Thursday, 13 August 2020

 

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

13 August  2020

 

Minorities Recognized in the Lankan Cabinet

A Vaddukoddai (Sri Lanka) relative rang yesterday to ask whether I could sponsor him to Australia. He said he was not getting paid by his employer in the private sector. The guy has inherited property through which he can get a comfortable life in Vaddukoddai – of a higher standard than those living in the toddy tapper village of Thunaivi – just a few kilometres away from his home. But the culture is different. In his shoes – I would have ‘sold’ the property and developed a business as another relative does down the road has been doing for years. The reason why this young guy does not think along those lines is the way his brain has been structured by those on whom he has been dependent. As per that structure – one ‘finds fault’ with those who seem to have lesser status than oneself. When such fault finding – including through caste and/or money – is unjust – our minds get ‘blocked’ to taking examples from their lives. Hence this guy fails to recognise the ‘alternate’ possibilities available to him. He just wants to shift his dependence from one to the other.

In terms of Sri Lanka’s new government also – not one member of the Tamil Diaspora appreciated the Ministerial places allocated to Tamils and Muslims in the new cabinet also. Like the above mentioned Vaddukoddai guy they have become dependent on their Rebel elders  who themselves did not carry the genes of multicultural living that our ancestors developed through civil relationships – especially workplace relationships regulated by secular laws. Many highlighted the nomination of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s Vice Presidential Nominee. One  who is a strong supporter of armed rebels followed by Mr CV Wigneswaran’s run for membership in Sri Lankan National Parliament, forwarded to me also an email from Brady PAC  to congratulate Ms Harris. My mind rejected totally this blind following by those Tamils who have lost the connection with our deeper roots. Many of them emigrated as opposers of armed war by the government.

May be they are planning on another UN Resolution against the current Sri Lankan government – but the pathway we take needs to make sense if we are to be an independent community. Even one member of such a community would add the power of sovereignty to her/his environment in any part of the world.

The lack of truth in the case of the above member of the Tamil Diaspora is apparent from the objective of Brady PAC  who according to their declaration :

[will create a safer America by enacting, improving and defending gun violence prevention legislation by supporting and electing champions to represent us.]

How can someone who claims to be an heir of armed rebels become a supporter of a group that claims to oppose gun violence?

Such members of the Diaspora fail to identify with the progress that is happening in Sri Lanka in which they have lost focus by living off the past. They are blind to the opportunities that are evolving through current formations to which they are not able to connect – unless it comes from someone in high status with just Tamil in their name.

The Tamils and Muslims in the new cabinet confirm the acceptance of Tamils at Ministerial level. The appointment of Dr Ali Sabry as Minister of Justice, would seem by some in the judiciary to be lacking in merit. But structurally it confirms connection to our past heritage of multicultural leadership. More significant is the fact that Maithripala Sirisena who ‘donated’ the Premiership to the current PM was not allocated any Ministerial portfolio. This confirms that the current leadership is committed to upholding the value of work and therefore workplace relationships.

We need to learn to read manifestations as per our truth and not carry on blindly the stated mandate of those who seem to be in power. Below is my discussion on the basis of my yesterday’s article – headed ‘Buddha Sasana or Yuddha Sasana?’

It’s a lesson on intellectual opposition with a member of the Sinhala Diaspora - young Eranda Ginige:

1.     Eranda: I'm Replying All, because I would like to show a common misconception about the Article 9.

Gaja: Like different religions leading to one god we would each conceive the article as per our own belief in Sri Lanka and the system of Justice.

2.     Eranda: Article 9 does NOT say that "Followers" of Buddha Dharma (Buddhists) should be given the foremost place and protection. If it did, then it contradicts with Articles 10 and 14 which explicitly enforces complete and equal religious freedom to all citizens of the Republic.

Gaja:Article 9 says [The Republic of Sri Lanka shall give to Buddhism the foremost place]

Foremost is relative and not absolute. I did not interpret Buddhism as Buddhists. Hence your response is not acceptable. In terms of articles 10 and 14 – they are about our beliefs including through religion and other common civil activities. Article 9 being relative contradicts these two articles. In pure science – you cannot use the relative measure and the absolute belief at the same time. When you believe right and wrong is as per that belief – through your conscience. The actions as per article 9 can be measured because they are relative.

3.     Eranda: It is important to understand why the term "Buddha Sasana" was used instead of Buddhagama. Buddha Sasana is the "Body of Knowledge and Practices" believed to have been taught by the Buddha. It was the role of the King to protect it since the time of King Devanampiya Tissa according to the Mahawansa. That tradition was then followed by the British Emperor during the British rule. But then when we became a Republic the Sovereignty was equally shared by ALL Citizens, thus the above role is now vested on the Republic. The purpose of Article 9 is just that.

