23 March 2021
PRO CHINA AS LANKAN AND ANTI CHINA AS AUSTRALIAN?
Watching the evening news, I felt the victims of the floods, as if it were mine. There was not much I could do directly but I felt the pain and discomfort through my social parallels in the NSW community. In many ways the essence of my pain as Sri Lankan was a common base that led to this identity with the victims of disasters common to both my nations. Tsunami was a natural disaster in Sri Lanka and I had the opportunity to share in the pain of Tsunami victims, through my Tsunami Reconstruction Services in Eastern Sri Lanka. When we share in the pain caused by ‘Nature’ we develop common ownership.
The Sri Lankan war – to the extent it was between two groups that failed to follow common laws of combat was naturally animalistic due to its nature. It could help us in future but to contain the outcomes now through the framework of law is distracting What happens freely today is the effect of yesterday’s natural causes. One is entitled to Research and find the truth that will show the connection between the cause and the effect but if one plagiarizes on the way, one would not discover the truth and therefore not contribute to prevention of problems that are natural manifestations of those who steal other people’s work. This in essence is the root of the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka.
The warning came in 1977, when Tamils became leading opposition in National Parliament. But the then government elevated its status to presidential level by taking majority votes as the desire for subjective leadership, instead of failure by Buddhist Sinhala leadership. It failed to respect that the outcome was a no-confidence motion by the Sinhalese who were about 72% of the total population of Sri Lanka. The Sinhalese party that got the second highest polled 30%. This was less than 50% of the Sinhalese community. Hence it qualifies as no-confidence motion by the People for that party to be in Opposition.
Tamils who were then 12% of the population, polled 6.75% of the total votes which amounted to 56% of the Tamil population’s endorsement of Tamil community’s diversity and endorsement to lead them as an independent entity.
In Colombo which is the most multicultural electorate of Sri Lanka – the ruling party the SLPP polled only 57% of the votes. But in Hambantota it polled 75%. This then confirms strong confidence of that electorate in the Rajapaksa regime. If Colombo is Geneva’s parallel, Hambantota is China in the UN.
As per South China Morning Post article headed ‘Sri Lanka is not renegotiating Hambantota port lease deal with China, ambassador says’ :
[Palitha Kohona said in an interview that his country would “never be an unsinkable aircraft carrier posing a threat to anyone else”, referring to China’s ongoing power struggles with the United States and India.
Hambantota’s location at the southern tip of Sri Lanka, overlooking South Asia’s vital sea lanes, makes it a potential key maritime hub in the Indian Ocean. Colombo agreed to hand over the running of the port in 2017 when it was unable to make the repayments on the Chinese loans used to develop it.
“If there is a negotiation, it’s very secretive and nobody would say it to you. They are whispering to each other so that nobody else hears it,” Kohona said.
He was responding to a question about reports that Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was revisiting the deal with China.
“No, I think it’s absolutely rubbish,” he said.]
Negotiations could be mind to mind and could be read by separate minds respectively or the ‘commonness’ read by a common mind. To my mind, Dr Kohana has become a medium of China, through his diplomatic posting who failed to lay the appropriate structure that would prevent the current situation where Sri Lanka is at the risk of being demoted by the Global community. Wikipedia’s information indicates the reasons why:
[Palitha T. B. Kohona, a Sri Lankan born diplomat, was the former Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations (UN). Until August 2009 he was the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Sri Lanka and was the former Secretary-General of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process. He was also a member of the Government delegation at the talks held in February and October 2006 Geneva, Switzerland with the LTTE. He also led the Government delegation to Oslo for talks with the LTTE. He is the current ambassador of Sri Lanka to China. He is a citizen of both Sri Lanka and Australia]
Unless one is bound by common belief – one has to have evidence to accuse the other. Towards this one has to treat the other as Equal and not as junior. LTTE, when it openly deviated from the lawful process, needed to be treated as Equal. This would have led to self-isolation as we have done in the case of Covid19 – which to us is a ‘natural’ problem. Most Tamils who followed in the path of law – did just that. Some of it naturally was in common with the LTTE. That was less than 50% . But most Tamils affected by the war are opposing the Government through common Sri Lankan parties and common parts to Tamil parties.
This natural process is blocked when those who seek to profit from the past. Majority active participants in the Tamil Diaspora, going through their respective governments are Dr Kohana’s Tamil Opposition. Both have profited from their past and current activities and hence lose ownership rights to represent.
If Dr Kohona wears his Australian hat and thinks like an Australian – his conclusion would be different. His higher mind would then help him read how such settlements happen at the global level. Otherwise he needs to renounce his Australian status. Likewise those in Tamil Diaspora who have become ghostly Sri Lankan opposition.
There is a saying in Tamil ‘kadhalar iruvar karuthu orumithu adharavu pattadhe inpam’ / love is confirmed when two minds merge.
This means that at Energy level, two have become one. Our plans, structures, cultures and laws are towards such merger. When there is such a merger – the outcomes would support both minds. Without such common mind – the risk of theft of one’s credit by another is high. Ultimately we get the returns as per our true minds. Those who have contributed more to separation and less to commonness – need to separate themselves – so they do not victimise themselves and lose commonness including in their current environments – be it China or Canada & the USA
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