Gajalakshmi Paramasivam – 03 July 2015
Sole to Soul for Sri Lankans
Despite being an Australian citizen by law – I was listed as ‘Sri Lankan’ by the Police who arrested me for Peaceful Assembly. Their true observation at sight was that I was Indian. They recorded this in their worksheets. Given that they did not know anything else about me – for example my work and why I was there – they heard the other side – mind to mind – that I was considered trouble by the University Security Guard who summoned them and did so on behalf of the Vice Chancellor. The Police thus became part of the University hierarchy.
It is highly unlikely that to a white officer – an Indian / Asian and a White Australian – commonly referred to as ‘Australian’ - would be of Equal status. Making us Common as Australians was the first Affirmative Action needed by the officer to confirm practice of Equal Opportunity principle through establishment of Racial Equality at the ‘seen’ level. Even to majority migrants of Indian / Asian origin – Australian is of higher status than Indian/Asian – until inner knowledge through experience says otherwise. A truly global person would first bring about a level footing – so the Truth could be observed. If the Australian Officer thought that I was Australian s/he would have recorded that in the ‘Nationality’ field in the documents. Except for Magistrate Smith – other Judges before whom the matter went – did not express/indicate that they saw anything wrong with such a description.
Today (03 July 2015) I received the following confirmation of the above discrimination from the parallel of the Australian Police - a high ranking retired Sri Lankan Army Officer living outside Sri Lanka – as part of the Sinhalese Diaspora. The parallel of ‘Australian’ is ‘Sri Lankan’ and the parallel of Indian / Asian is Muslim/Tamil:
To my mind, if our Australian Prime Minister is serious about contributing to global values – then persons such as the above must be denied entry into Australia. Such persons would suit ‘Sinhala only’ state. Islamic State is the parallel of ‘Sinhala only’ and ‘White Australia only’ which we have moved out of in terms of policy as well as practice at higher levels of management. Likewise - to the extent ‘Tamil Only’ is used for or against an Australian by law – it is unlawful and those with strong tendencies to do so must be dismissed by Australian authorities. This has never been the case as per my knowledge. ‘Tamil only’ believers / supporters keep declaring their beliefs and opinions in Australia within their own circles. Unless therefore they use it against a fellow Australian such expressions are expressions of freedom of Belief – just like the Vaddukoddai Resolution 1976 was. One side is expressed today – knowing that tomorrow would surface the other side. To my mind that was what Vaddukoddai Resolution was about. It was the consolidated form of the work done by Tamils for which there was not recognition on Equal footing - in the Sri Lankan official structures. Whether the Government accepted it or not – Natural Justice did and hence the Equal Opposition position in National Parliament. If separated – they do become Two Nations. If taken together they are two Equal sides of One Nation.
I was born in Jaffna where majority (almost all) spoke Tamil. When I went to live in Colombo I learnt Sinhalese for functional purposes – not because I had to but I wanted to – especially wanted to be a good boss to those whom I supervised at the workplace and at home. Most of them were of rural origins. Northern Province of which Jaffna is Capital – was a lawfully separate part to Western Province of which Colombo is Capital. Hence using the above ‘Dutch’ ruling – Sinhalese by law should learn Tamil when they reside in Northern Sri Lanka.
It is interesting that the above ‘Sinhalese Only’ activist used ‘Tamil’ instead of Hindu. Belief does not come from language alone. If we are using language or other surface attribute - we need to ‘see’ the Equal other side to complete the picture and then go to the root to find the Truth that projected the big picture. Hence in Democratic Parliament – we have the Equal Opposition to ‘show’ the other side – the Citizen’s side to the Government. Where there is multicultural production – we need even numbers to make up the full picture. This I believe was the 50:50 representation that Tamil Political Guru – the Hon G.G. Ponnambalam recommended. That belief based expression was made officially in 1939 - during British Rule. To my mind, it is a Political expression of the need for Equal Opportunity Law.
If we use surface / physical aspect – then we need Equal Other side to reflect Truth. Hence in the personification of Hindu philosophy – Lord Muruga has 6 faces. Only when we take equal amounts of what happened as seen from various angles – would we be able to picture the manifestation of Truth. The five senses are represented by the five faces of Muruga and our surface memory makes up the sixth aspect. When they are taken Equally – the full picture evolves. Likewise in any cultural separations – including between the Executive and the Judiciary. Where there are natural separations due to culture – the true picture is formed only when the different cultures are represented at Equal level. If at the physical level the numbers in one culture are more than the other – as Sinhalese are more than Tamils in Sri Lanka – there needs to a coalition of minorities to make up the other side or renunciation of the excess by majority – to give form to the True Common picture. If this is not done – the picture that evolves is false and misleading. Where this is not likely to happen – due to majority not accepting it – the law must facilitate the ‘gap’ and raise the platform of minority to become Equal. In Sri Lanka – we have three languages – English, Tamil and Sinhalese. We need a fourth language to make it even at the surface level if indeed all are facilitated equal space and time to complete the national picture. Where this balance cannot be reached those to whom Tamil and English are mother languages (as it is to many Burghers) – must join forces and draw on their Truth as the law to fill the gap. Likewise Muslims. Tamils to go it alone – need/needed deep belief. This sometimes takes physical separation and hence ‘Tamil Eelam’ claim. The loss of life in the pursuit of Equal footing adds strength to the side that suffered more.
I say it is interesting because on time basis Buddhists are minorities to Hindus. Lord Buddha was born a Hindu. In addition – Lord Muruga of Kathirgamam is worshipped by a large number of Buddhists. The way ‘Sinhala only’ group tries to overtake Tamils in offices – in Religious Kathirgamam down South – during my lifetime a huge Buddha statue was erected at the entrance to the Hindu Shrine on top of Kathirgamam Hill. It hurt me very much for it is interference with Hindu belief and the status it has at that point through years of belief-based worship. The priests at the Murugan temple at ground level – are Sinhalese. This is fine. But they cannot be Buddhists more than Hindus - to be priests at a Hindu temple. The reason is Belief and the Common Form of expression of that belief. When manifested at the same time – one person’s belief can have only one physical form – as in one of the five senses. To make it common – Hindu as well as Buddhist – there needs to be two persons with Equal footing making up the picture. If there is only one priest – that priest has to be believer of the pathway of that Deity personifying a particular philosophy. If it is brought under Buddhist leadership – it is in breach of the Sovereignty of that religion.
Every Sinhalese politician who seeks the blessings of Lord Muruga of Kathirgamam - is promising to uphold Equality at cultural level. If a Dutch Politician prayed at Kathirgamam – s/he also likewise is promising to uphold multicultural Equality. The Dutch of 17th Century who codified Thesawamalai Customary Law of Northern Sri Lanka - did just that. Politicians who pray at Murugan temples and enforce Unitary culture through majority power – are revealing not only that they do not believe in Murugan personifying multiculturalism on Equal footing but also that they do not consider their own religion to be sufficient to convince their voters of their divinity.