04 December 2019
19th AMENDMENT IS THE WILL OF THE UNP GOVERNMENT
Carrie MathisonCarrie Mathison assumes in the course of her work in foreign/Middle Eastern/Islamic war zones.
Recently, an American journalist displayed high risk of bipolar disorder when he effectively ‘ordered’ me to remove him from my email list. He came into that particular list due to his writings about Sri Lanka’s internal war. By ‘disciplining’ him to do it himself –I reduced such a risk. This kind of ‘excitement’ happens in areas affected by war – into which money is pumped to ‘show’ progress rather than recovery. The new Sri Lankan President’s emphasis on Development instead of Devolution in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka strongly indicates this kind of risk.
I am often ‘mistaken’ by Northern Sri Lankans looking for handouts in the mistaken thinking that they would get over their pain through new money. I insist that they earn what they get including through paying respects to donor systems. From time to time, I have to ‘pause’ and help the folks in need ‘come out of their desires for quick answers’ and feel the need as if I was not there. I am able to do so because I do not desire to ‘show’ anyone any progress. If I did have that desire – I would be a dual citizen and not common global citizen.
A highly respected journalist who as per my assessment is global minded wrote in response to my yesterday’s article ‘SRI LANKA’S NATURAL POWERS:
[You have said that LTTE was influenced by minds outside Sri Lanka including Indian minds. I think it is not fully correct. Prabakaran was influenced more by his close aides in his hideout and perhaps some of his people settled outside in London like Balasingham. But even Balasingham had his limits.]
Prabakaran produced his own outputs and to the extent he failed to attribute credit to those who resourced him – he had the duty to demonstrate respect for them. This did not include New Delhi – any more than the new Lankan President not attributing credit to the UNP for the 19th Amendment, which naturally opened the connection to the Democratic nations in the West.
If minds do not merge – laterally as Equals or vertically as seniors-juniors, apparent economic progress would not be sustained. In fact it is likely to lead to radicalization and/or strengthen radicalization that already exists. When minds merge – whatever we do in one part of the world would be returned naturally through any part of the merged world.
To my mind, the provisions of the 19th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution, when actively practiced, would facilitate travel through the pathway. Making commodities of resources blocks such pathways and isolates us.
The new President needs to develop higher pathways than existing ones, if global investment in Sri Lanka is to make Sri Lankans feel they are Equals to any other nation and not juniors. Truth is the basis of any relationship – including in journalism driven by Sri Lankan wars.
In terms of diverse culture of Jaffna - FACTSHEET – UPR 2017 – SRI LANKA 3rd CYCLE UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW, states the following:
[Jaffna Matrimonial Rights and Inheritance Orinance of 1947 disables women subject to Thesawalamai law from entering into contracts without the express approval of their husband.]
Section 6 of the above Ordinance states:
All movable or immovable property to which any woman married after the commencement of this Ordinance may be entitled at the time of her marriage, or which she may during the subsistence of the marriage acquire or become entitled to by way of gift or inheritance or by conversion of any property to which she may have been so entitled or which she may so acquire or become entitled to, shall, subject and without prejudice to the trusts of any will or settlement affecting the same, belong to the woman for her separate estate, and shall not be liable for the debts or engagements of her husband, unless incurred for or in respect of the cultivation, upkeep, repairs, management, or improvement of such property, or for or in regard to any charges, rates, or taxes imposed by law in respect thereof, and her receipts alone or the receipts of her duly authorized agent shall be a good discharge for the rents, issues, and profits arising from or in respect of such property. Such woman shall, subject and without prejudice to any such trusts as aforesaid, have as full power of disposing of and dealing with such property by any lawful act inter vivos without the consent of the husband in case of movables, or with his written consent in the case of immovables, but not otherwise, or by last will without consent, as if she were unmarried.
The recommendation by the UPR included the following:
[6. Amend all Personal Laws, including the Muslim, Kandyan and Tesawalamai Personal Laws, to remove discriminatory provisions regulating ownership, inheritance, transfer and disposal of land and property, as well as provisions regulating legal capacity, marriage, divorce, and child custody.]