Sri Lankan Electoral College
I was thinking of similarities between Mr Mahinda
Rajapaksa, Former President of Sri Lanka
and Mr Donald Trump. Soon my eyes were taken to the picture on the left from a
Kamala Harris fan in the Tamil Diaspora. I read the picture at the level of my
own mind structure and came across the picture on the right in the Island article
headed ‘VC reads riot act to lecturers’.
My background check revealed the following:
[Srisatkunarajah holds dual Australian
and Sri Lankan citizenship]
was elected by the current President of Sri Lanka who was himself a Lankan-American
dual citizen and whose changes to the Sri Lankan constitution have paved the
way for his brother Mr Basil Rajapaksa who is also a Lankan-American dual
citizen to enter parliament through the National list. The National list
entries are the Sri Lankan parallels of Electoral College system except that it
gets reversed at the top. As per my understanding of that system which has its
origin in Germany, the core purpose was for the head of State to have the
support of nobles:
college is a set of electors who are selected to elect a candidate to
particular offices. Often these represent different organizations, political
parties or entities, with each organization, political
party or entity represented by a particular number of electors or with votes weighted in a
The pathway through which Professor Srisatkunarajah became VC is presented as
follows by Wikipedia:
2020 the University of Jaffna's council nominated Srisatkunarajah along with K.
Mikunthan and T. Velnampy to be the university's new vice-chancellor. Srisatkunarajah
was chosen by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa]
Election by voters of Equal status is an essential
feature of Democracy. The acceptance of many of equal status makes the person
common representative. But this may not be enough to manage those who are
clever and hence the vertical process of elimination so that the plenary powers
are at the higher level.
Jupiter & Mercury are independent planets but
are vastly different in size. The higher the standard, the more inclusive the
Up to the point when University’s governing council
elected the above mentioned candidates – that process was democratic. But when
the President ‘appointed’ his choice – it
became autocratic. The next step ought to be for the members of the University
Grants Commission (UGC) to vote. There
is a government representative in the UGC but majority are academics. When a
single person makes the appointment it is an autocratic process. When such a
person is less qualified in that field – in this instance - the management of
University – than the person s/he is appointing, the process is reverse autocracy.
That is like Jupiter shrinking to Mercury’s size.
As per my experience with the Australian University
system, most of them are poor resource managers. I once had a debate with the
then head of research at the University of NSW (UNSW) – over whether reporting
is to be through Expenditure only or
both – Income and Expenditure – as I chose to do. If the former is chosen –
then that is confirmation that the University is dependent on the resource
provider. That was the way with the Cash Accounting system. Accrual Accounting
system is like a democratic Parliament with equal Opposition. That equality is
facilitated by law which plays the role
of Electoral College.
The UNSW was
strongly driven by Income. As per my discovery when we resource at the higher
level including through our intelligence, then the Income also happens at that
level. I usually recall the words of wisdom of Australian Radio personality Mr
John Laws who shared his experiences with his listeners – that the more he took
care of his children the more income he earned. I myself know this through my
additional ‘intellectual skills’ whenever I was unjustly denied money and
status benefits on equal footing. This is the reason why Mother is known as
Professor Srisatkunarajah ‘read the riot act’ due to
acceptance of army leader as his senior. Professor Srisatkunarajah’s
predecessor – Professor Ratnam
Vigneswaran was appointed by President Sirisena who was a ‘yes man’.
Both VCs ‘show’ Hinduism foremost – as Mr CV Wigneswaran also does. They
therefore lack the blessings of merged minds that have acquired global powers
by respecting elders from diverse cultures.
When we respect we inherit their mind.
If Mr Basil Rajapaksa
comes to Parliament and takes China’s
side – the risk of Americans punishing him increases. If we do not take control
of one way autocracy – through equal opposition as facilitated by democracy –
we promote polarisation. Bi polar problem is time based in the same mind. Polarization
happens when one mind gets the benefits and the other pays the costs, including
through shared intelligence. Happens all the time within Tamil Diaspora which
empowers many academics within the University of Jaffna.