Friday, November 21, 2014
What is Politically (in) dependent, interdependent?
My mind goes back and forth seeking for words, titles around country, outside country, regions, and across continents. So I find things to write. But some of those things are not heart soothing or heart pleasing to write. Perhaps that is because some subjects are very far away from my interests. Yet I think it is little difficult for a person to always stick to something that he likes to talk or something that they like to draw. Some things are inevitable or unavoidable.
If you take your mind back to ‘Pre - colonial period’, you can say we were not politically dependent on any nation though we had to face invasions from time to time. Invasions, south Indian invasions for instance, we managed to fight against and looked after this ‘country’. Though the country was not under One Flag for some decades and were ruled by Provincial Kings ( pradesheeya rajawaru)of certain admin structures (Ruhunu, Maya, Pihiti, for instance), even though Kalinga Magha attacked this country during Polonnaruwa kingdom nothing lasted like period of ‘colonization. 1505 – We gained independence (?) in 1948 from the British Empire. Do you think that we became politically independent afterwards?
From colonization we could have escaped much earlier unless there were NOT some POLITICAL KIDS who thought of their personal ‘POWER HOLDING’ other than keeping the COUNTRY behind their ‘personal desires’(thought of Kandyan Kingdom, some who trapped their own people trusting outsiders in some instances)
So during all those ancient, Pre – Post colonial periods some were dependent on some (Kings) that they could trust , some dependent on some that there were no reasons to be dependent, some dependent on some ‘ advisers’ ( Agra Purohitha – chief advisor of the Raja Sabha). Some were directed their kings towards ‘accurate lanes’ of nivahal ratak’ (a country freed from Slavery) eksesath kala ratak (a country under one flag)
Don’t forget that for each and every province there was a specific flag to define their identity, dignity in the old admin system of this country. (sesath; this has few meanings but here it means flags)
So when ever they fought against any of their provincial rulers when expanding their ‘kingdoms’ the provincial flags were used to specify many things. These flags were helped to identify their own members of battles from other members of battles easily.
So during some of those battles some had to depend on some ‘ottu karuwo’( secret agents?) who were officially hold positions in some other team of battle that is to get internally valued data, information that should not be exchanged with any outsiders). You can measure these things in numerous ways. For instance you can say that this is something that you can possibly called ‘pawala denawa’(Betraying). If some one is given a position in a team of work or battle you are expected to work for that particular team not any other teams, not only ethically but also according to what is describe in the contract of work). If you do so ‘what is your position there or in the team that you work unofficially but totally, mentally?
When it comes to a country matter it is highly necessary that EVERY TEAM MEMBER IS STICK TO THEIR TEAM’ with out really betraying their team members.
There is one good saying that describes what I am trying to say here in a much fullest way. Here it is ‘Ange indan kana kaema’ , ( biting an ear of a bull comfortably relaxing on the hones of the same bull) so the bull is providing seating facilities and what who ever is doing using the seating facility is biting the ear of who has given for what ever space to sit
So one has to be very careful and try to be cautious of such ange indan kana kana aya’. They are the true enemies.
And some, even in the old kingdoms, sitting before the king in the Raja Sabha provided the internal security plans of the kingdoms to the Colonial Rulers. Read evidences.
So day by day some comfortably settled here and it was really difficult for some rulers, pre patriots to chase away or escape from some colonial rulers. Again I ask read history for more information.
Aiyo it is not difficult to understand ‘some did that because of nothing smaller they get but thinking of ‘kuttiya’( bulk) they get from the people they work (un)officially.
History teaches us things one can say each and every thing that are not transparent to their people ( discussions with outside ( insert relevant term as required) parties) is something that you can discuss under this title I explore.
Why rahasigatha sakachcha (discussions) with outsiders what is the meaning of rahasya (secret) or rahasigatha lesa (secretly)?
One can have a rahasigatha sakachcha with some if that is totally outside to ill will agendas to harm this country. One can hold a rahasigatha sakachchawa with a group banned due to various or multiple reasons. Why secretly is something that one always has to explain before the public if you talk about this term with regard to public domains or public interests.
