Posts Categorized: Sabaratnam

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

by T. Sabaratanam, May 1, 2003 Volume 1, Chapter 2 Original Index of Series Original Volume 1, Chapter 3 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, of .22 and .38 calibre…. Read more »

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

by T. Sabaratnam, 2003 Volume 1, Chapter 1 Original index of series Original Chapter 2 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 placed his trust on armed struggle and the separate state…. Read more »

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

By T. Sabaratnam, 2003 Volume 1, Introduction, Part 2 Original 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 Party Leader Samuel James Velupillai Chelvanayakam, had… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Intro., Part 2

by T. Sabaratnam, 2003 Volume 1, Introduction, Part 1 Original Vol.1, Intro, Part 2 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 is part of the psyche of every… Read more »

T. Sabaratnam: Pirapaharan, Vol. 1, Introduction

From the Editor Mr. T. Sabaratnam wrote a history of V. Pirapaharan from 2003-2005 that was posted on the Sangam website.  This history is of the period BEFORE the war began and its early stages.  The history dwells on the root causes and the background of those involved.  As most of this material is not… Read more »

The Sri Lankan Scene: Peace Talks on Hold

by T. Sabaratnam; originally published December 15, 2003 Weekly Review The Sri Lankan Scene Peace Talks on Hold Hit Wicket I will begin this column, as I did last week, with cricket, not with Muttiah Muraleetharan capturing eight wickets in the second test with England, but with the phenomenal ‘hit wicket’ performance of Sri Lanka Cricket… Read more »

The Sri Lankan Scene Will There Be Consensus?

by T. Sabaratnam; published December 8, 2003 Weekly Review The Sri Lankan Scene Will there be Consensus? Lots of interesting and amusing events happened in Sri Lanka last week. Let me start with the most unusual, an event that has not happened anywhere in the world. Cricket lovers would know that the MCC team is now… Read more »

The Sri Lankan Scene: The Bazaar Drama Goes On

by T. Sabaratnam; originally published December 1, 2003 Weekly Review The Sri Lankan Scene The Bazaar Drama Goes On Past Episodes I think I am the only person alive who has watched from the front seat almost the entirety of the bazaar drama Sinhalese leaders have enacted since 1956. I missed the first scene of this… Read more »