17 November 2021
DIFFERENTLY ABLED MINORITY
Disabled is now Differently abled. This would be true because of the way their / our structure is balanced to maintain their/our sovereignty. Likewise, minorities. Those who feel the pain of discrimination to the extent they have anxiety that their sovereignty is at risk of being damaged would oppose to ensure restoration of their own sovereignty and no more. The rest happens through Natural Justice.
In his– Colombo Telegraph article ‘Non Consultative Decision Making Will Not Work’, Dr Jehan Perera states:
“Sri Lanka has a democratic political system in which the weight of numbers predominates through the principle of majority rule. This reflects the popular belief is that majority rule is the primary element of democracy. But this creates a problem with respect for minority rights in all parts of the country.”
The parallel of this in terms of an individual would be that the bigger the body, the stronger the power. Up to a point this works. But beyond that it weakens the body, leave alone the mind. Likewise, majority power often breeds complacency. Opposition in democracy is facilitated to practice Equal Opportunity to ensure that majority ‘value’ is kept at 50% of the whole. The smaller the numbers the deeper the powers need to be. Since minorities are limited to smaller areas of influence – it is easier for them to go deeper into their issues, relative to majority who have wider areas of Responsibility. That is the fundamental responsibility of a citizen of minority status. One who fails to do so accepts junior status and therefore assimilates with majority.
Dr Perera goes on to state:
[However, a fundamental feature of a democracy is consultation with the people. As it is impractical to consult with all of the people, the democratic system provides for elected representatives of the people to be consulted. However, this feature has been absent in the constitution making process so far as complaints by government ministers that they are being treated as lamp posts, suggests.]
I disagree. When a citizen votes and the politician receives that vote on the basis of her/his belief in the voter – there is a continuous flow of Energy from the voter to the Politician. Consultation on the other hand would lead to ‘shows of merit’ which would have the effect of slowing down the belief based silent communication. In Resource Management, Performance indicators stem from this silent communication from one owner to another. They do not need proof. This is illustrated as follows:
Now let us look at the relevant analysis by Dr Jehan Perera:
[The problem on the ground remains that governmental decision making has failed to be pluralistic on both symbolic and substantive matters of importance to the minority communities. This is primarily due to the structures of the state failing to discourage ethnic majoritarianism whether at the central level or provincial level. So far the Sri Lankan state has not been prepared to shift away from a system of government in which an ethnic and religious majority can decide on behalf of minorities. This is due to the absence of understanding of democracy as being a consultative process with all of the citizenry and not just with the majority who have voted the government to power. It is this unresolved problem that has made the minorities question their status in the country which needs to be resolved early for the progress of the country. The expert committee needs to deal with this challenge prior to releasing their draft constitution. Or else, the opposition generated by the Presidential Task Force on One Country, One Law is likely to be replicated on a larger scale.]
The majority who voted for the government are taken as the group that empowers the government directly. If the government catered to minorities then they would fail as a democratic government and would start developing minority government mentality. It is the duty of minority in Opposition to develop their alternate system without acting in breach of the existing law. Reliable Administration leads to this. Below is an Australian experience in this regard:
Tamil Diaspora leader 1 – said in relation to Immigrants: When John Howard PM of Australia spoke about boat people, Bob Hawke former PM of Australia said "we are all boat people ", that was a very good hit , Bob Hawke was a Rhodes scholar
The above is the parallel of Jehan’s ‘consultation process. I responded as follows to show how to open the pathway of Belief:
Gaja: I used my pain to sue John Howard for not acting as per my complaints of racial discrimination. I lost the case because the government hired expensive lawyers. But my work got raised to Energy level because mine was genuine and I believed that he was ultimately responsible. The genuine believer’s pain has exponential power. John Howard was defeated due to my pain also. We must pool pain to defeat unjust politicians
At the same time, Mr Philip Ruddock who regularly responded to my communications when he was Attorney General retained his seat and continued to be in Parliament. Mr Howard’s punishment was the parallel of Mrs Bandaranaike losing her civil rights through Parliament’s majority vote. The Australian action confirmed successful democracy at voter level. A voter who is more democratic than the elected member of government is a Governor. Hence the promotion of My Government philosophy.
Dr Jehan Perera states:
[The manner of work of the expert committee corresponds to the general government working style of not being consultative but engaging in top-down decision making, by trusted insider groups with only a minimum of consultation outside that insider group. However, a fundamental feature of a democracy is consultation with the people. As it is impractical to consult with all of the people, the democratic system provides for elected representatives of the people to be consulted. However, this feature has been absent in the constitution making process so far as complaints by government ministers that they are being treated as lamp posts, suggests.]
This then opens the pathway of ‘protests’ by the People – which is already happening from various angles. The Mahinda Rajapaksa government knows the power of this. Hence their reconciliatory actions during the past few weeks. That is a strong indicator that the internal war is behind us and that the minorities have become true Equals. This confirms the real success of democracy where minorities are differently structured Equals – proceeding towards self governance.
By the way – as an active writer who gets space in mainstream media – has Dr Jehan Perera raised his voice in favour of differently abled writers like myself? When the answer is ‘yes’ then his work would naturally defeat the government and promote the Opposition.