Friday, 15 February 2019

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

14 February 2019

Tamils Blessed with Positive Administrative Energy
Along with members of the Public I also waited to meet the new Governor of Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Until yesterday, my interactions with Dr Raghavan were limited to email messages from me and a couple of acknowledgements from Dr Raghavan. The last was to inform me that he was happy to engage with a member of the Diaspora about northern issues.
As usual in Sri Lankan public service and more particularly Northern Sri Lankan Public Service, the arrangements were top-down telling. When asked about the reason as to why I sought to meet the Governor – I ended up writing my complaint – that the officers did not distinguish between potential Service Providers and potential Beneficiaries. We were all grouped as one. While waiting for the arrival of the Governor I kept reminding myself that the treatment in Northern Courts was worse. When I was served food(sundal/gram)  and drinks while waiting – I declined. The lady serving was courteous and  addressed me as ‘madam’. I reciprocated the respect. This helped me calm down. One of the junior members of staff - a slim tall guy – made up for the lack of courtesy demonstrated by the more senior officer. I wished him well. I believe that my positive Energy in Public Administration is thus shared with such officers who become the media of our energy rather than using us as the media for their energy.
I did not know what to expect of the Governor. I reminded myself of the ‘waits’ at Jaffna Kachcheri, Valigamam West Pradeshiya Sabai – where I was initially sent from pillar to post even to ‘provide’ service and thus share my energy. The reminder helped me not to expect better from the new Governor of my hometown – Jaffna. As he stepped out of the vehicle, Dr Raghavan apologized for the delay – not once but twice. I knew then that he had positive energy in including the public as part of himself. I felt more at ease. While waiting I discussed issues with those waiting and cleared their doubts in some areas. With one group that was there for employment  related problem at the Local Government level, I urged them to trust the new Governor. I said not to tell him in detail – but to submit  the essence and then to listen to what he had to say. I said that he was a believer in spiritual powers and therefore – it would be easy for the potential beneficiary to connect to the divinity in Dr Raghavan. The young guy seemed to settle down. I identified with the divinity – because when I wanted to give up and leave and opened my handbag to take out the phone to call the taxi – the picture of my god in my handbag was the first sight I had. I felt that I was being asked by the divinity in me - to wait. When I was speaking to the above guy, I had already been facilitated to be next on line to meet the governor. Hence I felt that it was divine influence.
When I did meet the Governor he was quick to comprehend that I was a potential service provider and asked me as to what my areas of expertise were. I said Accounting and Public Administration. When Dr Raghavan outlined the need in health related area – I felt that it was my own true investment speaking through his mind. THAT was the confirmation of one-mindedness in Public Administration that Jaffna needs badly – especially at a time when the political power in North is very weak. Most importantly – the Governor thanked me.
This morning I read the message headed ‘Congrats to MrsCharles - DG Customs’ from an Australian  Tamil community leader, which included the following observation:
[When I was growing up in Colombo in my teenage years, there were many instances where the Northerners occupying key positions were highly praised as they did an honest job!!
Unfortunately things are so corrupt nowadays!!!
Until top politicians in parliament are punished for their corrupt, greed – there is no hope!!!!]
This was overridden by Mr Leo Fernando – the author of the above mentioned article,  as follows:
[…..One further point I wish to state here is that in my career in the public service and in the public corporate sector, I have found that our colleagues from the North always did an honest job and were "worthy of their hire". They were an example to the others.

I was happy to identify with the above through my own experience with Dr Raghavan – who as per my observation was not saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ – but providing reasons in Admin language understood by the Public in North.  I thanked our ancestral powers in Administration for answering my prayers.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam
03 February 2019

Coexistence or Unitary State?

Sri Lankans are now debating between the existing Unitary structure and Federal structure as a better alternative through which to Administer and Govern.  Administration is the pathway to common governance. When we administer as per our conscience – we become self-governing. Such administration may be in harmony with laws of the nation / area or they may not be. Where they are not – those laws are counterproductive to enjoyment of peace on the inside, confirmed by  harmony on the outside.

In his Ceylon Today article headed ‘Arjuna on the lifeline of coexistence’ Manekshaw states:
 [So, on 27 January travelling all the way from Colombo Fort to Jaffna by the new DMU Uttara Devi train, Transport Minister Arjuna Ranatunga followed the path of legendary Sri Lankans of the bygone era reviving the `lifeline of coexistence’ at a time Sri Lanka celebrates the 71st year of gaining independence from the British.]

