11 July 2022
THE TRUE BUDDHIST VALUE OF SRI LANKA CONFIRMED
GIVEN LIFE BY THIS PRESIDENT
I began reading the Sunday Times article ‘Breaching the president’s gates, mocking the Rajapaksa security state’ by Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena, Commissioner, Right to Information (RTI) Commission of Sri Lanka when I received the following response from Dr Kasinathan Nadesan:
Krishna was part of my immediate family. I had every right to express the Truth I know about him through my family relationship and include him as if he were a part of myself. That is how positions regulate our activities. My article was written on the basis that the crowd that entered the premises of the Prime Minister and acted as if it were theirs. Protesters cook food, play carrom inside Lankan PM's residence. We were exposed to this in Australian news. Indian media also published it – for example at https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/sri-lankan-crisis-protesters-cook-food-play-carrom-inside-lankan-pm-s-ranil-wickremesinghe-residence-video-gotabaya-rajapaksa-101657462911207.html
In Public life, the PM and the President are relatives by law – to every citizen. When a citizen ceases to view the person outside the portfolio, and outside the Truth of the person, the viewer’s investment in governance structure is confirmed to be at that level. As per my interpretation of Dr Nadesan’s response, his level of investment in family structure does not extend even to ‘cousins’; leave alone relatives in Public life.
In the case of Public life, Dr Nadesan confirms the level of his investment as follows:
[By the way dont drag late Sunil Silva into your conversation because he is a gentleman and a realist and I know him more that what you do]
My investment in the same person was through his position, confirmed as follows in chapter 29 of my book ‘Naan Australian’
A Felicitation of Sunil de Silva PC on Completing 50 Years of Continuous Legal Practice as a Barrister at Law
I valued the fact that Sunil brought his mother along with him to the meetings of Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum Sydney. Without knowing that the lady was Sunil’s mother, I asked Sunil who the lady was? Sunil responded that ‘he had known her from the day be was born’. That is Sunil! Later he asked me how I had the Energy to write as I did. In terms of Reconciliation service Sunil is now our ancestor. I honoured him by including his achievement as mine in my book which is now with the National Library of Australia as well as the library of the University of Jaffna – confirming that we were no longer relatives but ‘family’. That confirmed the success of the mission of Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum Sydney.
One of the most hurtful actions by the crowd was the burning of books in Mr Wickremesinghe’s home. These books were meant for Royal College. As a current tutor of students of Royal College, my pain was that much stronger. Dr Nadesan could not have truly mourned the burning of Jaffna Library. If he did he was felt pain of books that are part of Colombo Education system.
Writes as follows in her above mentioned article:
[As the Constitution was changed to accommodate the ‘vision’ of a President-King who swore to cherish the ‘Sinhala-Buddhist’ heritage in front of the Ruvanveliseya (one of the most venerated religious sites in the country), his henchmen had already started dismantling governance institutions with ruthless intent. From that point onwards, Sri Lanka resembled more a nation of idiots rather than one of the oldest democracies in South Asia, bootlickers and military men were catapulted into key state positions under the aegis of ‘efficient rule.’]
If indeed Ruvanveliseya is one of the most venerated religious sites in the country, and the President was open about it – there would have been a firm ‘Buddhist structure’ that was developed through the relationship between this President and the Buddhists to whom Ruvanveliseya was a Buddhist heritage. Is that not the Economic structure that Lord Buddha showed through is own life?