PRISONERS OF WAR
Truth manifests Itself in wonderfully diverse ways.
On 28 March 2020, the New York Times published as follows under the heading ‘As
Pandemic Rages, Sri Lanka’s President Pardons a War Criminal’ :
[Sri Lanka’s president has pardoned a soldier who was sentenced to death
for killing eight civilians during the country’s civil war, leading to
accusations that the government was taking advantage of the chaos from the
coronavirus pandemic to free a wartime ally accused of atrocities.
The pardon reverses one of the very few convictions from the 26-year
civil war, during which dozens of militants and military officers were accused
of war crimes. The pardoned soldier, former Staff Sgt. Sunil Ratnayake, was
sentenced in 2015 for blindfolding eight civilians from the Tamil ethnic group,
slitting their throats and dumping their bodies into a sewer in 2000. Three of
the victims were children.
The pardon brought outrage from rights activists and opposition
politicians, but little obvious reaction from the broader Sri Lankan public,
which is under a strict curfew in order to contain the spread of the
Rajapaksa instructed the Ministry of Justice to release Mr. Ratnayake from
prison on Thursday. Mr. Rajapaksa, who was elected in November, is himself
accused of having ordered war crimes during the civil war, when he served as
When I first learnt about the Presidential Pardon, I
did not oppose it but concluded that the Tamil parallels of Sgt Sunil Ratnayake
were also pardoned by Mother Sri Lanka. As a Sri Lankan elder I have the moral
authority to pardon every other Sri Lankan of any ethnicity – even though they
are punished by the judicial process or would be guilty through the lawful
process. That is the law of Common faith.
if to confirm this, I learnt about the spread of ‘impunity virus’ through the
following in the Island article headed ‘HRCSL Chief intervenes on behalf of prisoners
recommends releasing selected prisoners under ‘licensing system’:
[Human Rights Commissioner Dr.
Deepika Udagama has requested Prisons Commissioner Jayasiri Tennakoon to take
measures for the protection of prisoners. Dr. Udagama has written to Tennakoon
after discussing with him over the phone how to safeguard the health of
prisoners during the current health epidemic.
The following letter has been sent
to the Chief Justice, Attorney-General and the Acting IGP as well as
the Prisons Chief:
"Having considered all
factors, our Commission wishes to make the following recommendations to the
Department of Prisons (DOP), specifically to address the issue of overcrowding
that is of particular concern during a health epidemic of this nature:
i) DOP should take
urgent action, in consultation with relevant authorities, to release
those who continue to remain in remand custody due to their inability to
post bail in the required sum. We are pleased to learn that you are already
giving attention to the matter; and
should take necessary steps to release under the licensing system that is
permitted under the law convicted prisoners who are:
a) Seriously or terminally
b) Those over the age of 70;
c) Those convicted of minor
We fully recognize the challenges facing the prison system, particularly
at present when there is a grave threat to health. Our Commission, pursuant to
the mandate conferred on it under Act No. 21 of 1996, is paying special
attention to the rights of those who have been deprived of liberty as they are
more vulnerable to disease than the general population."
protested against our Australian Prime Minister’s advice in breach of my ‘sovereignty’
– for over 70s to self-isolate themselves inside their own homes. I needed to
protest to maintain my own sanity. As per my own law – unless they have evidence of
unlawful conduct, no one has authority above me inside my home where I am the
queen. If by the age of 70, I do not
know what’s best for me – then I am not a sovereign person. In my own home
meaning anything that I bring into my home through my mind also and not just
through my body.
a school time friend of mine who became also a family friend – said to me over
the phone that my brother was the best
intellectual performer in our family and she attributed it to my mother. Under
other circumstances, I would have rejected it only mentally. But yesterday I
was carrying the valuation of my friend and classmate Marie Pathinathar who
arranged for another classmate of ours to meet me just before the social
distancing rule was introduced. This other classmate expressed much
appreciation for my academic achievements – as did another junior in Jaffna,
during our recent visit. I felt that it
helped them to elevate their own self-confidence , by adding themselves to me
also. Hence when my family friend- classmate elevated my brother’s status I had to expressly negate
that energy from my home. Hence I said that our mother whom this family friend
respects as her Maths guru – had categorically stated that I was the best
intellectual performer in our family and that my mother had referred to our
teacher Mrs Margret Saverimuttu’s certification that I was her ‘star pupil’.
