Monday 30 September 2019

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

30 September  2019


As Presidential candidate Mr Sajith Premadasa has demonstrated we have to categorically state what we want – especially when we are a minority. If for example, Tamils  say that we prefer to be secular – which is what I say -  then our investment in secularism needs to be  stronger than our investment in the religious pathway.

Mr Wigneswaran has for example stated in his article headed ‘Sajith Should Realise Sri Lanka Does Not Belong To The Sinhala-Buddhists’:
[We prefer to be secular since we respect each other’s religions and Hinduism the major religion in the North from time immemorial has preached that “Truth is One; but Sages call it by different names”]

If Truth is one – would the wise (sage) call it by various names? At first glance it does not make sense to me. If one were a sage – one would see only Oneness. Let’s say Mr Wigneswaran is a sage. He has confirmed though his above mentioned statement that Secularism is the one that would help respect each other’s religion. But – Mr Wigneswaran  himself speaks the language of Hindus and also dresses like a Hindu. Mr Wigneswaran also breaches the Doctrine of Separation of Powers – to ‘tell’ Mr Sajith Premadasa:

[Further his strong conviction that this Country is Sinhala Buddhist can be a bar to the resolution of Tamils’ political problems. He should realise this Country does not belong to the Sinhala Buddhists. From pre Buddhistic times this Country was Tamil Hindu (Saivite), Buddhism was introduced among Hindu (Saivite) Tamils only and the Sinhala language came into being much later in the 6th or 7th Century AD.]

If Mr Wigneswaran’s mandate is self-determination  - the above confirms a takeover mentality. One who genuinely  upholds the diversity of her/his religion becomes wise and therefore would respect the ‘privacy’ of other religions. Dr Vickramabahu Karunaratne wrote as follows recently about the value of this principle of diversity as follows:

[There is no way that a member of a minority community upholding diversity would become President]

Not through the voting process. But the key here is one who upholds diversity. Since Buddhism is part of the equation that advantages majority – there is no way a member of secular group upholding the common law - would be elected  President until majority invest in common law above religious law. This is not likely to happen in Southern Sri Lanka nor in Northern Sri Lanka. Hence one needs to ask the question as to what authority a Hindu has to ‘tell’ a Buddhist?
Devolution of Powers is needed so we could regulate ourselves in the privacy of our belief. Those who ‘tell’ others above that common limit – are in reality throwing a ‘bait’ to catch the big fish of conflict. This often happens when the mind becomes the workshop of the devil. The minds becomes so – when it is idle. When the mind is idle – after leaving one’s responsibility to others – desire fills the mind. The mind filled with desire becomes unstable and therefore cannot ‘see’ the return after lapse of  time. This is why we have Equal Opposition in democracy who becomes our other side. But if Hindus copy the behavior of Buddhists – then we will repeat history by making juniors of that opposition. In this instance Mr Wigneswaran promises Hinduism foremost in reaction to Buddhism foremost.

A true believer would not need majority power. This is because – a true believer is supported by Absolute power – which is independent of the believer including to support the believer. A minority group has every right to seek privacy – in order to develop this diversity and attain Nirvana / Realise Absolute power.  Once realised – that power leads the believer. Such a believer becomes a true governor. Then that believer’s Energy leads her/him and her/his followers.

If Mr Sajith Premadasa seeks to become such a governor – he needs to renounce all powers that activate his mind – and let the belief of his party lead him. One who desires Executive power gets distracted from this pathway to Nirvana and hence the problem gets worse and worse. To the extent Hindus tell Buddhists – we have earned the karma of Buddhists telling us – in that Supreme Court of Oneness.

Sunday 29 September 2019

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

29 September  2019

Abolishing Executive Presidency and Standardization in Education

To my mind, the Executive Presidency is at the centre of the upcoming Presidency battle.  Dr Vickramabahu Karunaratne who is well respected by the Tamil community has picked up again the thread ‘JR would have been happy if Executive Presidency is abolished’.

To know whether or not JR would have been happy,  we need to become JR at that time when he WAS happy to create the executive presidency. The landslide victory UNP  had at the 1977 Parliamentary elections was a strong influence in this regard. That was the first time – as per my knowledge that the Tamil political coalition won the position of Opposition leadership. Scientifically speaking - this meant that Sinhalese as a total were Equal in value to Tamils – even though we were only about 25% of the total as per body count. As per the science of Democracy, Equal Opposition is needed to stop the clock and therefore ‘Time will tell’ equation. When we are driven by emotions, time tells us. But by the time tells us – it may be too late to prevent damages.

