19 June 2020
India Jaffna China
I thought about the philosophy of karma in relation to significant experiences in my life. I reconfirmed to myself that the ‘unknown’ intervention was due to my past karma which in my case has been net positive. Through the lives of others known to me I am able to identify that when we become passive in current life, our past takes-over. A good example is our family’s investment in our temple in Sangrathai-Thunaivi – which is part of the District of Vaddukoddai where the first political declaration of Self-Governance was made in 1976. As per the Island report headed TNA puts forth two sets of proposals for N&E; ITAK Leader initiates talks in Waddukoddai, Jaffna’ :
[Talks commenced at Waddukoddai, Jaffna, on Saturday (13), with the participation of ten former TNA MPs. ITAK leader Mavai Senathiraja chaired the meeting. Among those who participated at the discussions were TNA spokesperson Sumanthiran and PLOTE leader Dharmalingham Siddarthan]
On the same day I wrote about how karma will work in relation to China:
[If China invokes Silk Road India will Invoke Eela Mandalam
Today is St Anthony’s feast. I dedicate this article to St Anthony who has always answered my prayers.
We tend to interpret what happens at three levels – through the physical, intellectual logic and through belief. We refer to each layer as Mandalam. This was used as follows by the Chola dynasty in South India:
[A mandalam (maṇḍalam meaning circle; also known as pāḍi) was the largest territorial division in the Chola state. At its height, the state was divided into nine mandalams which included areas in Sri Lanka and other conquered areas. The two core mandalams were Chola-mandalam and Jayangondachola-mandalam……
When Raja Raja Chola I annexed the northern part of Sri Lanka, he named the area Mummudicholamandalam which was also known as Ilamandalam or Izhamandalam. Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa were the major settlements in the region.] Wikipedia
These are lateral Administrative divisions. When one believes at the root level as per today’s structure – the heritage leads that person. That is how the above passage came to me when I sought to respond to ‘1st meeting of China-Sri Lanka Belt and Road Political Parties Joint Consultation Mechanism held’ article by ‘Ending Poverty in China’ news medium.]
It is significant that Polannaruwa is included as part of the Tamil dynasty of Lanka known as Eela Mandalam. Polannaruwa is the homeland of immediate past President of Lanka during whose presidency Muslim extremists bombed common areas. One who fights for homeland would fight to defend and not attack.
To the extent India facilitated armed rebellion to protect Tamil Homeland, its past positive investment in Lanka would have been activated to Energise those who benefited from that rule. This includes those to whom Polannaruwa and Anuradhapura are homelands. By taking his oaths at Ruwanweliseya, Anuradhapura, the current president invoked the Tamil Homeland power. This was facilitated by those who believe/d in the whole of Sri Lanka as per its current borders. Since Mr Rajapaksa relied on past and therefore promised to withdraw from the commitment to current global values through the UN, the borders were redrawn as per his oath in the sacred city. Tamils and Muslims to whom their current areas are homelands – empowered this separation.
As per current news reports the question being asked is as to on whose side Sri Lanka will be if there was war between China and India. A genuine study of the forces that gave birth to the current division is needed to project the consequences of an alliance.
As per my belief, China’s current alienation began with it activating its past for current economic purposes. Hence the Silk Road which is listed as ‘world heritage site’ invoked the global pandemic. When it is belief based the believer’s form is the right form. Someone else may give it another reason but so long as that is also belief based – that would be right for that environment.
If Silk Road is right for the ‘heritage’ environment – then when given for in the current environment – it would invoke its partners including in opposition now. As per UNESCO report about the heritage:
[The series of Buddhist pagodas and large, elaborate cave temples extending from Kucha (now Kuqa County) in the west to Luoyong in the east, record the eastward transmission of Buddhism from India via Karakorum, and demonstrate an evolution in the design of stupas as local ideas were absorbed.
Karakorum : The Karakoram is a mountain range spanning the borders of India, Pakistan and China with the northwest extremity of the range extending to Afghanistan and Tajikistan. It begins in the Wakhan Corridor (Afghanistan) in the west and encompasses the majority of Gilgit-Baltistan (Pakistan) and extends into Ladakh (India) and the disputed Aksai Chin region controlled by China.]
To my mind, it is no coincidence that the Pandemic problem has extended to Ladakh based border problem between India and China.
Since Buddha was born in India Lanka has the duty to respect India as the senior in this relationship and China as an equal junior. If India is respected as the senior – then the heritage power would support Lanka through global partnerships. If due to the money from China, Lanka becomes China’s junior – India will be assisted by Tamils to mentally redraw the borders through areas of influence – offered and accepted. The ancient powers towards this purpose would weaken Lankan Buddhist minds to become juniors of Indian Buddhist minds.
Heritages are Sovereign powers. Hence here in Australia, we pay our respects to the original owners of the land and this I believe protected us from major harm through the pandemic as well as racial conflict. Likewise Northern Sri Lanka which by belief is closely linked to South India than to China. Every Sovereign Unit confirms heritage to its owner.
As per Defence Lanka news report headed ‘Defence Secretary visits Jaffna to review security situation’:
[Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne has visited Jaffna to review the security situation and the military’s support to mitigate the spread of coronavirus outbreak in the North, today.
The high-level defence delegation, including acting Chief of Defence Staff and Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva, who is the Head of the National Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak, Sri Lanka Navy Commander Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva, Sri Lanka Air Force Commander Air Marshal Sumangala Dias, acting Inspector General of Police, C. D. Wickramaratne, Security Forces Commanders of Jaffna, Mullaittivu and Kilinochchi, Division Commanders, Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police for North, Deputy Inspector General of Police for North and a few more officials, accompanied the Defence Secretary in his visit to Jaffna.]
Was that the purpose or was it to ‘show’ China that Jaffna was under their control? Article 3 of the Sri Lankan Constitution states:
[In the Republic of Sri Lanka sovereignty is in the People and is inalienable. Sovereignty includes the powers of government, fundamental rights and the franchise.]
As per the Franchise exercised by the People of Northern Province – the above group whose leader is Mr Gothabaya Rajapaksa – has no access to the Sovereign powers of the People of Northern Province as demonstrated by the exercise of the Universal Franchise. The powers of the current government are limited to security issues and during this covid19 period Jaffna did not rank high in the need for security – relative to other areas where the curfew was disregarded by civilians. The only reason that would require such a visit seems to be fear of India and its natural influence over Tamil Politicians who gathered in the Tamil Political Capital of Vaddukoddai.