Sunday 28 May 2023

27 May 2023

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam







On 25 May 2023, Mr Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam spoke in Sri Lankan Parliament, about the illegality of  Buddhist shrine built at Thayitti, in Northern Sri Lanka. On the same day, the President of Sri Lanka, stated at the Nikkei forum in Japan, in terms of the subject matter Democratic Values & Human Rights –

‘If the West wants a rule based order, the West must adhere to these rules all the time.’

The problem was surfaced by the Tamil MP on the same day the Common President provided the solution. The commonness is from Royal College Education in Colombo. That commonness renders Equal status in Colombo.


Land-grab is not just a Sinhalese problem. This was highlighted in the following conversation:


Tamil Diaspora Leader: (About the local speech) Thank God we have Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam and Gajendran to take the fight to the Chauvinists; however it would be of no avail: the travails of the North East Tamils would be of no concern to the International community . At the Geneva  sessions in March & in September , lots of speeches will be made , some countries paying lip service to Tamils’ rights , while a few other nations will be shedding crocodile tears over the violation of human rights, crimes against humanity , war crimes committed on innocent Tamil civilians. That’s all .

Gajalakshmi - Truth is also another name for God. In Thunaivi, not far from the office of Suhash, Mr Wigneswaran, then the chief minister inaugurated a building which was built on occupied land. To date, Suhash has not protested against it. They in fact become the contributors to the culture of ‘illegal occupation’. Truth is not with them. They are at the same level of civilisation they accuse the other side of


When we merge all known manifestations through our own truth, we have the solution at our own levels. In the President’s shoes, I would implement a Rule-Based-Order for both side MPs - Sinhala & Tamil - in national parliament. This would lead to ‘common interpretation’ at base level.


When the lowest level applier – say the police constable or the citizen, is able to apply the rule directly, political variations would be minimised.   The rule in the case of land occupation ought to be that the complaint has to be by the owner and/or her/his representative.  Where none is present, the local government authority needs to certify that as per its records, that there are no active owners.  Thereafter, the issue is between the local government and the National government responsible for Police powers.


The example that comes to mind is presented by Wikipedia as follows:


On 21 May 1976 several leading Tamil politicians (A. AmirthalingamV. N. NavaratnamK. P. RatnamM. Sivasithamparam and K. Thurairatnam) were delivering leaflets when they were all arrested on government orders.  Sivasithamparam was released but the others were taken to Colombo and tried for sedition. All the defendants were acquitted on 10 February 1977 after a famous trial at bar case in which around 70 leading Tamil lawyers, including Ponnambalam and S. J. V. Chelvanayakam, acted for the defence.


The above actions and arrests happened 5 days after Vaddukoddai Resolution was manifested on 14 May 1976. Hence the ‘fear’ and ‘desire’ were due to Vaddukoddai Resolution.  This was preceded by the Tamil Nadu experience presented as follows by Wikipedia:


In January 1976 the Union Government of India dismissed the state government of Tamil Nadu, accusing Chief Minister Karunanidhi of corruption, and imposed President's rule.  Ponnambalam represented Karunanidhi at Supreme Court &  justice Ranjit Singh Sarkaria's commission of inquiryKarunanidhi was cleared of the corruption charges.


To the extent Sri Lankan government benefitted from India’s contribution to independence from Colonial Rule, but failed to pay its respects to India, the Sri Lankan government’s mind would have the polarised experiences of desire and fear in its relationship with India. Hence the above victory in India would have caused fear in Sri Lanka, contributing to the ‘arrests’


The Indian experience confirms merger of minds through law. But this is no longer a reality after weapon based opposition by both sides. Hence the need for simple rules.


Hence the need for Rules Based Order. Some of us practice that in family life when challenged by differences in culture. We do not run to the authorities for family problems.

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