Margret Teacher as our teacher was known, was a strict disciplinarian. Hence if
I am demoted below the status of my brother – and that is acceptable to me –
then I demote my Alma Mater – Holy Family Convent – Jaffna. These are all
institutional structures that I carry in my mind to assess and take my position
in a sovereign group. Hence , as I did with Mr Morrison’s advice, I negated the
infiltration by the above person who herself is missing the elevation by her
grandchildren and children during this period of isolation. To me the
certification by a disciplinarian that Mrs Margret Saverimuttu was, is the
parallel of head of real Judiciary certifying me through law. My family
friend’s certification of my brother is the parallel of social media
certification which comes largely through hearsay and is used as per our own
met Dr. Deepika Udagama when the lady was honoured by the Sri Lanka
Reconciliation Forum, Sydney. This was before Dr. Udagama became Chairperson of
the Human Rights Commission – Sri Lanka. Dr. Udagama is reported to be ‘Sri Lanka's
alternate member to the United
Nations (UN) Sub-Commission on the promotion and protection of
Human Rights’. Yet I have no knowledge of any public criticism by Dr. Udagama
about the Presidential Pardon.
a person carrying high status on the basis of expertise in international
human rights law, Dr. Udagama had the duty to protect the institutional values
of the UN. Accordingly all prisoners of war ought to have been released under
the Licensing system, when the President pardoned Mr Sunil Ratnayake who was
found guilty of war crimes by the Sri Lankan Judiciary.
mind to mind infection of disorder is a higher and more damaging risk than any
risk to the physical body. After the Soul, the mind is the most common part
of a person. Human Rights are based on
the belief that all humans are Equal. If Dr. Udagama had truly believed this to
be true and had disciplined herself to adhere to this fundamental value, Dr. Udagama would have used the licensing scheme
to release all prisoners of war and upheld the Sovereignty of Sri Lanka.
for the over 70s concession – it is in breach of anti - age – discrimination laws.
An independent 70 year old would survive
better in prison than a dependent 50 year old. Taken as a whole, the prison
system needs such persons to naturally strengthen its sovereignty as one
call upon Dr. Udagama to rectify her mistake and recommend the licencing system
in her territory on equal footing as the President has in his territory.
CHINA IS ILL?
evening when Prime Minister Scott Morrison advised ‘All
Australians aged 70 and over 'should stay home and self-isolate’, my heart
fell. I was feeling good all day and
then this. I suddenly felt tired and weak. I went to bed early. This morning I
thought about it during meditation. To my mind, this time in this crisis the PM
was wrong for my group – the independent mothers’ group.
Given that in a democracy the government is limited
in its true authority to the Sovereignty of the People – I consider this an
abuse of power by the PM. May be he is tired and overworked now at the age of
51, and projected on the basis of his own experience – and concluded that he would become dependent on
his children and/or juniors in government by the time he is 70. My spiritual Guru
was active until He left His body. Jesus
cannot be limited to the age of His body. That would be to mourn on Good Friday
and not celebrate Easter Sunday.
Scott’s advice was confusing because there are special queues
for the elderly which means they / we are
taken to be capable of operating on their / our own. Queues for us and self-isolation
desire for Political figures? Such directions would disconnect the flow of
belief from the sovereign citizen to the government.
Then I received the Economy Next article headed : ‘Sri
Lanka asks for international debt relief on Coronavirus hit’:
Sri Lanka has asked international lending agencies to give debt relief for
vulnerable nations as a Coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc around the
Gotabaya Rajapaksa requests international donor agencies to provide a debt moratorium
or debt deferment facility to all vulnerable developing nations to the COVID –
19 risk,” his office said in a statement.
had urged Director General of the World Health Organization to forward this
request to multi-lateral and bilateral lending agencies.”]
