Thursday, 18 October 2018

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

18 October 2018

Governor or Chief Administrator?
Governing President or Executive President?

Positions help us regulate our expressions and actions driven by emotions and knowledge. We may be Truthful but whether or not it is appropriate in a particular environment is determined by the positions we accept and hold. That is when our thoughts form common network connections.

Truth develops natural positions in any relationship. Often one has to leave a particular position of high status to express one’s Truth. I did that at the University of NSW and experienced much pain. Little ‘miracles of faith’ happened to confirm to me that I had earned higher natural position relative to the one I was allocated and which I accepted at the University of NSW.  Those little miracles to me were  the experiences of Absolute power that any true faith leads to. From then on that person becomes a true Governor of  oneself,  that position, family, institution and/or nation.

All true subjective powers are underpinned by this Absolute power of Truth. Electing a person through faith is a manifestation of such Subjective power. A Governor needs high level of such true Subjective power to ‘include’ - as if the citizen were part of her/himself.
Where this true power is weak,  subjective Administration requires one to use principles and laws – as per home culture/inherited from others in the biological environment or from externals with whom we have commonness through one pathway or the other. The latter usually involves active learning. They help us make intellectual, logical  decisions . To that extent one is an Administrator using the path of relativity. Reliable relatives become Family due to such commitment to logical order. Until both sides become one – there is no governance value.

In Northern Sri Lanka, where majority are Tamils, a Sinhalese would have to sacrifice much, to become Governor/Family. Mr Reginald Cooray who holds the position of Governor has revealed that he is actually playing the role of Chief Administrator of the Province.

The Daily News reports as follows in this regard:
[Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray has focussed on developing the North on par with the rest of the country and resolving the social issues that plague the region. Recently, he visited London to meet the Sri Lankan community and convince them to invest in the region. He believes that there are a lot of opportunities for investment in the fields of solar power, wind power, fishing, salt manufacturing, milk processing, agriculture and tourism. He believes that the diaspora should be encouraged to invest in the province]
One could disregard the inappropriate position description as a language problem. But one would be misleading the oneself and the People when one accepts Administration as Governance and v.v. The thoughts of the alleged Governor were recently presented by him as follows by the Daily News:
However, some political leaders try their level best to arouse communal, religious, traditional and caste sentiments, which is very bad for the country and for the North as well.
The people in the North suffer because of the climatic conditions throughout the year. Of the 12 months in a year, they get rain only during nine months, and it is very difficult to find drinking water and a lot of diseases plague the people.
At the same time, they also suffer because of the politics in the Northern Province. They normally don’t talk about caste. Though we talk about human rights a lot, this caste system is totally in violation of their basic human rights. The low caste people are sometimes not permitted to enter certain kovils and sometimes the low caste people cannot be buried in certain graveyards as they are reserved only for the high castes. These issues are hidden by the politicians and nobody talks about it. However, I am optimistic about the situation in the North and feel that the politicians cannot get the mass support for another rebellion because the people want to live in peace.

The caste system was a structure that was ‘work-based’ not only in Tamil community but also in Sinhalese community. The law applicable to Northern Tamils – Thesawalamai Law included caste-based laws, until majority embraced the secular pathway due to active investment in common education. Those who genuinely practiced the caste system developed heirs which paved the way for the junior castes to become farmers. But those who did not connect to the mind of the senior caste disenfranchised themselves and became isolated. Majority militants were of this category. Hence when militants were in power – they took revenge and there is no more real pain that needs to be addressed. Like with the name of the position, the caste system’s name has been ‘possessed’ by Mr Cooray. This confirms to me that Mr Cooray does not have true power to make discoveries about the currently active generation. As for temples – different cultures within Hindu community have different ways of worshipping. In the toddy-tapper village of Thunaivi – where our family temple is Vibhoothi – the holy powder denoting wisdom is strewn on the floor during primitive ritual healings. As per my culture – it is so very wrong to abuse Vibhoothi which represents wisdom born out of the ashes of ignorance. Such rituals are banned at our temple. Such bans also contributed to revenge attacks – such as stoning when I complained to the Police about damage to our fence and trespass. At that level – possession is ownership.
As for another rebellion – Mrs Vijayakala Maheswaran is a stronger indicator than Mr Reginald Cooray and according to this lady – that reawakening is not yet dead. Education for life would  prevent such reawakening. If it does happen despite such education – it would be for all the right reasons – along the lines to prevent/diffuse  Sinhalese  from taking over our ancestry and polluting it as Mr Cooray has done.

