Wednesday 12 December 2018

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

12 December 2018

Parliament of Belief

Today, I listened to Australian – Bala Wigneswaran’s interview of Mr CV Wigneswaran - the one and only Chief Minister of Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Must say I was impressed by the maturity demonstrated by the Australian. Interestingly, Bala highlighted the confusion that the ordinary citizen may have between the Tamil People’s Council and the Tamil People’s Alliance. To me – they are not oriented towards service to the People democratically. Tamil socialists K. Nesan and V. Gnana identify with this as follows in relation to the Political grouping:
[In his inauguration speech, Wigneswaran defined a 10-point program to promote “people’s politics.” However, he indicated that he would continue the policies of the TNA, which has tried to negotiate an improvement of conditions for Tamils in the aftermath of the 1983-2009 Sri Lankan civil war with the US-backed government of President Maithripala Sirisena. Wigneswaran said, “Negotiations with the government to solve the ethnic conflict are halted. In order to restart the negotiations, we must again start to exercise pressures nationally and internationally.”
Only two days later, however, Wigneswaran’s perspective of negotiating with a friendly government in Colombo went up in smoke. Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in a political coup that has plunged Sri Lanka into a constitutional crisis. Sirisena nominated as prime minister former President Mahinda Rajapakse, who oversaw the crushing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the massacre of thousands of civilians as the war ended in 2009.] ‘Wigneswaran’s Tamil People’s Alliance: A trap for Sri Lankan workers’ – published by World Socialist Website.

In many ways Sirisena-Wickremesinghe alliance is the parallel of Wigneswaran-Sumanthiran alliance. This is also age and gender related separation example
DBS Jeyaraj in his article headed ‘Tamil Peoples Council (TPC) Launched in Jaffna as Political Alternative to Tamil National Alliance (TNA) with Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran at the Helm’ has listed the names of the inaugural members of the Council. I could not find even one female name in that at a stage where Affirmative Action is needed. This confirms that the two main subjective discrimination factors within the Tamil community – gender and caste - would not be addressed by the Tamil People’s Council. Race is not a discrimination issue for Tamils living in majority Tamil areas, except when they become National Policy and Tamil leaders share their emotions and/or belief based interpretations. Likewise, religion for Hindus in majority Tamil areas. Race is a major issue for those Tamils living as minorities in majority Sinhalese areas and Hindus living in Buddhist areas. Likewise, race due to religious differences  is an issue for Muslims and Christians in areas, including Tamil areas, where they are minorities.

During 2003 ceasefire time when I worked to develop administration for Northern Province through UNDP Project, I raised the issue of gender based discrimination – when the young guy who was distributing the agenda notice left me out but gave the men on each side,  I raised the issue with Mr J Maheswaran who chaired the meeting. Ms Thamilini – the head of LTTE Ladies wing said she would listen to me later. The matter ended there. But someone with Common belief in Nallur Murugan made me feel included recorded as follows by me:

[During my project to help the Tamil Tigers develop their Administrative system, I came across within the Tamil Tiger group many with whom I shared common faith and this  included Mr. Balakumar previously  the leader of EROS (Eelam Revolutionary Organisation of Students). During a meeting with the Tamil Administrators – both Government as well as LTTE  at Vattakachchi – in Vanni -  I said that I had gone to Nallur Temple on the morning after Shiva Raathri (the Big Night for Shiva) instead of attending the first meeting. I said I had not received notice regarding the first meeting but that Nallur Murugan (above picture) called me and I went. Then Mr. Balakumar asked me with much fondness
/ ‘How did Nallur Kanthan call you?’ Balakumar is no more now but I still remember and appreciate that sharing in what was an alien environment for me. ] Chapter 12 ‘Naan Australian’.
As Bala Wigneswaran highlighted during the interview,  most politicians do make promises that they are not able to fulfil even when they win power. That is really not an issue with the People except when they are emotionally high. Most elected leaders fail to listen, with their ear to the ground, to the grassroots. Once in power they pursue their own agendas. The above mentioned observation ‘Wigneswaran’s perspective of negotiating with a friendly government in Colombo went up in smoke’ confirms that Mr Wigneswaran did not connect to Mr Wickremesinghe as a Common Colombo citizen. Had he done that he would have identified with the development of that very commonness between Tamil Parliamentarians and the UNP – whose common opposition was the SLFP led by Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa.
On 20 October – through my belief based  article I voted for Ranil’s side in the Parliament of Belief. Every expression of Belief is a vote. It may even be technically incorrect but the Belief will manifest its other side, as per our cumulative credits. Our Lady of Fatima appeared not to the ruler but to the children of faith. Likewise, Mother Abirami:
[One day, the King visited the temple to pay homage to Lord Shiva. On noticing the peculiar behaviour of Subramaniya Iyer who was a temple priest, he inquired the other priests about the individual. One of them remarked that he was a madman while another rejected this categorization explaining to the king that Subramaniya Iyer was only an ardent devotee of Goddess Abhirami. Seeking to know the truth himself, Serfoji approached the priest and asked him what day of the month it was i.e. whether it was a full-moon day or a new-moon day. Subramaniya Iyer who could see nothing else but the shining luminant form of the Goddess before him wrongly answered that it was a full-moon day while it was in fact a new-moon day. The king rode off informing the former that he would have his head cut off if the moon did not appear on the sky by six in the night.
Immediately realizing his mistake, Subramaniya Iyer supposedly lit a huge fire and erected a platform over it supported by a hundred ropes. He sat upon the platform and prayed to the Goddess Abhirami to save him. He cut off one rope after another in succession on completion of each verse of his prayer. These hymns form the Abhirami Anthadhi. On completion of the 79th hymn, the Goddess Abhirami manifested herself before him and threw her earring over the sky such that it shone with bright light upon the horizon. The area around the temple sparkled with bright light. Overcome with ecstasy, Subramaniya Iyer composed 21 more verses in praise of the Goddess.
The king repented his mistake and immediately cancelled the punishment he had awarded Subramaniya Iyer. He also bestowed upon the latter the title of Abirami Pattar or "priest of Goddess Abhirami"] - Wikipedia

The details in this legend may not be technically accurate. The hymn ‘Abirami Anthathi’ by Abirami Pattar  is true and works all the time for the true believer. One with belief identifies with the manifestation through the other side. Mr Wigneswaran’s statements lack belief in Northern Sri Lanka as if he were Northern province.  Likewise, Mr Sirisena with the Buddhists, leave alone Sri Lankans.
Immunity from prosecution is granted to those who are required to express and act within their belief and no more. In the case of President as an individual, such immunity is strongest. But to be truly protected by such – Mr Sirisena should be like Buddha for majority Sri Lankans covered by Article 9 of the Constitution. Expressions of belief help us develop and maintain self-confidence. The status of Equal Opposition in Parliament in 2015 was the manifestation of Tamil belief. That is the base of our Tamil Sri Lankan ownership on Equal footing – achieved in spite of  Sinhala only and Buddhism foremost policies – or rather because of them. By showing opposition without violence – we developed deeper belief . When minority belief becomes equal to majority belief – and this has been manifested by minorities independently – as in Vaddukoddai Resolution 1976 - the manifestation happens of  the free will of Nature. We just become the media of Nature.

If even one believer who the leader claims to represent – i.e. Tamil in the case of Mr CV Wigneswaran and  Sri Lankan in the case of Mr M Sirisena, manifests opposition on the basis of her/his belief – the leader will fall. True believers would identify with the fall. Mr Wigneswaran was required to be leader of Sinhalese as well as Muslims in Northern Province and not just Tamils. Likewise, Mr Sirisena – was required to be leader of all Sri Lankans and not just Buddhists. During his time at least one Sri Lankan must have invoked the other side. Hence the fall from grace.

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