| by Gajalakshmi Paramasivam
( October 22, 2014, Sydney, Sri Lanka Guardian) I was getting ready to leave for Colombo from Vaddukoddai on Tuesday, 14 October 2014, as scheduled. Jeevan & Para came over as usual to get my blessings. They were returning from their participation of the celebrations with President Rajapaksa at Vaddukoddai Hindu College. They were followed by others including Vijitha – an outstanding graduate of Thunaivi whose parents sacrificed much to educate her at the prestigious Jaffna College. Thunaivi, until recently was considered a disenfranchised village within Vaddukoddai – where the first political declaration of Independent Tamil State was made in 1976 through the Vaddukoddai Resolution. Its manifestation at national level became visible during the 1977 elections when Tamils became the leading Opposition in Parliament. This confirmed the workings of Natural forces to support those who had genuinely worked and sacrificed for self-governance. It’s a lesson that all of us of Sri Lankan origin need in structuring our work towards self-governance.
Tamils of Sri Lanka, are a minority group in terms of Political power. Yet, we became Equal Opposition to government elected by majority race. Each investor would attribute her/his own reasoning for this. One reason I identify with is the weakening of political power by the government led by Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike – the lawful wife of SWRD Bandaranaike who introduced the Sinhala Only law which has the effect of damaging the investment Tamils and other English speaking minorities made in Public Administration.
I make special emphasis on this title of lawful wife – as I believe that it carries with it certain energies – including the force to attribute a share of the karma of the spouse earned through that lawful position. We call this Thediya Thettam (acquired wealth) in Thesawalamai Law.
In addition to ‘Sinhala Only’ karma despite Tamils having earned the equal right to use their own language in Administration, general law and order under the governance of Mrs. Bandaranaike deteriorated. But Tamils continued to contribute strongly to Public Administration in addition to rejecting ‘Sinhala Only’ policies. Any law that is based on ethnic cultures is in effect political and not administrative. Good and reliable Administration is a combination of belief based Politics at the bottom and Self-Governance at the top. Making religion and/or language the basis of Administration by Law confirms lack of Self-Governance at the national level.
If we therefore look at the real effects of the ‘Sinhala Only’ policy – the value would be pretty low on the vertical structure. When we take Administration that is common to the whole – and beyond national borders – we naturally join forces with all practitioners of those Administrative systems. Given that minorities are likely to be weaker in political power relative to majority group – they need stronger practice of Administration and Self-Governance in their own territories (including families) – to invoke and manifest the outcomes of 1977 where minorities became equal governance power in Sri Lanka. Taking Sri Lanka as a whole – this manifestation is confirmation of the sense of ‘freedom’ that we as a whole felt at that time and are capable of feeling at all times. It’s that ‘experience’ that matters and when the official system is fair and reliable – the outer results would match the manifestations of this experience. Those who focus on ‘showing’ more are bound to have weaker experience of this ‘freedom’ for the same level of input.
Through his recent visit to Jaffna and Vaddukoddai – President Rajapaksa confirmed that he has strengthened his political power, relative to what it was in 2009 when his political status plummeted to the bottom due to encampment of Tamils in Vanni. If a Tamil practices higher level Administration than a Sinhalese, the power shared with such a Tamil would be stronger than the power shared with a Sinhalese. That is the advantage of joining forces with cultures that have strong Administrative structures.
There is much discussion about Presidential elections in 2015 and yes, this political power of North would be an added strength to the candidate who believes that Tamils are Sri Lankans. The current Sri Lankan Government does lack real Administrative Power to govern the whole and this is being confirmed through weakening of law and order at the national level. Global governments have confirmed that they also have restricted their pooling of Administrative powers at the Government’s level. In the meantime, Tamils as a community have been strengthening their contribution to Administrative powers especially through parts of the Tamil Diaspora that is actually practicing law and order in the countries that they have migrated to. This has been confirmed recently through the decision of the European Court of Justice to lift the proscriptive measures against the LTTE introduced in 2006. The American Government preceded this through its move at the UN to diminish the status of the Sri Lankan Government, on the basis of unlawful conduct during the final battle against the LTTE. To the extent Tamils self-govern in their part of the world and they feel they are part of Sri Lankan Tamils – they would naturally strengthen the real powers of the Tamil Community of Sri Lanka. The above two wins at global level – are higher in status than the status derived locally due to military win against the LTTE – a part of the Tamil community. Such sharing is equally applicable to Sinhala Diaspora also – provided they work through global mechanisms instead of local Sri Lankan mechanisms only or lower.