The following question and answer confirm this further:
Q: The Northern Chief Minister is adamant that Buddhist temples should not be established in the North and that Tamils should be allowed to rule the North which should be solely an area for the Tamils. What is your take on this?
A. The Chief Minister was earlier a reputed judge and he is a very good gentleman. However, politically, I feel he is incapable and does not understand reality. These politicians think of winning the next election, but statesmen think of the next generation. Hence, he is doing all this just to be elected again. The easiest way to be a leader is by rousing racial, territorial and religious sentiments. Now sadly, this reputed judge is also playing this game of politics.

If there is no change to the Constitution in regards to Article 9 which states that Buddhism is the foremost religion of Sri Lanka – then next generation non-Buddhists have to look outside  Sri Lanka for higher thinking religious minds. This includes Mr Cooray himself  - who is a Catholic. Mr Cooray has obviously sold his Equal rights to practice religion to Buddhist leaders. It is his right to protest against the implementation of Article 9 in majority Hindu area that Northern Sri Lanka is. As Mr Cooray has highlighted Mr Wigneswaran in his past position was a reputed judge. This means that he would have been respected for higher thinking relative to the average legal practitioner.
As highlighted yesterday, the First Amendment to the American Constitution  is reported to state:
[Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.]

Where, by law, the Government is higher than the citizen claim of Equal Opportunity becomes a mockery. If that is the Belief of Buddhists – then the effect of that could be offset by the opposite with Hindu Foremost in Tamil areas. It is the duty of every citizen to show opposition to unjust laws. Mr Wigneswaran’s expressions are effectively the parallel of the First Amendment which prohibits religious preference by the government. It is also the parallel of Equal Opposition Leadership of Tamil in National Parliament.  

Sri Lanka as a nation is not able to produce a true governor at national level. Provincial level Governance was born through the 13th Amendment, out of sacrifices made by Tamils. But by denying and/or limiting Administrative powers to elected members – the National level law makers have limited the provinces to local beliefs. Hence Mr Wigneswaran has the duty to uphold Dharma through the claim of Hindu Foremost in Northern Province. His handicap in structuring them into laws is due to his attachment to his judicial knowledge based largely to apply in non-religious areas. Mr Wigneswaran is more a governor than Mr Cooray. Both lack Administrative wisdom in Democracy.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

17 October 2018

PEN AMERICAN CENTER, INC v President of United States

The Intellectually active part of my brain was interested in the above matter. The report was channelled through American-Tamil Diaspora. The complaint has been filed with the United States District Court – in Southern District of New York. The Petition includes the following under paragraph 3 the following purpose:

[3. Plaintiff seeks a specific and narrow—but important—remedy for the President’s unconstitutional actions aimed at suppressing speech.  It seeks the entry of an Order (a) declaring that Defendant Trump’s retaliatory acts violate the First Amendment, and (b) enjoining Defendant Trump from directing any officer, employee, agency, or other agent or instrumentality of the United States government to take any action against any person or entity in retaliation for speech that the President or his Administration do not like]

The first Amendment is reported to state:

[Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.]

Under Facts, the Petitioner includes:
[24. Defendant Trump has repeatedly threatened to use the U.S. Postal Service (“Postal Service”) and its rate structure to retaliate against Jeff Bezos, the owner of the Washington Post (also referred to as “the Post”), whose coverage he dislikes.
25. On April 12, 2018, he followed through on his threats by signing an Executive Order directing the Postal Service to review its rates.  This Order, on information and belief, was aimed at Bezos’s company, Amazon, and was motivated by Defendant Trump’s displeasure at the reporting of Bezos’s other company, the Washington Post. 

