mind, the highest component being from Western province is due to its Multiculturalism which helps connect to global providers. Christianity the source of which is furthest away from Sri Lanka has the strongest power to unite Tamils and Sinhalese. As per my knowledge during current times, Christianity and Islam are the only religions that include both Tamils as well as Sinhalese.   Both communities share common beliefs with money-rich nations. Within Northern Province, Jaffna is the parallel of Western Province due to Christian schools and the minds they develop which naturally connect through Common Belief.
The deeper our faith, the less particular we become in ‘form’.

We are therefore able to merge with any group with a different form of belief or respect as Equals sharing One space. That was how this Global minded Australian diffused national borders to mentally participate in Sri Lankan Constitution making – without the leaders being conscious of it. The way the citizen receives the Government’s work is also of Equal status in constitution-making. This was possible because I completed my citizenship in Australia by sharing my Truth through the official system and beyond – i.e. with the blessings of the abstract official system. 

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

19 October  2017

Diaspora Money & Dual Citizenship

This morning I thought of many relatives – especially from Colombo, because it is Deepavali today and my Colombo memories of Deepavali are stronger than my Jaffna memories of Deepavali. I thought especially about my aunt Mrs Pathma Sanmugarajah who made Indian sweets and served them  to us with her own sweetness. Today, in addition to my parents, I thanked  Pathma aunty also for the sweet memories of those times. Then a Vaddukoddai relative’s expressions came to my mind – ‘that Tamils who emigrated needed to be grateful to Prabhakaran (LTTE Leader).’ Later when I read the Dily Mirror report/article ‘The Myth of Lazy Jaffna Youth’ by Dr. Ahilan Kadirgamar, I felt that the morning’s thought was influenced by that Energy also.
Dr. Kadirgamar introduces the subject matter as follows:
[Not long ago, soon after the war, a common refrain about the Jaffna society was how hard working, thrifty and prudent its people were. But today, one often hears people decrying Jaffna society as having become lazy and spendthrift, landing itself in debt. It is true that Jaffna society is greatly mired in debt, but what are the causes of such indebtedness? How did the narrative around Jaffna youth change so much in the last few years
Both local and international pundits have attributed the said laziness to foreign remittances from the Tamil diaspora. Drawing upon their armchair analyses, they talk endlessly about the Tamil diaspora, with pots of money, channelling their savings to people in Jaffna, making them lazy and complacent. However, a careful look at the flows of remittance in recent years tells another story about how a majority of the Tamil society is struggling to cope with the economic crisis, and about how rural youth are responding to their family needs. ]

Foreign remittances made on the basis of desire – result in frivolous expenditure by the recipient. Not only the Diaspora, but foreign Aid driven by selfishness of the donor also results in disorder. I was also a ‘foreigner’ in the minds of the folks of Thunaivi, within Vaddukoddai district in Northern Sri Lanka. When approached by a leader of the village for ‘donation’  of  a strip of land towards a pathway – so the village folks could access the main road and also get Electricity connections, I said ‘yes’ but as we progressed with the transfer I insisted on those with the need making an official written request addressed to me. That made it a transparent official transaction in the minds of those who said they had the need. Otherwise ‘foreign’ donations are more easily forgotten than local ones where the donor is a visible reminder of the debt. Unless the donee is grateful, it becomes a debt. Section 4 (1) of Kandyan Law Declaration and Amendment Ordinance 39 of 1938, provides as follows:

 [4. Revocation of deeds of gift.
(1) Subject to the provisions and exceptions hereinafter contained, a donor may, during his lifetime and without the consent of the donee or of any other person, cancel or revoke in whole or in part any gift, whether made before or after the commencement of this Ordinance, and such gift and any instrument effecting the same shall thereupon become void and of no effect to the extent set forth in the instrument of cancellation or revocation………….]