Gaja: The difference applies to all religions. Once realised the wisdom is Universal. If you acknowledge that it is the special role of the government to foster Buddha Sasana you are acknowledging also that no non-Buddhist can be in Government.

4.     Eranda: The teachings of Buddha are universal. They are not the property of one group of people. Anybody from anywhere is free to study it. But that is only possible because those teachings were in fact protected by our ancestors. So the least we can do is to protect it for the future generations.

Gaja: All teachings that have stood the test of time and place are Universal in value. Hence why allocate foremost place to Buddhism? It is like saying that Maths is more important than Physics. Once you limit it through relativity – you cannot call it Universal. To qualify as Universal you need to believe in its Independent travel and not feel that it needs to be fostered.

5. Eranda: One such teaching of Buddha is to be "rational". You have used the word "Yuddha" as a rhyming word to "Buddha". While I take no offence from your often meaningless usage of words, I see no rationality behind that usage. Buddha and his teachings are consistently against "Yuddha" as in wars between people for land and power. So it's really an irrational claim as many of your claims. What normally happens is when such irrational claims are taken by equally irrational people as offensive, then you in fact create an unnecessary "Yuddha". Unless of course that's what you really want...

Gaja: If you take no offence – then why dispute it? Have offence – have the right to dispute. In Hinduism there is Yuddha Sasana as well as Family Sasana. It refers to the scientific pathway. The original Buddha Sasana would have been scientific. But its application has been polluted in this instance by making it relative – as if it needs to be pampered.

5.     Eranda: Choose is peace, love and kindness over war, my friend.

Gaja:Why did your heroes then choose to wage war against Terrorism? Did they not have enough love to educate as I am doing including to those who rebel and/or likely to rebel?

6. Eranda: May the Dhamma guide you!

Gaja: Yes it was that Dhamma that guided me to contributing to saving Sri Lanka from foreigners. High time YOU did something about it

 

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

 Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

12 August  2020

 

Buddha Sasana or Yuddha Sasana?

Sri Lankan Constitution confirms Democracy as follows:

Article 3:  In the Republic of Sri Lanka sovereignty is in the People and is inalienable. Sovereignty includes the powers of government, fundamental rights and the franchise.

The Franchise was recently exercised by the People to endorse the Rajapaksa family as their government. To anyone who is unhappy with this unity between the first and the third components mentioned above, the avenue available is through Fundamental Rights. Fundamental Rights are covered by Chapter III – which begins with article 10 and ends with article 17 which facilitates the dismissal of Executive decisions by the Judiciary:

[Every person shall be entitled to apply to the Supreme Court, as provided by Article 126, in respect of the infringement or imminent infringement, by executive or administrative action, of a fundamental right to which such person is entitled under the provisions of this Chapter.]

I do not know what the Australian parallel of the above is. But I believe that the Truth within me guided me to connect to Judicial power when I was discriminated against within Public Service. My form of truth in this regard was the investment I made in professional ethics. That to me was normative ethics constructed by my profession. This to my mind is the parallel of Article 9 of the Sri Lankan Constitution which requires as follows:

[9. The Republic of Sri Lanka shall give to Buddhism the foremost place and accordingly it shall be the duty of the State to protect and foster the Buddha Sasana, while assuring to all religions the rights granted by Articles 10 and 14(1)(e).]

The above tells us what to do and covers specific environment bounded by sovereign borders. Articles 10 and 14 define fundamental rights. They are based on meta-ethics. When we complete normative ethics we naturally join the pathway of meta-ethics and hence qualify to be supported by the Universal power of (in this instance of Democracy) which would lead us once we merge with it. Once when I said something similar, Dr Christopher Pulle who led a small group of Josephians said words to the effect ‘that is meta-physics’. Now I better appreciate what Chris meant. I believe that this is what is referred to in Hinduism as Prapancham / Prakriti – the natural power of Universe. We may call it God, Love or Truth. We don’t see it but identify with it through experience. The Fundamental rights so recognized by Sri Lankan Government is in the Fundamental Rights chapter of the constitution. They confirm the connection to global powers.

The beauty of this is that even if the Judiciary fails us – that Universal power delivers as per our truth. I believe that it was through the members of that system that my book ‘Naan Australian’ got carried to the National Library of Australia without any input on my part. This morning that membership within me was invoked by the following by News Wire:


China responds to buildings in the shape of ‘CHINA SW’ in Hambantota – News Wire

 

[The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka has responded to reports on Social Media on a group of buildings built in a manner to spell out ‘CHINA SW’ in Hambantota.

The buildings reportedly in one compound adjacent to each other was first spotted on Google Maps under the address China SLK Harbour Services, Marijjawila- Sooriyawawa Road, Hambantota.

