Posts Categorized: Sabaratnam

‘Pirapaharan, Volume 1 by T. Sabaratnam Reposted

From the Editor T. Sabaratnam 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 the early stages of the war.  It dwells on the root causes and the background of… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.2, Chap. 3 The Final Solution

by T. Sabaratnam, May 20, 2004 Volume 2, Chapter 2 Original index of series| 3. The Final Solution I was upset when I saw flames leap up in the direction of Borella. I was deeply troubled when more tongues of flame rose threateningly in that vicinity. Was the information Piyadasa had given me coming true?… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol. 2, Chap.2 The Jaffna Massacre

The Jaffna Massacre by T. Sabaratnam, May 7, 2004 Volume 2, Chapter 1 Original index of series| 2. The Jaffna Massacre Must Put an End Shell-shocked Balthazzaar and his top men held a conference at Gurungar Camp on their return. The radio room had by this time informed Colombo about the blast and the death… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.2, Chapter 1 Thirunelveli Attack

by T. Sabaratnam, April 30, 2004 Volume 2, Introduction Original index of series| 1. Thirunelveli Attack The Ambush Pirapaharan and his men alighted from the minibus which Sellakili parked along the crossroad that connected Point Pedro Road with Palaly Road. They walked up to the junction, in small groups of two or three, turned towards Jaffna… Read more »

Pirapaharan: Vol.2, Introduction

by T. Sabaratnam, April 21, 2004 Volume 1, Chapter 37 Original index of series| Original Vol. 2, Introduction Introduction In the first volume, I chronicled the birth, childhood, growth and the political environment which conditioned the thinking of Pirapaharan. Pirapaharan was born into a devout Hindu family, trustees of one of the famous Hindu temples… Read more »

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 Guerrillas 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 »