Intellectual pathway helps us to ‘project’ the other side and therefore prevent the wrongs. Equal & Opposite force manifests the ‘other’ side immediately and hence one who is intellectually driven is more deserving to lead  than one who is emotionally driven.

Belief, is absolute power and hence is above intellectual pathway and is available to all participants – including those who are intellectually driven.

Within the UNP for example – as per my assessment – Ranil Wickremesighe has demonstrated deservedness as the one most eligible for the intellectual pathway. But that was also the case with his uncle Mr J R Jayewardene who created the Executive Presidency.

In hindsight we know that that excess power of one has damaged the basic democratic rights – especially of intellectuals – as was confirmed by the current President who terminated the services of Vice Chancellors of two Universities. The termination of the Vice Chancellor of Jaffna University was far more damaging than the termination of the Vice Chancellor of University of Visual and Performing Arts, Colombo. The reason is the ‘political settlement’ equation in the creation of the University of Jaffna – to balance the standardization advantage to Sinhalese.

The creation of the Executive Presidency is the parallel of high percentage of Tamils entering Universities. Abolishing Executive Presidency is the parallel of Standardization which came about due to the reality presented as follows:

[In 1969, the Northern Province, which was largely populated by Tamils and comprised 7% of the population of the country, provided 27.5 percent of the entrants to science-based courses in Sri Lankan universities. ] Wikipedia

The quota system limited merit based entrance to Universities to 30%. This indicates  also the percentage of intellectual population served by  the Executive Presidency. Roughly stated – (belief does not need proof and therefore accuracy) the Executive Presidency served 30% of the Sri Lankan population who needed common law basis rather than customary law basis.
Mr Jayewardene himself was a clever person. Certainly cleverer than his predecessor Mrs SWRD Banadaranaike who came to power initially through sympathy vote. By the time the 1977 elections happened in July – the Hon G G Ponnambalam who contributed most to the intellectual politics of Tamils had passed away. Had the Hon G G Ponnambalam been an active participant in Parliament – he would have diffused Mr Jayewardene’s desire for more – mind to mind. The Hon G G Ponnambalam was the Executive President of Tamils. Sadly – this was not recognized by Tamils themselves. But the clever contribution was there and continues to be there to support those who believe in the intellectual pathway. That is Jaffna’s heritage.

The Executive Presidency was created to offset that intellectual power in the real Opposition in Sri Lankan parliament – the Tamils. This however may have been in the subconscious mind of Mr Jayewardene, rather than the conscious mind. Effectively this gave additional advantage to Sinhalese – majority of whom were already advantaged  by ‘Buddhism foremost’ advantage to the less intellectual Sinhalese. Dr Vickramabahu Karunaratne identifies with this as follows:

[In many ways, the Executive Presidency 'blocks' democracy as the Presidency is kept above Parliamentary level. There is no way that a member of a minority community upholding diversity would become President.]

Before 1977 elections, the parallel of the above statement would have been :
[There is no way that a minority community political group upholding diversity would become Leading Opposition in Sri Lankan Parliament]

But we did – due to that intellectual power.

At the same time the majority race became complacent and deteriorated in value and hence the landslide victory. If intellectual power were dominant – in the parliament after 1977 elections – Sinhalese opposition would have prevented the passage of 1978 constitution by two thirds majority. By that time – the intelligence of Sinhalese was seriously at low levels.
The 1978 Constitution in effect had two components:

(1)  No Opposition Zone for those who enjoyed majority power and therefore was effectively Absolute power by law

