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KP speaks out ~ 2 – An interview with the former LTTE chief

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by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

(continued from last week)

Question: So how did the return occur? How and why did you re-join the movement?What was your role during the last days of the war?

Answer: That’s another long story.

I was now out of the movement and leading a quiet life in Thailand with my family.I had no idea of returning to the movement though my wife felt that I would always go back if asked by Prabhakaran himself.

As for me I did not think that I would re-join because it is extremely rare for anyone being recalled by the LTTE after his or her services were discontinued. Also I knew the extent to which some senior LTTE leaders had worked against me and poisoned Prabhakaran’s mind against me.

But even though I was out of the LTTE I was always following the news about what was happening. Though I was out of the LTTE, I was getting worried as events unfolded because I could see from the news that the LTTE was not faring well.

The tiger ships were getting knocked out at sea by the Sri Lankan navy. As the man who had kept the LTTE supplied, I knew how important it was for the LTTE to maintain supplies throughout by the sea. So I realised that the ships getting destroyed was a bad thing

Q: How did that happen? How did the Sri Lankan navy become so efficient in taking out so many tiger vessels ?

A: I think various Colombo governments over the years had gradually built up and modernised the Navy. They were also getting additional intelligence inputs from different countries. So the Navy at the time of the ceasefire had reached high levels of efficiency. The ceasefire conditions and rules were not clear about movement in the sea. So the Navy was able to move about freely and monitor LTTE ships

Q: Did not the LTTE anticipate this?

A: Prabhakaran did anticipate this. He told me in 2000 that in the coming years the outcome of the war would be decided at sea. He wanted to build up the sea tigers to greater levels and meet the challenge.

I don’t know why but he seems to have changed plans later. The LTTE started to build up the fighters in the land and develop the air wing. Prabhakaran did not develop the LTTE’s sea power as he had intended earlier.

On the other sthe Navy was very active and strong.They put up a blockade around Lanka’s territorial waters. The navy also went out to far off spots and destroyed LTTE ships at sea.

The combination of effective Intelligence about LTTE ship movements and increased efficiency of the Navy resulted in LTTE sea movement getting severely restricted. I was told later that no LTTE ships were able to bring stuff to the east coast from 2007 onwards. Soosai told me “not even a panadol”.

Q: But did not this situation change after you re-joined the movement. There were reports in the media that the LTTE had been able to get two ships through in late 2008 and early 2009 . It was believed that you were responsible.

A: No that is not correct. I did not send any ships through. In fact I had not even tried to do that .

Q: I was under the impression that you had re-joined the movement to be in charge of sending supplies by sea and that you had done that by sending two ships through?

A: It is correct that initially the LTTE wanted me to re-join in order to send supplies by sea. But I had clearly explained that it was not possible at short notice.I went back to the LTTE to help work out some ceasefire arrangement and stop the war and not to resume supplying by sea

Q: Before we talk about that matter I want to ask you something bluntly.Some of your detractors blame you for the way in which LTTE ships were destroyed by the Navy. I have seen accusations against you in the Tamil media that you had pocketed the money given to buy arms and sent empty ships to Lanka and gave information to the Colombo govt and got the navy to destroy the ships.

A: Yes. I have seen the propaganda against me which you describe. This conspiracy theory shows the levels of imagination of some of our people.

Let me tell you clearly. I was out of the LTTE effectively from 2002 December. But the duty of handling the LTTE shipping fleet was taken away from me end of February 2002 as soon as the ceasefire came into place.It was brought under the sea tigers headed by Soosai.

I had nothing to do with the ships from that time. Then in December 2002 I was relieved of my duties of overseas purchasing (euphemism for arms procurement)The department known as KP dept was disbanded.

The arms procurement and transport responsibility was handled by Aiya and another called Ilankuttuvan. I had no knowledge of anything. I was not in charge of “kolvanavu” (purchasing). That being the real situation how could I have any information to pass on to the govt?

Q: But could you not have obtained info about ship movement from other LTTE cadres involved and passed it on?Some of your KP dept people with whom you would have some influence?

A: The LTTE works on a strict need to know basis. One unit does not know what the other does. So it would be impossible to get full info unless one contacted all the units involved

As for my KP dept people almost all of them were recalled and given new duties or discontinued. So there was no way that I could get information from them

One thing to note is that I too stopped talking to those involved in the work. Even when I got a friendly call once in a way I never asked about these matters.

I know the LTTE mentality very well. If I had even referred to these matters casually and then due to bad luck something drastic happened they would start suspecting me. So I never tried to get info about these matters from anyone.

