25 June 2021
CHINA THE ELEPHANT AND SRI LANKA THE MOUSE
“Yatho Hasta thatho Drishti Yatho Drishti Thatho Manah Yatho Manah Thatho Bhaava Yatho Bhaava Thatho Rasa.”
"Where the Hands are, there go the Eyes Where the Eyes are, there goes the Mind Where the Mind is, there is Attitude Where the Attitude is, there is Reception." - Natyasastra / Dance Philosophy
The above philosophy applies to politics as follows:
"Where the words are, there go the Ears Where the Ears are, there goes the Mind Where the Mind is, there is Attitude Where the Attitude is, there is Reception."
As per the latest news reports in Sri Lanka, Presidential pardon has been granted to 93 prisoners including 16 former LTTE cadres . This is 17% of the total released. In addition, Mr Duminda Silva who was tried by the Courts and sentenced to death for murder of a fellow politician was also released by the President yesterday. Wikipedia highlights the following about this politician:
[Duminda Silva is a close associate of the powerful former defense secretary of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa]
This confirms that this president is not very different to his predecessor who also pardoned a person found guilty of murdering a teenager .
Using the above dance philosophy, to the extent the above is accepted by the People, the experience gets completed at that level. This in turn renders Article 34 of the Constitution, redundant. This confirms the war-crimes allegations that have been raised to UN level.
The law regulates our interactions with each other and helps us form strong relationships. Outcomes through those common structures are healthy for the mind. Outcomes that are not passed through common principles, and/or truth, divide us and ultimately lead to instability of the mind.
In China’s parallel the minority community Uyghurs are at the centre of attention including at the UN:
[China on Tuesday politely declined UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet’s call for a “meaningful access” to verify the “serious” reports of human rights violations in the restive region of Xinjiang, saying she is welcome for a “friendly visit” but not to pursue a probe with “presumption of guilt”.
The US and the EU besides many other countries have accused China of committing genocide against the minority Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang and called for an international probe by human rights groups.] The Indian Express