(2)  Limited intellectual participation of minorities to Parliamentary level
Dr Bahu presents his interpretation as follows:
[In many ways, the Executive Presidency 'blocks' democracy as the Presidency is kept above Parliamentary level. There is no way that a member of a minority community upholding diversity would become President. However, R. Sampanthan became the Leader of Opposition and challenged the President, too]
The President challenged by Mr Sampanthan was not as clever as Mr Jayewardene nor Mr Sirisena’s predecessor – Mr Rajapaksa. The question is whether Mr Sampanthan would have challenged the intellectual heir of Mr Jayewardene -  Mr Ranil  Wickremesinghe. As per my belief  the answer is NO. To challenge without senior status – one needs to be Equally or more clever than the one being challenged. This can happen through true Belief which is Absolute Power.  Also  – one being challenged would carry within her/him – the power of those s/he believes in. In this instance that certainly includes Madam Kumaratunga.
To the extent Mr Wickremesinghe carries in himself Mr Jayawardene’s leadership – subconsciously or consciously – the Tamil leadership needs one who carries the Hon G G Ponnambalam and not the Hon S. J. V. Chelvanayakam – the non-violent leader who empowered the manifestation of  Vaddukoddai Resolution 1977.

Dr Bahu continues:

[The secret message by President Jayewardene was that as Executive President, he did not have opposition. In that sense he blocked that pathway for minorities through the Constitution and activated his equal other side - the secret self-appointed opposition of Velupillai Prabhakaran backed by India! ]

If the Hon G G Ponnambalam had been recognized and believed in by Tamils as an intellectual leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran would not have assumed power. We deserve the government we recognize in a free environment. Prabhakaran’s free environment was in armed fighting in which he was very clever and would have been winner one to one against any other Sri Lankan. But that takeover placed a ceiling on the entitlement of Tamils to equal position that was confirmed through the Vaddukoddai Resolution. Instead it separated us from the rest of Sri Lanka. Our investment in democracy would not work under separation without Equal Opposition to show us our other side immediately.

Democracy returned to Northern Province after the 2009 war but it is still blocked from South due to the Executive Presidency which was activated by the current incumbent in October last year. The fact that we Tamils won Equal position of Opposition leadership in 2015 was due to the same reason why Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa did a JR at his level. We needed to free ourselves from dictators amongst us before Democracy was free to enter our community. Mr Rajapaksa eliminated Opposition to his actions – by eliminating independent witnesses to the war and abandoning the common rules of war as per the global powers that empowered the Sri Lankan Government to list the LTTE as a Terrorist organization. If that were true  Independent witnesses would have been facilitated to witness and share the truth.

Dr Bahu in his introduction states about JR:

[It could be true because at end of the day he brought devolution, equality to all three languages and threw caste and creed into the dustbin making it possible, for appointing R. Premadasa as His Excellency the President. ]

Dr Bahu concludes as follows:
[As long as Tamils believe in their homeland and follow the path of democracy, the President of Sri Lanka would be a lame duck President. Every Tamil who believes in self-rule would exercise his vote to confirm this, as we did in 2015. If Tamils believe in the same form of democracy in Tamil home-area, Tamils would continue to disempower the Executive Presidency because, 'President Jayewardene would be happy if the Executive Presidency is abolished, some day'.]
It is unrealistic to expect Tamils to believe in Sri Lanka to a deeper degree than Sinhalese.
My parallel statement as an Intellectual Tamil who believes in Sri Lanka is:

If  Tamils as a community who are about 12% of the population,  function on merit basis to produce outcomes that in total value is greater than value of the outcomes of the top 12% of majority race – we become – as a group – the Common Executive Presidential Group  of Clever Sri Lanka.
When that is the Truth – it becomes a global power and that power leads us and protects us anytime anywhere. Then we would pick up arms only to protect our belief and no more.

The above is based on the principle that  the value of the total is greater than the sum of individual parts. This happens  – through belief  or higher intellectual work. One binds at the fundamental level and the other at the Energy level – like Einstein was.

If we have a repeat of 1978 which led to LTTE surfacing  as Tamil  Opposition which resulted in 1983 riots – Sinhalese could be taken-over by Tamils led by Hindus who believe in Hinduism more than Sri Lankanism.  Truth never fails the believer. If democracy is disrespected and set aside – and minorities continue to believe in Democracy or other pathway to ownership – Sri Lanka becomes the loser from the point when that pathway becomes more important than Sri Lankanism. JR did not devolve power to provinces nor implement the equal status to Tamil language. Tamils backed by India did that – as Sajith did in nominating himself as a Presidential candidate.