In this pandemic – as per reported figures – Sri Lanka
is doing 10 times better than its sugar-daddy China, in terms of infections and
50 times better in terms of Deaths. If China had spent money in improving the Respiratory health standards of its home folks
instead of sugar quoting the Rajapaksa activities, Sri Lanka would not
need to beg international agencies. This President alienated himself from
International Common standards in relation to Democratic Accountability in
terms of ethnic cleansing which happened behind closed doors. He has no moral
authority to expect assistance from International agencies. If indeed China was
a democracy – its People will protest against such assistance to a ‘foreigner’.
If Sri Lanka were a relative it would have sent its
armed forces across to China last year – and contributed to curbing the spread
of the virus at the early stages. Reference to ‘vulnerable developing nations’ is the parallel of our Australian PM labelling us the over 70s’
as high risk group. Former abused Buddhism and the latter weakened investment
Italy’s death rate may have invoked anxieties. Given
that majority Italians are Roman Catholics – they have the moral duty to
measure success through Soul value realised and not the physical.
At the beginning of last year – the Italian
Government raised the age limit for drawing retirement benefits and also introduced
the ‘Quota 100’ scheme which facilitated early retirement for those who started
work early. Unless those above 60 understood the structure – they are likely to
have feared losses due to the 2019 changes. Restructure of the mind after 60
becomes difficult. In addition, Italy is reported to suffer higher than
European average rate of dementia. Advice such as the one by Mr Morrison
yesterday would push those who tend to be dependent to become even more
dependent on their children who are also being challenged in many ways by the
Some of my uncles retired early when the then Sri
Lankan government introduced the ‘Sinhala Only’ legislation in 1956 and at the
same time facilitated early retirement for those who sought to retire due to
not wanting to learn a new language in old age. Many of them picked up farming
and became landlords. The greater loss to the government was the oneness
through common Public Service.
Sri Lanka’s curfew is an example of youth becoming
more unruly in areas where they think they are the rulers. Yesterday – two days
after I received the complaint of our temple fence being cut – the cleaner rang
to report that four youth had jumped over the gate in broad daylight – claiming that it
was cooler inside the temple, than inside their homes. I asked the cleaner to
send me photos, until I am able to obtain footage from the security cameras. I
said further – that beyond that they would be taken care of Lord Vairavar – the
Lord of Security.
My husband asked me how? I said I have invested in
the security of that temple and its surroundings. Divinity in the form of Lord Vairavar would have received that
investment on behalf of those who were in need of that protection and who
believed also in the importance of security of a ‘home’ in the form through which
I have invested . This usually begins with their investment in formal
education. In this instance – education of the children in that area. Sometimes this
protection happens through mental illness in the one who drew benefits but was
unfaithful to the provider. In rural parts of Northern Sri Lanka they refer to
this as Vairavar power when positive and Soonyam / black magic, when done for
selfish purposes with negative effect on the whole.
I neither believed nor disbelieved it. But later I
realized that it is a kind of mind to mind influence to which they were giving
their own form. One of the four mentioned above was mentally ill for some time.
But when the youth are idle – they go back to such pranks. If the police of
that area do not take action, I have decided to instruct the cleaner to turn
off all the lights so the folks who turned a blind eye to the breaches by the
sons of their neighbours – would be blamed by those who need the lights for
security. When that happens I would interpret it as Lord Vairavar having
balanced the equation of common faith.
My approach to the Coronavirus challenge is also
based on faith. The values I have realized about the mind living beyond the
body, have been shared with many groups. Hence I neither fear nor submit to
death by giving up on my body which at most times is controlled by my mind. The
mind filled with faith and/or by intellectual balance is the key to effectively
killing the bad virus. Not all of it is bad.
Commonness vs. Particularization
I walked into the Bangladeshi Supermarket in
Eastlakes, NSW, Australia. Before going to the Flour isle I paused at the biscuits and cookies isle. I
do not know why I did so – because I was looking for Atta (wholemeal) Flour. My eyes went to ‘Nankhatai’. I had not tasted them until now but remember
an experience shared by my mother. In Burma, my mother and her sisters grew up
in the same household as their cousin Padma. According to my mum – Aunt Padma
had shared the Nankhatai that her mum gave her, with her cousin Manon who was also very fond
of the sweet. Aunt Padma’s mum did not have enough to go around, and hence quietly
gave only her daughter. But Aunt Padma being a sharing soul – shared with her
cousin. In later life Aunt Padma was never wanting in family goodwill support. Yesterday,
when I came across the ‘Nankhatai’ – none of the above three members of the
family were with me physically or living currently in any part of the world. But
the value of the sweet sharing was with me.