One is therefore entitled to conclude that Manekshaw sees Tamils coexisting with Sinhalese. Manekshaw does not see integration. A Unitary state confirms integration at the top and assimilation at grassroots. Manekshaw states also:

 [Arjuna’s train journey also led to remember one of the foremost freedom fighters Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan who even initiated the plan to build the Railway line to the Northern Province when the Island Nation was under the British Empire.]
In other words, Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan also sowed the seeds of militancy led by the LTTE. LTTE represented the de facto army of Tamils who sought not to assimilate with Sinhalese for the same reasons why the SLFP and the UNP made up largely of primary level thinkers not wanting to assimilate – but would prefer to coexist. The recent problem in National Parliament is the parallel of  ethnicity based civil riots. Coexistence needs clear lines of separation. That is what Tamils are truly seeking and are entitled to – to the extent majority have been self-governing in their respective areas of authority – starting with family relationships.

It is rumoured that TNA is promoting Unitary state. This means they dishonour the armed militants who reacted to the unruly Sinhalese driven by desire to rule by suppression. In 1977, the SLFP lost even second place in elections . To my mind, this was because by damaging the roots of the One/Unitary  mind in the  Constitution – through Buddhism foremost article – they lost their own right to self-governance. To override the constitutional error – they have to perform much more through discretionary powers with consolidated mind. Even if one Tamil believed in the Constitution through its secular provisions – the outcomes would be in her/his favour. The 1977 elections confirmed this Truth that there was at least one self-governing Sri Lankan Tamil.

As per Dharma – the government that failed to discipline civilians who attacked on the basis of ethnicity – disconnected itself from the common law and was entitled only to the authority understood and used by majority power that surfaced that manifestation. In simple language – the government limited itself to the voter’s law. A voter cannot empower a government more than her/his own entitlement to self-govern. A politician who looks to  the law for authority  has to have her/himself invested in the law by conduct and / or top-down learning and commitment to such learning. The level at which we developed that self-governance is the level at which such law would manifest itself. The recent experience in National Parliament of Sri Lanka have confirmed that majority in Parliament lack such higher authority but are limited to customary authority. The self-governing amongst them would manifest at the lower level than the intellectually driven governor.

Tamils to whom Tamil militants are the highest level leaders would accept total separation. But the problem with this is that intellectually driven Tamils who do raise their thinking above the level of the local customs – would also be disconnected and alienated by such groups. Hence LTTE killed politicians – the worst and saddest for me being the killing of Dr Neelan Thiruchelvam. Each time that was allowed to happen, the community whose duty it was to prevent such disaster loses its right to self-governance. Self governance is confirmed only when our actions do not hurt the self-governance of another. When they do hurt – we have interfered with that person’s sovereignty and the natural punishment is loss of our own privacy to practice sovereignty.

The ordinary Sinhalese does not understand the constitution and its provisions. They ‘saw’ the return attacks by Tamil militants and they feared them or were cautioned. Punishing the militants therefore will remove this caution and there would be ‘free’ interpretation of articles such as ‘Buddhism foremost’ to take authority to attack. The emotionally driven person would not stop until the emotion is exhausted. But the problem is that if the emotion is based on hearsay / looks and not on truth - it would damage the support of the intellectuals and the self-governing individual in minority clothes. Then the Sri Lanka that Sinhalese relates to is less powerful than it was when it was connected to higher minds of other ethnicities and the integrating Sinhalese intellectuals.

Whether we like it or not – our Truth is always there to influence us when we are ‘free’. If such truth is negative in value – we need positives to balance it. This applies to both sides – especially to those who blame the other rather than themselves when they are unhappy. One who takes responsibility for the total owns the total and therefore is the true leader. One who reacts confirms dependence on the other to become active.

TNA’s duty is to demand that the Prevention of Terrorism Act be repealed so that a criminal act does not become terrorism just because it was committed by a member of minority. TNA has the duty also to demand that all prisoners of war be released before it consents to Unitary state. Sinhalese are not likely to accept it – but the way to true self-governance is to stick to our own Truth. Then every such victim will know that TNA is also participating in their pain. The ordinary Sinhalese needs to ‘see’ that all religions are Equal in status – and that the militants who died in protecting self-governance as per their own truth and conscience – are heroes to their communities. Otherwise Unitary structure  will lead to more war – and more quickly now than before. Then the UN forces may come in and achieve that which they could not diplomatically.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

02 February 2019

Tamils Need Self Governance
Some hear about self-governance; some others think about self-governance and only a few realise self-governance. These few are the heritage of future generations.
Which of these does Mr Sumanthiran belong to? In his Ceylon Today article ‘Truth Slides Out’ -  Shivanthi Ranasinghe reports:
[According to Sumanthiran, Tamils have not been able to agree to the current Constitution that was brought in by a UNP Government, in 1978. Even the previous Constitution brought in by an SLFP Government, in 1972, had not been acceptable to Tamils because their proposals were not included. As the Constitution is the social agreement of all as to how to live in one country, it is important for the Tamils to feel that they are also partners of the process.]