While as per my knowledge, Kandyan Law is not applicable to Northern Sri Lankans I learnt from a Northern Lawyer serving us in another matter – that the Sri Lankan law did provide for revocation of Donations – explained as follows by the Government:

A donor is entitled to revoke a donation on account of ingratitude:
(i)             if the donee lays manus impias (impious hands) on the donor.
(ii)             if he does him an atrocious injury
(iii)          if he wilfully causes him great loss of property
(iv)          if he makes an attempt on his life  
(v)            if he does not fulfil the conditions attached to the gift
(vi)          other equally grave causes.

Hence I revoked the Donation as per the law – as interpreted by me. This helped me better preserve the investments we had made to the Common system there. The money value or the possession of the land was not significant to me. Upholding order as per the Truth I knew was very important to me due to my belief that Truth has the highest order of all and that the Truth would protect all who invest in Truth.

Recently when our cottage was stoned because I reported a young guy to the Police and did so after all ‘internal’ procedures failed with that group I was able to ‘recall’ that picture. When I returned from the Police station after the final complaint – and started opening the gate to our cottage, the voice from within me said to connect the problem to the above mentioned leader. I turned around, walked to her home a few meters away and said that back then, I believed her request to be genuine but now I was getting stoned from that very strip of land that I had donated. The lady finally came out and shouted at the folks it their common language and this led to a meeting through which I could voice my grievances as a donor. Now they do not ‘invade’ our space and for the time being, I have decided to use ‘distance-management’ structure   due to the disconnection of those folks (especially by the younger generation), from my group’s heritage– thanks to the war through which the junior castes were rapidly promoted to high positions, usually above civilians.

Dr. Kadirgamar highlights the link  as follows:

[Village societies in the diaspora also have put funds into caste-linked social institutions particularly temples.]

To my mind,  the folks around our temple, were moving towards ‘takeover’ once they could not see me. These are deep seated practices of ‘acquisition’ facilitated by Prescription Ordinance.  One group from overseas sent money for the construction of a cultural hall, as a memorial to their father but the building was built on someone else’s land. But, for their own purposes they have bought in areas dominated by Senior castes. These indicate the mind-structure of that section that makes up a significant proportion of  the Diaspora.  

Dr.Kadirgamar states: The state’s reconstruction policies and the initiatives of donors and NGOs, focused on self-employment and self-generated livelihood programmes, have failed miserably in post-war Jaffna.’

This does not hold true of those whom we trained. The trainees do not follow exactly as expected by us but if we continue to reward them on performance basis – a few eventually succeed on behalf of the whole group. Members of the Diaspora become their clients, instead of their elders. But, towards this, they need global minded elders who would ‘include’ the trainees largely for the sake of the trainees and towards thinking that they are of Equal status to members of the Diaspora who now have more money than they – the locals.
Every member of the Diaspora is effectively a dual citizen. When they take management positions with members of their village in Sri Lanka, it upsets the management structures as Sri Lankans. To the extent they bring foreign systems – they must keep their distance and leave it to the locals to learn as per their example.

Dr.Kadirgamar confirms this problem between the Northern folks and the Government which is still a ‘foreigner’ to the Jaffna Tamil who has been active in Jaffna during war years:
Placing the burden on individuals to generate incomes after devastation by war meant incomes were irregular and eventually led to dispossession. Instead of recognising the failure of such a vision, the youth are blamed instead.’ 

As per my experience, the youth who were within the confines of militant leadership – especially the LTTE, enjoyed the thought that they were heroes. They were accountable only to their leader. Hence their proportionately higher performance relative to the official forces. They were not allowed to be distracted by easy enjoyment of pleasures. During the war – these youth were seen as high performers and they were, due to the above reasons which helped them focus on their target. They are not used to self-employment in their local areas or paid employment outside under those whom their groups dictated to before the end of the war.

Dr. Kathirgamar continues to present  his remedy as follows:
[A more meaningful approach to address both the economic problems in Jaffna and the aspirations of the youth would be investment to create local jobs that provide a regular income.]

