30 June 2023
SYSTEM & SEPARATISM
My attention has been
drawn to the Time Magazine article ‘The Marriage Scam That’s Left Thousands of Indian
Women Broke or Abandoned’. I had the opportunity to learn about the fundaments
of the dowry system through the law of Thesawalamai, applicable to Jaffna Tamils.
I admired and appreciated this part of Thesawalamai law, which is a heritage
law. Heritage laws when practiced with belief take care of the heritage itself.
In the case of my husband’s family, it resulted in internal separation. Given
that it happened through the testamentary case relating to my brother-in-law, I
concluded that his spirit orchestrated the separation to protect the common
Energy of the family which automatically merges with those of other families,
to form Community Energy, which in turn contributes to Nationalism. Given that
the Sri Lankan Tamil militants are considered ‘separatists’ the roots of this
problem needs to be examined, including through the dowry system.
As with the caste system, the
dowry system also is based on the diversity of labour. The caste system had the hierarchy that the
secular system has, with intellectuals ranking above manual workers. The dowry system was in recognition of the risk of home-making women’s work being
considered to be less valuable than the male’s work which ‘showed’ money value.
The dowry was to ‘fill’ this ‘gap’ towards preventing gender based discrimination.
The dowry thus prevented unjust
discrimination on gender basis. Each family unit has the responsibility to
maintain the self-balancing Energy system, as an independent unit. The confirmation
that this is equality of status within the family to each independent member. Others were juniors to the independent
When this is not maintained
and the marriage becomes a trade, separation begins as between supplier and
customer. The more one is conscious of money, the more divisive one becomes. The
dowry is confirmation that the daughter has matured as an independent member in
her birth family. This means that she is promoted to the higher stage of merging
with a new family and/or becoming a mother.
As per the Times report:
is one of thousands of wives who have been deceived by husbands living abroad,
and hoping to get justice through India’s overburdened legal system. Though
official statistics are hard to come by, a 2018 petition by eight such women in
India’s Supreme Court said there are more than 40,000 wives who have been
deceived into marrying NRI men. India’s government has dealt with more than
6000 grievances against NRI men from 2015 to 2019’
This is also a problem in Northern Sri Lanka, where the
dowry system has become a trade. The reason is serious damage to the law of Thesawalamai
and is similar to jay-walking. In action we use different laws and different
laws separate the community. If based on truth, the different groups meet at
the destination of independent self-governing families. Otherwise they cause
At governance level, militancy happens comfortably
within a group that has internal separations. In Sri Lanka, caste continues to
be a factor even today, in both Sinhalese as well as Tamil communities. When we
move to multicultural areas, the sin mutates to become racism. Those who feel
common in terms of caste take our positive genes with us when we move to
multicultural areas. When we emigrate to other countries, we carry these sins
and virtues with us. That is the real dowry or Bride-price value we take with
us at the end of each major change. In turn, we develop separatism or
commonness in our new environments. The husbands who cheated contribute to separatism
karma in their new nations. Brides who desired unearned comforts in a new
country become victims of separatists at home.