26. From the beginning of his campaign for President, Defendant Trump has repeatedly attacked the Post for its coverage of him, calling it biased, fictitious, and “a disgrace to journalism.”  In a 2016 interview, he called the Post “a political instrument” that was writing “bad” and “wrong” stories “with no proper information,” and accused its reporters of writing a “false” book about him.  He has routinely called the Washington Post “fake news” and personally attacked its writers. ]

In terms of paragraph 24 the phrase ‘whose coverage he dislikes’ is not a fact. It is an opinion. When the alleged victim/s of this particular action – the ‘Amazon’ and/or  ‘Washington Post’ and/or Mr Jeff Bezos – make such a statement, on the basis of their own feelings expressed by using their cognitive ability – that feeling  becomes admissible as ‘fact’.  Such ‘facts’ have to be belief based and are usually submitted through Affidavits. Other facts that are measurable objectively – independent of the producers - speak for themselves and are therefore admissible as evidence. To express as fact – the likes and dislikes of Mr Trump, is in itself in breach of the First Amendment – which includes as offence - ‘abridging the freedom of speech’. Mr Trump is also a citizen entitled to express his likes and dislikes. Until he does so – it does not become ‘fact’. Paragraph 25 also is likewise inadmissible as presentation of ‘facts’ .  Paragraph 26 is about Mr Trump prior to him becoming President. The individual carries her/his Truth from one position to the next. The rights and wrongs in the new position cannot be measured through the yardstick of her/his old position.
The First Amendment starts with religion – that the Government is prohibited from respecting any particular religion. Respect confirms our sacrifices of benefits to include juniors travelling along a particular pathway. Since juniors would produce less the produce is commonly pooled. The sacrifices by those who produce more but enjoy at equal level as the junior – creates a ‘gap’ which is filled by respect for that senior. If a particular religion is respected by a Government – for example Buddhism in Sri Lanka – then by law, the government is junior to that religion. All  other religions therefore become juniors of such a government and more importantly of that religion ‘respected’ by the government.

Those driven by a particular religion, would have developed beliefs as per that religious pathway. Once we believe – we access Absolute power. But when such is graded – it becomes relative. An individual needs to be ‘free’ to exercise as per her/his Truth. That is a fundamental human right. Feelings are generated by Absolute power that the other person and I are One. If I express it towards a business outcome – then it is not belief based. When Service to the Public is provided  without the feeling that we are one – we need ‘Business Unit’ approach to confirm Separation and Equal status, to maintain Order. If we reverse the order – where People ‘tell’ Government – it damages the Sovereign power of the whole. Preventing such reversal is the function of the Government.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

16 October 2018

The Diaspora and Globalization

As per my experience, belief when expressed is a natural law. Hence members elected to Parliament on the basis of belief would make reliable laws.
The current controversy seems to be about compensation to militants:
[Gampaha District MP Sudarshini Fernandopulle yesterday said that compensation to those who took up arms against the State could never be endorsed under any circumstances.
Fernandopulle said that she was horrified by the ongoing moves to sanitise the LTTE and thereby encouraging those who still believed in dividing the country on ethnic lines.
The rebel SLFPer said that she had voted against the Office for Reparations Bill last Wednesday (Oct 10) to register her strong opposition to what she called the despicable project. "How could I vote for such a Bill knowing among those who may receive compensation were family members of the LTTE cadre responsible for her husband Jeyaraj’s assassination.] The Island article ‘Sudarshini: Compensation shouldn’t be paid to terrorists’

If compensation was denied on the basis of ‘militancy’ that also would divide the nation into those who use the law and those who use belief based emotions. Many members of Parliament, including those from Mrs Fernandopulle’s own party, are likely to be in the latter group. Majority Tamils affected by the war are bound to militants through family and cultural beliefs. Likewise, majority Sinhalese would be bound to the soldiers who include some whose conduct during war is being questioned by the UN and the International Community that UN governs. If the war issue is not settled during our times, we share our belief as heritage with the next generation. Any compensation through Common Principles and values of those who are Common to both groups, would weaken the separation genes that militants and their families carry. Many of us – driven by Common law above personal truth include militants in our work towards this merger.

Mrs Fernandopulle refers to the 2002 Ceasefire agreement as follows:

[Fernandopulle recollected how the LTTE used children in uniform in violent Pongu Thamil protests in the wake of the signing of the Ceasefire Agreement in Feb 2002.]

 The positive value from that Ceasefire Agreement was/is the ‘inclusion of experts from wider world’ who had come along the path of law. I myself was assigned to Tamil Eelam Health Service through UNDP. There are no identifiable outcomes from that but I learnt about the true needs of militants and more importantly that they did not want their children to follow in their footpath. I heard many combatants expressing their commitment to educating their family members to prevent them from becoming militants. That happened due to ‘Human Resource Compensation’ by the more educated Tamils from all over the world.  Those who went into the projects for self-glory – did not have this capacity to quietly compensate on the basis of real need. Believers see themselves through that group. Mrs Fenandopulle saw herself and I saw myself around the same time in the group.