Viniwidhabhawaya (transparency) is something very important like parenthood
I am a member of this COUNTRY. I no way betray this country for any PERSONAL GAINING’
Some decisions that were taken during colonial period actually were totally idiotic but that were totally because of ‘their lack of knowledge with regard to ‘EXTERNAL AFFAIRS’, some did not know or was not fully aware of things like ‘how to handle teams, groups, outside to country’ due to lack of previous experience, compared to now.
But this is not the era 1505 0r 1948 this is 2014. People and rulers can learn things from past.
Let me remind a classic saying picking from past ‘inguru deela misiris gatta wage’ to prove facts discussed above. That happened due to lack of experience with regard to handling outside groups that did not enter this country before. Compared to South Indian Invasions the colonial rulers were from different parts of this world. Their political interests, social and cultural ethics, norms and values believed were different to South Indians. Kalin Magha was different to Lorenzo De Almeda.
So that was a period where there were no University that taught ‘American History’, European history, Indian history for instance for Prince , kings, princesses to learn about other countries’ socio political situations. But everything is different now. The Universities, schools, private educational institutes teach ‘Political Sciences’, History. From students to adults they are aware of global political situations. From goviya to kamkaruwa read papers, read books they know ‘what goviya (agricultural farmers) should get’ what nagarika kamkaruwa (urban wage labourer) must get’, why some struggles failed, why some decisions taken were inappropriate or less appropriate then or not totally applicable or inappropriate to now society.
I believe that people of this country knows to weigh things better. they have their own weighing machines , the machines different to that party members use in their normal measurements.
(What is the meaning of this term ‘outsiders’? One can analyze this term in numerous ways, if you think of its literal meaning or its deep meaning. You find outsiders in a same geographical area, some you find people who hold same certificate of births (physical structure of the certificate) issued by one country. Some you find live in a one geographical area but they live permission of the country they live. (Residence Visa for instance) I can list a lot. )
Who ever say what ever ‘PEOPLE’ of this country knows how to use their vote.
I read an interview with minister Mahinda Samarasinghe , published on daily Lankadeepa (17 / 11 / 2014). I picked some ‘key words from the interview. That is what I normally do. I pick and choose words or facts from various sources of information (papers, individuals, books, gossips, anything that I hear or view etc) and then try to analyze.
It is you (You; equals to sources of information) who always gives me things to explore. As a woman who does not know much about politics or any other tricks or mixtures, I measure, weigh things I collate according to my understanding. My scales differ from what the genius uses to weigh evidences at high courts.
So in the interview the questions were raised covering many things which is good. So that if the public have any doubts remanding that too can be erased. So people get various point of view and then they can measure what everybody say comparing with what they know and what they understand, how they see it.
I believe we became somewhat independent (Politically) after 1972. But before 1948 or between the eras 1948 – 1972 we were politically a semi independent country. Unless you become totally, politically independent and establish your own admin system that don’t get any interruptions or interferences from any outside parties ‘you are a politically dependent country’. If Buckingham Palace decides what is good for you or if white house decides what is better for you, if Tony Blair said, ‘you must do this’ not that referring to something, if Congress members say that you must not do that’ and then democratic party members say ‘this is how you must rule your country’ there is a way that you can measure such things politically.
You can’t forget that ‘saying is something else when it comes to believing or following’
Any can suggest things, say things, deciding what is better for a country solely on the hands of the rulers, leaders of their respective countries.
When you are little weak politically others can spoil your plans. When you are strong others can’t spoil things. ‘Ones level of confidence’ is their mantra to win the objectives of their party, country.
We became little weaker when we had to face ‘the LTTE issue. The country had to focus more on humanitarian war, taking care of people affected from that issue, re build what was abandoned (both physical and mental situations of our people)
You get advice from various parties, or you have to get if you know less as to what to do, when to take decisions, what is politically better, whom to trust etc. when asking for help or advise for instance.