You must remember that these types of accusation s are being said only now by people who have no knowledge about how the LTTE works. There was no charge like this earlier when the LTTE leadership was there. If there had been any suspicion I would not have been approached by the LTTE or given a new role after re-joining.

Q: Yes. I think we have digressed a little. So please relate the circumstances of your re-joining the LTTE?

A: As I told you earlier , I was observing events and realised that the LTTE was getting into difficulties because the sea supplies were not getting through. But I was now out and could do nothing. Then in the latter part of 2008 , Sea tiger commander Soosai and senior military commander Sornam began calling me frequently.

They explained that the situation was getting bad and that sea supplies had to be restored. They said that only I could ensure resumption of sea supplies and appealed to me to re-join the movement and take charge of overseas purchasing again.

I was in a dilemma. Though I felt bad I was reluctant to get back again. I had been living quietly for many years and enjoying family life. Also I fully well knew the international situation. Earlier the LTTE was not on the global terrorist radar. We could discreetly purchase what we wanted from the arms bazaar’s and ship them to the Island.

But now in a post – Sep 11th 2001 situation it was not so easy. I doubted very much whether even I could do what was expected of me. Besides I was out of touch for five years and needed time to set up things again.So I did not give them a word.

But then on December 31st 2008 everything changed.

Q: What happened on that day?

A: Prabhakaran called me and had a very very long conversation. He told me of the military situation in veryfrank terms. When he called me on Dec 31st Kilinochchi had not fallen but Prabhakaran said it would fall very soon. He then said that the fighting would shift east of the A-9 road afterwards.

Prabhakaran was optimistic that the LTTE would be able to hold on to a piece of territory with access to the coast for a long time. But he knew it could not be for ever and ever.Meanwhile he wanted me to re-join the movement and start purchasing and transporting supplies again.

When Prabhakaran asked me directly I could not say no. I agreed to re-join the LTTE but told him that my immediate goal would be to bring about a ceasefire and not resumption of supplies.

Q: Why did you say this and how did he respond?

A: I explained to him that the international situation had changed drastically. Intelligence agencies of many countries in the west particularly the US were swarming on areas of potential arms sales. Maritime movement was being monitored very strictly.Unlike the earlier days it would require much effort and preparation to resume sea supply effectively

I also told him that my KP dept network had been dismantled.I was out of touch and lost most contacts. Also I was being closely watched. So if I was to resume arms procurement I needed time to start work clandestinely and set up the network again.

I told Prabhakaran ,I needed at least one year to get things going.He said that may perhaps be too late.

In that case I suggested that the LTTE should go in for a ceasefire. Earlier in 1989 when the Indian army was strangulating the LTTE, Bala annai had played a crucial role and brought about an understanding with the Premadasa govt. I too had a supportive role in this

Now Bala annai was no more. Prabhakaran said that I must spearhead the task of bringing about a ceasefire and getting the LTTE a respite. He wanted me to commence talks with whoever necessary and bring about a ceasefire.

I then said I must be given a relevant position so that I could represent the LTTE officially and that I should get full cooperation from the LTTE overseas branches.Prabhakaran agreed and so when 2009 dawned I was back in the LTTE again.

Q: So you came back to the LTTE to coordinate and lead efforts to bring about a ceasefire? How did you go about it? Did you get the backing of the overseas tiger structure?

A: I was made the head of International relations in the LTTE. I was tasked to interact and negotiate with international actors and somehow bring about a ceasefire.The overseas branches were instructed to support me fully in my efforts.

Since Castro and I were not on good terms the Political commissar Nadesan was to be my link with the leader in these matters. Nadesan was to coordinate with Castro about issues concerning me.

But things were not easy or rosy. Even though I started work from January first week in 2009 ,the announcement about my appointment was delayed. Castro took a long time to convey it to the overseas branches. The “Tamilnet” delayed carrying a news item. The overseas Tamil media under Nediyavan’s control blacked me out.

Mar 29, 2009 in Ottawa – pic by
By Mikey G

Through Nadesan and the political wing , I got overseas branches to organize demonstrations highlighting the civilian plight and demanding a ceasefire. I specifically asked them to demonstrate without any symbols of the LTTE and make it a non-partisan humanitarian exercise.

There were many demonstrations and we were getting a positive response. But within weeks Castro gave instructions through Nediyavan that the demonstrators should carry LTTE flags and Prabhakaran’s portrait . Placards were shown asking the international community to remove the ban on the LTTE and recognize it as the sole representatives of Tamils.

When I tried to stop that I was portrayed as being against Prabhakaran. As a result of this political stupidity we had massive demonstrations without any results because they were seen as pro –LTTE and not pro-People demonstrations.

