Friday, 25 March 2016

NSW welcomes refugees
One of the first families to be resettled in NSW as part of Australia’s additional Syrian and Iraqi refugee intake of 12,000 has arrived in Sydney.

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam – 25 March   2016

“..So the government said in order to kill the fish you have to take all the water away”

The pundits say ‘Root Cause’. So what is the root cause of the tragedy in Belgium? ISIS ? If yes, is the whole of the Muslim Community responsible in some way?  Belgium’s Ambassador to Australia was critical of our Prime Minister’s statement and this was confirmed as follows:
["It's dangerous because it's precisely what ISIS wants — that we would make a confusion between terrorism and migrants and between terrorism and Islam,"]

As confirmation of this I received the message from the NSW Premier that NSW welcomes refugees from Syria and Iraq.   If the Prime Minister’s statement "Recent intelligence indicates ISIL is using the refugee crisis to send operatives into Europe." were valid - what measures did we take to screen Muslim refugees? In Sri Lanka, emergency laws were activated to screen People from Tamil areas coming into Colombo. Australia did not object to this even though many of us Australian Tamils were also thus screened as if we were all Terror suspects. Yesterday I received also an email response to my article with the following message:

[The United States proudly identifies itself as the major purveyor of peace and democracy across the world. But does this self-promoted image match up to their actual policies and military engagements throughout recent history, and is warfare actually a befitting means to achieving peace? Those are the central dichotomies addressed in the documentary short In Whose Interest?, a searing investigation of several key conflicts during the last half century and the crucial role the United States played in each of them.
Urgent, probing and appropriately incensed, In Whose Interest? seeks to look behind the façade of false patriotism, and understand the reality of the United States' legacy through the world.

There was a narrative in the above documentary that identifies with the Sri Lankan situation:

The People were the water and the guerillas were the fish. So the government said in order to kill the fish you have to take all the water away

Tamils were the water in the Sri Lankan war claimed to have been against the guerillas. It had the  effect of taking away the fish due primarily to the soldier being an outsider to the People but the guerillas were/are part of the People. In a democracy – a government conscious of its cultural diversity – as Buddhist governments are  in Sri Lanka – has the duty to be an ‘outsider’ in the cultural territories of others. On that basis – they have to ‘wait’ until they have objectively measurable evidence of wrong doing – as per the law – before punishing someone – including by singling them out for searches. One has to be a relative through faith to punish internally through subjective powers. One who is being so punished needs to accept this higher authority in regards to that issue.  

Often the lesser educated would seek solutions through their religions. In the above documentary this was in reference to American power in  El Salvador. Migration from El Salvador to the USA is higher than the other way around. Money that is remitted back to El Salvador especially by the first generation migrant would often lead to the remitter reflecting lesser living standards than an American without much memory of origins outside America. The parallel of that in Sri Lanka are people of Northern & Eastern Sri Lanka migrating to Colombo where living standards are seen to be higher even today. While this is true of the rural Sinhalese also – given that majority in Colombo are Sinhalese and Government is dominated by Buddhist Sinhalese – there is likely to be common faith included in decision making – protecting the decision maker from committing the sin of punishing an outsider through subjective powers.   

If not for the economy driven migration from El Salvador to USA and from Jaffna to Colombo – the American Government and the Colombo Government respectively would not have considered the respective territories to be within their influence. It’s not different to the UN being influenced by the American money – which helped bring about an end to the Rajapaksa regime in Sri Lanka. Sovereign borders are often lost consciousness of due to economic migration.

A good current example is the current Sri Lankan Government which claims:

[ECONOMYNEXT - Colossal losses that state-run SriLankan Airlines was made to suffer since ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa chased away Emirates Airlines, and a questionable aircraft deal, is a national financial crime, Deputy Minister Eran Wickramaratne said.

SriLankan Airlines, which made profit of 4.4 billion rupees in 2008, the year in which the management agreement with Emirates Airlines ended, has lost 107 billion rupees since, then

As a founding member  of the Airlines I do not accept that Emirates makes a difference to the Sri Lankan national carrier. It should not. State run Airlines have the responsibility to uphold the Sovereignty of the Airlines through a combination of money, human resource and policy. Where money is lacking human resources need to be stronger to maintain Sovereignty.  The above reports highlights:

[The Rajapaksa administration had cancelled the visa of then Chief Executive Peter Hill because he did not bump enough paying passengers to accommodate a large entourage of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a single aircraft, he said.