Responding to these speculations, the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka clarified via Twitter that the buildings were designed as ‘CHINA ️ SLK’ by the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) when constructing the Hambantota Port.

The Embassy further said after Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) and Hambantota International Port Services (HIPS) moved in and took it as a residential camp, they had to extend it due to the business of the port increasing fast.

“A story of development and love. Best wishes to #HambantotaPort”, it added.]

 

My insight reads it as ‘China South West’. This currently officially includes Tibet. The Maritime Silk Route in China’s Belt and Road Initiative continues westwards from Southern Border of China. It is therefore quite logical to read the above image as ‘China South West’.

Majority Sri Lankans have overwhelmingly voted for the Rajapaksas whose name dominates in that part of Sri Lanka – where they claim ‘birth-rights’. A Lankan journalist who wrote strongly against the Rajapaksas said to me after the Easter bombings that there won’t be any dynasties in Sri Lanka. The journalist was not against Chinese infiltration.

Back in 1815, the British invaded through the Kandyan Convention:

[The Kandyan Convention  was an agreement signed on 02 March 1815 between the British and the chiefs of the Kandyan KingdomBritish Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) for the deposition of King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha and ceding of the kingdom's territory to British rule. The king, of South Indian ancestry, faced powerful opposition from the Sinhalese chieftains who sought to limit his power. A successful coup was organized by the chieftains, marking the end of 2358 years of self-rule on the island and resulting in the imprisonment of the king in Vellore. The treaty is quite unique in that it was not signed by the monarch on the throne but by members of his court and other dignitaries of the kingdom.]

History seems to be repeating itself with the Chinese taking the place of the British and the Sinhala Buddhist Politicians taking the place of members of the then court and the Sinhala Buddhist intellectuals taking the place of the then ‘other dignitaries’. One of the signatories to the Kandyan Convention was a relative of Madam Sirima Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike:

[Her paternal ancestry included her uncle Sir Jayatilaka Cudah Ratwatte, the first person from Kandy to receive a British knighthood,  as well as courtiers serving Sinhalese monarchs.  One of these, Ratwatte, Dissawa of Matale, was a signatory of the 1815 Kandyan Convention ] – Wikipedia

Ms Ratwatte produced the 1972 Constitution which is an achaaru / pickle of Buddhism and Secularism. The above heritage confirms that the lady did not have strong heritage to declare that Sri Lanka was an independent republic.

Whenever we are weak as per our current systems, Karma takes over and leads manifestation for better or for worse. If economic benefit is more important to Sinhala Buddhists than the dignity of self-governance – they would repeat the above manifestation again and again. They strongly weaken the self-governance power by damaging – knowingly or otherwise – the belief based manifestations of others remote from their power.

Often I am considered unpleasant by my juniors due to my commitment to ethnics which is invisible structure of the mind. They tend to think that I am taking the long and difficult route in an environment where they can ‘see’ easy benefits. Beyond a certain point, remaining in that environment costs me my self-dignity and therefore my membership with the Universal voting system. That is when I detach myself  but remain as an active observer based on my true investment in that environment. The benefits I earned but forewent due to detachment, become Natural Energy which helps me see deeper than those who rely on ‘benefits’ and/or hoard benefits. I believe this is why detachment and self-sacrifice is professed by many religions which lead us to meta-ethics more than secular systems do.

Most Tamils of Sri Lanka seek ‘detachment’ from majority rule. By separation they mean ‘detachment’. When we are punished for this – as relatives of separatists and terrorists – and we feel hurt – it invokes the Kandyan karma as the disturbance of the Silk Road heritage brought us the King-virus  pandemic.

The question before us – is - whether Buddha Sasana has evolved as Yuddha Sasana. (Yuddha = war) including through the disturbance to the Silk Road heritage by a country that is weak in current governance system of Democracy. 

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

 

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

11 August  2020

 

The Power of Real Lanka

According to my guru – there are three ‘I’s. The Gaja that others think I am; the Gaja I think I am and the true Gaja. In terms of a tree they are (1) the fruits and flowers; (2) the visible and separable part of the tree and (3) the invisible root. The power of the root in management is confirmed through the term root-cause of problems and opportunities which are common at the root level as Equal and Opposite.

On the above basis there are three Sri Lanka’s. Likewise Sri Lankan Politics.  I myself have used the UNP as my measure to identify with Lankan Politics. I believe that this would continue. It would support my contribution to globalization.

In their Channel News Asia article headed ‘Commentary: Personality politics matters more than party loyalty in Sri Lankan general elections’, reporters Dr Chulanee Attanayake and Ms Roshni Kapur evaluate Sri Lankans through the recent Election outcome. They highlight as follows:

[.. the government was strategic in forming a loose coalition with its main mother party, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).