Mr Sumanthiran represents the Tamil minority community Opposition in National Parliament. In democracy, the duty of such Opposition is to present the outcomes produced by minorities – all minorities. Let us take for example ‘Buddhism Foremost’ article in the Constitution. Has Mr Sumanthiran educated Tamils about how such an article naturally divides Sri Lankans into two. The following in Shivanthi Ranasinghe’s report indicates otherwise:

[At a recent interview with the BBC Sinhala Service FB Live, TNA Spokesman M.A. Sumanthiran, fielding questions from Facebook followers, explained the reasons for the need of a new Constitution. He categorically assured that their proposals will further strengthen the President to keep the country indivisible.]
Does the above mean that the president has agreed to repeal article 9 of the Sri Lankan Constitution? As per article 9 – all non-Buddhists are juniors to Buddhists. What did the president do when the position of Leader of the Opposition was handed over to Mr Rajapaksa by a fellow Buddhist? Buddhism foremost clause makes Sri Lanka a Buddhist state using Buddhist Administration. In Parliament, one’s belief is the foundation on which issues are discussed without fear of being wrong. If Buddhist leaders need such an article – then they lack Buddhist belief. Hence an external law.

The common Sri Lankan is driven more by religious and cultural faith than by secular laws. The word ‘foremost’ makes the parties concerned relative and not  Independent Equals. Today I received an email about ‘Rise Up Sri Lanka in Kandy - 02 Feb 2018’ which included the following message:

[Few things we Rise Up for ...
1. We demand actions on those who behaved violently in parliament and damaged public property.
2. We demand MPs who switched sides ( and others) should declare assets and prove that they didn’t go at the going rate of Rs. 500million talked about by even the President.
3. We demand that public interest investigation and litigations in to large scale corruptions both pre and post 2015 including the infamous Bond Scam should be expedited and taken forward without political interference.
4. We demand that the long over due provincial council elections are held in line with the constitution.
5. We demand that the practice of appointing one’s brothers, astrologers, etc to be heads of public institutions and other forms of nepotism should come to an end.
We continue to Rise Up as an independent group not affiliated to any political party demanding for a new political culture and better standards of public accountability !!!
The Rise Up gathering in Kandy is the 4th gathering we are organizing following similar gatherings in Colombo, Negombo, Batticaloa over the last few months.  
Our gatherings are for the people raise their voice and we do not invite any politicians. Instead invite citizens to talk at an open mic and share it via our live feed and social media. 
We hope you actively voice your self. 
Let’s not wait till the next crisis to act. 
Rise Up with us in Kandy and share your voice at our gathering tomorrow.
Kindly help spread the word within your networks as well. 
Rise Up Sri Lanka !!!]

The organizer is presented as follows by URI – United Religions Initiative:

[Mr. Abeyewickreme is practitioner of Theravada Buddhist teaching from Sri Lanka and has been engaged with URI since 2010]

URI presents itself as follows:
[URI is a global grassroots interfaith network that cultivates peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities and the world.]

Based on Buddhism foremost article in the Constitution, would the following be right or wrong if in the following -  the person appointed is a strong practitioner of Buddhism and therefore confirms belief in Buddhism?

[5. We demand that the practice of appointing one’s brothers, astrologers, etc to be heads of public institutions and other forms of nepotism should come to an end.]

Belief makes it easy for us to work a relationship – including within an institution. The Sri Lankan Parliament is made up of majority Buddhists. By making Buddhism part of the law, a subject who demonstrates high level of performance in Buddhist form of any theory – automatically is entitled to a Sri Lankan Public position until proven otherwise through merit based measures.

Democracy is lateral and authority as per the system of democracy is outcome based. If all voters be it in Parliament or in general elections by citizens, based their vote within the boundaries of their belief – the outcomes would be harmonious and governance would be natural. It need not be intellectually high. Administration is vertical and an administrative outcome to be more valid than a vote based outcome – needs to be taller in value than the lateral line of democracy made vertical.

