Mr. T. Sabaratnam wrote a two-volume historical biography of Velupillai Pirapaharan and his time from 2002-2005 that was posted on the Sangam website. This history is of the period before the war began and of the early stages of the war. It dwells on the root causes and the background of those involved, along with their actions, all of which he often covered himself as a news reporter.
First, as most of this material is not available elsewhere from a Tamil point of view or in such detail, second, because many of the chapters have become corrupted in our archives and third, because most of the issues discussed remain alive today, we have decided to repost these chapters.
T. Sabaratnam was a long-time news reporter who had intimate access to most of the players in this history, which gave him a unique position as an historian of the period. Mr. Sabaratnam wrote Volume 3 of the series, which dealt with the period after 1985, before his death in 2010, but Vol.3 did not make it onto this website, much to our regret.
Volume One is covers 1954-1983. Volume Two covers 1983-1986.
by T. Sabaratnam, 2003-2005