18 November 2020
Sri Lanka & Electoral College System
From time to time something
happened to confirm to me the value of Belief. I had many such confirmations
during my experiences with the University of NSW(UNSW), followed by those with
the State and Federal governments. When Pauline Hanson asked migrants who could
not assimilate to ‘go back home’ I felt very upset and resigned from my
position at the University of NSW. Now I
realise that I resigned also because Sri Lanka needed me – heritage and all. I
became a common citizen by belief in both nations. This gives me voting power
with the system of Truth at global level. When I identify with a global problem
as my own, my vote is naturally allocated to one whose true position is closest
to my true position.
Recently when a law academic at the
UNSW asked me to unsubscribe her from my email membership, I wrote:
“Sorry, as per our policies we do not oblige as per likes and
dislikes – more so when it comes from UNSW which carries negative karma”
This was followed by the following
UNSW: Please send a copy of
policies are formed by our true experiences. They can be identified with in our
articles at the website.
I imagine that not unsubscribing me from your email list will only intensify
the 'negative karma' you think comes from UNSW. Certainly, the time put into this
correspondence could've been better spent.
I will continue to block these
emails and delete them en masse as 'junk' as I've done for many years.
Gaja: I have
institutional rights and obligations with UNSW. They are as per positions and
yours is one of them. No, the karma from me is to offset the negative in UNSW.
My communications resulted in my book Naan Australian which was taken to the
National Library of Australia via Congress Library without any effort on my
part. That is the way of belief which balances the Universal system of
governance. If you consider it a waste – then you would become a victim of the
negative karma at UNSW which has suffered many consequences after failing in
its duty to me. I attach Appendix 2 as an example if you really care about
being just. If you ignore the truth my work gets wasted on you and you would
allow your ignorance to become sin that spreads itself exponentially. But
there would be many more who would benefit and make UNSW a better institution
and do so exponentially.
The above academic was acting like Pauline Hanson
did in 1998. Both assume that we assimilate and therefore could be ‘told’. If I
were an assimilator I would have been deaf to Pauline Hanson. But as per my
belief I am an integrator. The difference is explained as follows by Immigration
[ is generally defined as adopting the ways of
another culture and fully becoming part of a different society. Whereas is typically defined as incorporating
individuals from different groups into a society as equals. The difference is
subtle but significant.]
I would have seemed to have
assimilated until 1998 whenever I felt discriminated against but did not
express it at the workplace. But when I heard Pauline in August 1998, I was
already upset with UNSW Administration which continued to use the old system of
Accounting even though our group was recruited to move the University towards
Democratic Accounting systems. But in 1998, after being recognized by some
Academics at the Medical Faculty – as the best suited person for the above
purpose – I felt the need to express my truth and take my position as an Equal
in a democratic structure. Hence I expressed it by resigning from the ‘given
position’ and then acting as per my True position as I believed it to be. I
could not have done so if I had accepted the ‘given’ positions and downgraded
myself. From then on, it is my integrated power that has worked here in
Australia . This to me is the parallel of the Electoral College system.
the Washington Post published an editorial opinion under the heading ‘Abolish the electoral
Included is the following:
[But why should Iowa’s
biofuel lobby get more of a hearing than, say, California’s artichoke lobby?
Small states already have disproportionate clout in our government because of
the Senate, in which Wyoming’s fewer than 600,000 residents have as much
representation as California’s 39.5 million.]
reason is the exponential value of Belief based votes which would draw on the
powers of ancestral lawmakers and owners of the small electorate (in the above
instance Wyoming) once they are self-governing which is likely to happen more
quickly than the larger electorate (California).
was how Tamils who were 12% of the Sri Lankan population became Equal
Opposition in national parliament in 1977. In 1976, Tamil Political leaders
declared Equal status through Vaddukoddai
Resolution 1976. In 1977, Mr JR Jayawardene (JRJ)who was leader of the UNP
that won government took the credit for the massive defeat of Sinhala
Opposition onto himself and changed the Constitution.
his Daily FT article headed ‘J.R. Jayewardene and
the 20th Amendment’ , Ravi Perera
presents JRJ’s then frame of mind as follows:
[How we ended up with an executive presidency
in this country is attributable to an idea conceived in the mind of by J.R.
Jayewardene, apparently first expressed at a meeting of the Ceylon Association
for the Advancement of Science in 1966.