Despite their internal differences during the preparation of the nomination list, both parties consented that there was mutual interest in contesting the elections as a united front instead of unilaterally.

On the other hand, the main opposition party, the United National Party (UNP), and its breakaway faction, the SJB, contested separately despite having a similar vote base.]

I highlighted the splits in both major parties as loss of power which resulted in Rebels winning. I highlighted also the demotion of Judicial institutions due to the inclusion of the judicially accused being elected through the party eligible to form government. Following is a highlight of conversation between a member of the Tamil Diaspora who to my mind contributes to separation, and I :

Q: [Chandrakanthan, who is better known by his LTTE nom de guerre, “Pillayan” was elected with 54,198 (the highest among tamil candidates)  preferential votes as the only Member from his party the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (Tamil People’s Liberation Tigers). He was in remand jail for the alleged murder of former Member of Parliament Joseph Pararajasingham during the election.. how did this guy get elected?]

A: Simple – TMVP is the only locally born political party in the leading group. All others including ITAK are ‘foreign groups’ to the Easterners – especially after the LTTE split. If there were no quid pro quos – the message from Jaffna is that they are ready to work with SLFP-SLPP and from Batticaloa is that they carry the heritage value of the war towards self-rule.

Internals ‘know’ the root cause. Externals would identify through their own structure to interpret for their own purposes.  In the case of UNP-SJB, the leader of the SJB kept giving the impression that the split was temporary. The less literate or dependent voter also would have accepted that without knowing the consequences of voting for the younger group. This was quite common within the Tamils after the war where an individual or  group had to ‘show’ support for the rebels to win even a verbal debate.  Thus those who could ‘show’ immediate outcomes were promoted to leadership above those who followed the path of the law – especially law that the members present did not understand intellectually or through belief - while they supported rebels on the basis of ‘fruits’ of rebel actions.

UNP could have and probably would have won many more seats had it covered up the fundamental breaches in the political institution which requires each individual party to be diverse and independent of the other. The ‘national government’ of the previous regime failed due to breach of this core value and this new government which is dependent on fruits would also fail for this reason. The victory that is ‘shown’ has to be belief based if it is to last.

The above mentioned member of the Tamil Diaspora asked:

Q: The current debate in town is this: what do Tamils in SL need now/future? - protection of civil rights or development and growth? Where is the balance? Since the end of war, efforts for the former has produced little. The latter has been thoroughly neglected. Don't want to see Tamils of SL poor and begging for full rights and don't want to see Tamils rich and cosy always afraid and fearing the authority.]

My answer was:

A: My civil rights are determined by the contribution I make to the common civil order in that environment. When I complained about the cutting and stealing of the fence around our temple,  my cottage was stoned in the night. I now do not stay there in the nights but visit during the day. There is no respect for elders in that area due to separation from mainstream Vaddukoddai where folks continue to show respect for authority. First we need to respect each other’s civil rights – electorate by electorate. Towards this I lived in that toddy-tapper village and got to know their culture. Now I manage them through their cultural norms but reward them as per our common work relationship. Former is unstructured and latter is firmly structured. Civil Rights were taken by the junior castes due to elevation of status during the active war. Hence my question to you is – which part of North or East are you talking about in terms of Civil Rights? They are not common to all until we develop a reliable public service structure.

It is for these reasons that I wrote yesterday ‘As for Development work in North – yes as per our democratic rights and not as handouts.’ That includes from the Diaspora.

Emigration from Sri Lanka has seriously weakened law and order systems that our ancestors invested in. Those systems confirm the ancestral powers that support us at root level where the real Sri Lanka is. Anyone who connects to that root will convert problems into opportunities.

 

 

 

Monday, 10 August 2020

 

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

10 August  2020

 

The Real Jaffna Tamil

I believe that it is better to get a failure mark and uphold my truth than to get a win on the basis of a lie. I believe that this is because I identify with my own Sovereignty. I believe also that when I add myself to a group I strengthen its opportunity to become Sovereign. When that group actively rejects me – I naturally separate but share my Sovereignty with those who believed in me and/or developed a relationship with me. Often in families, relationships sustain the family through reliable returns to each other than emotional expressions based on immediate outcomes. That to me is the second best to truth. It is also more easy to calculate intellectually the degree of reliability within a structure through relationships developed on common values. This was the basis of successful arranged marriages which were given preference in Northern Sri Lanka – above alleged love marriages based on emotions.