Q: In such a situation where Castro’s people were sabotaging you, how did you carry out your duties as LTTE international relations chief?

A: The way in which the overseas branches started sabotaging my work was terrible. They would not cooperate. I was not given sufficient funds. When I tried to get some funds from the branches it was refused. So I had to rely on my own funds and funds from supporters and LTTE associates in a personal capacity. I also had to set up my own staff and network by appealing to the old loyalists many of whom were now “retired”. These people rallied around me in a wonderful way.

Q: But why did you not complain to Prabhakaran and rectify the situation?

A: I did and sent messages to him but with 2009 the military situation had changed. The army was rapidly advancing. Prabhakaran’s personal security was threatened. So he had to maintain a low profile. Also without Velu, my earlier contact-link with Prabhakaran, communicating with the leader was difficult. The new guys were not very efficient or helpful in these matters. Nadesan also was hesitant to complain about Castro. Both had a good relationship.

Besides with the war hotting up I was also reluctant to pressure Prabhakaran continuously on these matters. I was also doubtful whether even Prabhakaran could have changed the situation. The Castro group was well-entrenched abroad. His deputy Nediyavan was running things. They knew how to delay or scuttle matters.

Q: I want to clarify something. I hope you will give me a candid answer.Was this peace initiative to bring about a ceasefire a time –buying exercise? Were you striving for a ceasefire on the one hand and trying to buy arms and ship them on the other?

A: My answer is NO.
I do not know about others in the LTTE leadership.Some may have thought of using it as a ploy but I was sincere and serious about a ceasefire. I was genuinely trying for one because I knew the LTTE was doomed if the war continued and I wanted to save the life of the people, Prabhakaran, my other comrades and the young fighters of the movement.

I did not play a double game of trying to negotiate peace and acquire arms at the same time. I believe in doing whatever task at hand with sincerity and without deception. If I were to try hard for a ceasefire openly and at the same time try to transport arms clandestinely it would be dishonest. I have to give my 100% to peacemaking and nothing else.

Also look at it this way. If I were found out or if international players helping me for a ceasefire got information that I was shipping arms then my credibility would have been lost. Trust in me and the intentions of the LTTE would have been destroyed. Just imagine the Sri Lankan government’s position if it was discovered that I was playing a double game?. All chances of a ceasefire would have been lost forever.

Q: Did this mean that the LTTE was not trying to ferry arms while you were working towards a ceasefire?

A: What I can say is that I was not doing or trying to do anything of the sort. But others may have been trying. You see with arms procurement and transport becoming difficult Prabhakaran had delegated such duties to some other divisions also. While Aiya was in charge of arms procurement the intelligence division under Pottu Amman, the international affairs division under Castro and sea tigers under Soosai were also delegated arms procurement duties. The situation was so desperate that Prabhakaran had put all these actors on to this stage. But still no progress was made.

Q: It looks like a case of too many cooks spoiling the soup. Do you think that you may have never let this situation develop had you been in charge all along?

A: Well I must say that arms procurement is not a simple thing like buying things over a counter. It is because of inexperienced eager people being entrusted with this task that some arrests were made like in Canada and the USA

When Soosai, Sornam and later Prabhakaran spoke to me they did say that it was a mistake to have removed me from arms procurement and that these problems would not have occurred if I was in charge

Though I was happy to hear that I doubt whether I could have managed to succeed under changed circumstances. With powerful countries monitoring movements like us in the global war against terrorism and the performance of a highly improved navy, I too may have found it difficult to procure and transport arms as required.

Q: Again let me ask you – were you trying for a ceasefire only to save the LTTE or was your commitment to peace deeper and really genuine?

A: I am glad you asked me this because I can speak openly about my change of heart. It was a slow process.

The time that I was out of the LTTE and leading a quiet life gave me time to give deep thought and reflect on things. I was also able to observe the world being transformed in the aftermath of September 11th 2001. Earlier they used to say one man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter. Now they were saying there is no good or bad terrorist. All are terrorists

I realised that a movement like the LTTE could not continue to fight and survive in a changing environment. The whole world will gang up against us. Also after decades of conflict the Tamil people were suffering. They needed peace.

So I really thought we must negotiate and reach a political settlement. Bala annai and I were of the same mind in this. I tried to convince Prabhakaran also of this. He then said to negotiate we must have a ceasefire first. So I began working earnestly for a ceasefire as a first step for a negotiated peace

Q: But were you really hopeful of a ceasefire?were you not fighting a lost battle? Looking back with the wisdom of hindsight what do you think?

A: At that time I was really hopeful about a ceasefire. I knew that somehow a ceasefire had to be brought about to save the lives of the LTTE leaders, cadres and innocent civilians caught in the middle.