 That amendment was  the return that Tamils showed through the Constitution. But under Rajapaksa rule – all that was effectively set aside through Prevention of Terrorism Act. The good side of JR to uphold cleverness would work only when there is Separation of Powers between the Judiciary and the Executive and there are Equal numbers from minorities as majority race in panels appointing top Judiciary – i.e. – the 50:50 representation sought by the great G G Ponnambalam.

Saturday 28 September 2019

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam
28 September  2019

Executive Presidency & Raja Elephant

As per the words of the two main Presidential candidates – one wants to keep the Executive Presidency and the other not to keep. The question is what do we as Sri Lankans need? Each one would express her/his need in her/his language. To the extent we are truly Sri Lankan – the true need underpinning the different forms would merge. Towards this when we vote – we need to vote as per our real need and not as per our desire.

We may not know any of the candidates enough to ‘calculate’ who is good for what. But if we know what happened to us during their leadership we vote for or against that person in us. That would be upheld by natural powers. This is the amazing discovery I have made through my own experiences. That is the true power of the People.

Dr Laksiri Fernando through his article headed ‘Democracy and selection of presidential candidates: Clock is ticking for the UNP’ shares his insight into  how voting happens within main political parties of Sri Lanka:

[In the case of the SLPP, as soon as it was formed, there was a formation named Viyathmaga that sponsored the candidacy of Gotabaya Rajapaksa for the presidency. However, the final decision or the selection came under the fifth (5) method of party elite. Party elite in the case of Sri Lanka, whether it is the SLPP, the SLFP or the UNP, mostly means the leader. That leader most often is linked to a dynasty or a closed family.
In the case of the Rajapaksa family, Shashindra Rajapaksa giving an interview once revealed how the family takes decisions. As he said, they (can) have differences. Then they meet and discuss. They allow all important members to express their views. Sometimes they postpone the decision to allow the members to think back. They allow the elders to prevail in the case of disagreements. After they take a decision, however, they act as one, he said. 
Elite/family method

In the case of the UNP, the same elite method goes on. The leader has considerable power or say. Ranil Wickremesinghe has been the Leader now for over 25 years. He has put himself up as the presidential candidate or the PM several times during this period.
Although there is no family behind him like the Rajapaksas at present, his past dynasty cannot be forgotten. He is a nephew of J.R. Jayewardene and the son of Esmond Wickremesinghe. Instead of a family, he is supposed to be flanked by a group of school friends, it is alleged. This Royal group is said to be loyal to him.

Then there are several ‘dynasties’ within this party like in many other parties. Sajith Premadasa is the son of R. Premadasa. This connection is one of the strengths that he has and that he shows. It could be natural for sons (or even daughters) to follow their fathers in politics. However in the case of Sri Lanka this is endemic and not good for internal party democracy or democracy in general. 

Election by vote is a major aspect of Democracy. Where each voter is specialist in her/his field – the voting method helps form wider ownership circle than when the belief of one is taken as the leadership power. The width of the Rajapaksa ownership circle is limited to the family.

Relatively speaking the Hon Ranasinghe  Premadasa’s  leadership included educated members of minorities. Likewise, that of Ranil including during the current government.

I felt deeply touched when I learnt  today – the respect by the Hon Ranasinghe  Premadasa for the Elephant :

Yesterday, I wrote under the heading ‘Truth to Truth; Elephant to Elephant’ after the following picture (without my title message) came to my attention through Hindustan Times – an Indian News Medium:

Raja in Tamil means King. Hence I felt a connection when I came across the parent Raja this morning. As per Wikipedia:

[Raja possessed the rare Maha Gaja Lakshana physical characteristics that put him in the aristocratic caste of Sri Lankan elephants, Chaddhantha.  After observing the great physical characteristics of the elephant and his obedient behavior, Raja was given the responsibility of carrying the sacred casket at the Esala Perahehra in 1950]

When I gave the above title the word ‘Gaja’ came to my mind from within. It is only today that I appreciate the connection with the original elephant who became Royalty – in 1950 – the same year of my birth. To me these are NOT coincidences. I pick up the Energies of those to whom the places were sacred. We celebrate time based commonness through anniversaries.
When I went from Batticaloa to Colombo and then to Kathirgamam after the President (then Madam Kumaratunga) accepted my Tsunami Reconstruction proposals,  I noticed the statue of Gajaman Nona on the way. Somehow that name stuck to my mind and later when I did some search I realised that the lady was an integrated version of Dutch, Sinhalese and Tamil – that is very much the Common Ceylon ancestral makeup.