Our children had organized to gather in our home
together with Arun our nephew, for my birthday. The arrangements got cancelled
due to the social distancing rules and also non-essential travel from Melbourne
where two of our children live. I did receive wishes from our MPs – State and
Federal. I was happy about it. But I must have missed the family subconsciously
and hence the three good mothers in our family must have drawn me to the ‘Nankhatai’.
To me that was blessing from our common mother.
To become Common – we need to forego the particular.
Hence now I look for influences and reasons beyond the physical and mental to identify
with the causal forces. After the above experience this morning Aunt Padma’s son Ravi arranged for me to have
conference chat – with his sisters in Brisbane and Toronto as well as my sister
in Singapore - which was better than having a party. All this confirmed to me
yet again that Energy which is accessed through Common Belief leads us to
higher level enjoyment.
[Author and journalist Gajalakshmi
Paramasivam headlined one of her articles on Sri Lanka as ‘Tamils out and China
in’. Paramasivam regularly writes about the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils in
newspapers, portals and blogs. Among others who have worked on Sri Lanka’s
Tamil genocide is writer and journalist Frances Harrison, whose stupendous work
'Still Death Counting', recounts details of that genocide and how brutally
human beings are killed and become refugees for economic or business interests.]
That respect shared
publicly earned Swadesh Roy my natural blessings. My
writings are based on my truth escalated as per the need of the group on behalf
of whom I write. In the case of Tamils, I shared my feelings due to indicators
beginning with Shangrila hotel fire. Now when Sri Lanka has restricted movement
through curfew but continues to indicate hopes of tourism boost after this
pandemic is over and done with, where would China rank in terms of tourism
arrivals in Sri Lanka? As per my knowledge, last year, China ranked second
after India in Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka. The simple minded Sri Lankan
would call it the China virus. Each one is right as per the level at which they
think. In an ethnically divided country – the China factor is likely to be a
strong apparent causal reason. Scientific reasoning would be the way of one who thinks in Common. Since Buddhism is
particularized in the Sri Lankan Constitution and Sinhalese is particularized
in the mind of majority Sri Lankans – the depth of the common Sri Lankan mind
is likely to particularise and not think in Common Scientific terms.
Is this therefore the karma that the current Sri
Lankan government earned through Chinese handouts – especially during the war? Was
the UNP guided by its intuition when its
leader Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe silently handed over he reigns to the President’s
brother? With or without Article 150 (3) through which the Prime Minister is
claiming that the President has the authority to draw funds from the
Consolidated Reserves – the Coronavirus has seriously damaged the travel and
tourism industry. Is China being punished for influencing particularization? Is
it this government’s karma to go through this crisis after dissolving
parliament? Did the President lack the intuition to expect this extended
suspension? Is it due to weak investment in Commonness?
Saint Yoga Swami – by Pradeepkumar Paramasivam
FOUR TIMES BETTER THAN CHINA
this Coronavirus epidemic, we tend to measure through numbers and not
relativity. But the experience is
relative to that which is our world. At governments’ level – the American
government is doing five times as bad as China and Australia is doing twice as
bad as China. In terms of deaths American government is doing twice as bad as
China but Australia is four times better than China and ten times better than the USA.
