Friday 16 December 2016

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam
16 December   2016

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said the “unilateral” decision by Sri Lanka has created fears among Indian fishermen from the state that it could curtail their traditional and customary access to St Antony’s church in Katchatheevu.

Public Interest Litigation

They say that there is a god within each one of us. It is my understanding that this is commonly known as the soul. Hence those immersed in Love are known as Soul-mates. In the case of a Constitution, the laws in that Constitution, if they were made up by Truth of the persons of that Institution/Nation – would lead to that Truth by any practitioner. That Truth binds together naturally, all practitioners of those laws and/or all descendants of the original discoverers.  That is the higher value of the Constitution relative to orders/policies that makes us ‘look’ right.

Today I read with interest the news about Katchatheevu – an fisher Island – the ownership of which is an ongoing issue between India and Sri Lanka:

Following the demise of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the ceremony, scheduled earlier for December 7, was postponed by Sri Lankan government to December 23.
The Centre has given its nod for participation of 100 fishermen pilgrims from Tamil Nadu in the December 23 consecration ceremony of St Antony's Church at Katchatheevu.’ – Daily News and Analysis, India.

As per my Assessment, Madam Jayalalitha was more passionate about the  Katchatheevu issue than about the rest of the ethnic issue in Sri Lanka. This could have been strongly influenced by her Catholic education. I myself pray to St. Anthony and these days after Sir Anthony Mason – then the Chancellor of the University of NSW, heard my complaint and ordered an inquiry – I associate St. Anthony with my legal work also.  If we pray through a particular form of our inner belief – we recognize our own divinity in that form also. Ultimately it’s that belief that works. Where the pathway is common – the form also would be common. Where the ‘form’ is common – it would be easier for us to understand each other’s pathway and reach common milestones. In this instance St. Anthony is that common form to understand Katchateevu ownership.

If Kathcateevu was owned by a Catholic Nation – then it is highly unlikely that the facility to participate in a Catholic function would have been limited to 100. Stated the other way around if there was a Buddhist temple on that island  would the numbers have been limited to 100? The example that comes to mind is the Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo which was designed by Geoffrey Bawa about whose ancestry Wikipedia reports as follows:

‘His father was Justice B. W. Bawa a wealthy and successful lawyer, of Muslim and English parentage, and his mother, Bertha Marianne Schrader, was of mixed German, Scottish and Sinhalese descent.’

The Wikipedia report states about the Gangaramaya Temple:

‘Most notable for tourists is the architecture of the Simamalaka Shrine, which was built with donations from a Muslim sponsor to the design of Geoffrey Bawa.’

Is that temple therefore Buddhist, Muslim or Christian ?  An architect to whom Geoffrey Bawa is mentor – the Divinity there is Goddess of Architecture. To a philanthropist the Divinity would be Goddess of Charity that Muslims are known for. I have admired the way Muslim devotees donate food and money outside Mosques especially on Fridays.

I conclude that there ought to be no limit in terms of visas / travel permits – to go to St Anthony’s Church on this special occasion.

I feel that this is an issue to be tested through the Public interest litigation (PLI) in India. Many of my legal matters have been of this category – due to the Executive not being able to deliver as per the needs Common member of the institution / nation. I have found some Guidance coming to me unexpected sources. I give it the form of my Belief at that time at that place. In this instance – the form is that of St. Anthony.

Catholics in Sri Lanka are predominantly from the fisher-caste. They lived along the coastal areas. I have written and talked about the influence of caste in the ethnic separation that Sri Lanka suffers from. I received some divine feedback through the work of Journalist Victor Ivan, about whom Wikipedia reports:

[Later, he wrote another book titled "Social background of Youth Rebels of Sri Lanka" in which he argues that the caste system, apart from being a major factor in the youth insurrections in the Sinhala South, has equally become a crucial factor in the youth insurrections triggered by the Tamil youths in the North as well. This is a new dimension that Victor Ivan has added to the intellectual stock of reflective analyses of the social issues of Sri Lanka. Until then the society in general, and even the social scientists, considered caste a taboo and an issue not to be discussed openly.]

We can  be born in a particular caste or we can convert to a particular caste by conduct. If the Government is taken to be of a particular caste – let’s say Vellala / Goigama /Farmer caste and the Businessmen are taken to be of Karayar / Karava/ Fisher caste   members of Government who ‘trade’ / cash their authority for money – would become Karayar / Karava/ Fisher caste by conduct. This can happen when the Karava folks consciously practice their industry and Vellala folks become their beneficiaries instead of their governors. In one example between two homemakers the Goigama lady did not take issue with the Karava homemaker keeping the fish on top of rice. Likewise, Vellala men of Vaddukoddai drinking toddy at the homes of toddy tappers at Thunaivi. When we are ‘free’ we get infected by the stronger mind-order. This ‘freedom’ was facilitated also by Public institutions removing the caste order before an alternate secular system is developed. In Vaddukoddai – the Declaration of Political Independence was safe with Politicians. But Velupillai Prabhakaran of Valvettithurai – predominantly made up of  Karayar caste hijacked it to give it their own mind order.  The repeated failures of Politicians to establish the Equal rights of Tamils would have weakened the drive of the higher caste political leaders. Once they give up on themselves – the popular outcomes infect the mind of rulers.

In terms of immigration, if these inherited caste-genes are strong – the tendency would be higher mind order due to us having carried the value beyond the local borders. But the requirement for this promotion is that we need to carry only the consolidated net value and not the benefits including our memory of the benefits as they are into our next life. When we carry them as they are – we are open to being abused by majority and/or abuse minorities in our areas of  authority. Whatever the caste or race – we may be or others in our environment may be – if we do not invoke them as benefits and costs – they would remain as root power and would be benign. Often those who become complacent in high positions often get infected by the native Energy at the root of the position and those who pay their dues to the original makers – feel supported through their soul-connections. That’s when there needs to be a restructure from the old hierarchy to the new – on MERIT basis that would be consciously worked out.

When the Secular Professions in Sri Lanka become strong – they would naturally override religion / caste / race influences. But we also need to develop systems that are the parallel of India’s Public Interest Litigation. In religion the parallel is Common Service in a form understood by all concerned. This could be food, money etc. shared with the poor or intelligence shared with the ignorant.

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