This morning after reading about the first Raja elephant and its attribute ‘Maha Gaja Lakshanawhich I interpreted as ‘Great Royal Beauty’ – I went back to read about Gajaman Nona. I noticed then that the lady was royalty in Ambalantota – in the Hambantota district – the district of Sajith Premadasa. The penny then dropped! Hambantota was eroding its ancestral powers. Hence my pain which I attributed to my belief in Kathirgamam.

I was  serving Batticaloa  in 2005 and Patrick Harrigan who facilitated the service wrote :
[….You will immediately notice the professional approach that Gaja and Julia have brought to our work in Mankerny, which hitherto had consisted of my occasional visits, including 18 annual pada yatra foot pilgrimages through Mankerny, whose poverty never prevented the Mankerny folks from feeding the multitude of pilgrims on their long trek to Kataragama. Gaja’s style also tells you something about her motivation in wishing to serve the poorest devotees of the inscrutable god of Kataragama, Lord Skanda-Murugan’] – full text in Appendix

This morning I learnt for the first time that :

[The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami devastated Hambantota, and reportedly killed more than 4500 people]

But no one facilitated me to serve Hambantota.  Have they forgotten Kataragama, Lord Skanda-Murugan ? and made Him junior to Lord Buddha?

The Wikipedia report on Raja the king elephant states as follows:

[It is believed that Raja was born in the jungles of Eravur in Batticaloa District circa 1913. He was captured by a group of men headed by Umaru Lebbe Panikkar in November 1925. Panikkar is a name given to the men who mastered capturing elephants in the eastern parts of the country. The young elephant Raja had been purchased by Tikiribanda Mampitiya Disawe of Giragama Walauwa in Kandy for 3300 rupees, a huge sum at that time, along with another young elephant named Skanda]

Ganesh and Skanda are brothers as per Hindu legends. Ganesh who believes that His parents are His whole world follows the traditional pathway. Skanda on the other hand has the experience by physically  travelling around the globe. These are actually the minds of those who established a certain philosophy. Intellectuals need to consider their elders as their world. Those seeking lateral spread need to have the global experience. In Sri Lanka – if Ganesh is Raja – then equally divine - Skanda needs to establish his own kingdom. Within UNP if Ranil had become Raja – Sajith would have formed his own kingdom. But by makeup – Ranil  is more global than Sajith and hence Sajith needs to treat Ranil as his elder if he is to successfully invoke global powers.
Taken as communities – if Sinhalese are Rajas – then Minorities – especially Tamils and Muslims – would be blessed by Skanda to form their own territories through their diverse talents. THAT is the need of current Sri Lanka.

Those who depend on majority power –without belief in globalization could easily be beaten by ancestral powers of that area.  Towards that one needs those who renounced global benefits. The two should not be indiscriminately mixed. Election by independent vote is part of democracy – the ultimate goal of which is globalization. When limited to the family – a believer in democracy would easily undermine their family powers. The system of true belief then spreads that power.
The Viyathmaga group – where Mr Gotabhaya Rajapaksa spoke recently gives the picture as Sinahala Foremost group . It presents itself as follows:

[The Professionals for a Better Future (VIYATHMAGA) is a network of Academics, Professionals, and Entrepreneurs who love the country and wish to contribute actively towards the development of a prosperous Sri Lanka where all citizens can live in peace and harmony. VIYATHMAGA is not a political organisation. It is a civil society movement, wishing to contribute towards the betterment of the country.]

If this were true – then Mr Rajapaksa would have spoken in English to that professional audience. English is the language that links us – especially Sinhalese to the wider world. Otherwise – the speech ought to have been to the general Sinahala public with translations in Tamil and English.  It’s a pity that two of my friends / colleagues (Raj Gonsalkorale & Laksiri Fernando) of Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum, Sydney – failed to identify with this weakness in that speech. They thus confirmed lack of reconciliation power.

As per the latest message from Raja & Skanda  – one who retains the Executive presidency would need a strong Defence Force. One who abolishes Executive presidency would be like Buddha who did not need armed forces. The former is driven by the big body of the elephant while the latter would be driven by the intellectual mind of the elephant.