1976 – 2009 not only politically but also emotionally or mentally we were in a mess. So this became worse in some periods due to various reasons, due to some decisions that were taken politically. Some decisions were surfacely looked alright but were weak practically, lead to other issues. Some became or join the net work as new political enemies, according to my understanding. When some of us started criticizing some of the situations arose, some interference, involvements of few or some not friendlier but a tyrant to some extent. So due to lack of understanding of some people who tried to get involved in the situations, as peace agents, that had no better or clear picture of what was happening actually in the country , came up with suggestions that were not practically achievable, relevant.
If you have any internal problem no outsider can give solutions, reason is one has to suggest things after studying every page of history (socio, political and most importantly geographical senses)
Outside involvements are like an outsider giving plushable toilet facilities to some village people, without trying to know ‘the water situation of a community’. It is village people who know what is good for their village or community other than outsiders. So when anyone trying to get advise from any outside parties for the questions like ‘what to do’ that will not be practically good. when it comes to something related to our country 'we need to have our own plans'
So existed situation became some what fatter because some of the involvements, lead them to get to know more networks that they could trust and strengthen or spread their ‘networks. ’
Please remember if the hat does not match with the head size of yours there is no reason for you to wear it or get upset so stay cool. (Saying this to who is reading this while I am writing?)
When you take decisions depending on outside views, advice of outsiders who don’t have a clue of what people want, to solve something internal how you can say you are politically independent.
That was why some peace achieving projects of past failed.
I don’t know whether what I say sometimes, people take them personally. I say or discuss things as facts or I always argue sticking to ‘policies’ that I understand, often I use the scale of ethics to weigh things rather than other knowledge scales. I don’t really care about people’s skin tomes or party of politics, social or ethnic background.
So before this essay gets the shape of my personal profile of my personal interests, let me tell you what I want to tell, additionally.
I always say what I believe or think is right. I believe that you should do what you think is right not what others think is right or what others want you to do. But that does not mean that everything what others say is always incorrect or inaccurate. I believe it is always good if we keep this mantra in our minds ‘no one is perfect,’ everything is ‘comparative, ‘trust your intuition’, ‘respect heart evidences’.
Often, we say things about something comparing it with something similar. Am I right? We compare Miss A with Miss B and both Miss A & B with Miss Z. often we give them marks.
If you want to INITIATE something THERE ARE THINGS THAT YOU SHOULD CONSIDER before hand. For example …………
You have to think of one, few or some of the factors given below, before PLANNING, IMPLEMENTING something lets say a ‘community project’. Perhaps there may be other facts that I miss but scholars see. Add them as required.
- Geographical factors
- Cultural factors
Practically we can’t do what America do. Geographically and politically America is different to Sri Lanka. Their Political aims or desires are different to Russia. So, according to my knowledge even Russia cannot copy or do what America do in their country or outside to their country thinking of their own people or people of globe. People of Globe, if you take this term, America has their own views and concepts towards this term, I believe, and that gets the shape inclusive to protection of ‘future of America’, people of America. But don’t get me wrong I am not trying to de-widen what they are trying to do with regard to terrorism. And you can’t forget how the world has labeled America ‘The Policeman of the world’; some say America is the most powerful country of the globe.
How some label some I am not fully aware, but I think they do this thinking of ones achievements or their policies, interventions, international affairs, perceptions towards global matters etc, perceptions towards others. This is not something that specific only to America it is specific and applicable to any other vast community, big country, small country, and tribe, primitive or advanced societies, as independent ruling admin structures.
I am sure you understand how some countries differ from another country. How a region differ from another region, how a country differ from another country with regard to their history, for instance, colonialism, invasions.
For learning or understanding purposes if you take specific chapters of history and then analyze for isnatnce, Anurapura, Polonnaru, Dambadeni, kotte kingdoms, you can study the significance, even if you just differentiate the chapters or incidents of invasions you can clearly understand the socio , cultural, economical and political background of then society. Take colonial period (Portuguese, Dutch and British) you can understand the socio cultural economical political differences of each era. The decisions taken by the rulers, what failed what succeeded, reasons, what were the decisions that some should have taken instead of the decisions taken for instances, if something failed?