"The CEO had said 'We should not offload all these passengers since they are citizens and they are paying passengers where there is a contract'," Wickramaratne told parliament.

"The next day his visa was cancelled in 2007."

Emirates exited the airline after 2008 sold their 40 percent shares to the government.

By pulling out – Emirates confirmed that they were reacting to Mr. Rajapaksa who was then President. Family would stay and fight – as I did here in Australia – despite wanting to run back to Sri Lanka many times when I felt discriminated against at the workplace.  I am now global feeling ownership in both nations. Beyond my efforts through the official system – I accepted losses as ‘investments’ in Human Resources – through the system of Truth. If Emirates had felt similar ownership they would have refrained from pulling out. By pulling out they confirmed that they were looking for controlling power over the National carrier and through such infiltrate into Sri Lankan affairs.

At the same time as the above report was released Kuwait News Agency reports as follows:

[Kuwait lends Sri Lanka KD 10 million - Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) has signed a loan agreement with Sri Lanka on Thursday at a value of KD 10 million (about USD 34 million) to contribute to financing construction of a complex for the Faculty of Healthcare Sciences, Eastern University…..The fund has also extended to Sri Lanka technical assistance, worth KD 455,000 (USD 1.52 million) to finance technical and economic feasibility studies for projects in agricultural and energy sectors.]

In terms of Education – Sri Lanka to my mind, is far ahead of any Middle Eastern country. As per my knowledge, the Middle East continues to import human resources from Sri Lanka and it is NOT the other way around. This brings to mind a Tamil saying I learnt in Vaddukoddai – ‘the foot without toe-ring should not ‘tell’ the foot wearing toe-ring’. Toe- ring is worn by the woman when she gets married and becomes officially eligible to groom a family – the lowest common Sovereign institution known to most of us. It is placed on the toe of the bride by the groom while the foot of the bride is placed on the Ammi/Grinding stone – confirming her strength of character. A woman of strong character is thus honored by the man publicly.  The President of Sri Lanka ‘telling’ the representative of Emirates in Sri Lankan Airlines – while not commercially appropriate would fall within this human protocol. By criticizing that decision more than seven years later – the current government is revealing its own speed to ‘show’ financial wins. In the process, the real status of Sri Lankan education is getting buried under the Middle-Eastern dollar. To my mind, it is no coincidence that this funding is for Batticaloa area where there is a strong Muslim population.

Where the funding is loan only – then the purpose needs to be within the Budget of the Sri Lankan government. Specific funding in related areas – whether they be by Hindu Indians to Northern Sri Lanka or by Muslim Kuwaitis to Eastern Sri Lanka or Buddhist Chinese to Southern Sri Lanka – are ‘invasions’ that damage the Sovereignty of Sri Lankans. Human partnership on the basis of common policy needs to be stronger than the money aid – for such transactions to qualify as family assistance. Without this  family connection such aid amounts to ‘takeovers’ even when it happens within family.

The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka is reported by to have stated:

He said that Sri Lankans understand well the difficulties faced by the international community concerning atrocities of this nature having experienced the horror of terror attacks themselves.  As always, we have nothing but condemnation for such acts of violence.”
“We believe that this incident highlights the need for an urgent dialogue on terrorism that must include steps in addressing it effectively”

As part of the People / Water in which the alleged terrorists / fish live, do I need to be ready to lose more of my People in this process of judgment under the guise of ‘dialogue’?

Today is Good Friday – the day Jesus who was nobody to the then Government was crucified. Jesus might have been killed for political reasons or for claiming that He believed in the Kingdom of God/Truth. By resurrecting Himself – Jesus confirmed the Absolute Power of Sovereignty. The victims who die for their belief will resurrect themselves and their loved ones who feel the loss will celebrate the resurrection provided they do not react but continue to believe in the higher self / Energy / Soul that is beyond the physical and the mental. The solution lies in that acceptance of our reality and waiting for Truth to ‘happen’ after we have tried our best. The Truth then fills our gap through ourselves. One who celebrates ‘wins’ against the death of the body of opposition is merely delaying the experience of  loss of ownership. Even one Tamil who feels such ownership and  who is so mistaken to be the fish – has the power to return the karma on the government. All that Tamils and other minorities have to do is feel ownership and leave the rest to Truth as Jesus did to rise from relativity to absolute power. 

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