One leading member of the Tamil Diaspora wrote to me in response to my yesterday’s article:

[Do you want to say you could be a good Tamil governor]

My response was:
[My message is – if you do not have the expertise – hire the experts. As for being a good Tamil Governor – I already am. Governor is one through whom the people see their Truth. Most in Northern Sri Lanka and Eastern Sri Lanka – with whom I engage – do see their Truth through me. Likewise, here in Australia. ]

One who believes and includes the other is a governor. To the extent of common belief with their  voters, all law-makers are governors. Where belief is lacking, one needs intellectual top-up to maintain the independence / sovereignty of the group. To the extent those whom I ‘include’ are open to me – they would inherit my commonness but only to the extent they believe in me and/or in that commonness. Relative to me, the husband of this MP – the Hon Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, also a Tamil and from whom this lady inherited the position of Minister of Highways and Road Development, is reported to have developed negative energy in terms of the UN:

[In August 2007 he launched a scathing attack against United Nation’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes terming him as a “terrorist who takes bribes from the LTTE.” When his remarks were condemned by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon he declared that “I don’t give a damn about what this UN boss has to tell me or Sri Lanka. He can say whatever he wants, but I will still go by what I said and that is, John Homes is a terrorist who takes bribes from the LTTE.” ] Wikipedia
The principle of reliable order is that one needs evidence to express beyond one’s belief.  If it were true that the LTTE did bribe, then the above would apply to ALL those who received LTTE bribes which may or may not include the UN Official. Any true investor in UN and/or global principles and values would naturally execute that ‘order’. As per my belief , Mr Jeyaraj, by being disrespectful of  the UN, actively contributed to the War-Crimes Resolution by the UN Human Rights Council:
[panel of experts appointed by United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) Ban Ki-moon to advise him on the issue of accountability with regard to any alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law during the final stages of the civil war found "credible allegations" which, if proven, indicated that war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed by the Sri Lankan military and the Tamil Tigers. The panel has called on the UNSG to conduct an independent international inquiry into the alleged violations of international law. The Sri Lankan government has denied that its forces committed any war crimes and has strongly opposed any international investigation. In March 2014 the United Nations Human Rights Council authorised an international investigation into the alleged war crimes] Wikipedia

Belief based Human Resource compensation is far higher and more powerful than cash-compensation. Tamils as a community have earned this at UN level and it would continue to be earned through the express pathway by every Tamil practicing UN laws and/or Truth through adherence to global principles and values. THIS is the higher opportunity that the Diaspora has.
Subjective power when used within our circle of Common Belief would work naturally – even though we may not be conscious of it. When used beyond that common belief – to ‘show’ - it dilutes this natural effectiveness and hence a government needs objectively measurable ‘evidence’ – as is the case with the new Counter Terrorism Bill.

The more the Sri Lankan Diaspora (including Sinhalese) invests in global principles and values – the stronger the heritage we share with our  respective Communities residing in Sri Lanka. The belief based network needs to be strong for such Natural passages of Energy-flow

Monday, 15 October 2018

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

15 October 2018

When Truth is the Basis of Law

The leader of the Opposition in Sri Lankan Parliament, the Hon Rajavarothiam Sampanthan is reported to have stated in Parliament that ‘confessions would no longer be admissible at the trial of a person charged with an offence under the new Counter Terrorism law and that the same position should be applied to those already charged based on confessions.’
I received also an email from the UK, under the Subject matter ‘DISGRACEFUL FEW OF POST WAR TAMIL DIASPORA’ ( highlighting the frustration faced by two sections of the Tamils community:
1.     Those who are used to the pathway of Law
2.     Those who are used to the pathway of outcomes
The true leadership of the two  is with the group that identifies with its Truth and therefore influences others Naturally through its Truth.
The interesting part for me is the Truth that I identify with in the above mentioned statement by Mr Sampanthan, embedded in the New Law. The Truth that I identify with is that the Judiciary no longer trusts the Executive driven by Armed Forces. This includes the law-abiding citizen and the politician who judges as per the law. Any law that is born out of our Truth would work naturally and through the process kill rebellious emotions. As I explained recently to a student of Northern Sri Lanka, Due Processes born out of our own structures – are outer forms of those who developed those structures, on the basis of their own Truth. When we change the form of that process we leave the influence of that Energy and replace it with our own. We then become outcome driven from that point onwards.
In his  Policy Paper ‘Counter Terrorism Legislation in Sri Lanka: Evaluating Efficacy’ N. Manoharan of East-West Center, Washington, recognizes:
Unlike  the JVP, the LTTE controlled territory of its own where the writ of the Sri Lankan state was not in existence and because of which the LTTE could strengthen itself. The LTTE was also a much stronger entity in terms of  organization, leadership, motivation and fighting capabilities. It was and  remains far superior to the JVP
I identify with the above as per my own experience with the LTTE. This is also the reason why those who have invested more in their generation leaders than in ancestral leaders  and/or common law which often includes ‘foreign’ elements, continue to recognize those leaders even though officially they may claim to be committed to Tradition and/or common law. Mrs Vijayakala Maheswaran is a recent example of this. The lady represents also majority in communities where the youth were attracted to Armed combat when their communities  became ‘sovereign’ due to disenfranchisement. The more educated Tamils emigrated to Colombo and beyond, the greater the risk of natural separation.