You can understand even historically most of us different from each other, not only culturally, socially, economically but also politically. So what you do internally with regard to its administration you have to consider all these to get something fruitful out of what you plan.
Therefore good men, gentlemen, ‘you can’t do what others do with regard to decision making unless such totally applicable, relevant, appropriate to our society, needs and wants of our people.
You can’t say looking at something ‘nobody of the world have done this before’ ‘why do you this’? What logic or rational you can see through in those sentences or questions?
Let me repeat ………. There is no need at all to do what others do but if that is something that we too need or suitable, applicable to our socio political , cultural needs of our country people. Absolutely, there is no harm in giving it a thought.
Sometimes what some others think is equals to what some, majority or few others also think. ‘Colonialism’, imperialism’ what are these words. You may find few oppose to what you say. Look there is something that we always forget. You don’t get a chance to hear what every single citizen of this country says.
An Election’ gives all of us a chance to hear ‘what people think of everything’. Every contestant have to show ‘their future plans’ to their people, and they weigh what they have done previously. Success rates, their strength levels with regard to handling or facing outside obstacles, international affairs, how solve problems. Abilities to lead the country people view history.
Pre independent era what was the socio, cultural, economical and political situation here? In post – Colonialism what struggle that people internally have to face to ‘differentiate alienate colonialism attitudes thinking from our people and then establish something Sri Lankan like in pre Colonialism.
Sri Lanka is not a robot that a master can control using his remote controller. This is a country with human flesh and blood. We need a leader who don’t surrender to outside interference or say ‘YES’ for something that we strongly say NO
So, young men, tell me do you still think that we also do what others always do or did? Do you think that we should have followed the same, their geo – political, social, economical mechanisms?
Do not tell me that ‘we were economically or any other way not equipped or stunned enough to follow their style of exploring their aim of ‘Empire’.
Perhaps, even if you say so I can slightly agree with you. We were very poor in such thinking. We wanted to cultivate something of our own, we didn't want any non national to rule this country.
Who is a national then?
A national is a countryman who is not politically or mentally dependent on the decisions of outsiders.
Yes, we did not want ‘any other people’s land’. In that way you are totally accurate. Just read what is happening globally, some want lands of others some expect others to surrender to achieve their objectives. All what we wanted is to ‘protect this tiny land from invaders of any type. We did not want to expand our ‘Sinhalese or Multi National Empire any further. We were satisfied with what we had and have.
All what we wanted is to ‘ protect this land from any type of invasions’, anything internal that fired or looked after by any non national who had no ideas towards ‘what is a mother land’ , who is a national?
Yes, we didn't want to fill our ‘atu kotu’ (the stores of Grains), bhandagaraya (Treasure) with the coins, pounds, pagoda’s of others. Am I right?
Slavery; if you find modern slavery in any of the societies you live, then you are not totally independent. I say you are not only politically but also emotionally and mentally independent then. If you think that we must do what all others do here I believe you are a salve of other admin structures and don’t want to welcome any newest methodologies with regard to admin systems, local.
If you take what is happening around some areas of the world, I wonder whether they took any examples from past? Colonization for instance.
What is independent means in its total meaning? Cooperation is something totally different to dependency.
Political dependency is something very scary, it is not like you take a loan from an outside source to build a bridge (take this as an example) so don’t think you or we must do what Mao or Abraham Lincoln planed to do for their people.
We must not think of politically DEPENDENT on OTHERS. We must not mentally dependent on the plans of outsiders, what others do in their countries?
Liberty is something that we all respect in its fullest meaning, I believe. Liberty is something that definitely adds some ‘novelty’ to any community. Achieving liberty is sort of a cleansing process.
Don’t be afraid to take any revolutionary decisions though any of the members of any other country have not taken previously. If you take any decisions that are not harmful to your people that is all what people expect.
All the best for the contestants in the forth coming presidential election!