Sunday 26 May 2024

26 May 2024

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam



[Tamil lawmaker M A Sumanthiran called out the hypocrisy of  Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader Rauff Hakeem in parliament this week, as the former Sri Lankan justice minister who lobbied against international accountability for the Tamil genocide, demanded his government cut ties with Israel over the “genocide in Gaza”.]


Sumanthiran calls out hypocrisy of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader over ‘genocide in Gaza’



What is the Truth embedded in this above report?

In this instance I oppose Mr Sumanthiran and identify with Mr Rauff Hakeem. They are both lawmakers, who have the duty to follow the law. Article 9 of the Sri Lankan Constitution states:


9. The Republic of Sri Lanka shall give to Buddhism the foremost place and accordingly it shall be the duty of the State to protect and foster the Buddha Sasana, while assuring to all religions the rights granted by Articles 10 and 14(1)(e)


‘10. Every person is entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including the freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice.’


14. (1) Every citizen is entitled to – … (e) the freedom, either by himself or in association with others, and either in public or in private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching;


The question here is – who was within the Sri Lankan law? - Mr Rauff Hakeem or Mr Sumanthiran?

My response is : It is Mr Rauff Hakeem

The Parliament has the duty to follow the law. In this instance, according to Wikipedia,

Jihad is an Arabic word which literally means "striving" or "struggling", especially with a praiseworthy aim. In an Islamic context, it can refer to almost any exertion of effort to make personal and social life conform with God's guidance, such as internal struggle against one's evil inclinations, proselytizing, or efforts toward the betterment of the Muslim community (Ummah), though in non-Muslim societies the term is most often associated with armed conflict.


In Sri Lanka, it is a  Constitutional right to express one’s belief that the sovereign borders of one’s nation is being damaged.  These borders are invisible. The leader of a structured group, has the authority to give form to the borders, until a higher authority rules otherwise.  The believer knows that s/he is right through feeling of calmness. At the wider level, Truth manifests Itself to confirm the stronger belief. Tamils of Sri Lanka declared their borders through Vaddukoddai Resolution 1976. Truth confirmed this through 1977 Parliamentary elections, when Tamil political group became Equal Opposition  in National Parliament.


In the case of Muslim Nation, this has been facilitated by Article 9. But this claim to Sovereignty is lost, when armed groups attack those outside their own sovereign borders. Sri Lankan Tamil Nationalism as well as Sri Lankan Muslim Nationalism were seriously damaged by those who resorted to arms to ‘show’ others without official authority of the People. Belief, like Truth/Love is Absolute and is invisible.  Once visible, it becomes relative and qualifies to be measured by ‘outsiders’.


Before Mr Sumanthiran questions the Sri Lankan government, he needs to ask himself  why he did not take action against LTTE when they assassinated Tamil politicians, thereby the proctors eliminating Border force and seriously weakening our  claim to National status.


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