This natural separation has happened here in Australia also with the indigenous community. The new law according to  which ‘confessions’ are inadmissible, confirms the high level of subjective power within the armed forces which would lead to Eustress through abuse of power over those ‘outside’ their circle of belief. The more we recognize multiculturalism the greater the need for ‘external-evidence’ to uphold justice. Part of that judgment is not likely to be the Truth – but contribution to maintaining the pathway of law especially with externals.

The LTTE advantage over JVP was due to Tamils who did invest in Common Law adding their energies with them. This advantage was lost when they enforced their own rules on civilians – including those who invested in common education. Tamil investment in common pathways through education extended beyond the shores of Sri Lanka. Those who continue to respect education above all other avenues – would continue to send their Energies back to their heirs in Sri Lanka.
The true conflict created by the visit  of Mr Reginald Cooray – the Governor of Northern Province was between those who respected the educated pathway and therefore Peaceful Assembly to protest and those who sought to maintain their heritage through current contributions.
Likewise, in the case of LTTE prisoners in Sri Lanka and the Law abiding Tamils following the common path including through educational activities.

Those who inherit militant genes, need to invest more in Truth by being true to themselves and also be Transparent. The representative of Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam who participated in the above mentioned debate by IBC – made the accusation that one member of his opposition had been appointed by Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe. When asked to state the name of the person so appointed he failed. The strength of De Facto relationships and Governance is Transparency. One who fears to be marked wrong – confirms that her/his side is junior to the other which requires evidence with ‘outsiders’.

The TELO representative confirmed that the Governor was the President’s representative and therefore did not have the authority of the Tamils of Northern Province to approach Tamil Diaspora committed to the Tamil Community. I identify with this. But then what he failed to highlight – is that the current CM lacked the ability to work the system in North because he failed to harness the heritage of educated Tamils with such skills. I believe I am one of them and yet there was no engagement to share true energies by mutual respect. The current CM made it worse by ‘using’ the structure that I had developed in Thunaivi-Vaddukkoddai – to gain a political point. But the Truth is that the ceremony over which he presided was centred around cultural hall built by one on someone else’s property by LAW. THAT is how Truth exposes Itself.

The more educated the people of Northern Province become the less interested they would be in Eelam Only. The true sacrifices made by combatants would remain as their heritage – so long as there are folks who believe in them. The places where rape and sexual abuse is high – is lacking in such heritage. They need the official forces which are common and not Sinhala foremost. Towards this educational requirements of armed forces deployed in Minority  areas  need to be higher than those deployed in Majority areas. Likewise officers nominated directly by the Government. A non-Tamil Governor of Northern Province who is actually an Administrator as per the powers he has – needs to be educationally more qualified than the highest qualified Governor in Sinhalese dominated provinces.  The reason is lack of belief through sense of belonging. Belief generates common Order. Where belief is lacking, one needs to use active thinking and knowledge – to think common.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

12 October 2018

The real CM of Uva Province is a Tamil

I believe that when we are true to ourselves, the Truth supports us during the times of our need. Truth is Eternal and hence when we merge the net value of our recent work with our own Truth – the value is taken care of.  Most of us get  upset when a system fails to deliver as per our expectations. Those who abide by the laws and orders of their environment are likely to get upset when those systems fail us. They often fail because those in the system naturally use their own yardstick to measure us.
There is a Hindu lesson that when a human classified as ‘bad’ makes a report to the Lord – majority would be like the bad-human and v.v.  When the Mafia report to the Judge they would be incapable of using the same measure as the Police. But they would identify with other criminals when they are free to use their own measures. Hence a Police Force – that is ‘free’ of lawful thoughts becomes the Mafia. Likewise, professionals who work foremost for money and status – would not value the power of regulated thoughts.

