TAMIL QUEEN OF BILOELA?
12 June 2022
[The Nadesalingams are home.
The right and just decision has been made, and a family is, finally, allowed to restart a life interrupted in the most cruel and punitive fashion.
But it should never have come to this.
Biloela residents rejoice to have their friends, neighbours and schoolmates home, but it should not have taken four oppressive, damaging years. It should not have needed a desperate campaign from their Queensland home town, it should not have required candlelight vigils and public demonstrations, online petitions and questions in parliament.] The Nadesalingams are back in Biloela, but Australia’s unjust immigration system endures | Ben Doherty | The Guardian
Ben Doherty shares also as follows:
[Nearly 15 years ago, the then immigration minister Chris Evans told Senate estimates “I have formed the view I have too much power”, citing the unchallengeable “God powers” that gave him sole discretion over people’s lives.
“I am uncomfortable with that, not just because of concern about playing God, but also because of the lack of transparency and accountability for those decisions and the lack in some cases of any appeal rights against those decisions.”]
Miniter Evans would not have felt that he had too much power, if he had used his ‘belief’. The fact that he needed transparent reasoning and was committed to accountability meant that he did not have enough belief in the system and/or in the users of the system.
Today, I presented my reasoning as follows to a Sri Lankan journalist who is known to support the Rajapaksa group.
The discussion was through belief based voting system, presented by me as follows to the lady, who like the folks of Biloela, has little intuition about the Tamil community :
[You have raised the issue of credibility of the Election structure itself. To be valid as a democratic system, it must immune from temptations at the lower level-including through the media which often pre-packages ‘ideas’ that are quickly swallowed by those who are looking for ‘easy’ life.
Let us take for example, your figures as follows:
112,967 people voted for ITAK
55,303 people voted for AITC]
You conclude as follows:
[HOW REPRESENTATIVE ARE THESE SO-CALLED TAMIL LEADERS --- LOOKS LIKE EVEN TAMIL PEOPLE HAVE REJECTED THEM ]
I did not vote in the elections. But my continuous vote happened all the time through issues that were important to the People. That is the issue based voting of Governors. This naturally goes to those who practice good governance.
Most Sri Lankans – be they Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims or Burghers – vote for the person or party that seems to favour them. If this is ‘benefits’- based then they could easily be bought over by politicians who desire to be politicians – even if they lose in the elections.
Your above figures are taken at Jaffna District level. Within Jaffna district, there are many electorates. To help you appreciate the concept of electorate, I take you to the following in my article:
[When our pain is greater than our pleasure, after we try our best to break-even, the matter is incomplete in current terms. Then it becomes an invisible asset to one who experienced more pain and an invisible liability to the other who experienced more pleasure . This pushes us into the next level of sovereignty – usually as a group – i.e. family, workplace, & society, to finally merge with universal power of perfect balance. ]
One of the groups / persons that facilitates this merger is the political group / person we vote for Through that person/group we merge with or ‘block’ Parliament and through the Parliament – with /in Global governance. In that pathway, a belief based vote goes naturally through to global level, while desire based vote blocks the common pathway.
If Tamils were Tamils first, they did not need the electorate based grouping. A good example of the power of the electorate is the town of Biloela which has become famous due to the Nadesalingam family who are claiming refuge in Australia, on the basis of alleged persecution, if they went back to Sri Lanka. The Australian media played an active role in this – as did Labor politicians. Mrs Nadesalingam did a Rajapaksa act by kissing the ground of Biloela – as if she was queen of Bilola! If Mrs Nadesalingam was true to her earth – she would have been one of the last to her home area in Sri Lanka or later in India’s Tamil Nadu. Her case is a clear example of exploitation – including by the media. This would naturally block Tamil community from becoming part of Natural global governance on the basis of issues that represent our belief.
By taking the Jaffna District votes you are being disrespectful of the smallest group/institution – the electorate. Hence your conclusions are not supported by a democratic structure. It is likely to support your political grouping which according to me includes the Rajapaksas. But that would also stagnate at that level. The root cause of Rajapaksas facing the current crisis is their desire based voting system.
As highlighted by you ‘the SLPP candidate secured the highest preferential votes in Jaffna’
This was the ‘popular vote’. It was NOT limited to the electorate. Someone in Vanni could therefore vote for SLPP. Given the LTTE’s record of stopping voters in 2005 – Tamils who were free to exercise vote beyond their area of belief – would have voted for SLPP. During the previous government – some Hill country voters did state that they Preferred Mahinda who brought in more business opportunities. The likes of them would have voted for SLPP candidate – in the expectation of more business opportunities. Some would have wanted the war related opportunities.
The fact that the current government has collapsed is confirmation that a good part of majority vote was ‘desire’ based and not belief-based.
In terms of Tamil community some of have worked consistently to offset the ‘popular’ vote and hence we do not feel the economic collapse as Sinhalese are feeling.]
The voting system in Sri Lanka influences outcomes – including whether one thinks one can live in Sri Lanka or not. The Australian government needs to study that structure and know how easy pathways are used by those who are not true to themselves. One way is to identify with the truth of Australian Tamils who provide genuine feedback to Australian government regularly on this issue. If dealt with at political level – the risk would be corrupt governance as we have learnt from Sri Lanka.