In his Asian Tribune article :
‘EU Court ruling lifting restrictions on LTTE: Ascendancy of Sinhala nationalism inevitable with the resurgence of LTTE’,
Mr. Raj Gonsalkorale whom I met through the Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum Sydney, states about the possible alternate Presidential candidate:
[One should not forget that Mr Wickramasinghe made a colossal political blunder in 2002 by signing a Ceasefire Agreement with the LTTE Leader Prabakaran even without the knowledge of the Head of State of the country President Chandrika Kumaratunga which plunged the country towards the eventual full scale war against the LTTE.
It took the political courage and determination of the current President Mahinda Rajapaksa to beat the LTTE militarily after a bloody battle that took the lives of many Sri Lankans including LTTE cadres besides many amongst the valiant Armed Forces personnel of Sri Lanka as well as many innocent civilians who were held as human shields by the LTTE.
Should Mr Wickramasinghe emerge as the Opposition Presidential contender at the next President election that maybe held in January 2015, the voters of Sri Lanka will have to give very careful consideration whether they would like to have a President who has proven he has a serious lack of political judgment and who, with short sightedness unbecoming of a would be President, has placed his personal political fortunes ahead of the interests of the country. ]
As per the ‘Real’ system of Natural Order – I went in 2003 to Vanni to assist the LTTE develop a better Public Administrative structure and this I believe happened due to the above mentioned Ceasefire Agreement in 2002. I believe that this opportunity came my way due to my accumulated Administrative powers here in Australia especially through the Legal Administrative system. The contributions were of highest standard known to me. Hence this would have added power to Mr. Ranil Wickramasinge’s real Administrative power which is facilitating opportunities at the global level – especially through the Diaspora. Eventually the real winner is the one who leads Sri Lanka to self-governance through a combination of belief based political powers and merit based administrative powers.
Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum, Sydney, of which, as per my knowledge, Mr. Raj Gonsalkorale is a member, has published in its website a letter to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade which includes the following:
‘We therefore request that a visa not be issued to the Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara and if a visa has already been issued that it be revoked immediately.’ (http://www.slreconsyd.org.au/activities/).
This letter is claimed to have been sent out on 16 July 2014 – months before the decision to lift the ban on LTTE was made by the European Court of Justice. In other words, according to the Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum, Sydney, expressions of Buddhist Nationalism and therefore Sinhala Nationalism were made well before the above decision by the European Court. One who believes in the Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum, Sydney, would therefore identify with the manifestations that led to the July 2014 action by the Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum Sydney as the ones promoting Sinhala Nationalism and not the above decision by the European Court of which Mr. Raj Gonsalkorale is not a member to have political power through belief. No merit based argument has been provided by Mr. Raj Gonsalkorale, providing logical reasons for his judgment on the Tamil Community as a whole. In terms of political power – the LTTE’s credits and debits are those of the Tamil community. We as a community have enough Administrative power to override the LTTE’s negatives. Hence I conclude that Mr. Raj Gonsalkorale’s conclusion is based on his own personal views and needs to be limited to his inner circles if he is truly seeking peace and harmony in Sri Lanka.
Mr. Raj Gonsalkorale claims:
[It took the political courage and determination of the current President Mahinda Rajapaksa to beat the LTTE militarily after a bloody battle that took the lives of many Sri Lankans including LTTE cadres besides many amongst the valiant Armed Forces personnel of Sri Lanka as well as many innocent civilians who were held as human shields by the LTTE]
The victory against the LTTE was political and not administrative. Even within the military – the two components exist. It was due to the weakness in military administration that political powers of the military were used towards the military win. To the extent of exercise of Political Power, such a win was achieved through suppression of rights of the Common Sri Lankan Citizen. Tamils as a community earned higher level action which the Government has proven incapable of.
Wars will come and wars will go. They are part of our struggle for self-determination as Communities and as Nations. Sinhalese who use political force to remain in power are the real parallels of the LTTE – however high their official positions may be. When they criticize the LTTE they criticize also themselves.
Truth will emerge from time to time to show Itself to members of Its system of Natural Justice. Land is a receptor and holder of true Energy. Vaddukoddai has that power for anyone who believes in Vaddukoddai and the Sri Lankan Political & Administrative systems that led to the Vaddukoddai resolution. President Rajapaksa seems to have had a dose of that while Mr. Wickramasinghe is likely to be empowered by the EU decision through Tamil Diaspora. The real winner would be known by the real Sri Lankan – with or without Presidential elections.