This was also the advice given by President Rajapaksa’s legal advisor Dr Ali Sabry to his Muslim supporters. But then unless his followers follow in his footsteps and use the intellect above belief , it becomes false advice and is likely to lead to unreliability. The issue for minorities in Sri Lanka is dependence vs armed fighting at the risk of being named ‘Terrorists’ by legal intellectuals. When we attribute credit to our guru / elder we invoke the blessings of the real guru who became sovereign through her/his wisdom. Had Dr Sabry done that to the Judiciary – it is highly unlikely that he would enter Parliament as a National List politician. His parallel in the Northern Tamil community is Mr Wigneswaran about whom a Tamil Diaspora professional wrote:

[CW is the holy ashed opportunist and a mole that once wrote to Indian PM claiming that the judgement against killer/rapist Matale (Premananda) Samy is not correct and to re-examine. This is how a retired supreme court judge and chief minister valued the legal system of India and his understanding of the protocol. But he knew how  to take the fools for a good ride by his holy divine attire and now he has achieved it.]

In the case of Mr Premananda, Mr Wigneswaran may have identified through his personal belief. If that were true, he would have known that his guru would have invoked his own divine powers and would not have experienced any pain. I know this through my own experience here in Australia. That is when we know for ourselves the exponential value of Belief. The Indian Judiciary had the duty to rule as per the law and facts established through evidence and not through personal belief – if they had any.

The above in essence is the parallel of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa pardoning an Army Officer in March this year:

[Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa pardoned Former Staff Sergeant Sunil Ratnayake who was convicted in 2015 for the murder of eight Tamil civilians, including three children, in Mirusuvil in April 2000. The conviction and death sentence was affirmed by the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in 2019.] – International Commission of Jurists

As per the commonness between Mr Rajapaksa and Mr Wigneswaran – the  person accused as per the law – was innocent  as per their own standards.

Often the media – including social media – helps us to complete our sovereignty – provided we do not get distracted by lesser benefits on the way. Every completed thought adds strength to the Sovereignty of our home-environment. Every false claim of sovereignty – including to represent an electorate damages the investment towards sovereignty – of the person and her/his environment.

A professional leader of the Tamil Diaspora asked me in response to my article headed ‘Two Thirds Majority to Demote Judiciary?:

[Madam can you explain how a guy from SLFP scored the highest votes in Jaffna and how? Or our Tamil pundits mixed up SLFP with something else?]

I responded as follows:

[The clue is in the Wikipedia information below:

Ramanathan's father Sathasivam Ramanathan is an associate of Basil Rajapaksa, brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sathasivam Ramanathan is reputed to have made billions from smuggling abroad refugees from the Sri Lankan Civil War and from government corruption.

If it is to go abroad, they find the money by hook or by crook. This became official when Rebels took control of Jaffna. Mahinda is not rejected by Jaffna Tamils at grassroots level. When I went in 2018 to Murugamoorthi temple-Arali -  I learnt that  MR’s friend Thirukumar is known  to have donated generously. At first I was surprised. Then when I thought about it – is that not the example set by the Rebels who are celebrated as heroes by a good proportion of Tamils?

If you come to Thunaivi – it is Devananda’s area because of handouts – primarily of  government jobs. I stick to my own structures – and hence am immune to this kind of trade deals. It’s pathetic. University of Jaffna is the same. A young girl from Thunaivi wanted a loan from me to go to Germany to work in the hospital – through Namal’s group. I firmly declined. Nothing happened. I concluded that it was a scam.

To me – even if I am able to bring about orderly conduct in a small group – that is a great achievement. Beyond that my work is to share as per my experience.

SLFP victory confirms the falsity of  the Tamil Nationalism claim. But with all its faults Jaffna community is part of me and I am of them. So to the extent I am able to privately offset the bad with my good – I use only the net value in writing. ]

In his Economy Next article headed ‘Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been strengthened and now he has to deal with multiple crises’ Arjuna Ranawana comments as follows:

[When President J R Jayewardene’s United National Party (UNP) won the 1977 parliamentary election with a 5/6th majority that paved the way for the creation of a new Constitution and an Executive Presidency, he famously boasted that the only thing he could not do with all that power was to change a man into a woman and vice versa.

Even though he exercised such power, changing the Constitution to suit his personality, and not necessarily to benefit the country, he enshrined laws, which he believed would help keep his beloved UNP in power forever.

The Proportional Preferential system of elections in Sri Lanka, an unwieldy, complex system is the result of “JR thought” and pundits often said that it was a “mathematical impossibility” for a single party or group to win a two-thirds majority in Parliament on its own.

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has proved that wrong, garnering 145 seats on its own; an astounding achievement.]

The clue about SLFP topping in Jaffna also is embedded in this Preferential Voting System (PVS).

