12 January 2021
FREEDOM V MILITARY FREEDOM
of the best monuments of Independence of a community is its University. Hence
Academic Freedom is essential feature for an institution to qualify as a
University. Mahatma Gandhi published his work through his own journals. Even
though many would not have read them – the very publishing of truth made that
manifestation the monument of his work at that time; at that place. Gandhi
published his work through his own institution. He was a University because he
published Truth as experienced by himself.
‘Magna Charta Universitatum’ specifies
the essential features of a University as ‘Academic Freedom & Institutional
Autonomy’. Institutional Autonomy is demonstrated through the University’s
adherence to its own laws.
there was Hartal in Jaffna due to Tamil War Memorial within University of
Jaffna being demolished. What was more worrying was the message in following AFP
[Sri Lanka To Rebuild Tamil War Memorial After Protests
Angajan Ramanathan, a ruling party legislator
for Jaffna, said authorities had agreed to rebuild the monument at the same
"The foundation stone... was laid today,
Ramanathan said on Twitter.
Tamil Tigers controlled a third of the island
at the height of their power, but were crushed in a military offensive when
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the top defence official.
His brother Mahinda, the current prime
minister, was the president when Sri Lanka annihilated the Tiger leadership.]
the removal a drama to promote the government through Angajan Ramanathan? To qualify as a University, the University of
Jaffna as an institution, needs to
decide for itself.
installation of that monument is the truth of the LTTE which disrespected the school
authorities to influence students to join their movement. The monument is a
confirmation that under LTTE – education is subordinate to military. This is
also the case with the current government led by former Defence Secretary – as confirmed
through military appointments in civil areas. By supporting the Hartal, the
supporters demote their own investment in education and intellectual freedom.
There was a time when Jaffna Tamils sold properties to educate their children.
Where is that heritage?
Hartal supporters, supported military freedom of Tamil Armed Rebels. This makes
it easy for the government to defeat them. The rebuilding promise confirms
this. This is why one needs to go deeper into cause and effect rather than
marking rights and wrongs through laws that are foreign to Tamils including
those at the University of Jaffna who have failed their community.
core value of Academic Freedom is that it
enriches the place and time of publishing even if no one reads it. All we have
to do is genuinely seek through our own truth and publish the findings we make –
without any expectations of profit. Then we convert our contributions to Energy
which connects us to Universal power of Truth. This includes time based ancestral
discovered this through my own writing work. I did not often get feedback for
my work but I felt the motivation within me to continue to write. Often my mind
was ‘taken’ to relevant work by others in the past. A systematic search would
have taken ages to get to that material – for example the ‘Kerala connection’ revealed
through my yesterday’s article. My investment in Thesawalamai law accelerated
this process. This was followed by an email from France which referred me to an
article [ஈழத்தமிழர் அரசியல் வெற்றி பெற சில ஆலோசனைகள் - கலாநிதி ஜோன் மரி-யூலியா (சுகிர்தராஜ்)
includes confirmation of the support of then Kerala Defence Minister Mr A K
Antony – who held the position of Chancellor, Defence Institute of Advanced
Technology. The article was published on 10 January . The article mentions
support for Kamala Harris which has become habitual with some Tamil Diaspora
leaders. By conduct the LTTE leader was not at all like Joe Biden. That reveals
to me that the writer seeks to ‘buy’ status and not earn it.
question that the article led me to was whether Jaffna Tamils have facilitated
the development of a Defence Academy under the name of University of Jaffna?
current Minister active in the UNHRC, on behalf of the current government is Mr
As per Wikipedia, Mr Sarath Weerasekara was trained at the National Defence College, New Delhi. He is therefore more a Defence
person than a Politician. Such a person would naturally invoke her/his parallel
in the Opposition, when s/he is free to lead. Hence the demolition at this time
– which was matched by young and restless Tamils who have been joined by Muslim
National Defence College is ‘ is adjacent to the home where Mahatma Gandhi lived the last
five months of his life, and the garden where he was assassinated’
Both Gandhi’s were assassinated by their own
community for facilitating multiculturalism. This divided their home-groups –
the intellectuals driven by the truth they have discovered and the armed
warriors to whom winning confirms ownership.
The Sinhalese celebrate 04 February as Independence day. It marks the
departure of the British and not the true independence earned by the sacrifices
made by Indians led by Mahatma Gandhi.
As per my discovery – shared through my regular
articles – when someone dies, those of us who connect through their goodness
inherit their assets. Those who owe them inherit their liabilities. Condemning
the British while using their infrastructure is to condemn our ancestors. Sri
Lankan politicians who are negative about the British separated themselves from
those who inherited their heirs. By becoming independent of the British while
they were still ruling India, the likes of Mahatma Gandhi became the Governors
of that whole region, including Ceylon/Sri Lanka. If Mr Sarath Weerasekara
therefore failed to pay his respects to Mahatma Gandhi – the spirit of the
great soul would keep separating Mr Sarath Weerasekara from Independence.
If the war memorial
is reinstalled by the government – that would be a victory memorial for the
Defence Forces and this is likely to turn University of Jaffna into a
Government controlled Defence Academy. What an insult! – All become we do not
know the difference between ‘physical freedom’ and ‘independence’. The truly
independent Tamil would NOT react – taking an eye for an eye.