If we take religion as a base of belief – and say 9 Buddhist monks voted ‘yes’ to the Opposition Leaders’ position going to Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa, an intellectual derivation using  secular measure needs to be taller than nine equal parts stacked one on top of the other – to entitle Mr Sampanthan to be the Opposition Leader. The closest to absolute value is intellectual merit based value.

Belief based politics is most reliable. But to not hurt / damage someone of a different belief – there needs to be separation of powers. In Parliament – belief is based on electorates. In Judiciary, belief is based on the laws already in existence. If the two forms are indiscriminately mixed – the results would be most unreliable. Hence the Doctrine of Separation of Powers between the Executive and the Judiciary in a truly democratic country.

Any group that is sovereign would function naturally with its own powers. That is like dancing to one’s own music from within. Often man passes off mere hearsay thought as belief.  Hence we have merit based assessment using One measure to maintain harmony.

In the above demand to end nepotism – is the claimant including the appointment of Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa as Defence Secretary during the war period? That is the strongest example that demonstrates the destructive force of nepotism. This applies to Tamil militants also – to the extent they appointed their own. But the positive side to it is that they did not have to fear internal conflict as much they would have to if there were outsiders in that core group. Yet the protestors are leaving this out – giving one the impression that their kith and kin were not killed indiscriminately as much as Tamils were.

Whether an appointment amounts to nepotism or good governance depends on the level of belief. Belief based appointment would meet the requirements of any reliable human law.

If we start from zero base, and use only religion as entitlement to claim sovereignty, (i.e. – no secular political parties) – then each religious community is entitled to the same separation of powers as the Judiciary does in the ‘Common’ system. Then the group that practices the higher level laws is the one that is entitled to ‘judge’ whether the others’ outcomes are right or wrong.  This higher group does not have the authority to enforce implementation but it has the authority to declare.

Tamil politicians did make such a declaration in 1976 through Vaddukoddai Resolution and in 1977 – they became leading Opposition in National Parliament. A believer in the path of Truth manifesting Itself – would appreciate that this happened due to mere hearsay being used as belief by the non-Tamils in  Parliament and that Tamils took on the challenge and intellectually produced taller outcomes than Sinhalese who were pampered by easy money and status. Due to lack of natural resources, Tamils had to dig deeper to grow taller. Truth confirmed this growth.

We had to do this in the testamentary case relating to our brother – a resident of Vaddukoddai. My husband said that the succession shares needed to be decided on the basis of Theswalamai Law but the other three siblings stated that they sought Equal share – using common law basis. All three of them had already received wealth from their father and as per Thesawalamai unmarried bother’s wealth is shared by brothers. The courts stated that Theswalamai was used but the judgment was to award Equal share. But  Truth helped us raise the matter according to which the UK part of the wealth – was to be covered by UK law – which required Administration. We submitted our claims as creditors – which eventually works out to confirm our claim through Theswalamai.

The parallel of the above is Tamils being supported by the UN, led by America,  in the war-crimes issue.

The President and the Leader of the Opposition being of the same political party is another form of ‘Buddhism foremost’ provision. If Parliament is made up of religion based groupings only – Buddhists would form government and Hindus as the next largest group would be entitled to lead the Opposition. But if a Buddhist is included in Hindu group – the whole group loses its sovereign power. That would be like Mr Rajapaksa’s son and bride going through 3 forms of  religious wedding ceremonies – Poruwa, Hindu and Catholic.

Every Sovereign group is entitled to its own space due to its diversity. Buddhism foremost provision in the Constitution denies this diversity to other groups. Buddhists who are easy-going are likely to practice nepotism due to reading ‘foremost’ as ‘better’. Those who are subjectively driven but lack the intellectual height to use common basis – are likely to use their position authority to override intellectual merit. This is the very reason why anti discrimination laws are practiced by those who have invested deeply in multiculturalism and democracy. Buddhism foremost in the constitution is anti-democratic and every Sri Lankan who uses the principle of Equality to vote – has the duty to reject it.  When this happens Tamil-Only will naturally be limited to rural Tamil areas to protect their diversity – including from urban Tamils.  

Every self-governing person would add exponential value to the person elected by her/him and therefore to the party that the elected person belongs to by belief. Whether such person/group  is in Government or Opposition – is immaterial for the purposes of  ownership. They will always lead. That was confirmed by many religious leaders – including Jesus - the son of a carpenter who is/was worshipped by kings and queens.

