Posts Categorized: Sabaratnam

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap.10 The Mandate Affirmed

by T. Sabaratnam, September 2003 Volume 1, Chapter 9 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 10 Chapter 10: The Mandate Affirmed Vaddukoddai Resolution Nine days after Pirapaharan founded the LTTE, the Tamil United Front held its first national convention at Pannakam in Vaddukoddai in the Jaffna Peninsula. It passed the historic ‘Vaddukoddai Resolution’… Read more »

Piraparaharan: Vol.1, Chap.9 TNT Matures into the LTTE

by T. Sabaratnam, September 2003 Volume 1, Chapter 8 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 9 Chapter 9: TNT matures into the LTTE The need for a Veeran The Duraiappah murder delivered the message Pirapaharan wanted to convey: a new force prepared to hit back had entered the Tamil scene. That created a… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap. 8 First Military Operation

by T. Sabaratnam, September 1, 2003 Volume 1, Chapter 7 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 8 Chapter 8: First Military Operation Pirapaharan Returns Pirapaharan did what Sivakumaran failed to do. He killed Alfred Duraiappah. Sivakumaran’s death was one of the factors that induced Pirapaharan to return to Jaffna, the scene of action…. Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol. 1, Chap. 7 The Cyanide Suicide

by T. Sabaratnam, 2003 Volume 1, Chapter 6 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Introduction, Part 1   Chapter 7: The Cyanide Suicide Sivakumaran The death of nine spectators during the closing ceremony of the Fourth International Tamil Research Conference ended all the efforts Sirimavo Bandaranaike government had been making in 1973 to pacify… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap.6 Birth of Tamil New Tigers

by T. Sabaratnam, August 15, 2003 Volume 1, Chapter 5 Original index of series Original Volume 1, Chapter 5   Chapter 6: Birth of Tamil New Tigers Pirapaharan entered the freedom struggle in the role of a leader of an armed group when he was 17 years old. He led a bomb attack on 17… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap.5 Tamil Youths Turn Assertive

by T. Sabaratnam, August 2003 Volume 1, Chapter 4 Original index of series Original Volume 1, Chapter 5 Chapter 5: Tamil Youths Turn Assertive Tamils – a subject race Amirthalingam’s Kankesanthurai speech was a reflection of the growing feeling of frustration among Tamil youth. The youth were telling the leaders to follow the path of… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap.4 Tamil Mood Toughens

by T. Sabaratnam, May 2003 Volume 1, Chapter 3 Original index of series Original Volume 1, Chapter 4 Chapter 4: Tamil Mood Toughens The Federal Party Working Committee met on 11 July, 1970 at Vavuniya to consider Dr. de Silva’s message. Thanthai Chelva told the meeting the government had indicated many positive features in the… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap. 3 The Unexpected Explosion

by T. Sabaratanam, May 1, 2010 Volume 1, Chapter 2 Original Index of Series Original Volume 1, Chapter 3 Chapter 3: The Unexpected Explosion Karikalan Thangathurai, known as mama, uncle, was in charge of the secret group. There were about 25 youths, most of them from Valvettithurai and relatives. In early 1970, Thangathurai bought two revolvers,… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap. 2, Going in for a Revolver

Pirapaharan by T. Sabaratnam 2003 Volume 1, Chapter 1 Original index of series Original Volume 1, Chapter 2 Chapter 2: Going in for a revolver Conviction Reinforced Venugobal master’s arguments that parliamentary democratic methods would yield no result reinforced Pirapaharan’s childhood conviction that hitting back is the only option available to the Tamils. The 14–year boy… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap. 1, Why Did He Not Hit Back?

Pirabaharan By T. Sabaratnam 2003 Volume 1, Introduction, Part 2 Original index of series Original Volume 1, Chapter 1 Chapter 1: Why didn’t he hit back? “Why didn’t he hit back,” was Pirapaharan’s reaction when he heard from his father, Thiruvenkadam Velupillai, about the burning of the Panadura Pillayar Kovil priest. His father, an admirer of the Federal… Read more »

T. Sabaratnam: Pirapaharan, Vol.1, Intro., Part 2

Pirapaharan  By T. Sabaratnam 2003 Introduction (Continued) Volume 1, Introduction, Part 1 Original index of series Original Volume 1, Chapter 1 The Language  Tamil youths had been radicalized by the late 1960s.  Language is a matter that touches the heart of every Tamil. They are proud of the antiquity and richness of their language, and linguistic nationalism… Read more »

T. Sabaratnam: Pirapaharan, Vol. 1, Intro. Part 1

From the Editor Mr. T. Sabaratnam wrote a history of V. Pirapaharan from 2002-2005 that was posted on the Sangam website.  This history is of the period BEFORE the war began and dwells on the root causes and the background of those involved.  As most of this material is not available elsewhere from a Tamil… Read more »