This is happening through the private sector – such as Cargills and Jetwing as well as the likes of Airbnb hosts at individual level. Airbnb alone facilitates the sale of accommodation of over 100 units in Jaffna.  Our training caters towards this kind of employment also through  diverse forms training. It is however excruciatingly slow for the individual investor due to trainees being distracted by less disciplined lifestyles. But taken as a whole one would enjoy the exponential growth which to my mind happened due to Service value of all our contributions including those of the likes of Dr. Ahilan Kadirgamar. Every unit of contribution through feeling of ownership goes direct to Energy level – to invoke natural forces forces of exponential value

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

18 October  2017

Veddas of Lanka and Aborigines of Australia

[Speaking for myself, I would rather be an Abo in OZ than a Veddah in SL !!!!!!!
Here they are given special provisions for University entrance and I understand some native Sinhalese migrants have tried to get these, FAIR DINKUM] The proud Sri Lankan who became Aussie through assimilation.

The above person ranks both Indigenous communities as ‘outsiders’. If that speaker were part of one or both groups  then he would be global minded and he has the authority to rank. As per my knowledge this person is member of Catholic group and neither indigenous of the two groups taken as a whole is Catholic. The Sri Lankan example of this  is presented as follows:

Vedda Chief Velayutham on their way of life:
“We don’t hunt as much as we used to, but generally the game entails wild boar and deer. Due to restrictions by the wildlife conservation department and the civil administration, we have reduced our practices. We also extract honey from the forests from June onwards.”
On language: “Many Veddas here speak Tamil. We have been Hindus for years now. Our Vedda lineage split into two. During the time of the British, one sect branched off to Mahiyangana and Dambana and the others to the shores.”

During my post Tsunami service, I was stationed at Mankerny and I identify with the above through that direct experience. Here in Australia, I upheld the Truth I knew about myself – that my knowledge in Accounting ‘was made in Sri Lanka’. The positions through which I could enter the workforce were much lower than the ones which I held in Sri Lanka. I stopped saying I was a Chartered Accountant and hence facilitated myself to enter through the lower positions. But my standards of performance were that of  a mature Chartered Accountant – meaning small position, big job. The parallel of that at family and community levels  is that of a Mistress who had higher qualities than the official wife needed to partner a high status husband. It was on this basis that I was able to submit my proposals to President Madam Chandrika Kumaratunga and it so happened that I went on my own. The passage was facilitated by Minister the Hon  Douglas Devananda whom I met for the first time. I concluded then that both – the President and the Minister - were fit to be in their respective positions  vis-à-vis the People of Mankerny – majority of whom are Vedda descendants. In turn, a passage was opened for me to give shape to my common belief through these leaders as well. Since my own opportunity to serve the folks of Mankerny happened ‘out of the blues’ so to speak,  I sought and found the connection with Saint Yoga Swami sharing the power of his faith in Lord Muruga of Kathirgamam. Saints develop this power through which they forego pleasures at the lower level and enjoy higher bliss – mind to mind until we become One Soul.

The basic rule of Nature, to my mind is that  at the physical level, every unit of genuine pleasure produces its ‘other’ side – pain. Hence the Equal Opposition (Pain) in a Democratic Parliament.  When I enjoy pleasure before pain I owe someone / some system a debt to that extent. That debt is settled immediately when I pay my respects to the source of that pleasure. This could include my brain and/or some deeper power but until I identify with that deeper power I need to ‘show’ respect to the source or be conscious of being indebted. The hierarchical structure facilitates the ‘show’ of respect. In democracy – one who is not able to so show needs to stay away to that extent. This helps that person not accumulate more debt by staying as part of the same structure – to the extent one becomes a slave. Highly civilized systems facilitate various kinds of Separations of Power to facilitate the maintenance of Sovereign Borders by each person/group. Once so separated we are entitled to Equal status. To my mind, that is all the Common Sri Lankan Tamil is expecting as per her/his true contribution to the Land called Sri Lanka – just like how we are Equal in status to our children once they become active parents.