Friday, 1 February 2019

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

01 February 2019

Divorce & Legal Culture

Divorce as an experience is positive when it is an escalation of truth to strengthen family, community and national structures. When the Sri Lankan president uttered the ‘butterfly’ / gay status to demote his opposition, there were outcries from various sections of the Sri Lankan society. Those who expressed them were more educated and conscious of their rights to protest against such cheap attacks.
As per Ceylon Today article ‘Divorced women at high risk of workplace harassment - Local study’ based on research by Professor Arosha S. Adikaram
[ was found in the study that, in their intra-gender relations, these divorced women posed a threat to other women due to their breaking away from social expectations and ideologies as well as established gendered hierarchies in the society and the workplace, this too leading to mistreatment and unfair treatment at the workplace.]
I found that to be the case in Sri Lankan courts also. In Colombo a Muslim lawyer tried to demote me by referring to my divorce in our land matter. It had no relevance to the land matter but was used to demote me as a witness. This confirms that in that court – as per the that lawyer’s assessment of the judge – a Divorced woman’s status was less than that of one who married only once and stayed in that marriage. That may hold true in some cases but not in all – certainly not in my case. Here in Australia that ticket does not take you forward in a Court of law. Saying you are Sri Lankan would in some cases. But not Divorcee. This is because Australians have discovered the positive value of divorce which prevents exploitation.
In Mallakam courts the judge joined the lawyers’ chorus and asked my sister in law in opposition – as to what she wanted in the testamentary case?  - whether she wanted equal share? My sister in law said yes and it was delivered by the judge. My sister in law in opposition referred to my divorce and confirmed that our children were from the previous marriage. All this was done to influence the judge’s mind as per social order. The law – be it Thesawalamai or common law was merely book in the shelves of the Court library. The social convenience of the judge was the law in practice. Neither judge disciplined the lawyers and/or the litigant.

But in Jaffna high court – Judge Elancheleyan did discipline the opposition lawyer who referred to my second marriage. The judge simply asked words to the effect ‘that is a lawful marriage isn’t it?’
Divorce became respectable due to the post-divorce success of divorced women. Those who endured divorce pain develop protective structures for their true heirs. This is needed strongly by the Northern woman in Sri Lanka where the percentage of single women has increased dramatically due to the war. Widows face similar risk as divorcees due to their status being lower than that of women with spouses as per popular custom of that area at that time.

Whether it be the judge, lawyer or litigant, they would not use marital status as a tool in unrelated matters if their own marriages were sacred to them.

My sister in law could have stated that according to her – only blood relatives were entitled to inherit the family wealth. But in a court of law that is not valid and rightly so. As per the truth of the family that very sister and her husband were in Australia because of me. If that biological connection was important to the lady – she ought to have returned to Sri Lanka and then made that claim. This was in fact suggested by my husband at one stage. But they were deaf to it. They got the outcome they liked and lost the real heritage of Thesawalamai Law.

As per Thesawalamai law – those who take lesser share of the parental wealth during the parents’ lifetime become the first heirs to the parental wealth which sometimes would be negative in terms of money. But those who respect that rule would inherit the mind of Thesawalamai.

In plain language – Lord Buddha also ‘divorced’ his wife when he left palace life to become a mendicant. The purpose was to realise the higher common values of life. Likewise any divorce that leads to higher common values – is positive. By the same rule – any marriage that leads to selfishness is negative. Our true governance value is the net of all these values of the primary level citizen.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

31 January 2019

Torture of Displacement

Today is the birth anniversary of my uncle Ratnam Durai, known as Sinnathamby within family. My uncle was part of United States Intelligence during World War II  and was caught and tortured to death by the Japanese. Below is an extract from my book about this painful experience:

Q:        Do you have any information concerning the death of one RATNAM DURAI at the New Law Courts Building, Rangoon, Burma? If so, please state what you know of your own knowledge concerning the incident?
Capt. Maloney: When I was placed in the New Law Courts Building, RATNUM DURAI was already confined in a cell adjacent to the one to which I was assigned, and was moved to my cell in about 10 days. On nearly every day for several weeks after I arrived, one or more interrogators, usually the interpreters, would come to the cell and ask him questions. I understood from the questions that they were seeking information as to the radio frequencies and codes he used as an agent for the United States intelligence, where he was trained, and the names of other natives trained with him. The interrogators would frequently beat him with a heavy club or rubber hose while in the cell. At other times he would be taken from the cell and be gone for a period of from a few hours to 2 days. When he was returned to his cell his body would show evidence of very severe beating, and frequently he had been so badly mistreated that he could not walk. About half the time he was given nothing to eat and did not recover. He died in January 1944, about 6 weeks after I arrived. He had no diseases or injury, except from apparent beatings, when I first arrived.