The Sri Lankan civil wars in South, followed by North – have produced such ‘free’ thinkers –The final stages of the Sri Lankan civil war with Northerners, confirmed that the soldiers in the official army did not follow the laws of war. The soldiers in Vanni not only outnumbered the combatants but had more weapons in their custody. Most of all they were free of ‘supervision’ of law. Had they been handicapped by the law – they would not have beaten the LTTE which was already ‘free’ of civilian control. So the official Armed forces won by becoming De Facto in their thinking. Now the Civil Administration is apprehensive of this power of Armed Forces without commitment to Law and Order.

The case of Mrs Vijayakala Maheswaran confirms this pattern within Tamil community. Some who invested in Vidya Sivaloganathan’s matter have used our true investment in law and order to clean the Northern official system of its impurities. This is confirmed by the following report:
[The Kayts Magistrate’s Court has ordered the arrest of the police officer, who allegedly aided and abetted in the escape of the suspects arrested in connection with the gang-rape and murder of a schoolgirl in Jaffna, and to produce him before the court.
The police officer in question, a Sub-Inspector (SI) named Sundaresan Srigajan, had been attached to the Jaffna police station at the time.

The order was issued by the Kayts Magistrate A. Judson when the case against the former Senior DIG of Jaffna Lalith Jayasinghe, who is also charged of aiding and abetting the suspects in connection with the gang rape and murder of Sivaloganathan Vidya, was taken up yesterday (10).]

Thus far, Mrs Maheswaran has not been disciplined by the Courts over her role in this matter. Mrs Maheswaran acted as if she was not bound by the laws and regulations of the official system. The Jaffna Courts failed in their duty to punish the Minister before punishing the DIG. Truth prevailed later to satisfy those who could identify with the failure in Jaffna Court system which failed to uphold the Truth that it had discovered. The positive Energy of those who used the one measure for the Minister and the DIG – manifested as disorder in Mrs Maheswaran who promoted LTTE. One gets the behaviour one rewards.

In contrast one admires the courage of Southern Tamil without high level portfolio disciplining the Chief Minister of her Uva province - Chamara Sampath Dasanayake:
[The Principal of Badulla Tamil Girls’ Maha Vidyanala, R. Bhavani, had filed a fundamental rights petition against Uva Province Chief Minister and several others for summoning her to the former’s house and allegedly forcing her to kneel before him, for refusing to enroll a child of one of his supporters, recommended by the Chief Minister.]

To my mind, the true investment we made in Law and Order has gone to empower this Southern Lady who is respecting the Court Process even though she is a member of minority in that region. I pray that Lord Muruga Who also has Residence in Uva province to help her maintain her courage and be the real Chief Ministerial power in that area.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

11 October 2018

Article 9 or Article 14(1)(e) for the Vice Chancellor of Hindu University?