I am an Australian and a Sri Lankan. They both follow the PVS. Here in Australia, I decide which party or individual I am voting for – and then I take the notice of that party when I am on my way to the polling booth. I do not break my small head over independent thinking about preferences and the senate. Unless therefore a Jaffna Tamil is strongly committed to independent thinking in relation to allocating preferences, I would expect them to be like myself.

The only difference would be money. Money for vote is not new to the folks of Jaffna. In fact unless there is money reward, the average Jaffna man is likely to not use her/his brain to understand the PVS. Instead, s/he is likely to make the obvious first choice or use a pre-prepared list as I do here in Australia except when it comes to issues that I feel strongly about. Today, I went deeper into my belief based explanation to the above member of the Tamil Diaspora.

The Electoral Knowledge Network highlights as follows about PVS:

[The disadvantages of the Sri Lankan system include:

§  the literacy requirements common to all preferential voting systems, and

§  the fact that voters are effectively required to guess who the top two candidates will be in order to make full use of their vote.]

Effectively, the new Constitution defeated participants who did not have clear majority of more than 50% of the votes. When for example, rebels ‘capture’  a particular land area – that is a clear victory – visible to the eye. The parallel of that is the clear majority win even if it did not make the 50% mark. If it does not reach the 50% mark  then it would mean that there is no democratic representation of the whole electorate in Parliament but only an electorate made up of the percentage total of the first two candidates. In Democracy the whole needs to be covered by the first two – as government and equal opposition. The law fills the gap.

The Jaffna outcome if genuine confirms that the People of Jaffna are not against the SLFP which party most in Jaffna would associate with Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa. This effectively defeats the claim that that government was solely responsible for the suffering of war actions in which Tamils became the victims. This would indirectly mean that Tamils have accepted that the Armed Rebels also contributed to the pain and loss.

Out of the list published by the Daily News – a Tamil representing a Southern Political party (SLFP) has only 17% approval in Jaffna. Mr Sivagnam Sritharan of ITAK/TNA  – the main Tamil only alliance also has 17% approval. In total ITAK /TNA has polled 42% and ‘Tamil only’ parties polled 83% approval relative to SLFP’s 17%. 

Arjuna Ranawana states about ITAK:

[ Among other setbacks, its leader Mavai Senathiraja lost his seat as the dynamics of Tamil politics seems to have changed.

This prompted SLPP Chairman Prof G L Peiris to say “they (ITAK) can no longer claim to be the sole representatives of the Tamil people,” and as former Governor of the Northern Province Dr Suren Raghavan pointed out, the “people of the North want development.”]

To declare on the basis of  the leader only - is autocracy. ITAK continues to lead Northerners overwhelmingly. As for Development work in North – yes as per our democratic rights and not as handouts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 9 August 2020

 

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam


09 August  2020

 

Two Thirds Majority to Demote Judiciary ?

I learnt through Mahabharatham – the importance of structures in a war. They are known as Vyuham in Tamil. One has to not only know how to work one’s own structure but know also how to make that of the opponent powerless or less powerful. Technical knowledge works differently in different structures. The reason for this to my mind is the power of the Energy within each structure. A structure becomes a heritage only when it goes past its current environment – of time and place. This is why plagiarism is a sin in academic world. Knowledge without respect for the origin effectively loses power when it goes beyond its local borders. In Tamil culture the mind of the guru is taken as the structure within which  technical knowledge is carried. The sharing of mind is confirmed through blessings. This is also the reason why we bow to the Judge in a Court of Law. Mere technical knowledge lacks structure and therefore would fail the test of displacement through time and space.

The victory of winning two thirds majority in Sri Lankan Parliament is likely to kill opposition and therefore Democracy. As per Sri Lankan experience – rebels are dictatorial and would not function well in a Democratic structure. More importantly they are likely to upset the Balance of Power between right and wrong in the minds of followers of law.

Based purely on majority verdict, there is a big gap between the Judicial mind and the People’s mind. Like in Prescriptive rights – uninterrupted custody adverse to the official custodian by law, over long period, confirms belief based ownership. This is exponential in value. The lawful purchase is relative. If for example, the Coronavirus was new and particular to the current environment, it would be relative in its spread. If it happened before and we neglected it – the value is exponential – albeit negatively. That is the way of nature. This also is the case in relation to wars that are carried beyond their local boundaries.

Arjuna Ranawana in his Economy Next article headed ‘Sri Lanka voters elect two men allegedly involved in murders to Parliament’ shares with us examples as follows:

[Sri Lankan voters have chosen two men, one accused of murder and another convicted of killing and sentenced to death as representatives in Parliament in last Wednesday’s Parliamentary General Election.

The first is Premalal Jayasekara who is currently on a death sentence for a murder committed during the 2015 election campaign and the other is Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan who is in remand custody on a murder charge.]