Patrick wrote to international investors who invested in Sri Lanka  The Living Heritage Trust is very fortunate to have great friends and supporters, including some really talented and motivated volunteers. But among all these volunteers, one stands out from all the rest in terms of sheer drive, energy, and commitment. Gaja Lakshmi Tsunami Paramasivam, now Project Manager at our Mankerny site, despite her petite frame, packs more power than any three football players combined, and brings with her long experience working in Jaffna with the Tamil Relief Organization even before the tsunami struck. Thanks to a circle of supporters in Michigan, led by Natalie Hall, we were able to equip Gaja with a brand new notebook computer to take into the field at Mankerny, a remote coastal village north of Valaichchenai in Batticaloa district whose residents, some 400 families of indigenous Tamil speaking Veddas, nearly all lost their homes and livelihoods in the tsunami. We have selected the Mankerny Veddas as the community we hope to rebuild with your support, starting with the first indigenous style model dwelling now under construction there as part of a larger project to support, rebuild and reinvigorate indigenous Vedda communities on the east coast. Mankerny has no electricity, so it is a marvel that Gaja Lakshmi and her colleague, fellow volunteer Julia Hall of USA, have been able to accomplish so much there under primitive conditions in the refugee camp, and yet somehow continue to turn out professional reports not only about our Mankerny project but also about another project in Pala Munai (Kalladi) near Batticaloa town as well. Rather than pre-empt Gaja’s reports, we are going to attach them for you to read at your leisure. You will immediately notice the professional approach that Gaja and Julia have brought to our work in Mankerny, which hitherto had consisted of my occasional visits, including 18 annual pada yatra foot pilgrimages through Mankerny, whose poverty never prevented the Mankerny folks from feeding the multitude of pilgrims on their long trek to Kataragama. Gaja’s style also tells you something about her motivation in wishing to serve the poorest devotees of the inscrutable god of Kataragama, Lord Skanda-Murugan’

Friday 27 September 2019

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

26 September  2019

Truth to Truth; Elephant to Elephant

On 15 August I wrote as follows, under the heading - ‘UNP Blessed in Northern Sri Lanka’
[I was happy that I was able to find a place in the front row to mentally participate in the poojah/altar ceremony at Nallur temple, in Northern Sri Lanka. All priests were in black veshti with gold border. Nallur Murugan is known as Alangkara (decorative) Kanthan. We had to make way for the vehicles carrying the Lord. Each day there is a different vehicle. When I noted yesterday's  my mind said ‘Oh! Yaanai/Elephant’ . I really melted because I was happy that UNP Government ministers were in Jaffna in support of Development work. To me it was no coincidence that they were staying at the same hotel as I – North Gate by Jetwing. This happened in February this year also.
Yesterday was more special because it was elephant vehicle. As per my realization the vehicles are the opposite of divine qualities personified inside the altar.  Lord Murugan personifies beauty without any ego. His usual vehicle – the Peacock personifies pride  - as in proud as a peacock. Yesterday the elephant – the most intellectual of all animals – became the vehicle of Lord Muruga who preached to His father at Swami Malai/Hill. The symbol of United National Party (UNP) is also the elephant. It could not have been planned and to me – a believer in both – Nallur Murugan and true Good Governance – it was no coincidence but auspicious commonness.
…… It was also full moon Poya day where in Kandy – Buddhists were celebrating Randoli Perehera which is presented by Wikipedia as follows:

[The Randoli Perahera begins after five nights of the Kumbal Perahera. Randoli refers to palanquins on which the Queens of the ruling Kings traditionally traveled]]

This morning I read at the article headed ‘This Elephant Has 24X7 Security Escort When He Moves’.

If we believe in the divinity of another – including an animal – they give us messages from within. To Hindus – the elephant is part of Lord Ganesh – the elephant faced deity. I did not learn Hinduism in any school. But through my family heritage – especially my father – I believed. I was blessed by Saint Yoga Swami when I was born in Jaffna. Such heritage became stronger when I practised with faith. But from time to time I did not know whether that was true or not. My time I was at the University of NSW was one such time. But that was also when I started having realisations during the early hours of the morning. Now I realise that I needed that deep pain to feel the common problem of my environment. In Australia it was racial discrimination as per my belief and I needed to experience the depth of it as if I were causing it and I were the victim. That is when Transformation happens. When expressed by the owner / discoverer it becomes a structured solution to all true seekers.
Back then not many academics came forward to express support. But many indirectly expressed identity with my pain and my  courage in pursuing the non-violent pathway. Later I realized that this true identity – merged within me to empower me. To me that is a true vote. The external vote would help us win position in democracy. But it is the inner vote that renders soul power – which works to deliver the outcomes we seek and have earned through our belief.

