Common Sri Lankan Tamil
Many members of the
Tamil Diaspora drew my attention to media write-ups regarding the biopic film –
‘800’ about Sri
Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan. I believe I am an elder in the Sri
Lankan Tamil community. Who is an ‘elder’? - One who is able to invoke natural
powers of sovereignty in the community. When I am driven by my true experience,
the truth in that experience merges with
Universal truth and hence the Universal Franchise in democracy.
The simple example of
me being an elder in the family is the motivational force through which I share
my skills with younger members naturally and without current efforts. To my
mind that is the heritage value which empowers both in common. All that the
young ones need to do is to respect the elders and the Energy of the elder is
shared with the young heir as common mind structure. That Universal Energy
works independent of the person who generated it. It could be positive or
negative. If we are active in the current environment as per its rules – any
negative Energy remains dormant.
As per that truth, I
could not identify with some claims by Mr Kuna Kaviyalahan in
relation to Muttiah Muralitharan and
his position in Sri Lanka’s national cricket team. Kaviyalahan for
example, claims that Muralitharan
was the only Tamil to get a place in the national team and that that was due to
his closeness to the Rajapaksa family. Immediately my karmic mind surfaced to
remind me about Sridharan Jeganthan who was our neighbour in Colombo. Back then
I considered it a great achievement. But such Tamils are left out by the likes
of Kaviyalahan who seems to indulge in brainwashing members of the Tamil
Diaspora ready to be influenced by the sensationalism of the media handed out
as free knowledge. A simple Google search would have confirmed that there were
about 10 Tamils in the National cricket team of Sri Lanka. All of them would
have faced challenges in various forms to get there. Hill country Tamils’
pathway would have been different to that of the Jaffna Tamils’ who excelled in
Public Administration and a few in the Judiciary.
I concluded that to the likes of Kaviyalahan, I was
not an elder. Likewise all of the above Jaffna Tamils. His analyses will
therefore be without the support of Jaffna elders’ common philosophy. I learnt recently
through Indian medium that philosophy meant ‘Love of wisdom’. It made sense.
From time to time those in public life referred to my work as being
philosophical. I identify with it. One who writes the truth is being
philosophical. Truth & Love are different names for Common Energy.
film is his truth – then it is healthy for Sri Lanka which is seriously damaged
due to ethnic divide. Muralitharan’s truth may not seem right or of positive
value to some in the Tamil diaspora. Kaviyalahan for example seems to
classify Muralitharan as Indian
Tamil and not Eelam Tamil. This confirms separatism and not commonness. Using
the same basis – one has the obligation to rule out all militants trained by
India, free of charge, as Indian militants. More importantly those who were
funded by India’s Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MGR, through LTTE leader
Prabhakaran, also become Indian Tamil militants. Only an elder in the family
has the right to fund juniors. Prabhakaran confirmed this by addressing MGR as
Anna/elder brother and Mr Wigneswaran
confirmed that Prabhakaran was his junior / Thambi in politics. The political
role of Mr Wigneswaran is therefore
taken as that of militant politics. It was strongly infected by separatism due
to living off the past – a past from which LTTE separated themselves when they
killed Tamil politicians.
naturally inherit from Hill Country Tamils like the Hon Arumugan Thondaman who was highly honoured
by the Rajapaksas. Heirs of Tamil militants do not have the right to classify
those outside their circle. They have the right to play the adversarial role at
their level. They have the duty to leave ‘judgment’ on behalf of the community,
to common Sri Lankan Tamil elders like myself.
Often latest arrivals
in Sri Lanka from India’s Tamil Nadu are classified as Indian Tamils. Their
parallels in the new nations that we have migrated to are ‘Asians’ or ‘Indians’.
This includes majority in the Tamil Diaspora. As per the system of karma – we receive
in these countries that which we dish out in the areas where we think we are
the rulers. This means that Natural Justice will settle the score including in
relation to alleged war crimes. To the extent both sides did it – the claim is
merely philosophical in terms of global management.