 

In its report headed ‘Former MP Premalal Jayasekara sentenced to death’ Adaderana presents the following picture:

[SLPP candidate and former MP Premalal Jayasekara and two others have been sentenced to death over the fatal shooting incident in Kahawatte during the Presidential Election in 2015.

Former Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council member Nilantha Jayakody and former Kahawatta Pradeshiya Sabha chairman Vajira Darshana have also been sentenced to death over the case.

The verdict in the case was delivered today (July 31) by the Ratnapura High Court, Ada Derana reporter said. 

The shooting took place on the morning of January 05, 2015 and resulted in the death of a political supporter who was decorating an election stage of then Common Candidate of the presidential election Maithripala Sirisena in Kahawatta.

The UNP supporter, who was engaged in decorating an election stage, was wounded in the shooting and succumbed to injuries in hospital on January 8.]

 

Now it looks as if that death of UNP supporter on the day of the Presidential elections, confirmed the fatality of the UNP itself. Where there is belief – a manifestation is NOT a coincidence. By electing Mr Premalal Jayasekara, the People of Ratnapura who elected also Mr Vasudeva Nanayakkara, who is a relation in law of Mr C V Wigneswaran (carrying the title of Justice)  who has moved away from Northern Provincial Council to National Parliament, have dismissed the Judiciary. One who claims self-determination instead of Equal opportunity in multicultural environment would have waited for the next Provincial Council Elections to confirm the investment in Separatism. Instead – Jaffna has been used as stepping stone to National Politics. Such leaders represent those driven by benefits and not structures. They have no right to claim representation of Heritage.

 

The verdict of the People of Ratnapura in the case of Mr Premalal Jayasekara who now becomes equal in status to Mr Vasudeva Nanayakkara and Mr Wigneswaran, have confirmed their rule to be mafia rule. The question of whether Mr Premalal Jayasekara’s name was legitimately allowed in the voting list has to be examined through Article 89 (d) of the Sri Lankan Constitution which provides as follows:

 

[No person shall be qualified to be an elector at an election of the President, or of the Members of Parliament or to vote at any Referendum, if he is subject to any of the following disqualifications, namely –

………..

(d) if he is serving or has during the period of seven years immediately preceding completed serving of a sentence of imprisonment (by whatever name called) for a term not less than six months imposed after conviction by any court for an offence punishable with imprisonment for a term not less than two years or is under sentence of death or is serving or has during the period of seven years immediately preceding completed the serving of a sentence of imprisonment for a term not less than six months awarded in lieu of execution of such sentence : Provided that if any person disqualified under this paragraph is granted a free pardon such disqualification shall cease from the date on which the pardon is granted ;]

 

The background of Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan was presented by Kanagarasa Saravanan as follows through Ceylon Today article ‘Court permits Pillayan to contest polls’:

 

[Former Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan was granted permission yesterday (12), to contest in the General Election, while in remand custody.

Civil Appellate Court Judge D.S. Susaithas yesterday ordered Batticaloa Prison Officers to grant permission and make all arrangements to Chandrakanthan to submit nomination at the Prison.

Five persons including the Leader of Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal Chandrakanthan were remanded on 11 October 2015 in connection with the alleged murder of MP Joseph Pararajasingham on 25 December 2005 while attending a church function. Chandrakanthan had made an appeal to the Court asking permission to contest the polls from the Batticaloa District while serving his prison sentence. Judge Susaithas who considered the appeal yesterday (12) granted permission to submit Chandrakanthan's nomination at Prison between yesterday and 19 March and ordered the Superintendent of the Batticaloa Prison to make all arrangements to make the nomination.]

In both instances the People have overruled the Judiciary and effectively acted in breach of the Constitution. With two thirds majority in Parliament – this government can amend the above mentioned article for future purposes. But right now as per my interpretation of this article neither of the above candidates qualifies to be a law-maker.

Laws could be brought down to fit politics. This then means that we would not need high investment in the study of law at university level. Our Judiciary also would not connect to the higher judicial minds from whom we inherited the law, nor to those higher minds that would lead us towards globalization.

Mr CV Wigneswaran carries the title ‘Justice’ while claiming the entitlement  to merge North & East. Yet he was disrespectful of the Judicial minds that are carried in our Constitution. At least now – he has the opportunity to present a Bill in Parliament to abolish Article 89 (d) so that officially we can recognize his partnership with Mr Rajapaksa’s SLPP through which Mr Premalal Jayasekara has been facilitated to be illegally elected.

Strange are the ways of Truth which has manifested this commonness between Mr Wigneswaran and his relative by law who must have intuitively connected the two leaders. Both have the identical Political Vyuham/structure  which naturally opposes the Judicial Vyuham/structure . What a commonness! Who needs reconciliation between ethnicities! We need Reconciliation between the Law Makers and the Judiciary!