For inspiration, he turned to two superpowers with presidential systems of
government, France and the US; two
great republics, nations which had won their freedoms at a heavy price,
countries that had built mega economies, peoples with innumerable individual
achievements in nearly every field of human endeavour.
Jayewardene explained his interpretation of a presidential system thus: “The executive is chosen directly by the people and is not dependent on the legislature during the period of its existence, for a specific number of years. Such as executive is a strong executive, seated in power for a fixed number of years, not subject to the whims and fancies of an elected legislature; not afraid to take correct but unpopular decisions because of censure from its parliamentary party. This seems to me a very necessary requirement in a developing country faced with grave problems such as we are faced with today.”]
The above confirms
the position of most intellectuals to whom belief based actions and expressions
of the less educated become expressions of superstitions. Belief is Exponential
in power. Even the highest level intellectual knowledge without belief is
relative. Belief is essential to climb the ladder to wisdom.
of Presidential elections JRJ’s system seems close to that of
France’s. But in terms of Parliamentary elections, he brought in changes
through the 14th Amendment:
[These Lankan amendments were made through the 14th Amendment in 1988 –
about 6 months after the 13th Amendment which recognized Tamil also as an
official language and English as a link Language, and required the establishment
of Provincial Councils. As per my reading, President J. R. Jayewardene,
negated the effect of the 13th Amendment through this
differentiation process. ] Gajalakshmi Paramasivam - Separatism Laws – 10-11-2020
The proportional sharing system at electoral level seems
to have been taken from the USA. The effects in Sri Lanka included Rebels
producing their own parallel Presidents in South and North. Their parallel of
law and votes in Parliament was arms. In turn, within the government –
Presidents who were dictatorial were produced.
Mr Jayawardene’s structure thus produced a unitary constitutional
monarchy ruling over a federal/provincial republic.
Ravi gives a clue:
[J.R. Jayewardene was intellectually heads
and shoulders above the commonness which has been standardised in public life
today. Widely-read, intelligent, cosmopolitan; as a young man JR had had
exposure to a larger culture, immersion in a rich literature; an enriching
upbringing that was then common to many promising youngsters of a certain
social class; an upbringing that enriched and broadened the young man’s
outlook, through education and association, he would acquire an urbanity that
would compare well with any in the world.]
The question is – did JRJ have realised wisdom by
actually practicing the above in everyday life? If he did – then he would have
appreciated that in democracy, one has to stop ‘showing’ more than electorate’s
common cleverness which when disintegrated would become Equal. As Ravi has
highlighted – JRJ was intellectually heads and shoulders above the commonness.
was his heir in the party – Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe who was modest – was never
president. Instead, Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa who was/is his heir by character through rough
intellectual power – became President twice. In North – LTTE leader became the
de facto president.
What if we
had the Electoral College system in Sri Lanka?
As per my
understanding this is necessary where there is a big gap between the culture of
the leader and the culture of the voter. In a vertical system, we have seniors
and juniors who connect through their respective positions and to that extent
there is flow of Energy in both directions. In Democracy one shares exponentially
through belief towards which there can be no vertical hierarchy. Hence Equal
position. When the vertical flow ceases – the lateral osmosis from the stronger
Energy to the weaker Energy happens. In democracy this stronger Energy is taken
to be the collective body known as electorate. A leader who shows higher powers
than the common voter tends to disconnect with the electorate.
electoral college system makes this vertical connection through intermediary
equals known as Electors – who are identified through a lawful process.
popular vote would have liberal elements of quid pro quo expectations and hence
would not reach the top – especially the cleverer top. Various layers of Equal
platforms facilitate the merger of governing powers between the voter and the
elected leader. In multicultural societies – the electoral college system helps
bring the popular vote to common vote through local cultural thinking, based on
If we had
had this system – Tamils would know that they can directly influence the
Presidential election outcomes through their cultural electors. We then would
not have had the ethnic war between King Prabhakaran & King Rajapaksa
assisted by Prince Rajapaksa.
If majority are assimilators rather than
integrators, then we do need such discovery of Equal levels between leaders and
common electors. That was how Mr John
Howard who failed in his duty to discipline Pauline Hanson was ‘sent home’ by
migrant power which accumulated over years of negligence by government and
self-governance by migrants.