Q: Did you not try to save the civilians by getting the LTTE to release them?

A: I did try at the start.

There was even an offer by the Americans to transport them by sea to Trincomalee. But the LTTE hierarchy was not agreeable. This attitude was most unfortunate and may appear as inhuman. I am not trying to condone or justify this action but when I reflect upon the past I think the LTTE leadership also had no choice. If they released the people first, then only the tigers would be left there. Thereafter all of them could have been wiped out.

Q: Mao Ze Dong’s famous dictum about guerillas being the fish swimming in an ocean of people.If the ocean was drained the fish would flounder. So the fish wanted to retain the water?

A:Exactly. That is why I tried for a ceasefire so that everyone ,the people and the fighters could be saved. But looking back now I think the LTTE leadership was too late in trying for a ceasefire. Had we tried in mid 2008 when the fighting was on the west of the A -9 highway there was a good chance of working out an agreement

But after Poonagary,paranthan, Kilinochchi and Elephant pass fell the prospects of victory were imminent for the government. The pace of events was too fast. From their point of view, with outright victory in sight , it would have been stupid to go in for a ceasefire

Q: Under these circumstances what did you do? What could you achieve?

A: I am essentially a worker. If given a responsibility I start doing it instead of finding reasons for not doing it. Also in this case it was a matter of life and death. I had to somehow work out a ceasefire and save the people,movement and leadership.

So with the meagre funds at my disposal and the support of like-minded people I commenced my work. I was in touch with international political leaders, top bureaucrats, diplomats,opinion makers of different countries and also high –ranking UN officials. I contacted some of them directly. Influential people contacted some others on my behalf.

In March 2009 I thought I had made a breakthrough but sadly Prabhakaran rejected the proposal.

Q: Was this the “lock-off” plan that was rejected by Prabhakaran in just three words? Could you elaborate please?

A: Well Yes.I had a tentative plan with international endorsement. The LTTE was to lay down arms by hoarding them in specific locations. The words used were “lock –off”. That is arms particularly heavy weapons were to be locked off in specific places.

They were to be handed over to representatives of the UN. Afterwards there was to be a cessation of hostilities in which the people were to be kept in specific “no firing zones”. Negotiations were to be conducted between the Govt and LTTE with Norwegian facilitation.

Tentatively about 25 to 50 top leaders with their families were to be transported to a foreign country if necessary.The middle level leaders and cadres were to be detained, charged in courts and given relatively minor sentences. The low level junior cadres were to be given a general amnesty.

The scheme was to endorsed by the west including Norway, EU and the USA. The Americans were ready to send their naval fleet in to do evacuation if necessary

Q: Was the Sri Lankan government agreeable

A: I don’t think there was any official intimation to Colombo but maybe they were sounded out informally. But the plan was never concretised because the main man concerned, Prabhakaran rejected it.

I had written an outline of the plan and sent it to him for approval. If he said “Proceed” I would have concretised it and started work on implementing it. But when I faxed the details in a 16 page memorandum he rejected the 16 pages in just three words “Ithai Etrukkolla Mudiyathu” (This is unacceptable)So I had to drop it

Q: Even if Prabhakaran had agreed to it do you think the Govt would have complied given the fact that the armed forces were on the verge of annihilating the LTTE?

A: I don’t know. Most probably the Govt may not have obliged because it was on the verge of victory and would not have wanted to be deprived of it. But the point is that it was never concretised and submitted to the Govt. Given the situation the LTTE was in, Prabhakaran should have taken it.

Q: Why did Prabhakaran reject it then?

A; I don’t know I can only guess.It is too painful to dwell on it because he is no more and I will always be thinking “why didn’t he accept this opportunity”?

Q: But your attempts to save Prabhakaran did not stop did it? There was some talk of a helicopter rescue attempt?

A: Yes. That was another plan but that too did not materialise because of the non – cooperation of Nediyavan and his cohorts abroad. Whenever I think of the fate that befell Prabhakaran’s family I grieve and then silently curse Nediyavan and his people.

Q: Do you think you can relate what happened if it is not too painful for you or you think that it needs to be told?

A: It is painful but I do think our people must know the truth about this matter. Maybe speaking about it may give me emotional relief.

What happened was that in early May 2009 , Prabhakaran’s eldest son Charles Anthony called me frantically. He calls me “KP Mama” or KP Uncle. Charles said that the situation was getting very bad and that I should somehow arrange to get his father, mother, sister and younger brother out to safety.

Q: What about Charles himself

A: No he did not want to escape.Charles said he was ready to fight to the last and die if necessary. It was his family he was worried about.