I was stopped by my truth when I emotionally sought to support the Tamil
political leadership over its stand in relation to the Pardoning of an Army
officer in relation to Mirusuvil massacre in 2000. I received a call from our
temple caretakers about the break and enter of youth around our temple in Sangarathai-Thunaivi
which is our parallel of Mirusuvil. When my own truth cautions me, I stop and
listen. During my challenges with the Administrators of the University of NSW –
at one stage – when I was about to dissuade Jeff Warnock – then the Administrative
Director of the Faculty of Medicine, not to leave, the message from our friend
Sunthu came - with the picture of Yoga
Swami – asking me to Summa Iru / Be still. I did not write to Jeff but let the
truth flow. Yesterday’s message was similar. In both instances, I learnt the
the case of the Mirisuvil massacre at the centre of the Presidential pardon,
Wikipedia presents the following picture:
massacre happened on 20 December 2000, when eight internally displaced refugees returning
to inspect their property were arrested on 19th December 2000 in a village
named Mirusuvil close
They were subsequently murdered allegedly by Sri Lankan
Army soldiers and buried in a mass grave, about 16 miles east
of Jaffna town.
refugees had returned from Udupiddy, further north. They returned to Mirusuvil on 19
December to inspect their houses and to collect firewood, when they were seized
by the Army. The refugees had obtained permission from local authorities before
visiting their former properties.
to the evidence of District Medical Officer, Dr. C. Kathirvetpillai, their
throats had been slashed. The dead included three teenagers and five-year-old
Vilvarajah Prasath. The murders came to light because one of the
arrested, Ponnuthurai Maheswaran allegedly escaped from Army custody with
serious injuries and informed relatives. Eventually the Sri Lankan
government charged five Sri Lankan
Army soldiers with illegal arrests, torture, murder and
burial of their dead bodies in a mass grave. The case was still pending in
Mirusuvil, where the massacre happened and was the
home area of the victims was within the
high security zone and also near Muhamalai where the LTTE had their
checkpoints. I went as an ordinary person - through those checkpoints many
times during the war. Udupiddy is more than 40 kms north of Mirusuvil. It
therefore does not make sense that the victims would come all that way to collect
firewood. More importantly, almost a year prior to on 18 December 1999 that the
LTTE killed 28 and injured 80 and blinded President
Kumaratunga in one eye. While the victims may have been unaware of this - the soldiers
are likely to have been on an emotional high due to that bombing by the LTTE.
The government in Northern Sri Lanka – at that time
was the LTTE. It was their duty to protect civilians. Permission from the local
authorities is of no use and is most unacceptable. A genuine authority would
have refused permission under those circumstances.
As a whole – we, the community failed those victims.
If they were LTTE supporters - then the suffering
was NOT punishment but part of the war in which civilians have no say.
‘Summa Iru’ is the right way if we are to not encourage
another war. The Diaspora wants to win at the UN level. To win – they must pick
the losses where the LTTE has no parallel record. LTTE killed Tamil
politicians. That was its way. If we continue to be blind to that – then we
have no authority to use the law against the opposition. The base needs to be
truth of the person applying the law and/or the demonstrated respect of the
side for the law at the level of the institution – in this instance the UN.
Unless we so regulate this - we
would become more and more like the very opposition / enemy we are finding
fault with. That is the way the enemy who fills our mind brainwashes us through
In Tamil (Indian) cinema, we often hear the saying ‘Even
god cannot change it’. This means that god is less powerful than the claimant.
What kind of logic is that? I am yet to hear any other Tamil oppose and dismiss
such claim as blasphemous. When we
become part of such audience, they write the script for us – including for the
next war – as MGR the cinema hero turned Chief Minister wrote in LTTE leader’s
EARNED THE SUPPORT OF DHARMA?
‘Sri Lankan President pardoned an Army officer who
was on death row for killing eight Tamil civilians’ – Hindu
The Tamil Political leadership is reported to have
responded as follows:
National Alliance (TNA), Sri Lanka’s main party representing Tamils of the
north and east, condemned President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s decision to pardon and
release an Army officer who was on death row for killing eight Tamil civilians
— including a 5-year-old and two teenagers— in 2000 during the civil war.
true, we condemn the opportunistic action of Prez @GotabayaR under guise of
dealing with the issue of prisoners at a time like this. This is one case in
which a person was actually convicted. Other cases weren’t even prosecuted or
were acquitted,” the TNA tweeted.]