The validity of  Article 9 is to be tested before the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka:
[Shrine Room matter:
SC orders Jaffna VC and others to be noticed
The Supreme Court yesterday directed the petitioners to send notices on the Vice Chancellor of the Jaffna University and several others to appear in court on December 5 regarding a Fundamental Rights petition filed by five students for allegedly penalizing them for bringing a Budu Kutiya to the Vavuniya Campus.
Five students including four Sinhala Buddhists and a Tamil Hindu student attached to the Faculty of Business Studies in Vavuniya Campus of the Jaffna University filed this petition complaining that the university administration is continuously harassing, victimizing and penalizing them for their suspected involvement in bringing the Budu Kutiya (Wooden structure for the placement of a Buddha statue) to the Vavuniya Campus by keeping them indefinitely out of bounds of the Vavuniya Campus.] – Daily News
As per the above report, the petition has been filed on the basis of Article 14(1)(e). This article provides as follows:
14. (1) Every citizen is entitled to –
(e) the freedom, either by himself or in association with others, and either in public or in private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching;
Article 9 provides Buddhism the foremost place 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).]
Article 10 states:
[10. Every person is entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including the freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice.]
It is highlighted that this article does not say ‘express’.
The manifestation is approved by article 14 (1)(e).
Such manifestation by a non-Buddhist therefore does not have to demonstrate compliance with Buddha Sasana and therefore Buddhism foremost. A Buddhist has to  foster  Buddha Sasana but at the same time not block the belief based manifestation of another religion.
The responsibility to uphold Article 9 is with the Buddhists in the group and not the non-Buddhists. As per the report:
[The petitioners cited Vice Chancellor of the Jaffna University Prof. Ratnam Vigneswaran, Dr. T. Mangaleswaran, P. Priyadarshan and six others including the Minister of Higher Education as respondents.
The petitioners stated that as the Vesak Poya was falling on April 29, 2018, the students had planned to bring the Buddha statue and later placed it in the Budu Kutiya and celebrated the Vesak Festival. They allege that the third respondent, a Sub Warden came there and asked the students to take it out of the campus premises.]
The University of Jaffna is a Hindu University and has Lord Natraj / Shiva  temple in confirmation. It stands on Hindu Sacred grounds.
It is my understanding that here in Australia, Christian schools are allowed to refuse employment on the basis or religious tenets. This confirms that belief cannot be overridden by simple logic based on non-religious laws.
If Article 14(1)(e) is the measure used – then Buddhism foremost becomes passive and cannot be exercised on behalf of the State by the Courts. It is indeed the responsibility of Buddhists to ensure that non-Buddhists are facilitated to practice their religion before they uphold Buddha Sasana.  
As per my knowledge Professor Ratnam Vigneswaran is a Hindu. He is not responsible to facilitate Buddhists to practice Buddhism in a Hindu University. The way Sri Lanka is labelled a Buddhist country – University of Jaffna that was formed through Hindu power is entitled to be recognized as Hindu University – the same way Australian-Christian schools are exempted on the basis of their Christian Sasana/tenets.
The third respondent who asked that the Buddhist symbol be removed was well within her/his rights to do so in a Hindu University. If in addition, s/he is a non-Buddhist – then the Buddhist in the group had the responsibility to clear the block in thinking about his religion towards practicing it. THAT would be the Buddhist tenet of Ahimsa (non-violence) – to a genuine Buddhist seeker – looking within Buddhism for the True solution to practice Buddhism in a multi-religious society. One who has the exemption is not entitled to the common pathway as well.  If Buddhists seek to be governed by Article 14(1)(e) – then they must first fight to repeal Article 9 exemption. Can’t have it both ways.

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

11 October 2018

Standardization Root Cause of Ethnic Problem

The way our brain works varies as per the level of thinking. The deeper our belief in the system of education, the higher the thinking structure. A minority group needs this higher thought structure to maintain its Equal status with majority group. Reacting and taking revenge leads to separation and we then lose the opportunity to demonstrate minority power.
Standardization through Quota system to enter University is considered to be at the core of the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka. Is it the root cause of Separation claim by Tamil militants?
Yesterday a member (of Sinhalese origin) of the Sri Lankan Engineering Alumni wrote as follows:
[1969 was a watershed in University admissions. We were the last to enter on a first past the post basis. The revocation of this method of admission based on the motive of helping the “disadvantaged and underprivileged” continues to remain unresolved.] –
My response to the above was as follows:
{Some of us call it the ETHNIC PROBLEM strengthened through the Quota system. Wikipedia presents the picture as follows:
["In 1971, a system of standardisation of marks was introduced for admissions to the universities, obviously directed against Tamil-medium students (referred to earlier). K.M. de Silva describes it as follows:
'The qualifying mark for admission to the medical faculties was 250 (out of 400) for Tamil students, whereas it was only 229 for the Sinhalese. Worse still, this same pattern of a lower qualifying mark applied even when Sinhalese and Tamil students sat for the examination in English. In short, students sitting for examinations in the same language, but belonging to two ethnic groups, had different qualifying marks.'
He observes that by doing this in such an obviously discriminatory way, 'the United Front Government of the 1970s caused enormous harm to ethnic relations.'
This was not the end; in 1972 the 'district quota system' was introduced, again to the detriment of the Sri Lankan Tamil people. The (Sinhalese) historian C.R. de Silva wrote:
'By 1977 the issue of university admissions had become a focal point of the conflict between the government and Tamil leaders. Tamil youth, embittered by what they considered discrimination against them, formed the radical wing of the Tamil United Liberation Front. Many advocated the use of violence to establish a separate Tamil state of Eelam. It was an object lesson of how inept policy measures and insensitivity to minority interests can exacerbate ethnic tensions .']
The quota system is the parallel of Buddhism Foremost Article (9) in the Constitution. Yet, none of you discuss this issue to plough back into the Sri Lankan University system. Next year – are you going to celebrate the death of merit based system to University education? }