Sri Lanka is currently discussing whether we need a Federal structure or continue with the Unitary structure of Governance. The need for this inquiry  is presented as follows by Wikipedia:

[Federalism has long been advocated as a means of resolving the ethnic issues and unbalanced development in Sri Lanka.

As the unitary state has resulted in uneven development across Sri Lanka the Western Province dominates over the other 8 provinces. Despite declining regional disparity Western province continues to contribute most to the Gross Domestic Product(GDP) contributing 42% of the GDP while the second highest the Southern Province only represents 10.8% of the GDP while Uva and Northern provinces representing the least with 5% and 3.6% respectively. Other provinces also have trouble attracting capitals. This has resulted in calls for the abolishing of the unitary system and powers being devolved.
Further federalism has also been proposed as a solution the ethnic issues. The Tamil minority is under represented despite being the majority in the Northern province. This also lead to a civil war between the government and Tamil Nationalist militants. After the end of the war Northern province shares the troubles of finding funds to rebuild damaged infrastructure and as a result of provincial governments being unable to finance the reconstruction of destroyed factories and damaged infrastructure to create employment. Federalism has been proposed as a method for sharing power.]

Most in Government seek Unitary structure. But unless the Natural qualities of Unitary structure are maintained, such structure would prove to be unreliable. If the value of the latent power of those opposed to this structure becomes stronger than the value of Governance developed and maintained by the custodians of power of that Unitary structure, the borders of Sovereignty of that group get damaged and relativity through positions of that structure become unreliable. The common parallel is the child who opposes a parent on the basis of Truth and/or investment in higher principles than the parent. If the child then remained under that parent and the parent continued to ‘tell’/administer the child then the parenting becomes unreliable. The parent is entitled to be respected only to the extent her/his investment in the common structure is stronger than that of the child. If the official common structure is neglected,  Truth overtakes and widens the borders of Sovereignty to accommodate the child. If the parent / government becomes a ‘facility’ that the child could use as per her/his need – then the Sovereign powers of that structure are strengthened within the existing (Unitary) structure. Otherwise, parents are a separate unit and become the first amongst equals in a Federal structure. If this is possible within families – then that person is the fit leader to lead the Nation.  

The value of Sovereignty is exponential and it naturally invokes the powers of those who have invested in Sovereignty. In Sri Lanka, the Government became one that ‘told’ those who were already self-governing. English language was spoken/used in communication by leaders of all ethnicities living in multicultural areas. But those who sought ‘immediate’ outcomes through the convenience of majority rule, plagiarized the British system of Governance and tried to enforce ‘Sinhala Only followed by Buddhism Foremost’ provisions in the Constitution. To my mind, mere name change to claim ownership is plagiarism.

Under British rule Sinhalese and Tamils were friends as in the saying by the great Indian Political Philosopher Chanakyan -  that the enemy of the enemy is a friend:

[The king who is situated anywhere immediately on the circumference of the conqueror's territory is termed the enemy.
The king who is likewise situated close to the enemy, but separated from the conqueror only by (the conqueror’s) enemy, is termed the friend (of the conqueror). –
Chanakyan – the Indian Political Philosopher]

To the Sinhalese Kandyan Rulers, the British rulers on their borders were their enemy. Tamils who were separated from the Kandyan Rulers were separated back then only by the British. Hence the two (Tamils and Sinhalese) became friends. Likewise, when Ranil Wickremesinghe was moving towards becoming President, LTTE became the friend of Mr. Rajapaksa. Likewise, once the British left, Indians became the conquerors in that region. Pro China Sinhalese Government became the enemy of Indians and Lankan Tamils who were separated from Indian Tamils, by the Sinhalese,  became the friends of Indians.