I was very upset after talking to Charles. So I thought of a plan. I wanted to charter a ship and keep it ready in international waters way beyond the reach of the Sri Lankan navy. I wanted to buy a helicopter and get some of the trained LTTE airwing pilots to fly it into the Wanni and pick up the family and bring them to the ship. Thereafter I had plans of keeping them safe in one of three countries

Q: But would Prabhakaran have agreed to this

A: I am not sure but after I had formulated a plan I got in touch with Charles and told him.I asked him whether his father would agree. Charles said he will try and make Prabhakaran agree but if he would not agree , I was to save his mother and two younger siblings.

Knowing Prabhakaran I felt he would never try to escape with his family ,leaving others behind. But I thought the helicopter could take him and some others to a jungle somewhere first and land him safely.Then the helicopter could fly out with Madhivadhani, Duwaraga and Balachandran

Q: What happened finally? Why did the plan not take off?

A: It’s a very sad story…………………………….(TO BE CONTINUED)

(THE THIRD AND FINAL PART OF THIS CONVERSATION WITH KP WILL CONCLUDE NEXT WEEK)

DBS Jeyaraj can be reached at dbsjeyaraj2005@yahoo.com

Related earlier posts: ~ “Operation KP”: Extraordinary rendition of New Tiger Chief

~ New Tiger Chief “KP” arrested and brought to Sri Lanka

~ “KP” speaks out: An interview with former Tiger Chief 1

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211 Comments

  1. Dear DBS

    I knew you will be posting the second instalment of your wonderful interview with KP and could hardly wait to read it

    I just read it and am posting this comment as soon as I read it

    Its simply superb

    He is talking freely and openly. We the readers are getting lots of information.

    Thank you

  2. Last august 2009, in your blog , dbsjeyaraj, you wrote that KP was kidnapped in Malaysia.

    The torture in the Sri Lankan jails is common.

    In Welikade jail, for example, the prisoners’ eyes were ‘gouged out’.

    Many inmatesbrutally murdered and their horrifically maimed bodies buried or cremated without any member of the families knowing or being present.

    They were not even given the chance of having a last look at the body.

    The torture that happened at the Sri Lankan jails would not be acceptable in the civilized world.

    KP is the latest victim who was given a “royal treatment” in Sri Lanka jails – perhaps torture by electric shocks in exchange for information.

    Any evidence obtain under torture is not admissible in the West so your interview ,dbsjeyaraj , I considerate to be untrustworthy piece of writing and ….. from a journalist/writer of your caliber.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    So interviewing KP and letting him relate what happened to him is untrustworthy journalism for you

    So what do you want me to do to gain your trust? Say that Prabhakaran is alive and that the LTTE won the war?

  3. Many of our journalist interviewers have a lot to learn from this journalist! He is capable of letting talk the interviewed, KP! The latter’s replies seem to be authetic. Interviewer is doing his job in such a totally unbiased way that the Interviewed is unable to hide! He is compelled to express himself freely. This is journalism.
    My congratulations!

  4. Earlier they used to say one man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter. Now they were saying there is no good or bad terrorist. All are terrorists

    This is NOT true.

    David Milband when he was the foreign secretary of UK said in 2009 very clearly and squarely, that there were circumstances in which terrorism was justified. Of course, the British conservatives were quick to take on him for this remark BUT they were all concerned about its implications on Al-Qaeda not LTTE.

    Then again Mrs. Hillary Clinton, the front runner Democratic candidate in the 2008 US Presidential Election has stated at an interview that all terrorists cannot be lumped together even though they are connected by the thread of terror tactics, because the goals they are fighting for are different (The Guardian Unlimited, October 23, 2007).

    Then we all know this chap Castro is a terrorist. At least for Sinhalese he is. But he is living comfortably in the west. Is there any attempt to apprehend him? NO. Will there ever be? NO. But was Taliban able to give the same kind of protection to Osama as government of Norway is providing to Castro? NO.
    Why not, Osama killed white people. Castro killed Sinhalese. Sinhalese have no voting rights in west or anything important to sell to the west or the ability to spy on China, Iran or N.Korea.

    So there are enough and many people in the corridors of power in the west that would soft paddle LTTE even now.

    Castro of the LTTE is dead. He’s not in Norway……….. DBSJ

  5. .
    Whatever that ‘sad story’ to come …… it’s better VP died in the battlefield as a hero / martyr.

    🙂

  6. This interview is very good. unlike our bbc veteran stephan sucker… who talks hard to people and embarasses them Dbs is talking softly and getting sound information.

