Tigers` Plan B and presidential polls

  • 1 Sep 2009 16:10:44 GMT

    [The next presidential election is the last hope for the anti-Sri Lankan forces struggling to revive the LTTE. They will not leave any stones unturned in their frantic effort to effect a regime change, though their chances of success are rather slim.]

    The Government certainly realises that continuous releasing of IDPs on a regular basis is the most efficient way to get the steam off.

  • 1 Sep 2009 20:48:54 GMT

    Any issue related to ethnic conflict will be executed instantly by this government.It is not that easy to bring back past glory for LTTE or any other warring party.

  • 2 Sep 2009 05:48:58 GMT

    [What is the original source of this article?]

    Island.

  • 3 Sep 2009 00:57:54 GMT

    Here is what I wrote in this regard for which there has been strong expressions of support including from a high level Australian institution:

    The Committee for the formation of a

    Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam

    02 September 2009

    Dear Committee Members,

    Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and work regarding the formation of a Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam.

    As per our observations, there is certainly a need to consolidate the thinking and actions of all Tamils seeking to actively participate in the issue of self-governance through our own investments in common values. I am happy to participate in this provided I am satisfied that it does not damage the duly earned benefits and opportunities of others outside the group including the majority race in our current countries of residence and citizenship as well as in Sri Lanka.

    Common structures lead quickly to Common Values and hence common feelings and faith which connect us automatically. We do have such feelings at the moment but they are not in common to all groups. Instead they are common in small groups. That is alright so long as we do not speak for the larger group seen commonly as Tamils but lack feelings for those outside our immediate circle. These small circles are the parallels of electorates in a democratic government.

    Given that we are transnational, these have to be on the basis of issues / professions / faiths including religious faiths rather than through geographically demarcated areas which would dilute the investments in self governance, of those who are not in direct touch with their birthplaces in Sri Lanka.

    If on the other hand we need to relate through Land / Geography, because that is the strongest faith base, then we have to group ourselves on the basis of electorates that the Tamils in Sri Lanka call their home. For example, our family would belong to the Vaddukoddai electorate in Valigamam division not just because of birth but also because of the ongoing investments we have been making there due to our feelings for the people there who are our primary community group. A good part of this investment is through temples and schools of human values through which we share common facilities. We work on the basis of a democratic constitution (Appendix 1). In point 2 of your communication you have stated the Vaddukoddai resolution as the first base for your group. Appendix 1 confirms that we have been using the spirit of that resolution to help one of the most disenfranchised groups in Sri Lanka. The Vaddukoddai resolution failed to cover this group because it ignored the weaknesses within i.e discrimination on the basis of caste. The stronger participants must first bring about that internal balance for which one has to be humble.

    Finding the basis through the strongest faith factor is important. Votes would be on that basis and not on the basis of our current place of residence. The latter is for voting in our current countries of residence.

    The advantage of using issues and professions is that we could comfortably call on the support of those of non-Sri Lankan origin but are bound to us through those issues/professions/religions.

    Then there needs to be the recognition that a government has to have an Administrative structure that majority could relate to on individual basis. This would help us feel that we are strong as individuals and not just collectively when we see numbers. Administrative and management strength is the basis of vertical growth for which an individual does not need subjective endorsement from others outside the Administrative structure and Due Processes. At the moment this is almost absent at the international level for Tamils. It is essential for structured participation at the global level so we are not less than global. Towards this we have been working through small groups of professionals and religious faiths in addition to those who actively pursue the quicker political path.

    The way we interpret the laws from which this structure flows would be different as per our environmental reality. But it needs to be there as the base - just like UN policies and conventions. No matter must be heard outside this structure where there is provision to be heard within this structure. Otherwise we would tend to use majority vote prematurely and downgrade ourselves as majority races tend to do/have done and against which we are fighting.

    This Administrative component would help consolidate our investment through regular conduct and participation as per the individual s interpretation of the common principle/policy. It s a natural investment through Due Processes and common law based participation. The main issue in this structure would be racial /gender/age equality.

    We then need also a judicial arm which is independent of the above administration based on the Doctrine of Separation of Powers between the executive and the judiciary in a democracy.

    In summary we need three main aspects:

    1) Belief / Faith based Majority through which the outer Government is structured at the primary level

    2) Administration through which the Executive and members function on daily basis

    3) Judiciary to judge conflicts independent of the Executive.

    In point 15 of your communication dated 30 August you have stated the two conditions to become a member. My interpretation of these two are:

    1. One has to be at least 18 years of age.

    2. Acceptance that the problem of Tamils of Sri Lanka has to be resolved Politically on the basis of Policies supporting Tamil Nationalism, Homeland and Self Governance.

    I am in agreement with (1) which is a global requirement to participate in governance. This requires objective evidence and no subjective assessment.