My question is what is the UNP which represents
minorities doing? Are there no law respecting Sri Lankan politicians in the
Even as I began writing, I received a call from
Vaddukoddai in Northern Sri Lanka – informing that our temple fence has been
cut again, last night – which obviously was during curfew time. It was
sickening to hear that the ‘boys’ would do this. The timing of the message made
me think again. As a community what have we earned in the eyes of Almighty?
What has any Tamil politician – including TNA in Vaddukoddai done to discipline
these boys – due to whose disrespect for law and order, our contribution to law and order is being
The irresponsible conduct of young ones who failed
to follow the social distancing rules here in Australia, resulted in accelerated
spread of the virus. It looks as if Vaddukoddai is breeding its own virus of
unruly conduct to disturb the peace in temples. When the custodians of law let
us down Dharma protects us. Temples are institutions through which customary
law and order is learnt and maintained.
My question to the TNA is – have we, as a community,
earned the support of Dharma? If yes,
the above would not have happened to me in what was a high security zone during
the war. Mr Wigneswaran who represented TNA came to this village to make his
speech. But what did he do to address this issue of invading others’
properties? Since they have not done anything about it – the question that
comes to my mind is - are we entitled to
more than our investment in Common Law to find fault with the President ? The
limit is our truth or our own investment in Common Law – whichever is higher.
I reported the matter to Vaddukoddai Police and
informed the caretaker to warn the parent of one of the boys whom I disciplined
The call came to inform me about the real need of
Northern Sri Lanka – investment in common law. Those who are moving through the
UN have the duty to first ensure that the beneficiaries are worthy and are not
likely to abuse any victory at global level.
Information from cyberspace comes to me when I seek
it. I am therefore not surprised that the call came at this point on the basis
of truth of our community as a whole. God never fails the believer.
Like emigration due to war, I no longer reside at
the cottage within the temple grounds – built by us. I stay at Jetwing in town
where I feel safe and respected. The funding for that comes from my Airbnb accommodation
here in Australia. That is how Universal
power of belief works. If TNA and/or Mr Wigneswaran were seeking through
ownership based belief – they would have found these areas of need. Neither has
the support of Dharma in the case of occupied lands. The buck must stop with
us. That was the mandate of the People. If TNA considered itself to be the true
Opposition – it would not have vacated post after the Constitutional coup in
If UNP does not oppose it – then it also limits Sri
Lanka to the absolute power of the President. We get the government we deserve.
Grimshaw of ‘A Current Affair’ raised the issue of ‘Second Home’ in the case of
self-isolation by Prince Charles. The government’s stand is confirmed as follows:
["If you live elsewhere, please don't use the Highlands as your
means of self-isolation," tweeted Forbes, a member of the Scottish
Parliament for the sprawling Highland constituency of Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch.
"People live here who are trying to follow government
guidance and the continuing flow of camper vans and other traffic who appear to
be escaping the cities is not helping."
Monday, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Scotland's First
Minister Nicola Sturgeon urged people to remain at home and self-isolate in
order to avoid this potentially fatal illness that has claimed lives worldwide,
mostly among the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions]
It is interesting that the Prince chose to isolate
in his inherited home in Scotland. That which is inherited has no ranking. It
is Common in value. The Royal family as a whole represents inherited value of
To my mind, our home in Coogee is of such Common
value. I sought the blessings of the Chairman of Prima in Sri Lanka, where I was
the Financial Controller. The property
was developed by Prima and by recognizing the chairman as an elder – I invoked
the heritage value. Later when I sought
to uphold my true position at the University of NSW, there was the risk of
losing this home. But amazingly we continued to have the necessary resources to
service the loan. As I keep saying – this home looked after us when we had a
real need. I now better appreciate the saying ‘Dharma (Natural Justice )looks after
those who look after Dharma’ .
‘Staying at home’ during this time of Coronavirus –
in many ways would reinforce home values. There is a saying in Tamil ‘Kamban veetu kattu thariyum kavi
paadum", / Even the loom in Poet
Kamban’s home is poetic’
To the extent we worked for our home and family
every member of that family would be able to draw on that Energy. Staying
together helps us to recognize this strength. Even if the older folks die
during this period, they/we have the opportunity to know that young ones care
about us. This sharing strengthens our heritage and keeps the whole together.
