09 December 2020
DUAL CITIZENS & HALF CITIZENS
As a person of Sri Lankan origin,
living as Australian most of the time, it is quite natural that I would be
strongly influenced by Diaspora power as well as influence Diaspora power . I believe that we have to be One minded when
making contributions at policy level, on the basis of what is happening currently in our nations of
origin. As per Australian Constitution, Dual citizens are prevented from becoming
parliamentarians. To my mind this is due to the high risk of using one country’s
intelligence to benefit oneself in another country. Often members of the
Diaspora take advantage of their links with high level members of the
government of the country they left behind to impress the ordinary members in
Diaspora groups who seem to have been their juniors in the former country.
My concerns were therefore raised
when I read the SBS report headed ‘‘Save farmers, save nation’:
Indian-Australians hold protest against farm bills in Melbourne’:
[The opposition of the three newly
enacted farm bills by the Indian Parliament echoed in the streets of Melbourne
on Sunday when a group of Indian-Australians launched a peaceful protest
against the new legislations in a show of solidarity with the Indian farmers.]
In principle this is
in breach of the Dual Citizenship law in the Australian constitution. A good
proportion of the protestors are Sikhs, who like Tamils and Muslims in Sri
Lanka have striven for independence as a minority community. As per my observations,
minorities who live within their community culture, often develop sense of
ownership in that space more quickly than those who live in large multicultural
areas. The deeper the feeling of oneness, the less the attachment with the
physical form. Root cause is this invisible ownership cause.
So long as this
ownership is applied within the boundaries of that culture, it is fine. But
often, it is applied beyond. In the Sri Lankan war, separation was the motive
of the armed leadership of minorities whilst assimilation was confirmed to be
the motive of the Sinhala-Buddhist government. The Australian parallel was ‘White
Only’ immigration policy.
If separation was
successful, Tamils living in multicultural areas would have lost their
multicultural identity or become a separate group within the Tamil community.
Likewise Sinhalese. Likewise,
Australians of Indian origin who have invested in multicultural values.
True ownership is
experienced and ‘shown’ only when needed by the whole. The deeper the
experience, the more wholesome the feeling of ownership. Such ownership
naturally prevents excessive ‘shows’.
agreement with Government of China in relation to Belt & Road Initiative,
followed by the Coronavirus issues have now led to new laws:
[A leading academic has labelled Australian states and
territories a 'weak link' in rebuffing foreign interference and called for the
establishment of state-based national security units.
It comes after legislation permitting the
Australian government to review and scrap state, territory, local council and
public university deals with other nations passed federal parliament on
To the extent the
state leaders believe that their actions needs of Australia in common, their engagement with
governments of other nations would benefit the whole. But where the actions
produce competitive outcomes that affect relationships with other states, it is not based on belief . It is relative and
is therefore not protected by the powers of belief. This was a lesson we learnt through the
Coronavirus when each state of Australia made its own decisions as per its
specific experience. That is a great value from devolved management in which we
are answerable only to ourselves.
Where a dual citizen by law had actually completed the experience
in the country of origin, s/he is in effect a Global citizen who is different
to a Dual Citizen. Such a citizen’s contributions would be global. When one is
no longer indebted to the family and/or community that groomed her/him, such a
citizen is independent of that family and/or community, which then promotes the
mind structure of that citizen to the next higher level. State leaders who owe
the states that they lead, promote relativity.
In Sri Lanka, Sinhala
only followed by Buddhism foremost confirm relativity and therefore to ‘show’.
Both were separatist laws which when used in multicultural society make the
users half citizens by action. Likewise Tamil only claimants in leadership
outside Tamil only areas.
Two days back, Mr Anura De Silva from Dublin, asked /
responded to me as follows:
[I am a
bit confused with the verbiage of "Universal
Power" as my knowledge of Universal Power was In the Middle Ages, referring
to the Roman Emperor and the Pope when they both were struggling for the
so-called dominium to be recognized as one supreme authority, which
generated a prolonged political and spiritual struggle between imperial and
ecclesiastical power until the Napoleonic Wars.
I too believe that we need to enable all citizens to live
independently without being subservient to
political racial, ethnic, religious groups or even governing
institutions through a process of democracy and self governance. But
that process should not be hijacked by political racial, ethnic,
religious groups or governing institutions even if people feel helpless, living
in fear or subsequent. What we need to do is remove those forces of
unhelpfulness, fear, oppressiveness and build a free and fair nation
with Justice and Equality.
In response to your comment to recommend I should have gotten to
know each other more deeply through feelings, in fact that was the brotherly
affection we had towards each other while we lived under one roof. But as
adults, I think we should move away from making public recommendations based on
feelings or emotions but with the third eye of rational thought and wisdom.]
response to the above was:
The Universal Power that I refer to
is the power of truth. I discovered through my own experiences here in
Australia that it actually works. The more truth I shared the more intuitive
knowledge I seem to gain. When I identify with the connection between ‘cause’
and ‘effect’ in my own environment , using the measures I believe in, I feel I
have insight into the problem as per my true needs. When I say my true needs, I
mean the home group that I feel part of.
I believe that I have insight into
Sri Lankan Common problems because it is my ‘home group’. In the case of war –
I have a duty to minority to view the problem from their angle- not only
because I am a Tamil but more so because here in Australia, I was allocated
that position, with those in authority who did not have knowledge of my
outstanding performance, talking down to me. I gradually started certifying
them as per my ‘insight’.
We have ‘insight’ when we truly
care about the other as if the other is a part of us. I believe that we get to
that state when we stop expecting beneficial outcomes for our contributions.
Then our contributions go direct to ownership. We then become the Energy that
works the system. Hence the saying that behind every successful man there is a
I feel that Gandhi discovered this
power in South Africa by upholding his truth non-violently. When we retaliate –
we are ‘taking’ benefits and hence our contributions do not go towards
I believe that all of us develop
our own laws as per our needs. Some of it may merge with the official laws but
others may not. To the extent they do not – and we care about the whole system
that has supported us – we would feel inclined to fight against the system –
not actively but sharing our insight anyway we can. This is why I write.
Anura, I feel that the Universal
Franchise through which we elect leaders is so named due to the foundation of
democracy being Belief. Once we believe there are no rights and wrongs within
I hope that this clarifies my
understanding of Universal power. The Pope would have considered God as
ultimate reality but the Emperor by necessity needed to be his own ultimate
reality. This is also the problem in Sri Lanka which is often covered up by
minorities retaliating and making it easier to blame ‘rebels’]
my mind, the likes of Mr Anura De Silva from Dublin, who seeks through higher
pathways is global. Sinhalese only and Tamil only citizens who live within
their local boundaries driven by their
local beliefs are independent persons who will share the power of sovereignty
with any place that becomes their home. Sinhalese only and Tamil only citizens
who apply their policies outside their local boundaries are relatives and in wider Sri Lanka – they are juniors to Sri
Lankans who believe in Sri Lanka and do not ‘show’ that they are Sri Lankans
except when there is a need by Sri Lanka.