Posts Categorized: Sabaratnam

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap.37 Heroic Death of Seelan

by T. Sabaratnam, April 15, 2004 Volume 1, Chapter 36 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 37 Dear Readers, With this Chapter I am concluding the first of this 3-volume series. Pirapaharan has entered the scene. From the Thirunelveli ambush Pirapaharan asserts his superiority and gives a new direction to the struggle. At… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap.36 We Are Going to Break Heads

by T. Sabaratnam, April 7, 2004 Volume 1, Chapter 35 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 36 36:  ‘We are going to break heads’ Unguarded Remark David Selbourne was a British journalist who worked for Manchester Guardian and freelanced for many other journals. He had been at the Oxford University with Lalith Athulathmudali. He… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap. 35 Tamil Blood Boils

by T. Sabaratnam, March 31, 2004 Volume 1, Chapter 34 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 35 35:  Tamil Blood Boils Eyewitness Account I was in Trincomalee on 27 November 1982 with Daily News presidential reporter Norton Weerasinghe and photographer Sena Vithanagama to cover the foundation laying function of the Mitsui Cement Factory the… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap.34 Tamils Follow Militant Leadership

by T. Sabaratnam, March 25, 2004 Volume 1, Chapter 33 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 34 34: Tamils Follow Militant leadership Traitors The decision taken by the TULF Working Committee at its meeting on 11 May 1983 at its Nallur office to contest the local government election fixed for 18 May, despite… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chapter 33 Knocking Out the Base

by T. Sabaratnam, March 15, 2004 34. Knocking Out the Base Volume 1, Chapter 32 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 33 Grabbing Land A joint police and army team led by police detectives raided the Pankulam settlement of Tamils of the Indian origin on the orders of Vavuniya Assistant Government Agent at… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap.32 Return of Pirapaharan

by T. Sabaratnam, March 3, 2004 Volume 1, Chapter 31 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 32 32. The Return of Pirapaharan Filling the Vacuum Pirapaharan landed near Valvettithurai before dawn on 18 February 1983, one and a half years after he left for Tamil Nadu. When he left on midnight of 6… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap.31 The Shooting of Shankar

by T. Sabaratnam, February 25, 2004 Volume 1, Chapter 30 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 31 31. The Death of the First Hero Shooting of Shankar Rajani, who was on the verandah of the main house, saw the army jeep entering their compound. She ran through the house to the back door… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap.30 LTTE Guerillas in Action

by T. Sabaratnam. February 11, 2004 Volume 1, Chapter 29 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 30 30. LTTE Guerillas in Action Nelliady Ambush Pirapaharan’s wish to raise an LTTE army on the lines of Subash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army was natural because he had already gathered a group of active and… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chapter 29 The Indian Interest

by T. Sabaratnam, February 4, 2004 Volume 1, Chapter 28 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 29 29. The Indian Interest Trincomalee Problem The interest RAW officials showed in the Trincomalee harbour helped Pirapaharan to figure out the puzzle. He knew that New Delhi was concerned about its security and its aspiration to… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap. 28 RAW Meets Pirapaharan

by T. Sabaratnam, January 28, 2004 Volume 1, Chapter 27 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 28 28. RAW Meets Pirapaharan Pondy Bazaar Shootout With unbridled power concentrated in his hands, President Jayewardene set out to stifle the fledgling Tamil militancy. But the tools he used- state terrorism and weakening of the moderate… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap. 27 Amirthalingam Taken for a Ride

by T. Sabaratnam, January 22, 2004 Volume 1, Chapter 26 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 27 27. Amirthalingam Taken for a Ride Tamil Votes Amirthalingam was perplexed when President Jayewardene told him that he would need the Tamil votes to win the presidential election. “You have two more years. Why are you… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap. 26 The First Attack on the Army

by T. Sabaratnam, January 16, 2004 Volume 1, Chapter 25 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 26 Chapter 26: The First Attack on the Army Seelan’s Saga When the news of the attack on the army by a group of LTTE cadres led by Seelan reached the Jaffna University Campus its vice chancellor… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap. 25 Parliament Discusses Ways to Kill Amir

by T. Sabaratnam, January 7, 2004 Volume 1, Chapter 24 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 25 25: Parliament Discusses Ways to Kill Amir The Unnoticed Messages Tamils, through the DDC election, gave two clear messages to the Sinhala leaders, Sinhala people and the world. The Tamils told them unambiguously, that the Tamils… Read more »

Pirapaharan Vol.1, Chap. 24 Tamils Still Back Moderates

by T. Sabaratnam, December 31, 2003 Volume 1, Chapter 23 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 24 24. Tamils still back Moderates DDC Elections President Jayewardene wanted to show the world, through the District Development Council election of 4 June 1981, that the majority of the Tamils did not approve the separate state which… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap. 23 Who Gave the Order?

by T. Sabaratnam, December 17, 2003 Volume 1, Chapter 22 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 23 Chapter 23. Who Gave the Order? Who set the fire? Three questions arise about the burning of the Jaffna Public Library. Who burnt it? How was it burnt? Who gave the order? Pirapaharan watched with defiant,… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap. 22 The Burning of the Jaffna Library

by T. Sabaratnam, December 11, 2003 Volume 1, Chapter 21 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 22 Chapter 22: The Burning of the Jaffna Library President Jayewardene thought that Brigadier Weeratunga’s Operation Round Up had sufficiently weakened Tamil militants and decided to consolidate his position through a political process by implementing the proposals of… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap. 21 The Split of the LTTE

by T. Sabaratnam, December 3, 2003 Volume 1, Chapter 20 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 21 Chapter 21: The Split in the LTTE The Uma- Urmila Affair Pirapaharan could not believe his ears when his colleagues told him that Uma Maheswaran was having sex with Urmila. When convinced, he thundered: The chairman… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol. 1, Chap. 20 Jaffna Turned Torture Chamber

by T. Sabaratnam, published November 24, 2003 Volume 1, Chapter 19 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 20 Chapter 20: Jaffna Turned Torture Chamber   State Terrorism in Action Jaffna tasted state terror on a gruesome scale for the first time on the night of 13 July 1979. Around midnight that dark night two… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap. 19 Balasingham Enters the Scene

by T. Sabaratnam, November 17, 2003 Volume 1, Chapter 18 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 19 Chat Session #2Dear Readers, I think we have struck the correct wavelength. I received three mails, on 28, 29 and 30. In the second, A. Mylvaganam from Toronto, Canada pointed out the slip I made about… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.1, Chap. 18 Tamils Lose Faith in Commissions

by T. Sabaratnam, November 12, 2003 Volume 1, Chapter 17 Original index of series| Original Vol. 1, Chapter 18 Chapter 18. Tamils lose faith in commissions Lost Faith in Judiciary Police Inspector Gurusamy was killed by TELO as punishment for the role he played in the police cover game of the events connected to the August… Read more »