Every Sovereign unit is supported by God’s system. This
could be a home, workplace, nation or the world. The more we share in each
other’s pain the stronger this Oneness.
Those who seek physical togetherness towards this
would not die. They live forever.
MALDIVES IS NOT
PART OF SRI LANKA
spoke to our Temple Priest in Northern Sri Lanka to conduct the necessary rituals
in relation to the death anniversary of Sri Premakumar, at his home-shrine. I
was firm about not being an exception to the Curfew. Sri’s wife Vathanee
arranges this in honour of her husband’s life to be conducted at our family
temple in Sangarathai, in Northern Sri Lanka. I made the arrangements with the
priest in February when we were physically there. After learning that the
curfew has been extended – I restructured the arrangements.
I was therefore shocked to read the report under the
headline ‘COVID-19: Sri Lanka agrees to
provide medical personnel as aid’ at
The parallel of that here in Australia would be for
Australian medical personnel to go to New Zealand.
To my mind, this means that the Sri Lankan
government does not feel the threat of
Coronavirus to be serious. This is possible due to it distancing itself more
and more from the global leadership. This is fine if Sri Lankan government
feels that Sri Lanka is self-sufficient to protect itself from this enemy about
whose causal influences we seem to know very little. Those who are like family
to me in Northern Sri Lanka expressed much appreciation that I called often to ask
them how they were coping. I advised those with school-going children to do
home-studies and to not idle. Isolation breeds its own problems. Hence the ongoing
mind-sharing with those who are still recovering from the war.
Sri Lankans are entitled to the full and complete
services of fellow Sri Lankans. This is the reason for self-isolation at National
level. Maldives is NOT part of Sri Lanka.
there is nothing I think I can do to make it better for someone, I pray. When
my prayers are heard, I feel more calm. When Gwen Harrigan, who is part of my University
of NSW (UNSW) family expressed appreciation for my article ‘Value of Pain
Sharing’ I connected
it to my self-isolation pain during the ownership challenges I faced at UNSW in
which Gwen also shared.
I do not have the medical expertise to cure the
victims. But I do have the depth of mind to share and ease the mental pain of
the new victim.
In 2003, during the time I got ready to go to Sri
Lanka on a UNDP mission, my maternal uncle from Myanmar about the torture
experienced by my uncle Ratnum Durai:
STATEMENT OF CAPTAIN RAYMOND A.MALONEY OF
THE US AIR CORPS TO THE U.S. O.S.S IN 1945
DEATH OF RATNUM DURAI. O.S.S. AGENT CODE NAMED REX
JAPANESE KEMPEITAI’S DAILY TORTURE & BEATINGS
you have any information concerning the death of one RATNAM DURAI at the New
Law Courts Building, Rangoon, Burma? If so, please state what you know of your
own knowledge concerning the incident?
Maloney: When I
was placed in the New Law Courts Building, RATNUM DURAI was already confined in
a cell adjacent to the one to which I was assigned, and was moved to my cell in
about 10 days. On nearly every day for several weeks after I arrived, one or
more interrogators, usually the interpreters, would come to the cell and ask
him questions. I understood from the questions that they were seeking
information as to the radio frequencies and codes he used as an agent for the
United States intelligence, where he was trained, and the names of other
natives trained with him. The interrogators would frequently beat him with a
heavy club or rubber hose while in the cell. At other times he would be taken from
the cell and be gone for a period of from a few hours to 2 days. When he was
returned to his cell his body would show evidence of very severe beating, and
frequently he had been so badly mistreated that he could not walk. About half
the time he was given nothing to eat and did not recover. He died in January
1944, about 6 weeks after I arrived. He had no diseases or injury, except from
apparent beatings, when I first arrived.
Q: State what was told to you concerning this mistreatment and of the
background of RATNUM DURAI?
Maloney: I was told that DURAI was a Hindu and a citizen of
Burma, but had been trained by the United States Intelligence and dropped from
a plane behind the Japanese lines in Burma as an agent; that he was captured
during the latter part of November 1943 and immediately brought to the New Law
DURAI told me that he was always beaten when he was
taken from his cell for interrogation and that on several occasions he was hung
by his feet from the ceiling of the interrogation room, so that his head was
barely above the floor, and that water was then poured in his nose.
