Sunday 17 July 2022


16 July 2022

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam



“Sri Lanka's protests started with plan hatched in a tent. Within months, thousands would storm the president's luxury residence.”


[FSP Leader Kumar Gunaratnam and his “Aragalaya” ]

As per my Australian experience I identified with the rebel in JVP-FSP leader Kumar Gunaratnam as the JVP supporter, when he overruled the former Attorney General of Sri Lanka – Mr Sunil de Silva PC who expressly identified with my reasoning about caste  as a causal reason for LTTE, during a presentation at the Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum, Sydney, in 2011. This was published by Sri Lanka Guardian as follows at


[LTTE may be dead but the belief in freedom, that drove Tamils to join armed groups would continue to live. That belief needs to be valued especially by those who have come to power through armed struggle. The other day, a JVP (Sinhalese Group that took up arms against the Sri Lankan Government in 1971) supporter said that their struggle had no connection to caste but that it was due to severe unemployment. To my mind – to the extent caste system is connected one’s work and the status associated with such work it is also employment related. Similarly – where there is a higher percentage of unemployment in a particular race despite, their investments in promised avenues of employment – such as higher education towards work in Public Service – racial conflict is also related to unemployment. We just see the same problem through different angles.]

I later learnt that he JVP person mentioned above was Mr Kumar Gunaratnam. The ABC published the following about this person at


[An Australian man says he was sexually tortured by security forces after being abducted in Sri Lanka.

Speaking in Sydney on his return home, Kumar Gunaratnam claimed he was abducted at gunpoint by secret police in Colombo on Friday, assaulted, tortured and left to fear for his life.

He was released after the intervention of the Australian Government following a public appeal by his wife.

The Sri Lankan government has denied the kidnapping claims and says Mr Gunaratnam is a dangerous militant.]

The Daily Mirror account, confirms as follows:

[The aim of the two previous insurrections launched by the JVP was to seize State power through an armed struggle. But the main objective of the July uprising was to oust President Gotabaya. Hence it appears that the Peratugami Samajavadi Party too was compelled to act in accordance with that agenda. Therefore, they had to work on a policy that allowed them to storm and occupy three major State buildings of symbolic importance related to political power namely the Presidential Palace, the Presidential Secretariat and the Temple Trees rather than usurping the State power. However, Kumar Gunaratnam, the leader of the Peratugami Samajavadi Party declares in a very loud voice that the Parliament should take into account their views, and act accordingly in everything that is done by Parliament.]

That confirms disorganised thought process typical of a polarised group that has lost institutional values that govern the whole through Common Law. The roots could be traced to the JVP as follows:

[The family lived in Anguruwella, Kegalle. There were five children. The three boys were Ranjithakumar known as Ranjithan, Jeyanthakumar and Premakumar. The two girls are Saraswathi residing in Australia and Niranjini living in Sri Lanka. Jeyanthakumar died at the age of nine. Ranjithan an active leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) was killed by the security forces in 1990. He was made to “disappear” and is among those reported as “missing”.]

The Tamil parallel is  LTTE’s  Ms Thenmozhi Rajaratnam who killed the former Prime Minister of India, the Hon  Rajiv Gandhi. Wikipedia confirms the commonness as follows:

[The assassination was carried out by Thenmozhi Rajaratnam, also known as Kalaivani Rajaratnam, Dhanu or Gayatri. Born on 1 January 1974 in Sri Lanka, she was from Kupukullai in Jaffna, and studied until middle school in Batticaloa. She was inspired by the Tamil militant group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers) at a young age, and joined the Black Tigers (suicide bombers). The main reason why Dhanu became a Tiger is that her brother was a well-known cadre who had died and she was carrying on the family tradition. Thenmozhi was the daughter of a Sri Lankan Tamil man named A. Rajaratnam and his second wife. He allegedly was described as Velupillai Prabhakaran's mentor; and he played a vital role in moulding the LTTE chief's thinking during the movement's formative years between 1972 and 1975. Marital status of Thenmozhi at the time of her death, is not known to the general public. Thenmozhi was survived by her mother, brother Sivavarman and two sisters, one of whom moved to France]

They – Mr Gunaratnam and Ms Rajaratnam are from the polarised Sinhalese and Tamil groups, respectively. They are likely to ‘take and eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’ as is quite common among junior caste groups in Northern Sri Lanka.

In the case of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was groomed in a senior caste culture, he was denied Due Process as a Sri Lankan Politician – but treated as a tribal rival as Mr Gandhi also was. The State’s Institutional homes -   the Presidential Palace, the Presidential Secretariat and the Temple Trees – became the parallels of LTTE quarters that were also ransacked at the end of the Eelam war.

LTTE supporters may rejoice calling it karma, but the institutional values of Common Sri Lankans have been seriously damaged, due to lack of belief in the Parliamentary system – with or without the Executive Presidency.

Parliaments, like families are naturally structured by belief. Instead of effects – they are driven by belief based structural heritages which become ‘causal forces’ that support institutional values and produce high value effects. A group driven by effects lacks this belief in heritages. This in turn leads to lack of trust by others to invest in Sri Lanka, as a reliable democracy.

Hence the collapse of the economy. It had nothing to do with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The rebels took over power through Tribal Force. Who would want to invest in Tribal groups? Certainly not structured states that treasure Institutional Values. In Australia, Kumar Gunaratnam overruled the Attorney General’s intelligence. In Sri Lanka he outlawed  the lawfully elected President and with him the system of Democracy.




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