Raja Arasa Ratnam

Biography

I am an octogenarian bicultural Asian-Australian, formed by the communalism and spirituality of Asia, but with my feet firmly grounded in the individualism of the West. I am a communitarian small-l liberal, and a freethinker in matters religious. I seek to contribute to building a bridge between these cultures (as suggested to me by the spirit world about 2 decades ago); and have thereby been writing about issues relating to migrant integration (but not assimilation).

I claim to be widely read. A professor of history and politics (a published author of renown), who treats my books as representing a sliver of post-war Australia’s history, did describe me as an intellectual who cannot be categorised (but not slippery). Two of my books were recommended in 2013 by the US Review of Books. All of my six books were reviewed favourably by senior academics and other notable persons. I am not just a pretty face!

My books are all experience-based, including the book of short, short stories of imagined people and situations. Usefully, I was Director of Policy on migrant settlement-related issues over nine years in the federal public service in Australia. My highly interactive and contributory life, reaching leadership positions in civil society, also contributed to my writing, as did a demeaning life under British colonialism, a half-starved existence under a Japanese military occupation, and exposure to the White Australia-era racism, sectarian religion-fuelled tribalism, and a denial of equal opportunity.

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Books

Destiny Will Out: The Experiences of a Multicultural Malayan in White Australia
Price: Free! Words: 154,990. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2018 by William R. Potter. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Destiny Will Out (1997), a memoir, introduces White Australia, as observed (from the late 1940s) by a young coloured student from British Malaya. Observing all, and analysing each facet of observed Australian life neutrally, he offers (in a clear narrative form) an interesting scenario of a somewhat anxious white enclave set in coloured seas, with worrying foreign cultures nearby.
Hidden Footprints of Unity: Beyond Tribalism and Towards a New Australian Identity
Price: Free! Words: 64,870. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2013 by William R. Potter. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Cultural heritage
This book is the third in the series triggered by advice from the spirit world, that the author "could contribute to building a bridge" from where he came to where he now is. It is essentially about the inter-connectedness of mankind....
The Dance Of Destiny
Price: Free! Words: 135,080. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2013 by William R. Potter. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Religious biography
An account of personal pilgrimage, through the currents of life which refused a smooth sailing. Observing all neutrally, analyzing with a depth of understanding of matters historical, geo-political, and religio-societal, the author seeks to answer the perennial question – why is it so? With a spiritual insight drawn from the metaphysics of Hinduism and some significant psychic experiences....
The Karma Of Culture
Price: Free! Words: 53,770. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2013 by William R. Potter. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Studies / History & Culture
This book deals with the cross-cultural impacts of an ethnically diverse immigration intake, and the potential for Asian cultural and spiritual values to influence Western thinking about democracy, human rights and social values. "Royalties will be donated in toto to Doctors Without Borders"

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