Sunday 15 November 2020


Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

15 November  2020




Karmic Forces in the US Elections

Yesterday, on an auspicious day - by what seemed like a pleasant accident, we started watching the special poojah at Trincomalee Kali temple, Sri Lanka, through OHM TV. I felt that it was our karmic return for going to that temple practically every day early this year, when we were in Trincomalee.  I felt good. This morning when I read the headlines of Island Editorial – ‘Karmic forces at work?’ – I was intrigued. To identify with karmic outcomes one needs identity with the truth that resides in the root. It cannot be known through the physical senses nor intellectual calculations.  That editorial was about the US elections and included the following:

[National security is the be-all and end-all of any state, big or small. We have experienced the adverse consequences of political interference with the national security apparatus firsthand, not once but twice. In the early noughties, a change of government led to the upending of the defence establishment and a witch-hunt against state-intelligence officers, whose identities were revealed and gunned down by the LTTE. A similar situation arose following the 2015 regime change, and more than 250 people perished in terrorist bombings last year due to the debilitation of the state intelligence agencies.

President Trump seems to have taken a leaf out of President Maithripala Sirisena’s book; Sirisena prevented the Prime Minister, the Defence Secretary, the IGP and others from attending the National Security Council meetings. Sirisena made a mess of national security and rendered the country extremely vulnerable.]


A strong indicator of karmic force is one’s character. To my mind Mr Sirisena’s is like that of a cat while Mr Trump’s is like that of a tiger. In the 2005 Presidential elections, Mr Rajapaksa influenced the LTTE which forced the Tamils not to vote. In 2009 – that same President killed the LTTE in combat. It happened largely due to the characters of the two leaders being similar.


In terms of the US elections – ‘Tamils for Clinton’ group was reported have been made up and funded by aggressive characters who were largely supporters of the LTTE.  Galleon Hedge Fund Manager Raj Rajaratnam also was reported to have funded this group.


To the extent the feelings were genuine – the karma manifested itself through Ms Kamala Harris in the 2020 elections. That is like elevation beyond Electoral College to Electoral University. The editorial reflects misreading karma in this instance also:


[The US has helped many Presidents cling on to power in the face of electoral defeats and popular protests, in other parts of the world, and also had popularly elected Presidents ousted in some countries. Have the chickens come home to roost?]


That brings us to Mr Basil Rajapaksa’s possible entry into Sri Lankan parliament through the National list. Daily FT report ‘MPs urge Basil to enter Parliament soon’- includes the following in this regard:

[A group, of SLPP/SLFP MPs have handed over a letter to the Party’s National Organiser Basil Rajapaksa requesting him to enter Parliament soon and guide the Government in its economic activities.
The letter states it was Basil Rajapaksa who created the SLPP and turned it into a political party which managed to secure victory at the Local Government Election, Presidential Election, and the General Election in a short span of four years.

The letter has been signed by MPs Sampath Athukorala, Pradeep Uduhoda, Angajan Ramanathan, Cader Masthan, Dr. Upul Galappatti, Ashok Priyantha, Sanjeewa Edirimanne, Sahan Pradeep, Akila Ellawala, Nalaka Bandara Kottegoda, Amarakeerthi Athukorala, Wasantha Yapa Bandara, W.D. Weerasinghe, H. Nandasena, Kumarasiri Ratnayake, Sudarshana Denipitiya, Rajika Wickremesinghe, Nipuna Ranawaka and Sampath Athukorala.]

The above is like the popular vote that Hilary Clinton got during the 2016 Presidential elections. In Jaffna district - Mr Angajan Ramanathan who is also in the above group polled highest number of preferential votes which are the unprocessed popular votes. Where characters are similar they merge naturally, unless consciously overridden. In a way this was the parallel of the 2005 victory that Mr Rajapaksa achieved through his characteristics similar to LTTE leader.

The problem that these popular leaders fail to see is the possibility of American karma happening in Sri Lanka through leaders who are dual citizens.

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