On days such as this, I remember as if my uncle’s pain was mine. My uncle’s income from this was saved towards dowry to my mother. Hence it is my duty to remember and keep that family structure strong and reliable.
This morning – in that mindset I read the Aljazeera report headed ‘Ten years after end of war, Tamils still waiting to return home’ about Keppapulavu, Mullaitheevu women:

[…Keppapulavu's residents fled their houses in 2008 during the bloody last phase of Sri Lanka's 26-year civil war, which was fought between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a separatist group that sought an independent homeland for the minority Tamil population in the Buddhist-majority South Asian nation.
The military occupied over 202 hectares of Tamil-owned residential land in Keppapulavu, subsuming the former residents' homes in expansive camps.
"I'm willing to die for the chance to go home," said Shanthi (name changed on request), a 52-year-old single mother of three, tears streaming down her face.
When the war ended in 2009, Keppapulavu's former residents were moved to Manik Farm, a military-run displacement camp plagued by widespread human rights violations, according to a 2015 United Nations report.
Manik Farm was closed in 2012, and the 560 former Keppapulavu residents remaining in the camp were resettled on small plots of the undeveloped jungle in Sooripuram, a village that borders Keppapulavu.
Shanthi says that before 2008, she would earn an ample income by selling the mangos and coconuts that grew on her two hectares of land, which now lie within the premises of the army camp.
But displacement left her family impoverished. "My children had to stop going to school so that they could work. It was the only way to survive," she said….]

I identified with their pain as if it were mine. They are protecting their dignity as self-sufficient human beings. TNA leader Mr Sampanthan wrote as follows to the President on 09 November 2017:

[There is plenty of other land available for the Army to use –if they so need, without the payment of any compensation whatever.
In the context of the determination that these civilian people have shown to get back their land, denial of their legitimate right to their land would be immensely harmful to reconciliation .This would have an adverse impact generally on reconciliation.
I would earnestly urge that this extent of 73 Acres be returned to these Civilian people at the earliest.
I request Your Excellency’s intervention in this matter.]

But there has been no solution to this problem through the External process. I thought about what I did in 1998 here in Australia – at the University of NSW when such external measures did not work. I went direct to the Vice Chancellor’s office on the basis of my belief based entitlement. No, the Vice Chancellor failed to deliver – and I ended up being charged unlawfully for Trespass. So long as the authorities in power had the ‘outcome’ they liked – I was a ‘forgotten’ person. But my victory happened and is continuing to happen through other avenues. At no time did I act in breach of the law – even after the courts sometimes upheld the trespass charges and dismissed my claim that the reason was racial discrimination. But I believed in Gandhi and relative to Gandhi’s sacrifices and difficulties mine did not seem unbeatable. It’s the Iru Kodugal / Two lines philosophy. How do you make a line shorter without erasing it? By drawing a longer line parallel to it.

‘Waging Nonviolence’ reported about a similar experience in Iranaitheevu in Sri Lanka:
[While such a victory may seem unlikely or even just lucky — given the risk factors involved — the WDS actually employed a methodology developed and honed by civilian peacekeepers. Known as protective accompaniment, the practice involves positioning a respected third party to be visibly present in close physical proximity to vulnerable civilians in order to deter potential perpetrators from engaging in violence.] - How women led a peaceful flotilla to reclaim their island from the Sri Lankan Navy

In 2016, at the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health, I played the role that  WDS - Women’s Development Society  and civil society leaders played in the Iranaitheevu experience. I placed myself as the interpreter of a group of Nursing Aids who were warned that they employment would be terminated. As a working woman – I was able to identify with their belief as mine. Had they gone on their own – they would have been fooled and denied their just expectations. I presented our case at the escalated professional level – where the warning happens intuitively from mind to mind – belief to belief. Towards this one has to feel common with both groups. I have done that at individual level, many times here in Australia – resulting in the other side withdrawing.

In Australia, I distanced myself from institutions that according to my interpretation were disorderly and failed to identify with the other’s belief or at least respect the other’s belief. Given that my pathway was as per the law – my belief was healthy for Australia. So, I continue to believe, undisturbed and adversely as the opposition of the custodians of power. That was how I was able to identify with TNA earning the position of Opposition Leadership in 2015.