As per Wikipedia report:

[ Several heads of states such as S.W.R.D BandaranaikeJ.R Jayawardena, and Chandrika Kumaratunga have also accepted Federalism as a solution to the island's issues however did not implement a federal system]

Federalism was/is  to satisfy the international community dominated by Westerners. But Politically, these leaders feared loss of votes to the extent they promoted the ‘only’/’foremost’ syndrome through which they came to power and enjoyed benefits. Hence they did not have the cooperation of  Truth/Nature  to form Federal structure in which they would have had direct majority power only over the heads of other States. The Central Unit would have been the parallel of ‘Buddhism Foremost’ which in Democracy is ‘First amongst Equals’. In Democracy – the Leader is the first amongst Equal citizens. Any higher status needs to be earned on merit basis through Common Current measures available on Equal footing.

 Those in Government who enjoy majority power at a level greater than the citizen, without earning higher status through merit – dilute the sovereignty of the whole. That was when the Indians invaded Sri Lanka through Tamil militants who were culturally close to Tamil Nadu and geographically through areas with least visible physical separation.

When we claim that we are using Unitary structure and the junior in the relationship completes her/his duty as per the junior position and continues to operate within the stated Unitary structure as per which Sovereignty is claimed – the real value of that Unitary structure would empower the junior by pushing the borders to wider levels until the junior gets supported by the power of majority which now has a different face. That is what happened in Sri Lanka, until militants reacted at the lower level and converted the merger into ‘takeover’/invasion.

The Sri Lankan Government that seeks Unitary structure – needs to ensure that leadership of Tamils is recognized on merit basis including through global minded members of the Diaspora. Once Global structure is seen as the first amongst equal alternatives – enforcers on both sides would be sidelined.
We can blame the Sri Lankan Government to satisfy our ego. But the pain we take on to balance the unearned enjoyment of ego is the balancing medication needed to enjoy real freedom – especially freedom of thought, when we are with ourselves. That is true self-governance bliss.

Tomorrow is Deepavali – the day when the light of wisdom eliminated the demon of ignorance based arrogance. 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

17 October  2017

Deva Dasis & Militants

The conduct of militant supporters in Jaffna – through their protest during the visit of the President to Northern Province to participate in the celebrations of  ‘National Tamil Day’, held at the Jaffna Hindu College, confirms their reluctance to join the officially regulated pathway. They are however not alone in this. The media also seems to be more excited in following  the de-facto pathway when it comes to militants. For example let us take the following statement included in the Ceylon Today editorial headed ‘President’s daredevil approach’:
[Some of the Northern politicians even warned that in future no Government leader should visit Jaffna without solving post-war humanitarian issues in the North.]
If they are Politicians carrying the status of politicians – then a junior cannot ‘warn’ a ‘senior’ in that structure. A junior has every right to take an independent stand so long as it is through the structure of her/his position and become a facility at that level. As part of this process – the humanitarian issues have been submitted to the UN and we need to respect and follow the global structures in expressing our expectations. Using local language that we are comfortable with, is to go backwards and we get left out of the process of evolution. A warning such as the above, is serious in nature – and the author of the report / article has the responsibility to specifically state as to which politician said this and where it was stated. If stated publicly – the Government has the responsibility to take action against such a person – through the appropriate sections of the law. Negligence to do so is far more damaging to Northern Sri Lankans than removing  the armed forces during post-war period.

