12 July 2021
OUT GO MADARASAS; IN
The demolition of war memorial in Jaffna University
sparked protests from many global groups. Tamil politicians in Sri Lanka were
either in support of the global protests or they remained silent. Now many are
speaking against Militarisation of Universities:
[I’m not fazed about being called a
"pariah" by the MPs of SLPP/SLFP for talking about the militarization
of the Higher Education sector in Sri Lanka. I will continue to speak up for
what is right.] The Hon Shanakiyan Rasamanickam, MP
What seems right to the mind of politicians has
to be belief based. This would then facilitate citizens to empower them through
that issue. This empowerment is more important than winning votes. It is this
empowerment that binds the citizen to the government or its opposition.
Section 3 of the Prescription Ordinance of Sri
Lanka requires proof of undisturbed, uninterrupted possession through an adverse
title for at least 10 years to qualify
for ownership. There are few exceptions but this is a good guide to test the
validity of expressions in Parliament. When we pay our respects to the makers
of a law – they come within us and guide us as if they are part of us. That was
how I discovered in the case of our Colombo land that the claimant of Prescriptive
title did not qualify as per the law. He provided documents that confirmed that
during the period another person was occupying the said premises. The opposition could have suppressed the evidence
but they seemed to have overlooked it. As per my conclusion – that is how belief
works to bring out the truth in our opposition.
One who believed s/he was Sri Lankan and also
that a University ought to be based on ‘freedom’ to discover and publish truth
would contribute strongly to the Governance value of the University.
The University of Jaffna was a balancing ‘factor’
in compensating for the loss of merit based entry to university. The loss happened
due to introduction of quota system – through the standardization policy of 1971.
This reduced the Energy we put into the merit based system – based on rights
and wrongs . The merit lost, was reborn as University of Jaffna in 1974. The
political genes were further demoted to military genes during LTTE rule. Hence
the war memorial.
The parallel of merit system in this instance
is the rights and wrongs of this Bill in parliament. The Hon Harini Amarasuriya,
MP presents the following in this regard:
[This Bill was first put forward in 2018 by the then
Government, but due to widespread protests and criticism, it was not presented
to Parliament. The current Government has now placed the same Bill to be taken
up by Parliament. At the moment in Sri Lanka there are 16
universities administered by the Universities Act of 1978 and coming under the
University Grants Commission. ]
University of Jaffna, by law, is already under Universities Act of 1978.
Section 45 provides
to the provisions of this Act, the Council shall exercise the powers and
perform and discharge the duties and functions conferred or imposed on, or
assigned to, the University.
prejudice to the generality of the powers conferred upon it by subsection (1),
the Council shall exercise, perform and discharge the following powers, duties
(ix) to make By-laws for any matter
in respect of which By-laws are authorized to be made
Given that action was
not taken against students when they installed the Memorial for those who died
in the war – one is entitled to conclude that the Council of the University of
Jaffna was not independent enough to make its laws to protect its sovereignty or
that if they did make them – they are not
courageous enough to implement them.
The effect of this was that the University of
Jaffna is already a military academy.
One then needs to question as to how the system
of karma balances its books.
As per my discovery, the effects confirm the
laws through which the causes travelled to become effects. Actions of the highest
level administrators go direct to form such natural law and if we trace back through them
diligently – we would identify with the causal forces. As per that travel, I
find that the University of Jaffna is already a Military University.
The above mentioned Bill relates to the Defence
Academy in the name of Sir John Kotelawala about whom Wikipedia reports as follows:
[As prime minister,
Kotelawala led Sri Lanka into the United Nations and contributed to Sri Lanka's expanding
foreign relations, particularly with other Asian countries. In 1955 he led his
country's delegation to the Bandung conference in Indonesia where his performance earned him the epithet Bandung
Booruwa (Bandung Donkey) in Sri Lanka, for his lack
of knowledge of the presence of the US 7th Fleet in the South China Sea, and
his inability to pronounce "Formosan". His uncontroversial first
speech at the conference was written by journalists at the Lake House group,
However, he had been influenced by the British Government, as well as by his
US-aligned permanent secretary Gunasena de Soyza to make anti-Communist
remarks. He made these remarks at a press conference, but subsequently
withdrew them. He confessed later in Parliament that he had only made these
remarks because he was pressured by de Soyza. At the conference he
stated his belief that fashionably Marxist anti-colonialist rhetoric ignored
Communist atrocities. In a private conversation with the prime ministers of
Pakistan, India, Burma, and China, he asked Chinese premier Zhou Enlai if he wanted to bring Communism to Tibet.
Zhou replied that it was impractical and undesirable, and that the PRC had gone
to Tibet because it was "an integral part of the Chinese state" and
because it had been threatened by "imperialist intrigues" from the British and Russian empires
The Formosan issue indicates the Karma that
The declaration has not been preserved in its original Chinese
version, although an English version of it was recorded by the American war
Wheeler Davidson, who was in Taipei when it was issued. Davidson's
version reads as follows:
Official Declaration of Independence of
the Republic of Formosa.
The Japanese have affronted China by
annexing our territory of Formosa, and the supplications of us, the People of
Formosa, at the portals of the Throne have been made in vain. We now learn that
the Japanese slaves are about to arrive.
If we suffer this, the land of our
hearths and homes will become the land of savages and barbarians, but if we do
not suffer it, our condition of comparative weakness will certainly not endure
long. Frequent conferences have been held with the Foreign Powers, who all aver
that the People of Formosa must establish their independence before the Powers
will assist them.
Now, therefore, we, the People of
Formosa, are irrevocably resolved to die before we will serve the enemy. And we
have in Council determined to convert the whole island of Formosa into a
Republican state, and that the administration of all our State affairs shall be
organized and carried on by the deliberations and decisions of Officers
publicly elected by us the People. But as in this new enterprise there is
needed, as well for the resistance of Japanese aggression as for the
organization of the new administration, a man to have chief control, in whom
authority shall centre, and by whom the peace of our homesteads shall be
assured—therefore, in view of the respect and admiration in which we have long
held the Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Tang Ching Sung, we have in Council
determined to raise him to the position of President of the Republic.
An official seal has been cut, and on the
second day of fifth moon, at the ssu hour [9 a.m. 25 May], it will be
publicly presented with all respect by the notables and people of the whole of
Formosa. At early dawn on that day, all of us, notables and people, farmers and
merchants, artizans and tradesmen, must assemble at the Tuan Fang Meeting
House, that we may in grave and solemn manner inaugurate this undertaking
Let there be neither delay nor mistake.
A Declaration of the whole of Formosa.
[Seal in red as follows] An announcement
by the whole of Formosa]
Unless prevented by Sovereign Borders, the
Formosa karma, together with Sir John’s own bias towards military rule
indicates a high risk of this proposed University becoming a stronger version
of the disorderly University of Jaffna. In other words, in Sri Lanka’s Colombo
Port City – which to the extent it is beyond Sri Lanka’s sovereign borders the
Formosa karma is likely to manifest itself – especially if QUAD of which Japan is a member – becomes active.
The way to prevent such Balance Sheets
getting reopened is through strong laws that would ensure the Freedom of
Academics to research and to teach and academically diffuse the negative karma
through global studies. Otherwise the risk is high for this University to
become a Communist University dominated by Chinese.