I identify very much with the torture of displacement experienced by the  Keppapulavu folks. TNA and the Diaspora needs to become the ‘protective accompaniment’ needed by Keppapulavu folks who would function best in their home areas of belief. Sri Lanka needs that to protect it from wars. The Diaspora needs to believe at that level. I know of some who do. But they lack the global status as individuals. They need institutional support of NGOs who must be passive  - which then paves the Truth to manifest Itself as the combined belief of all participants.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

30 January 2019

Sri Lanka’s Ali Baba

A dancer merges Bhavam, Raagam, Thaalam / Feelings based Attitudes, Music, Rhythm. The music could be external or internal. Likewise, Governance merges Feelings, Law and Environmental Influence. The Law could be external or internal. When the law is internal – Governance is Divine.
Sri Lankan President’s brother Dudley Sirisena is reported to have stated :

[I mentioned during my speech that there were various proposals put forward from various sections of the society to give leadership to Polonnaruwa district or to become a Presidential candidate from a majority area. However, I will not join politics without the invitation of my brother, but I will be with him and support him. ] Daily Mirror
The above means that Mr Dudley Sirisena’s governance is ‘external’ i.e. – he is not self-governing but is governed by Mr Maithripala Sirisena. Mr Dudley Sirisena states about that governor:
[Maithripala Sirisena is a leader who was born to perform such duties diligently. Unfortunately he was not allowed to carry out his programme at all. My prime objective is to organise things in such a way that he would have obtained the required strength to continue with his work in future with the support of the masses. We have to make a clear judgment to create awareness among the people about it. In order to do it, we have to identify the rubbish and discard them. Environment-wise, harsh laws have to be introduced. President Maithripala Sirisena joined the Government honourably as an act of gratitude for the support extended by the UNP supporters and tried his best to work cooperatively. 
Mahinda Rajapaksa was removed as he was perceived as a thief. But we were robbed of the clothes we were wearing. That is the real story. I worship the people and beg them to select a good, patriotic group of politicians at the forthcoming elections, who can support the President in governance. I appeal to those who take foolish decisions not to level allegations against anyone, but question themselves. When a country is being governed, it should not be with wrath, jealousy and malice. If so, no government will prosper.]
The above description ‘who was born to perform such duties diligently’ confirms  Thaalam / Rhythm / Environmental Influence. It automatically dismisses the picture that  the music/law  needed to Govern was internal.

The declaration ‘Mahinda Rajapaksa was removed as he was perceived as a thief’ – if true,  the question arises as to why he was honoured by the President – on 26 October 2018 after the rest of the UPFA – United People’s Freedom Alliance – members in government - left the Government. The Thaalam / Rhythm of President Sirisena’s governance was by these members. According to that Thaalam / Rhythm – their boss was now the very person described as thief. Thus with that group as government – Mr Sirisena became the head of thieves.

Ranil became Ali Baba  through the Bond scam. TNA became the pretty little maid who protected Ali Baba from the thieves.

Mr Sirisena did not have the music of law in himself and hence relied on the Thaalam / Rhythm / Environmental Influence and changed his performance accordingly.

In the case of Opposition Leadership position – Ranil has demonstrated attitude/Bhavam towards TNA maid as ‘once a maid always a maid’.

Ultimately we need to dance to our own internal music. The higher the level of actual performance the stronger the consolidation – so we would dance like Nadraj / Dancing Shiva. In terms of music Common Law is external music and Truth is internal music. One who is satisfied that s/he is ‘right’ when her / his Truth is passed through Common Law – dances as per the internal music – as Gandhi did.  

The choice that wise Tamils would see is to invest in global governance and become Divine Self-Governors to global audience who would observe, appreciate and inherit.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

29 January 2019

Government of Buddhist-Sinhalese by the Buddhist Sinhalese for the Buddhist-Sinhalese

Yesterday I received the report that Mr K.Arunthavabalan had resigned from ITAK and therefore the TNA:
[K.Arunthavabalan, an ardent member of ITAK, the main component of TNA, has now distanced himself both from ITAK and TNA, as it has abandoned the principles enunciated by Thantai Chelva when ITAK was formed.
Although they stood for elections in 2013 and 2015 under the ITAK symbol, 'House' and set out the manifesto on the aspiration of the Tamils, they abandoned those principles set out in the manifesto, the moment the election was over.
Justice C.V Wigneswaran, noticed the change in policy of TNA by August 2015 SL general elections and advised the Tamil voters to get out of the 'House' and vote for those candidates who are trustworthy.
However, the voters' trust on the 'House was so great that they still voted for the 'House'.
Belatedly they regret their to trust on TNA's promises in the manifesto. They are particularly angry with Sampanthan and Sumanthiran for leaning towards the Sinhalese partys' schemes.
Sumanthiran was trying to get Wigneswaran sacked from the CM's post, but the people's response was so strong, that they had to withdraw from their intentions.