The picture that comes to my mind as a parallel of these protestors and the media that stated as above,  is the Deva Dasi community (to my mind, literally the parallel of Brides of Christ), presented as follows by Wikipedia:
[In South and parts of Western India, a devadasi (Sanskritservant of deva (god)) or jogini is a girl "dedicated" to worship and service of a deity or a temple for the rest of her life. The age group of a girl to be converted as devadasi is 8–16 years. The dedication takes place in a Pottukattu ceremony which is similar in some ways to marriage. Originally, in addition to taking care of the temple and performing rituals, these women learned and practiced classical Indian artistic traditions like like Bharatanatya and Odissi dances. They enjoyed a high social status as dance and music were essential part of temple worship.
Traditionally devadasis had a high status in society. After marrying wealthy patrons, they spent their time honing their skills instead of becoming a housewife. They had children from their husbands who were also taught their skills of music or dance. Often their patrons had another wife who served them as housewife. Some of the eminent personalities hailed from this community are Bharat Ratna M S Subbulakshmi, Lata MangeshkarKishori Amonkar, this Padma Vibhushan Ms T Balasaraswati and Dr. Muthulaksmi Reddi.
During British rule, in the Indian subcontinent, kings who were the patrons of temples and temple arts lost their power. As a result, devadasis were left without their traditional means of support and patronage. During colonial times, reformists worked towards outlawing the devadasi tradition on grounds that it supported prostitution. Colonial views on devadasis are hotly disputed by several groups and organizations in India and by western academics. The British were unable to distinguish the devdasi from the girls who danced in the streets for the reasons other than spiritual devotion to the deity. This caused socio-economic deprivation and perusal of folk arts]
Sri Lankan Tamil leaders have claimed our right to self-rule ever since independence from the British. The claim needs to be substantiated through (in the language of the law of  Thesawalamai – applicable to Tamils of Northern Sri Lanka) :
(i)             Muthusum - Inherited right
(ii)           Thediya Thettam – Merit based right earned by the claimant

Tamil Politicians who followed the official system of their times were able to use (ii) – the Merit Based official system. Genuine Militants used (i) the inherited rights based system – as per the system known to them and matched it to the perceived needs of the People they thought they were representing. The latter are to my mind, the parallels of Deva Dasi group which to my mind  is the parallel of De facto Marriage partner groups. Taken as independent system  - they have positive value. But a De facto system does not have the authority to take higher position over an official system. That would then make a mistress of the official wife. The fundamental reason is that De facto systems work well and are needed by those driven largely by outcomes with least influence by structured authority. They would not survive in a firmly structured institution / community that is strongly committed to tradition.
As a lawfully married wife my status within family and community circles is Equal to any other lawfully married person. Second marriage has been provided for in Thesawalamai Law applicable to Tamils of Northern Sri Lanka. But some  of Vaddukoddai where the first Political declaration of Independence was claimed by Tamils – did openly claim in Northern Courts  that I was NOT family to my lawful husband’s  biological brother, due to my marriage being second marriage. In other words – to all those who so claimed – I was of mistress status and was below them in their structure. In turn they became mistresses in the system of Law and in the cultural system of Australia.
The  system of Truth prevailed to bring me the opportunities to help others who were disenfranchised on the basis of culture particular to a small group. Becoming part of the  Toddy Tapper family in Thunaivi – within Vaddukoddai district was one such remedy against caste-based segregation. In return under that ‘free’ environment, I learnt about the mind-structure of those who joined militant groups. That is the value of dumbing down.  I now have the mind-power to influence them through the system of Truth/Belief.
I am also  able to recognize those who abuse the De facto system which is healthy for a society where the official system has become weak and irrelevant to the Common citizen. Militants who have taken official positions have become largely irrelevant to the Common Jaffna Tamil. Some parts of the  media are fooling themselves  for selfish reasons and that carries the high risk of leading  to frivolous wars when they collude with politicians. Militants who have embraced official systems – have the responsibility to be independent of De facto systems. That’s when there will be harmony in Northern Sri Lanka which has the capacity to facilitate Multicultural systems within the same period – as Jaffna Hindu college has proven by producing high achievers through English language. If not for this capacity – we have no claim to traditional values.
The LTTE leadership that claimed to consider Former Tamil Nadu Chief  M G Ramachandran seem to have inherited his de facto genes in Politics.