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 8 August 2020

 

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam


08 August  2020

 

Rebels Won in Southern Sri Lanka

Rebellion by juniors against seniors is a continuous pattern in Sri Lanka. SLPP is a breakaway group led by the Rajapaksas, which won majority seats in Parliament in the 2020 Parliamentary elections. Likewise, SJB broke away from the UNP and won the position of Leader of the Opposition. They both confirm greater power allocated to juniors over seniors. To the extent the elections were orderly, and to me they were – thanks to the armed forces – one can read the natural mind structure of the group that has predominant power to elect government. In the language of the ordinary person – it is child taking over the parent – invading parental position. Hence one is entitled to conclude that majority Sri Lankans are thinking they are promoting continuity of  hierarchical leadership demonstrated by the Rajapaksa family. That which is disregarded is the Political institution structured by this family which confirms ‘separation’ from the original root – the SLFP. In the case of the SJB of Premadasa – the root of this political party is the UNP. This was confirmed by former minister Vajira Abeywardena, whom I met in Jaffna last year:

[When asked about the SLPP forming a government with two-thirds majority, he said that the main group responsible for that is the Sajith Premadasa faction.

He also claimed that Premadasa ruined himself and the UNP along with his political campaign.  Abeywardena stated that they gave their full backing to Premadasa at the last presidential election, but he failed to win and now the 5.5 million votes have dropped to 2.6 million. ]

To my mind, Mr Premadasa was like a junior to Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa even back then. To oppose effectively, one has to be of diverse mind structure.

When we do not groom our heirs – juniors by position who think they have greater power tend to take over through rebellion. The catch in democracy is this weakness of lack of will to groom heirs. But UNP’s strength to Sri Lankans is essential in Sri Lanka’s globalisation. UNP has far greater supporters within Tamils than SLPP which is a separatist group. Globally also, UNP enjoys far higher level of goodwill than any other political party in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka needs business structures to develop Equality as well as become more self-sufficient economically. The Parliament is not the only way to develop this. In fact it might be a blessing in disguise to be free of the parliamentary pressures while focusing on repairing the roots of the UNP heritage by the young and the restless. Towards this business partnerships with minority communities would certainly go a long way and would promote global investments by Sri Lankans. Now that TNA has won under the leadership of Mr Sumanthiran, there are naturally alliances open to them through global projects. This was confirmed within the Tamil Diaspora (TD) as follows:

[TD1: I see a silver lining in the dark clouds surrounding the Tamils in Sri Lanka. That Silver Lining is none other than Mr. M.A. Sumanthiran.

Most of the Tamil Diaspora and Tamils in Jaffna do not have the intellectual capacity to understand and appreciate Mr.Sumanthiran's Thinking & his "genuine" efforts. There is a lot of fake and malicious propaganda by the diaspora Tamils who do not have the commonsense and capacity to think rationally.

He is truly a genuine man dedicated to the cause and Incredibly talented! 

I wish him well & sincerely pray for success in his efforts to win the rights for the Tamils in Srilanka . 

 

God bless Mr. Sumanthiran , Oh Sivaayanama ... 

TD2 : TD1’s sentiments are the same as mine. After all Jaffna people proved that they know who will lead them!!

Gaja: My articles will confirm that my natural vote was for Sumanthiran at this juncture. He has firmer structure than any other in terms of National Politics. He successfully diffused the continuous flow of discouragement from many parts of the Tamil Diaspora – which were in favour of CVW who sang the song of separation. The way I interpret his (CVW’s) win is that the Tamils said ‘thank you’ . Beyond that Sumanthiran has proven to have the confidence of majority Jaffna Tamils to lead the question of Equality – for which one has to have common investment as the foundation. Separation does not need common investment and therefore participation in National politics. Sumanthiran was honest about it whereas others including CVW and Ponnambalam were being hypocritical to get the votes. Ultimately the outcome delivered for me. ]

Given that Mr Sumanthiran is a Christian and his leadership has resulted in majority seats in Northern Sri Lanka for ITAK,  religious commonness in Northern Sri Lanka where majority are Hindus, has been confirmed. Hence to my mind it is really a win-win situation for Sri Lankan Nationalism led by minorities who in Sri Lanka win through intellectual leadership. This was confirmed in 2018 during the constitutional crisis brought about by deviators. It is healthy for Sri Lanka which is no longer a separate entity but part of global structure – dependent on Global sovereignty.

Southerners have promoted rebellion and therefore will tend to separate even though they may show financial prosperity through welfare monies. It is now the job of Mr Wigneswaran and Mr Ponnambalam to ensure that they oppose Southern Separatists so strongly that Northern Separatists would feel the discipline.