    I am really impressed with your interview, it seems like a script of film by Ram Gopal varma

  7. Very interesting, No body knows weather Kp telling truth or not, I am not going to bother. Tell me RT.HON.DBSJ, just imagine you are a RT.HON.MAHINDA what you do now and bring racial harmony among our people and bring forward Srilanka in international arena????

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I will appoint J.Muthu as a roving ambassador of goodwill and send him on a world tour to meet the Tamil Diaspora

  8. This is very interesting,
    DBS i do have a question, what was KP doing after he retired from LTTE. Also he must have a lot of funds available to him if he could charter a ship and then buy a chopper….
    I have so many questions, where all has he been to buy arms, what does those places look like… Your interview is almost being played out like a movie.

    hush,hush, dont jump to hasty conclusions…………DBSJ

  9. Congratulations Mr. Jeyaraj

    As a journalist myself I know how difficult it is to interview someone on the phone. In this case you are doing it from Canada.Its amazing

    And I envy the way in which you have got KP to talk so easily and frankly. He seems comfortable in talking to you. Another hallmark of a good journalist is to get the subject of interview to talk smoothly

    Great job

  10. Dear DBSJ

    I like what you write, not only now but i have been reading you from the road side benches in jaffna – from those days.

    That was then, now i have something you may like to see & hear

    Pls mal me & i give you my Number – im in UK.

    Best of luck
    Thamilan – …………..

    ????????????????…………..DBSJ

  11. Most journalists try to show off their brilliance and put the people they are interviewing on the spot.The tone of the interview is hostile

    But Mr.Jeyaraj is a different type of journo. He puts himself in the background and does not try to show off his cleverness

    Instead he gets the interviewee to talk comfortably. As a result we are gettting to read one of the most interesting and informative interviews

    Well done

  12. KP seems all class in his answers.

    Very articulate expressions coming from a brilliant mind. No wonder he handled the International scene that well.

    Even an “Old Fox” like Mr Jay ( it is an affectionate phrase DBSJ) could not pin him down or get a contradictory word once.

    Tell me Jay, was this, an over the phone or an email job .?

    If it is over the phone , KP’s performance is even more remarkable.

    I am sure this guy will do something good ( something in “concretion” to borrow from him ) for his people.

    Good on you guys.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    As I have already said it was a telephone conversation. Also it’s not my style to pin down through hostile questions or make the person being interviewed uncomfortable

    People talk freely only when they are comfortable not when they feel threatened

  13. KP seems to be an honest person. One can feel the genuineness in his voice.

    I have read about the ceasefire, lock off offer from the Nakkeeran, thanks to Fr. Jagath Casper and also about the helicopter from the Fr,

    After 9/11 when the world scenario changed I thought that the days of LTTE are numbered.

    The Al-Queda has got a rugged mountainous place for hiding and also they can tap the poppy fields of the Afghanistan. Besides that they can also also tap to large sympathizers funds.

    The LTTE has to operate in the Urban and the Jungle plain region of the Northern Sri Lanka. They also have no good friends, to support them.

    Also the India is against them.

    Had the LTTE changed their tactics they could have saved the fight for a future date.

    Then I thought the Tigers must change their tactics or they will face extinction.

    Well, now that the tigers have gone, there should be no impediment for the political settlement.

    Let us see.

    When the world order changed the LTTE failed to see the writing on the wall and it perished.

    Now that the US is going nowhere in its war against terrorism, there could be some change in the attitude in the mind of the powers that be.

    Also the sovereignty may be given a new definition. Sovereignty doesn’t mean the state has unlimited powers to act in whatever manner it wants.

    The state doesn’t have the impunity to act in whatever manner it wants to. This idea though at its early days is still creeping in the world community.

    This is evidenced from the Kosova,

    A magna carta like thing could come out of this cauldron, defining what is the role of the state and how it can react to various situations.

    This is my observation only.

  14. Excellent interview DBSJ .Keep it up .Eagerly awaiting the 3rd Part . By the way can u elaborate on that “Velu” Chap . What happened to him?

  15. DBS,
    Please don’t keep us in suspense. Post the rest of the interview. We will comment after seeing all.

    Many times I have urged you that you should write down this story of the 60 years of Sri Lanka in to a book. You should approach a university or some academic institution that will be interested such an endeavorer and provide you with some sort of financial support. There are many instances where that sort of arrangements are put in place for writers and chroniclers of important events.

  16. Hi DBS, Than k you for the innterview series…

    So are these are type of people such as the TULF leader – who are trying to bring “reconconcilation” – from the testimony at the Sri Lanka’s commision, by daily Mirror.