One of the ‘realizations’ was the reason why different animal forms were in front of the deities – outside the altar. They were the opposites by gunas / characteristics of the deities inside the altar. The one outside Ganesh shrine is the mouse. The elephant is the most intellectual of all animals. The mouse is the least and therefore does as it is ‘told’ . I concluded that the Ganesh-mouse is the parallel of today’s computer-mouse relationship.

As indicated by the headlines in relation to Raja – the king/ruler - needs armed power to protect. The article ends as follows:
[Many rich Sri Lankans keep elephants as pets, but there have been numerous complaints of ill-treatment and cruelty. ]
This was highlighted in the article as follows:
[However, animal rights campaigners say captive elephants are often maltreated.
On Tuesday an emaciated 70-year-old elephant called Tikiri died, weeks after attending the Esala festival.]

It is to keep such ill-treatments to a minimum that Hindus have included animals in their ceremonials in worshipping god. On 28 November 2015, Economy Next reported as follows in relation to Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa:
[In January 2012, three rings flew off when he tried to garland a bull at Temple Trees to mark the Mattu Pongal festival. ]

Maattu Pongal is thanksgiving to the cow and is celebrated on the day after the harvest festival as thanksgiving to the Sun.

Given that majority Tamils are Hindus, the cow would reject a ruler who failed to include Hindus in himself when disciplining the wrong-doers. Instead they were treated as heirs of ‘foreign’ invaders. One who lacks belief in the other – does not have the moral authority to punish.

It is for this reason that I am very particular with junior castes who disrespect me. If I hurt – they hurt themselves. Due processes set by me – are to be strictly followed if they are to be empowered naturally by my truth. I may include them in the belief of their sovereignty but if they try to ‘possess’ and claim ownership – as some tend to do when they think I am not watching – the outcome drops to their standards.

The warning for the UNP – that carries the Elephant as its symbol – is whether it is used as a vehicle outside the altar or as the intellectual power inside the altar. Hence the question Raja the King or Gaja the Intellectual leader? reported as follows on the warning came on 09 September 2019:
[At least 17 people were injured when two elephants went on a rampage during the annual Kotte Perahera parade in Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka, on Saturday, September 7, according to Sri Lanka’s Hiru News.

Video shared on social media shows the elephants, festooned in parade regalia, escaping from their handlers and racing through the streets.

The parade is held in Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte every year to honour the Sacred Relic of the tooth of the Buddha, and was first held in 1415, according to The Island Online.]

According to the Island article :

[The Dalada Perahera has a long history. It dates back to the time it was brought to Sri Lanka during the reign of King Kithsiri Mewan also known as Kirthi Sri Meghawanna (303-331) who is the grandson of Gotabhaya and son of Mahasen the builder of the Minneriya tank who is worshipped as "Minneriya Deiyo."]

Mr Gotabhaya Rajapaksa – if he becomes President would be heir of the King Gotabhaya whose special characters are highlighted as follows:

[King Sirisangabo - 242 AD - 244 AD

Then a great king became a ruler of the country named Sirisangabo. He flew away to the forest after the arrival of king "Gotabhaya" (244 AD - 257 AD). King Gotabhaya took the crown from king Sirisangabo and he ordered to take the head of king Sirisangabo who was living in the forest, to verify that he is dead. Then people began to cut off so many heads and take them to the king pretending as the head of Sirisangabo. After hearing this, king Sirisangabo cut his own neck and told a farmer to take it to the king Gotabhaya. He is considered as the future Buddha and he full filed the "Dana Paramitha" by this . Then king Gotabhaya built a temple at this place and it is Aththanagalla Viharaya.]
The article continues to confirm as to how Theravada Buddhism – the Buddhism that is practiced in Sri Lanka – was overridden by Mahayana Buddhism during King Gotabhaya’s reign:
[King Gotabhayas two sons "Detutissa" and "Mahasen" had a Mahayana monk called "Sangamithra" as their teacher and that monk was against Theravada Buddhism. Therefore he taught Mahayana Buddhism to little princes against Theravada Buddhism. After king Gotabhayas death, his elder son "Detutissa" (257 AD - 276 AD) and during his reign monk Sangamithra left Sri Lanka and lived in India hoping to come back in prince Mahasens reign.]