I expect a University Alumni to research and discover Truth through a problem common to them. Otherwise, it is merely a fun group and does not develop heritage in higher education.
As per my knowledge – the majority entrants to  Engineering Faculty of Peradeniya, in 1970 were Tamils. By then the Suyabasha (Suya = One’s own; Basha = language) system of education was in place and the above would have sent a clear message of
 Majority Tamils would see this as the reason for Standardisation in 1971. It may have been a Political move to show ‘thank you’ to the voters within majority race. On the other hand,  it may have been due to use of ‘First past the post’ method in taxes that fund the University system. In other words, the group that pays more money gets preference to such facilities. The basis then effectively is ‘I see and I believe’.
Education at primary and secondary levels is essential like health etc. But at Tertiary level – it needs to be competitive – as demonstrated by one’s grades. When  merit is replaced by   Commonness  as an essential service – the standards are lowered to that extent. Tamils automatically lowered their goals by refusing to accept the pain which according to their experience was discrimination. The lower the mind structure the stronger the urge to take revenge. Once the pain is balanced with thought of revenge – there is dilution of ‘commonness’. The acceptance of a separate Tamil University confirmed this separation. The standards of that University of Jaffna have also been lowered, relative to the standard of those who qualified in the Common Universities where merit was the measure.
But the investment of those who did not take revenge but continued to aim high – did not vanish. The more the standards were lowered to make the system one of convenience to primary level readers and voters – the stronger this investment in merit based system became. This was confirmed in 1977 and 2015 – through National level elections in which Tamils became the Equal Opposition in  Parliament.
The fact that the party that scored the second highest votes in 2015 formed the De Facto Opposition Leadership (Joint Opposition) confirms their inability to work the merit based system at the higher level.  
As per Sri Lanka Guardian article ‘Northern Province Governor Meets London Tamils’, the representative of Central Government in North stated as follows:
[My twin objectives are to offer the younger generation the power of a good education and to escalate Technological Innovation, to make the North, the powerhouse of Sri Lanka]
A Governor’s mind needs to be ‘still’. An Administrator’s mind needs to be active. The above confirms that the President’s mind is that of an Executive President’s mind in terms of Northern Province.  A Governor has no more goals to achieve; but has the duty to confirm the Truth of the Governed through her/his own Truth.
Truth is the root cause of our actions. The above claims the lack of ability to stay within one’s space – but infiltrate into Administration which is the responsibility of the Chief Minister. The report states further:
[The meeting was followed by speakers who outlined their projects for development of the North.
Among them was a presentation by Prof.I.M.Dharmadasa BSc.PhD,CPhys.FInst.P.FWIF of the Materials and Engineering Research Institute, Sheffield Hallam University, who with video presentation, outlined the innovations of Solar Power in Mullativiu and other Districts of the Northern Province, to make Sustainable Development, a goal for the future.
There was a question and answer session which followed the Governor’s talk.]
Mullaitivu where the final phase of the battle against militants happened – is haunted by Tamil victims who suffered most due to the war.  Even a Tamil investor would need to first offset that pain and loss – to invoke the Tamil minds towards technical skills, leave alone professional expertise needed to manage large enterprises. Prof.I.M.Dharmadasa by name is Sinhalese. He would need much more than a Tamil to clear the sins of standardization that contributed strongly to separation urges and therefore the war.
Those Tamils who migrated to Western countries owe their loyalty to those elders who had the forbearance to continue to follow the merit based pathway despite the discrimination pain loss. They are the ones with the power to work the merit based system. Once Tamils in Sri Lanka connect to that power – the Tamil Diaspora would stay away from the descendants and beneficiaries of standardization – which may include the current Governor of Northern Province but not the current Chief Minister. All that Mr Wigneswaran has to do now is act as the Governor. His true descendants would do the rest. They are not likely to be found in Jaffna University.