    I am not able to see how you would assess through independent objective measures that one qualifies through criterion 2.

    If it is a self assessment process then there is no need for you to state it as if one would be measured by person/s external to oneself. Your stated policies and your conduct and your contribution to common values from which we are able to independently draw on user pays basis - would be the basis as to whether someone would join or not. This is for us to assess and not for you the founding members. On the other hand you could require that one has to be of Sri Lankan Tamil origin. But this would leave out those who do not have that birth connection or do have it but are not able to prove it through documentary evidence similar to those produced for passports. The former would exclude many Indians including Indian Tamils and the latter Sinhalese who have faith that Tamils have earned the right to self governance. Only those conditions that can be tested through external merit basis need to be stated for voting purposes. Others need to be on the basis of faith as assessed by the self. That is fundamental to self governance.

    In terms of commitment the requirement is for us to be committed to self-governance as individuals and/or in groups. Realizing Independence is like realizing God. We have the natural freedom, except when told otherwise by custodians of lawful powers, to choose the path/religion. We can realize independence as ascetics do through meditation and individual discipline which turns us towards the Truth we know inside or as a group offsetting each other s weaknesses with strengths. If as a group we do not have enough strengths to offset the weaknesses we would need to work harder towards gaining those strengths or go down to the lower level of participation through our natural balance. If on the other hand we have more strengths than weaknesses we are ready to expand our circle to include participants from wider world. When we share with others outside our immediate circles we expand naturally. When we fail to share, we start hoarding benefits which become heavy baggage that keeps pulling us down and away from independence.

    With all this in mind and as one who believes she has realized independence through the Administrative path here in Australia I conclude that the only qualification in addition to the age based one - is that one should believe in self-governance. I would not qualify through your other stated conditions and yet I, a Tamil continuing to feel for Tamils in Sri Lanka as if they are a part of me have realized independence / self-governance. That was also Gandhi s path. Gandhi punished himself when he acted in breach of a law / administrative policy that he could not accept so he did not owe anyone including those who genuinely contributed to those laws through Due Process. Once you renounce the possible benefits for yourself from the practice of that law/policy you work for ownership which is another word for independence.

    Through my own investments I feel ownership in the whole of Sri Lanka. Why would I need to limit myself only to parts where Tamils are in majority? Some of you may need just that part due to lack of investment in wider world. If I did that, I would be working towards a ghetto here in Australia also. No thank you. Why would a choose a narrower path when I have the freedom of the wider path?

    If you are able to accommodate the above changes I am happy to be a member of your group.

    Thank you again for keeping me informed.

    Yours sincerely

    Gaja Lakshmi Paramasivam

    CC: All concerned

    [Appendix 1

    CONSTITUTION

    THUNAIVI-SANGARATHAI SCHOOL OF HUMAN VALUES

    1. The Thunaivi-Sangarathai School of Human Values is formed by the following members:

    (i) All citizens of Thunaivi & Sangarathai

    (ii) All members (by birth and/or by marriage) of Manickaachi ( Manickam Visvalingam - Founder of Sangarathai-Thunaivi, Vairavar-Kali Temple) Family

    2. The Official address of the School is -

    Thunaivi-Sangarathai Vairavar-Kali Temple, Navaly Road, Thunaivi-Sangarathai

    3. Governance of the School is conducted through a Governing Council made up of:

    (i) Governor as determined by the legal owners of Sangarathai-Thunaivi, Vairavar-Kali Temple the Founding Governor being Mrs. Gaja Lakshmi Paramasivam of Australia

    (ii) Chief Executive Officer the head teacher of the School is also the CEO of the School

    (iii) Elected Representative of the Employees of the School

    (iv) Elected Representative of the Parents of the students of the School

    (v) Elected Representative of the Students of the School

    (vi) Appointee of the Government (Ministry for Hindu Culture), representing the General Public of Sri Lanka

    4. All appointments to the Council are for a period two years after which the appointments are to be renewed or new appointees elected through majority vote of the respective group represented by each member

    5. The Core Purpose of the School is Social Cohesion through Education

    6. The Governing Council has the power to delegate its powers, except this power to delegate, through majority vote the Governor having the power to exercise casting vote when a simple majority is not achieved.

    7. The quorum for the Council meeting is three. The quorum for the meetings through which representatives are elected is 20 percent of the registered members.

    8. The Governing Council is required to meet at least once every 3 calendar months. The minutes of the meeting are to be distributed to all members of the Council.

    9. The School is to be resourced by voluntary contributions from anyone and through its own generation of resources on the basis of educational activities.

    10. All decisions of the Governing Council through majority vote are binding on all members, so long as they are within the boundaries of this constitution and are not in breach of the laws of Sri Lanka.]