Q: Can you give any information as to those responsible for the
mistreatment resulting in the death of RATNUM DUARI?
Maloney: There was one Japanese interpreter who was on the
case continuously and gave many of the beatings. He was about 25 years old,
about 5’5” tall and could speak good English. He said he knew a little about
boxing and that he was one of the few Japanese there who wore their hair long
as in Western style.
Signed : RAYMOND A.MALONEY,
Captain, AC. ASN 0-726056
read this when I feel there is nothing more I can do. By dying in custody in a
global war, my uncle protected those who share in his pain from experiencing
that pain. That is the way of belief. I now feel sad but not anxiety for war
victims. All those who suffer deep pain in this Coronavirus war would protect
all of us who feel their pain as ours.
Self-isolation at physical level helps us to focus on our commonness which
protects us from particular pain.
Lankan government’s first duty is to Sri Lankans. Until the end of Coronavirus
war – they have no moral right to use Sri Lankan resources to help foreigners. Quid
Pro Quos have led to this pathetic situation.
deepest mind connects to the truth in Nirvana (Nakedness) where there is no mind; Just absolute
stillness of truth. As
Saint Yoga Swami of Jaffna said – Summa Iru/ Be Still.
Last evening I rang my granddaughters to find out how
they faced the challenge of online learning. Kali said that it was difficult
because they could not ‘talk to their friends’. I asked about their dinner and
Kali said that mum was not home yet from work. The mother in me awakened and I said
I would bring over cooked food that they could freeze and use on days like
this. But later after registering again, the difficulties of those who lost
their jobs, I felt I needed to stay at home and mentally share in the pain of
those who lost their jobs. I needed to also not ‘cushion’ the pain for the
young ones. I did not with my children and they are stronger minded for that
sharing. Hence I decided not to go ahead with that ‘desire’.
This morning, I learnt about further restrictions by
our PM - which meant no parties even in in the family home. I then appreciated that I was connected to the government’s mind. Like
in many religions and one god – our interpretations would be different but the
pain is One. It is the pain of Common Australian. My belief in Democracy and in
Australia, connected my mind to that of fellow Australians who are led by
Democracy. Mr Scott Morrison is one of them. Our partying was limited largely
to family gatherings on special occasions and of late even our birthdays were celebrated
‘online’ – on the phone. My work in war torn Northern and Eastern parts of Sri
Lanka was a big reason for this restructuring. Hence I identify with most of
the measures by the Australian government to be appropriate as it feels that my
reality has become the law. That to me was confirmation of true self-governance
through which we become the citizen or the government – whoever has the deeper
need at that moment.
I felt better after deciding not to leave home to take
good to my grandchildren. The discomfort
was good for me as well them. There were others with much deeper pain. Through
mentally including them as part of me – I share my spirit of resilience with
them. Then they will learnt to live with lesser income but higher status from
victims whom they lead.
Sydney Morning Herald reports as follows:
[Prime Minister Scott Morrison
addressed a scaled-down House of Representatives on Monday, invoking the spirit
of the Diggers. "So we summon the spirit of the Anzacs, of our Great
Depression generation, of those who built the Snowy, of those who won the great
peace of World War II and defended Australia," Mr Morrison said.
"For many, young and old, 2020
will be the toughest year of our lives."
Labor leader Anthony Albanese said
most Australians only knew stories of war, hunger and financial strife from
"This is a time for national
leadership, consistent messages, clear directions," he said.
The Sri Lankan government on the other hand is not
able to get the support of even its Parliamentary Opposition, leave alone that
of majority People – despite the recent war experiences of the People –
especially the pain of civilian victims as if it were that of the government. This
is because it became the enemy instead of the senior disciplining the junior
and experiencing the junior’s pain as its pain.
The deeper our pain the deeper our insight. The
deeper our insight the stronger our Oneness.
I am confident that we Australians would be more
cohesive after the Corona enemy attacked us indiscriminately.
Pain-sharing is the express pathway to ownership.