Sunday 24 January 2021



Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

24 January   2021



Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

24 January   2021





On 18 January, the ‘dismissal of’  Commission of inquiry by Tamil leadership was presented as follows:


 [Tamil Makkal Thesiya Kutani (TMTK) leader C.V. Wigneswaran, MP, alleged in Jaffna on Monday (18) that the government was making a fresh bid to deceive the Genava-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by appointing another Commission of Inquiry.

Former Justice Wigneswaran, who served as the Chief Minister of the Northern Province during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s tenure as the President, emphasised that there was absolutely no use in appointing a CoI now.

The 46th Geneva sessions are scheduled for Feb-March 2021.]

Today’s Sunday Times Political Editorial presents the following:


[On Friday, the Government announced one of its countermeasures in the wake of the UNHRC sessions in Geneva. A gazette notification issued by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said a three-member Commission of Inquiry has been appointed to “investigate and inquire” into the following matters:

(a) Find out whether preceding Commissions of Inquiry and Committees which have been appointed to investigate into human rights violations, have revealed any human rights violations, serious violations of the international humanitarian law and other such serious offences.

(b) Identify what are the findings of the said Commissions and Committees related to the serious violations of human rights, serious violations of international humanitarian laws and other such offences and whether recommendations have been made on how to deal with the said facts.

(c) Manner in which those recommendations have been implemented so far in terms of the existing law and what steps need to be taken to implement those recommendations further in line with the present Government policy.

(d) Overseeing of whether action is being taken according to (b) and (c) above.

The Commission is headed by Supreme Court Justice  A.H.M.D. Nawaz. He has served previously in Sri Lanka delegations to the UNHRC sessions in Geneva. Chandra Fernando, a retired Inspector-General of Police, and Nimal Abeysiri, a retired District Secretary, are the other members. They have been asked to submit their final report in six months. This is the second Commission of Inquiry. The first was the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) after the Tiger guerrillas were militarily defeated.]


The editorial begins with a lesson on Diplomacy:

[ American playwright, actor, and journalist Will Rogers declared, “Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘nice doggie’ until you can find a stone.” Added Adolf Hitler, “when diplomacy ends, war begins.”]


The Commissions of Inquiry are also Diplomatic missions. If Mr Wigneswaran had been in the Supreme Court and if he had been chosen to be part of the Commission, it is highly unlikely that he would be looking for the ‘stone’ to dismiss. As if to guide me in this regard, I received an email regarding Tamil Saint Yoga Swami around the same time as I received one that discussed the role of Ms Kamala Harris in Sri Lankan Tamil issue. The first addressee in that email was Mr Wigneswaran.  Mr Wigneswaran was in the video about Saint Yoga Swami. In that dialogue, Mr Wigneswaran reveals that when he went with his father to see Yoga Swami in 1963, Swami had said to his father words to the effect ‘ What is our relationship? you and I do not have a relationship’ Mr Wigneswaran says that when Swami passed away in 1964 – they concluded that the message was that they would not ‘see’ each other any more.


My father also believed in Yoga Swami and asked Swami to name me. Later when I was to be operated on to take out the seed I had playfully inserted into my nostril my father sought the intervention of Swami. Then on the morning Swami left his mortal coil, Swami came in my dream. I mentioned it to my mother and later we learnt that Swami had attained Samadhi/left his mortal coil. To me they were all confirmations that I had experienced Swami.


So, to the person who showed expectations of  support from Ms Kamala Harris, I responded as follows:


[ / seek within. The solution is indicated here: ]

That was the direction that Chellappah Swami – Guru of Yoga Swami had given Yoga Swami at Nallur. The full version is:

“Yaarada Nee? Therada Ull; Theerada Pattru”

‘Who are you; Seek Within ; Renounce Attachment.’

When educated persons are elected as political leaders, their reliance in the path of belief is diluted. My father was not highly educated. But he believed and belief gave him indicators from within. But those who are ‘attached’ to the visible and knowable outcomes would weaken the power of ‘insight’ that helps us see ourselves through the light from our Soul.

One who has such insight into Tamil issue – would use the UN to publish her/his work and not to expect the UN to do the work.

In October last year, Jaffna Tamil Politicians celebrated Mahatma Gandhi reported by the Consulate as follows:

[The Consulate General of India in Jaffna celebrated the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi as the grand finale of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi by organizing a series of events in the Northern Province this day (2nd October 2020). The main celebrations were held at the Gandhi Statue, Cargills Square, Jaffna. Consul General Balachandran garlanded the Gandhi statue and paid floral tributes. Hon’ble Members of Parliament Mr.Siddharthan & Mr.Sritharan, Northern Provincial Council Chairman Mr.C V K Sivagnanam, former Members of Parliament Mr.Mavai Senathirajah, Mr.Saravanapavan & Mr.Suresh Premachandran, Jaffna University Vice Chancellor, Professors, Jaffna District GA, Education Secretary, Jaffna Municipal Commissioner, representatives of main political parties such as Mr.M.K.Shivajilingam, Mrs.Ananthi Sasitharan, Mrs.Umachandra Pragash, Mr.Gajadeepan, All Ceylon Gandhi Seva Sangam Assistant Secretary Mr.M.Santhan Sathiyakirthi and other prominent dignitaries similarly garlanded the Gandhi statue and paid floral tributes.]


The return was known through Mr Gajadeepan,


[23 January - Tamil residents are protesting land grabs by the Sri Lankan Navy which began surveying the Mandaitivu and Mankumban regions of Jaffna on Monday to establish navy bases.

Prior to this, former provincial councillor B. Gajadeepan organised the protests demanding unity in opposition to the land acquisitions.

15 January ……The Sri Lankan navy has stepped up land grab operations in Pungudutivu, a coastal island off the Jaffna peninsula.

Earlier this year the navy attempted to expropriate 14 acres of publicly owned land, including land occupied by the Malayadi Nachimar Temple with the permission of the Velanai Divisional Secretary, for the Kottayam navy camp.

The soil in the area is known to be the most fertile region in Pungudutivu.

The navy abandoned the land surveying attempts in response to protests organized by Velanai Divisional Council member Karunakaran Navalan. Where Tamil politicians, such as Tamil National People's Front (TNPF) member Selvarajah Kajendran, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) members including Vinthan Kanagaratnam, and other locals in the area all came together to stage a sit-in protest.

A land acquisition notice was sent by the Velanai Divisional Secretary for Naval defense. Residents are preparing to dispute any land grab attempts and appeal to the larger community for support.

Expropriation of civilian land in the North-East have escalated since the appointment of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as Sri Lanka’s president last year, with an increase in incidents of Tamil residents facing intimidation and displacement.] – Tamil Guardian

The Uniting power between the two Tamil groups is Gandhi power. When one sacrifices personally for the common good unity happens naturally and instantaneously. Not so war power. THAT is the advantage we as minorities have over those who celebrate war victory in many forms. When we react – we lose the opportunity to own like true mothers do.





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