    Anadasangaree warned the government to beware of KP and his followers. “The money which he is now claiming to invest in Sri Lanka’s development activities was earned through illegal or sinful means. I don’t think the country should be made part of these sins by using the money for development,” he added.

  17. my recollections from past articles about LTTE , I really think this is very true what happened at last stages of war. This time DBS is writing nothing but true about our end of saga. I value your interview with him so highly even though i never agreed with you in many issues on Tamil problems. I knew when you wrote about end of Prabharan may be around May 20 last year , I knew That was end , but there are so many Tamil morons still believe that he is alive, may be on American warship.

  18. K.P is talking a lot.

    only think i can ask is has K.P got any proof to these events, recodings of his conversation with any Prabaharan or anyone for the mater.

    Its seem all the people people he got associated in LTTE is dead now he is in government hands. spokes person for them.

    Some of the things he’s telling might be truth, not everything.
    He’s trying to portray him as the honest friend of Prabaharan.
    to win the sympathy of Tamil diaspora. Can’t trust him, can’t trust anyone for the matter, every one comes up with their own story.

    Why is he allowed to talk ? when every other leader of LTTE has been silenced ? think people.

  19. I believe KP is genuine and what he iq telling it the truth. It seems like DBS has been in touch with KP through direct or indirect channels as some of the stuff has been reported in his reports last year. Eg the tiger flag in the rallies issue. These interviews proves beyond doubt the damage done by the Castro – Nediyavan group is the main reason whe tigers were destroyed. I was amazed to read how tamil net delayed the annumadnent of kp’s appointment. In the name of struggle there people have been driving their own agendas. Thank you DBS for shedding light on the untold truth and giving opportunity for kp to tell his side of the story. I am wondering why you have not asked him about karuna or pottu and his relationship with them ? Also whether bala anna had any contacts with him in his last days. It is very sad to read that we have destroyed the movement ourselves. Heart breaking .

  20. DBSJ,

    From what I have heard (prior to reading this) and what I have read, it seems that KP had responded to all your questions genuinely.

    Especially where his response on how global approach on war against terrorism demonstrates his awareness of the post 9/11global situation.

    “The time that I was out of the LTTE and leading a quiet life gave me time to give deep thought and reflect on things. I was also able to observe the world being transformed in the aftermath of September 11th 2001. Earlier they used to say one man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter. Now they were saying there is no good or bad terrorist. All are terrorists”

    This surmise the difference between him and other inexperienced LTTE’ers and also the diaspora Tamils.

    “I realised that a movement like the LTTE could not continue to fight and survive in a changing environment. The whole world will gang up against us. Also after decades of conflict the Tamil people were suffering. They needed peace. ”

    As KP had mentioned above,I am not sure why none of the diaspora Tamils did not realize that the fighting should stop at one point.

    It has been known that Prabakaran

  21. DBSJ,

    Thanks for letting KP to speak through you!!!

    Reading his answers and adding the speculations during the last stages of war in 2009 – I must say that KP has come a long way from where he has been!

    Especially on his below statement:

    “The time that I was out of the LTTE and leading a quiet life gave me time to give deep thought and reflect on things. I was also able to observe the world being transformed in the aftermath of September 11th 2001. Earlier they used to say one man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter. Now they were saying there is no good or bad terrorist. All are terrorists”.

    It is sad that why not the reat of the diaspora Tamils did not realize this – especially looking outside in at the (then curent) situation.

    His below statement:
    “I realised that a movement like the LTTE could not continue to fight and survive in a changing environment. The whole world will gang up against us. Also after decades of conflict the Tamil people were suffering. They needed peace.” surmises how he had come to realize the importance of human lives.

    He is right about the very first demostration that was organized by him – they do had an impact because of the way the message was communicated.

    We all know how the rest of the demostrations were carried out and the outcome.

    We can go on and on …………………………

    The Tamils in Sri Lanka will live on. Diaspora Tamils will keep on crying foul. Don’t know when they will stop and start realizing that it is about time to pick up the pieces and move on.

    Waiting to hear the rest.

    Thanks

  22. #31 posted with correction:

    DBSJ,

    Thanks for letting KP to speak through you!!!

    Reading his answers and adding the speculations during the last stages of war in 2009 – I must say that KP has come a long way from where he has been!

    Especially on his below statement:

    “The time that I was out of the LTTE and leading a quiet life gave me time to give deep thought and reflect on things. I was also able to observe the world being transformed in the aftermath of September 11th 2001. Earlier they used to say one man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter. Now they were saying there is no good or bad terrorist. All are terrorists”.

    It is sad that why not the rest of the diaspora Tamils did not realize this – especially looking outside in at the (then curent) situation.

