Friday 2 September 2022


02 September 2022

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam



We tend to measure the causes of our experiences at different levels. These levels are presented as follows by Ajantha Dharmasiri at :


[In Indian philosophy, action or Karma has been divided into three categories, according to their intrinsic qualities or gunas. Here Nishkama Karma belongs to the first category, the Satvik (pure) or actions which add to calmness; the Sakam Karma (Self-centred action) comes in the second rājasika (aggression) and Akarma (in-action) comes under the third, tāmasika which correlates to darkness or inertia]

Which category did the Sri Lankan voters of  the  last elections belong to ? The following discussion with a Tamil Diaspora Professional (TDP) might help:

TDP:  in response to my article , NISHKAMA KARMA WORKED THE IMF DEAL

Very interesting Gajalakshmi that you should say that Ranil was the best leader in Parliament.  To my mind Ranil has not achieved much as a leader in Parliament.

Gaja: I stated the essence of this as follows:

‘Ranil himself would not have the answers’

TDP:  To my mind Ranil has not achieved much as a leader. Probably the masses recognised that as well as a weak leader. 

Gaja: The same masses voted for GR & MR. Hence I conclude that in their mind Ranil was the weakest leader.  The fact that the masses did not defend GR & MR when the protestors asked them to step down, means  that their votes were selfish – based on handouts.  Then the contest is between the leaders – based on their belief in themselves in the particular challenges faced by the nation. In this Ranil has least negatives relative to GR & MR.

TDP:  Otherwise, how does one reconcile the electoral defeat and decimation of his party and himself at the last election. Perhaps the SL voters are not as savvy as I would have thought.

Gaja: That is the karma of Sajith who ‘separated’ instead of waiting for his turn. Is his group’s win also not UNP’s? He was like a son going against his father who carries the family heritage. Ancestral powers are exponential. Sajith lacked the courage to step forward to take the PM position. Ranil already had experience based wisdom in that position. Ranil’s elevation to the Presidency was through the ancestral powers of UNP which are valued by good proportion of Sri Lankans.  Ranil became the medium – especially of Tamils who passionately rejected the Rajapaksas. To the extent that is true, their truth worked to elevate Ranil and thus they negated the 2005 debt owed to Ranil. MR won Presidency due to suppression by LTTE, of Tamil Right to vote. 

TDP:  Is Thesawalamai law applicable in Australia in so far as Jaffna Tamils living there and involved in litigation]

Gaja: Yes, if the person is Sri Lankan by law. If the person passing away is Sri Lankan Jaffna Tamil – then succession is as per Thesawalamai law. Param’s brother had wealth in the UK. He lived in Vaddukoddai. In time to come dual citizens who die intestate may be challenged on the basis of Thesawalamai law. Judges tend to give their own interpretation but like in Ranil’s case the ancestors empower the true believer.

As indicated in this conversation, majority voters in the last elections were not Satvik (pure).  A good proportion were Rājasik (aggressive) and some were Tāmasik (inactive). The last category included the middle class that has no preferences in political leadership.

The above conversation led me to think further about ancestral powers and the dual citizenship of Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Ancestral powers are embedded in the Due Processes and not in the visible outcome. If Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa had failed to follow due processes as any other applicant – then the Dual citizenship is likely to have happened through  Rājasik pathway. Likewise, the renunciation of US citizenship indicates Tāmasik attitude, at a time a when a good proportion of Sri Lankans would have happily become Americans. This is a lesson for others who are dual citizens.

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