Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Fast at Speakers Corner for Eelam Tamils

Seelan: About 30 people in all came in several groups today to show their support for Mr Thamilmarain's fast for the innocent & helpless children, women & men who are dying in Tamil Eelam Sri Lanka, for peace in Sri Lanka and for peace talks to take place.

Here are two photos fellow socio-political blogger Jacob George took while he was there. Visit his blog for more photos and his report of the event. At the end of this post is a video interview by The Online Citizen.


Donaldson Tan said...

I don´t want to sound racist, but do you think there is a possibility that Mr Thamilmarain was mistaken by the policeman to be a foreign worker? This idea seems to be confirmed by the fact that the policemen did ask for identification documents of the 3 foreign indian workers who turned up. Nevertheless, Mr Thamilmarain´s efforts deserve more attention.

Shan Nalliah / GANDHIYIST said...

Thank you and greetings!

sie.kathieravelu said...

All these happened due the system of governance that is prevailing. Even the implementation of the much sought 17th amendment cannot salvage the country from the utter mess it is today.
It is because “bribery, corruption, injustice and discrimination” has taken over everything and is eating away the fundamentals of civilization. Wide spread corruption and mismanagement of public institutions is found all over the world. It is not peculiar to Sri Lanka which ranks 94 out of 180 countries. Though Sri Lanka is not at the “top” it is NOT at the bottom. Someone said that it has become part of the culture or an integral part of the system.
So, what is the remedy?. The remedy is to change the system of governance itself into one that will not accept “bribery, corruption, injustice and discrimination” as a partner. Once “bribery, corruption, injustice and discrimination” is eradicated nearly 80% of the problems of any country would have been solved, and the balance 20% can be sorted-out easily because “bribery, corruption, injustice and discrimination” the four pillars supporting evil society is not a partner in the governing system.
In the present system of governance one set of elected representatives of the party (supposed representatives of te people) are empowered with all the powers to rule the country degrading the sovereignty of the people from the status of “citizens of the country” to one of “subjects of the country”.
So, separate the powers now exercised by the parliament and empower small and different groups of people’s representatives (not party representatives) to administer each part of the separated power in a part of the country. That means no single group of elected peoples representatives would be having the full power to fully govern even a small part of the country. They (any one group) can only use a specific set of powers to achieve a specific object of a work. This is the basic difference between my proposal and that envisaged for “gramarajya” by Mahatma Gandhi. During the time of Mahatma Gandhi “bribery, corruption, injustice and discrimination” was there but not visible to this extent and so he proposed a fully fledged village council “gramarajya” (or what was called “Gamsabah” in ancient Sri Lanka) . But now “bribery, corruption, injustice and discrimination” has become an “acceptable culture” and partner in the governance of the country.
SO WE WILL HAVE TO FIND WAYS AND MEANS OF ERADICATING BRIBERY, CORRUPTION, INJUSTICE and DISCRIMINATION FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE TO PREVAIL IN ANY COUNTRY and one way is the above mentioned separation of powers and each set of powers handled by a separate set of representatives in a restricted areas like having different ministries/departments for different functions – Administration, Fiscal Management, Development, Planning, Auditing, Law and Order etc.,
The basic idea is promoting the eradication of bribery, corruption, injustice and discrimination and planning from the village level with the needs of the village being given top priority and the powers, duties and functions now vested or usurped in by parliament be SEPARATED and different and distinct powers, duties and functions be given to different and distinct groups of representatives directly elected by the people at different levels of groupings. These powers, duties and functions MUST NOT OVERLAP and the different groups of representatives are connected to form one unit - the Parliament.
It is not the present federal or quasi-federal system in India where there is a Central Government directly elected by the people with powers to dismiss State Governments that too are directly elected by the people.
In the present system (in every part of the world) one elected institution is above/below another elected institution and powers, duties and functions are DELEGATED and overlap and power is shared vertically - one above/below another - from Colombo unto a remote village Council. People elect and authorize an elected body to administer BUT the powers to administer are DELEGATED by Colombo, which retains the power to withdraw an its whims and fancies.
In the proposed/suggested system, nor elected institution is above/below another elected institution and cannot be dismissed by any other elected institution. All institutions are in the same level and enjoy equal rights given directly by the people.
The powers to perform and administer the duties and functions specifically assigned to elected institutions are directly given by the people who elected the institutions and not by ANOTHER institution directly elected by the people. This is a great deviation from the present system.