The day before the elephants protested in the parade – Mr Gotabhaya Rajapaksa delivered his ‘Economic Plans’ at the Viyathmaga Annual Convention-2019 was held at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo .

As per the Island article mentioned above:

[The Sacred Tooth Relic is intimately woven with the history of Sri Lanka. It is said that when there was a drought during King Upatissa’s reign in 370 A.D. he led a procession with a gold image of Lord Buddha, the bowl relics and the Sacred Tooth Relic and that it brought rain ending a severe drought.]
In contrast – the reported as follows last year about China’s takeover of Hambantota port:
[“According to the records of the Department of Wildlife Conservation there are more than 400 elephants roaming in the Managed Elephant Range and those moving between the parks also use this area on a regular basis,” the report states adding that animals roam as much as 25 kilometres a day. Between 15-20% of the island’s elephant population could live in the project area, the department estimates.
The airport was also built on elephant habitat, and wildlife officials in Hambantota are frequently called up to chase the pachyderms off the runway………………….
Four of the locations have already experienced landslides along with one other location that was not identified as being in danger. In May 2017, large areas of the highway were flooded during high monsoon rains. One of the lasting images of the floods was the southern exit of the highway with its semi-circular arch half submerged.
“We have never experienced any such thing in this area. The flood waters used to flow downstream to the west in the past. The highway looked as if it was blocking the waters,” said Indrarathne Abeysinghe, who lives near the exit point.]

Then there was also the following Daily Mirror report about the warning in Hambantota:

[A straw thatched hut built at the dancing zone of the Hambantota Resort and Spa owned by Shangri-La’s Five Star Hotel Company caught fire during a firework event after it was opened by President Maithripala Sirisena today.]

These clearly confirm that the ancestral powers of the throne are currently upset with Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. The powers of the Tooth Relic would work only for a true leader who values her/his ancestral heritage.

Those who are intellectually driven contribute to leadership power each time they discover the truth in higher common form. The Constitution in essence represents this contribution by law makers. In a Constitution that carries ‘Buddhism Foremost’ clause – Hinduism is a junior as per that intelligence of majority law-makers. To balance it – Hindus, Christians and Muslims need to make the law in the provinces where they are in majority. That would save Sri Lanka from dividing itself further and further. SLFP and SLPP under the Rajapaksas divided for this reason. UNP was saved by the power of their ancestors. If UNP looks for quick and easy outcomes without paying respects to their elders – UNP also would divide and Sri Lanka would become a multicultural jungle where each tribe controls power.

If Buddhists do not have the courage to repeal Buddhism foremost clause – they have to devolve that part of the power – so that each state would make its own parallel. It’s a pity that Mr Wigneswaran who had that opportunity did not do that in Northern Province. To chant Hindu mantras to Common Tamils is the parallel of Buddhist priests chanting Pirith in Colombo Parliament. To diffuse the power of ‘Buddhism Foremost’ ‘Hinduism Foremost’ needs to prevail as a parallel but not activated. It must confirm the intellectual power of the group that discovered that Equal power Equation.
Tamil Politicians declared their Equal Rights to self-determination through Vaddukoddai Resolution and this was followed by the 1977 Equal status in National Parliament – due to the above Equation. Then the armed militants wanted to ‘possess’ and ruined it all.

If Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa becomes president – he – like Raja the elephant  will need armed protection. If  Sajith Premadasa becomes president – AND he respects the contribution to UNP – starting with the Hon D S Senanayake – Gaja (meaning elephant) will carry wisdom through intellectual pathway as the Leadership power. Those who believe in that pathway will not fear the elephant nor hurt the elephant. They would respect and facilitate intellectual leadership. Whoever truly believes that Jaffna is part of their home – will be blessed by such power. Then any decision made by such a leader would also be the solution Tamils need.

The power of Belief is Absolute and is above majority power. It would invoke ancestral powers to diffuse majority power.