10 August 2021
Veerasingam & Lankan President
“She will become the first woman, first person of colour, and
first person from outside of the United States to lead the AP in its 175-year
history.” The Island about Ms Daisy
Island article concludes as follows:
[Veerasingham worked in marketing jobs at LexisNexis and the
Financial Times before joining AP. A trained lawyer, she has not worked as a
This brings to mind the Tamil saying ‘Keera kadaikum ehthir
kadai vendum’/ Even the vegetable stall needs an opposite stall.
above example – Ms Veerasingham is the Opposition of Journalists, in addition
to her physical ‘looks’ being the opposite of
the common majority in USA. I identified with this need at the
University of NSW (UNSW) where majority in Management were academics. An equal
Opposition was needed to establish successful democratic, self-managing
systems. But due to being backed by government this was possible only at Sports
Medicine unit. I find similar in terms of Sri Lankan system as a whole.
Diaspora leader with his own mind, expressed valuation for my closing statement
in yesterday’s article:
promotes Ultimate Freedom of the individual as per her/his conscience.’
The Tamil leader directed
me to: https://www.airport.lk/aasl/company_overview/our_leadership
As per the above I could not find
any Tamil or Muslim name in the list of Board of Directors and Management. The
chairman is Major General (Rtd.) G. A.
It is an undemocratic structure and would
defeat itself due to batting without bowling. During my UNSW time, I asked the
head of Research ‘Are the Research Quantum / RIBG
(Research Infrastructure-Building Grants) calculations based on Income or Expenditure?’:
response was “We are the only University that does it on Expenditure basis
rather than on Income.”
That was also the reason why the UNSW was
struggling with democracy. In traditional families where the wife is a
homemaker – the wife represents expenditure and the husband represents income.
Where the homemaker maintains high standards – the husband who appreciates it –
earns to maintain that level of structure. That is how a sovereign group
maintains its standards. In the case of the University – Administrators were
homemakers. Academics who failed to respect ethical Administrators failed to
bring in enough income to maintain those standards.
standard of the academic is higher than that of the administrator – and the
administrator takes the junior position, the administrator would live within
the earnings of the academics.
Lankan government, like the UNSW, is expenditure driven. In a democracy, one
has to often connect to those outside the local circles to make money. In the
case of Associated Press, this is confirmed as follows:
[Veerasingham, 51, is a first-generation Briton of Sri
Lankan descent. Her appointment speaks to the changing portrait of the AP,
where 40% of the company’s revenue, double what it was 15 years ago, is now
generated outside of the United States. She’ll be tasked with continuing to
diversify income sources. ]
case of Sri Lanka – the parallel of Ms Veerasingham was Mr Kili Maharajah who is presented by
Wikipedia as having ‘ served as the owner of Sirasa Shakthi MTV Media Network and chairman of Capital Maharaja
more difficult to achieve in government where the income is votes. In 2019, the People voted for this President.
Now as per some civilian groups - the standard is found to be well short of the
society group presented a memorandum that set out their hopes and
concerns and welcomed the opportunity to engage with members of the government
on topics of post-war reconciliation, minority rights, civil society space, and
governance. The group consisted of Ven. Kalupahana Piyaratana, Prof. T.
Jayasingam Rev. Bishop Asiri Perera, Prof. Tudor Silva, Rev. Fr. C.G.
Jeyakumar, Hilmy Ahamed, Rohana Hettiarachchi, Varnakulasingham
Kamaladhas, Dr. Joe William, Sanjeewa Wimalagunarathna, Dr. Dayani Panagoda,
Visaka Dharmadasa and Dr. Jehan Perera] Island article ‘Prez in powwow with civil society: post-war national reconciliation
Unlike the Airport & Aviation Services – this group includes
members of the minority. Tamils are a natural Opposition in Sri Lanka. An Equal
Opposition is essential in Democracy. It generates competition and keeps the
mind active. So long as we follow Common Due Processes – we would not offend
our elders to whom Sri Lank was common. Affirmative action is needed to get
this going. Otherwise we have to leave it to the system of Karma to balance the
books of Sri Lanka.