I said last morning to someone whose children’s education in a private school in Sri Lanka is resourced by us – that  he and his wife, lacked the founding experience to project the future of their children at that consolidated level. Our minds need to be included for such a reliable base. This happens when the beneficiaries  are grateful and/or demonstrate respect. The pattern observed by me in Northern Sri Lanka is that many  want our money but not our mind. This was observed and expressed also by other professionals serving in Northern Sri Lanka. This I believe was also the case with politicians who wanted the votes but not the mind of the voter. Politicians who expect money returns or pay money bribes – contribute strongly to this kind of weak structuring. Every bit of self-sacrifice by us for the purpose we are most in need of and/or are conscious of at the time of sacrifice,  brings us the outcomes needed by us. That was how Gandhi’s self-sacrifice had exponential value for the whole of India.

 To me, Mr Wigneswaran, leave alone Mr Arunthavanbalan lacks the Political wisdom to project into the political future of Tamils unless he includes mature minds already in politics. Yesterday, Mr Yogendra – the lawyer who represented our opposition (relations) in a testamentary case apologized to us after my husband said Mr Yogendra had erred in insulting our marriage in court and claimed that our children were not part of the family. Mr Yogendra said that he had said as he did – in the heat of the moment. If Mr Yogendra had not stated as he did – he probably would not have won the case in the highly disorderly District Court of Mallakam in Northern Sri Lanka. For our part – the case surfaced the Truth that our relatives whom we invested in were driven by the benefits that would come from us and not the love nor family commonness.

Had we not escalated our investment in law and order through this testamentary case, the ‘show’ of family would have continued. We based the escalation on our consolidated truth in respecting our family elders. In this instance for my husband it was largely his father and the deceased brother. When I, as a witness, stated in Mallakam District Court – that my husband was very appreciative that his brother (the deceased) resourced him for one year to complete his university  education when their father died – the judge Mr Gajanithibalan stated that my husband could not look after himself – so how could he claim eligibility to Administer? I was shocked that this judge could not see that the point being made was that both brothers had followed in the way of Thesawalamai – and that between the married sister and my husband – my husband was the one with higher entitlement as per the law of Thesawalamai. The judge dismissed our objections and awarded that no Administration was needed. This was upheld by Judge Elancheliyan at the Jaffna Civil Appellate Court. But when I sought to collect my husband’s certificate of Heirship – I learnt that the Registrar of Mallakam District Court was behaving as if the Court had the authority to Administer!!!!! I doubt that the judge and the registrar who hold responsible positions in the Community - had Thanthai Chelva’s mind as their base – any more than my apparent heirs at Air Lanka carried me or Singapore Airlines,  into Sri Lankan Airlines. Mr Wigneswaran would, by his mere presence in court environment – add his Energy to other legal professionals. His judicial energy would not manifest in political environment unless the latter is very orderly. Mr Wigneswaran’s relationship with Politics is like a wise old gentleman marrying a physically attractive young lady. The risk is that they may produce children / heirs who look like Thanthai Chelva but with the unattractive brains of the good looking partner! / business voter.

Whether we like it or not – we are the heirs of our yesterday’s elders grooming OUR heirs of tomorrow. The way politics has become unreliable to some politicians – the Judiciary is also unreliable to us citizens. Yet, we have to do our best to maintain the system that supported us. That is the base that would render reliable projections. Any grander projection  than that would lead to cheating.

Mr Wigneswaran who himself would have experienced unjust discrimination to rise to the status he did – as Judge of the Supreme Court – carries that ‘gap’ between his true entitlement and the received entitlement as - Energy. The blessing of being minority is this opportunity to develop that sacred power. Someone  said recently – the usual – that we Tamils have been asking for years and years – but we have not received anything. Like in the testamentary case above – I identify with our success – a small minority becoming Equal half of Sri Lankan government. This happened through the Truth that  the Government of Buddhist-Sinhalese by the Buddhist Sinhalese for tomorrow’s Buddhist-Sinhalese  lost that position to Tamils all by themselves. That is a realist projection that happened in my lifetime twice.

This risk producing old looking intellectually weak children -  is now with Tamil Politicians  also – because they are copying instead of independently producing their own wise outcomes. Some Tamils as well as Sinhalese -  copy Westerners while chanting Tamil Only or Sinhala only mantra.