24 March 2021
UNHRC VOTE AGAINST THE LTTE TAMIL DIASPORA
Voting confirms our belief. Belief is ownership. Where the vote is taken for the purpose of ‘winning’, it would dilute the ownership of such a voter. It would also separate us if we do not have as our measure – One law. To the extent we do not have One law, we need measurable outcomes to confirm mutual respect for each other.
In terms of food – we read the Energy levels. Likewise, in terms of outcomes that are consumed by us we need to read through the Energy. In doing so, we need to keep in mind that too much Energy is as harmful as too little. Too much is confirmed through wins that generate excitement. Too little is confirmed through depression. To those who carried the LTTE leadership – the vote at the UNHRC was against them also. The question needs to be asked as to who in Sri Lanka became the medium of the above Energy? It is embedded in the UN’s thinking.
The Purpose / Cause for the UNHRC Resolution is indicated as follows in paragraphs 7, 8 & 9 of the draft resolution:
[7.Sri Lanka’s armed conflict emerged against the backdrop of deepening discrimination and marginalisation of the country’s minorities, particularly the Tamils. The 30-year war between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), as well as earlier insurgencies in the south, were marked by persistent and grave human rights violations and abuses by both parties, including extrajudicial killing, widespread enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention, torture and sexual violence that affected Sri Lankans from all communities. Thousands of children were systematically recruited and used as fighters and in other roles by LTTE and other armed groups, Muslim and Sinhala communities were forcibly expelled from the North, and civilians were indiscriminately killed in terrorist attacks on public places and transport by the LTTE. Successive High Commissioners have consistently condemned these acts.
8. Despite these serious violations, impunity prevailed. Cases that reached the courts were the subject of interminable delays, interference, harassment of victims and witnesses and only exceptionally achieved convictions. Numerous commissions of inquiry appointed by successive governments failed to credibly establish truth and ensure accountability. This has led to a glaring confidence gap.
9. During the final stage of the conflict with the LTTE in 2009, there were credible allegations of indiscriminate shelling by Government forces, including in the densely populated ‘No Fire Zones’, and of attacks on protected objects, resulting in massive civilian deaths and casualties. The LTTE prevented civilians from leaving the conflict area. Strict controls over humanitarian supplies by the Government caused additional deaths and suffering. LTTE cadres and their dependents are believed to have been extra-judicially executed after handing themselves over to Sri Lankan armed forces. More than 250,000 people were detained for months in military-run closed camps for internally displaced persons.]
The effects are indicated in paragraphs 52 to 59 and begin as follows:
52 Nearly 12 years on from the end of the war, domestic initiatives for accountability and reconciliation have repeatedly failed to produce results, more deeply entrenching impunity, and exacerbating victims’ distrust in the system. Sri Lanka remains in a state of denial about the past, with truth-seeking efforts aborted and the highest State officials refusing to make any acknowledgement of past crimes. This has direct impact on the present and the future. …..
The recommendations begin as follows:
[(a) Actively promote an inclusive, pluralistic vision for Sri Lanka, based on non-discrimination and protection of human rights for all, and in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda;
(b) Ensure constitutional and legislative reforms address recommendations made by United Nations human rights mechanisms and the resolutions of the Human Rights Council;…….
The above would require martyrdom by any government elected by majority who are Buddhists. The 1972 Constitution discriminated between Buddhists and Non-Buddhists and in theory recognized Equal status . But in reality – it was taken as seniority for Buddhists by those who desire to ‘win’.
The parallel of the above constitutional provision was Vaddukoddai Resolution 1976 . This was hijacked by those driven by ‘winning’ and opened the pathway for armed rebellion. Tamils who seek (a) above would be defeated by those who seek to ‘win’ unjustly.
As per my experience, even the Judiciary in Northern Sri Lanka are driven by majority superiority/autocracy, including in terms of Customary Law – Thesawalamai. My experience was as a person related through law, which is the parallel of Non-Buddhist in government position, in Southern Sri Lanka. Tamil judges upheld Common law and delivered judgment in breach of the basic value of gender based diversity as per Thesawalamai law. As is my way – I produced my Tamil book that would help the indigenous community in Northern Sri Lanka to ‘settle’ their disputes internally and confirm respect for our ancestors.
The way Buddhists desiring to win, assume superior status in multicultural areas, men desiring to win assume superior status in Jaffna. Mrs Ambigai Selvakumar, who threatened to kill herself if her demands were not recognized by the UK government would have not even thought of doing the parallel in Jaffna under the leadership of the LTTE. Yet many Diaspora Tamils and Indian politicians expressed support for her – as if she were a martyr. The Colombo parallel was the Easter Bombing in which the St Anthony of Egypt killed St Anthony of Padua, Italy.
The ordinary Christians would find it easier to understand what went wrong, through the martyrdom of St Anthony – than through Buddhist interpretation of secular law.
The judgement I needed in terms of Sri Lanka came to me yesterday around 1230 hrs Australian time. It came in the form of Golden Buddha about whom Wikipedia presents the following:
[The origins of this statue are uncertain. It is made in the Sukhothai Dynasty style of the 13th-14th centuries, though it could have been made after that time. The head of the statue is egg-shaped, which indicates its origin in the Sukothai period. Given that Sukothai art had Indian influences and metal figures of the Buddha made in India used to be taken to various countries for installation, this suggests the Golden Buddha statue may have been cast in parts in India.. In 1801, Thai King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I), after establishing Bangkok as a new capital city of the Kingdom, and after commissioning the construction of many temples in Bangkok, ordered that various old Buddha images should be brought to Bangkok from the ruined temples around the country…… In 1954, a new Viharn building was built at the temple to house the statue. It was moved to its new location on 25 May 1955; there are a variety of accounts of what exactly happened next, but it is clear that during the final attempt to lift the statue from its pedestal, the ropes broke and the statue fell hard on the ground. At that moment, some of the plaster coating chipped off, allowing the gold surface underneath to be seen. Work was immediately stopped so that an evaluation could be made.]
The Buddhist version of the above secular account was sent to be by my cousin in Canada. My miracle happened when I was listening to the Buddhist version. I shared this as follows:
[Thank you Priya. As I was listening to the golden Buddha legend I had a beautiful experience. Gayathri is due to come here for Easter and I want her to enjoy her stay in the guest room. Two of the days were already booked by a couple - which meant that Gayathri would have had to use the common room. As Gayathri was coming here after a very difficult experience regarding the walls in her heritage home, I wanted this stay to be a happy one for her. Today as I was listening to Golden Buddha, the cancellation came through! It is a miracle Priya and thank you for being a part of this. You are a good Mum
In essence, I treated our Airbnb customer on the same footing as my daughter Gayathri who informed us after the customer – about her plans. I could have cancelled the commercial booking with least penalty but I could not – because I bring them into me and get the accommodation ready – as if they are family. That to me is what affirmative action is about. The strange part was the knee problem as stated in the message from the customer:
[Hi Gaja, my husband dislocated his kneecap so we won't be coming for Easter. I'm going to cancel the booking today. I'm sorry we won't be there to see your beautiful home. Happy Easter!]
It was strange because these days I also cancel events due to knee problems. To me it was like family problem clearing the pathway for family sharing.
The parallel of the above was by India which was caught between China and the Tamils. Like the queen of the region, India allowed the UN Resolution to happen. All members of the UNHRC in the Indian subcontinent voted against the Resolution or Abstained which is a Diplomatic ‘No’. This needs to be taken as a vote of regional solidarity. The Tamil Diaspora that supported the LTTE stands defeated in the ownership vote. It is time for them to become true citizens in the new nations.