    His below statement:
    “I realised that a movement like the LTTE could not continue to fight and survive in a changing environment. The whole world will gang up against us. Also after decades of conflict the Tamil people were suffering. They needed peace.” surmises how he had come to realize the importance of human lives.

    He is right about the very first demostration that was organized by him – they do had an impact because of the way the message was communicated.

    We all know how the rest of the demostrations were carried out and the outcome.

    We can go on and on …………………………

    The Tamils in Sri Lanka will live on. Diaspora Tamils will keep on crying foul. Don’t know when they will stop and start realizing that it is about time to pick up the pieces and move on.

    Waiting to hear the rest.

    Thanks

  23. # 6 Navin
    ———–

    GOSL considers both GTF and TGTE as separatists and terrorists. When you generalise all groups in to one category, the effectiveness is lost.

    see Gunaratna’s comments below:

    The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) led by the Norway-based Nediyavan is the real reincarnation of the LTTE, and not the US-based outfit led by Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, which is trying to establish a Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), says Prof.Rohan Gunaratna, the Singapore-based expert on terrorism.

    Gunaratna, told Express that Rudrakumaran has a better understanding of politics and is therefore more likely to negotiate a settlement with the Sri Lankan government than Nediyavan, who is a hardcore LTTE man.

  24. By the way he looks very pleasant and happy in some of videos i have seen recently. he has very good personality, it was loss to LTTE when they dumped him in 2002.

  25. Please let me tell you how much we appreciate your committed journalism. Honestly you are not simply a journalist but a genuine Tamil nationalist who wants his people to live with self -respect and freedom

  26. Anpu again DBSJ! Anyways, your interview with KP is interesting. I am yet to witness your analysis on this interview. Will we get one?

    thanks,
    Anpan!

  27. It is getting very clear that KP had contact with the Srilankan Intelligence operatives for a long time.

    What ever KP did for the Tamil people before 2002 has been lost by what he turned out to be after he was demoted and put to compulsory retirement by VP. We can assume that VP did not trust KP after the complaints against him.

    It is amusing to see that KP who wanted to liberate the Tamil people from the successive Srilankan governments hegemony over the Tamil people, has now turned to be a first class cowered who wants to safe his life and has become the pin up boy of the Rajapakses who have committed the worst war crimes and genocide against the Tamil people.

    KP won’t be the last in the list of people who were revolutionaries and then became traitors to the same cause when they aged.

    As far as the Tamils are concerned he is another Karuna and he won’t have much impact on the Tamil peoples march towards freedom.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    The last line in your comment “march towards freedom” reminds me of Barbara Tuchman’s book “The March of Folly:From Troy to Vietnam”.

    This pulitzer prize winning author of popular history writes of ” the pervasive presence of folly in governments through the ages. Defining folly as the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interersts, despite the availability of feasible alternatives, Tuchman details four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly in government: the Trojan War, the breakup of the Holy See provoked by the Renaissance Popes, the loss of the American colonies by Britain’s George III, and the United States’ persistent folly in Vietnam”.

    I would like to ask you to read it but the nature of your comment makes me feel that it would be my folly to do so

  28. This is what the debriefed KP tells tells to reason out his return.

    This is like the public letter that Late Mr. Sivaram wrote to Karuna Amman reasoning out his stand.

    I am reminded of DBSJ’s comment to that letter. I think you said that the letter was in fact addressed to VP absolving himself from any wrong doing.

    Is KP while addressing Rajapakses warn Diasporas about the list they may have.
    Beware trip makers to Sri Lanka, the season for extortion is to begin.

    In the game of espionage no one will know what really happened. However this interview brings out lot of information.

    V. Stanislaus

  29. We were told on April 29 the 2009 by Mr Basil Rajapaksa that Norway based LTTE supporter asked to discontinue the war and this news was conveyed through Norway Ambassador by SMS to SL government. The government asked give in writing and received too from Norway
    Then Indian leader including MR M A Chidambaram and Ms Kanimolzi were arranging the ceasefire but couple of fire brand leaders asked to continue the fighting until the Indian Election ,

  30. We were told on April 29 the 2009 by Mr Basil Rajapaksa that Norway based LTTE supporter asked to discontinue the war and this news was conveyed through Norway Ambassador by SMS to SL government. The government asked give in writing and received too from Norway

    Then Indian leader including MR M A Chidambaram and Ms Kanimolzi were arranging the ceasefire but couple of fire brand leaders asked to continue the fighting until the Indian Election so they will be forming the government in Delhi but Sri Lankan army closed the entire sea shore in Mullivaikal. this information was told by Ms Kanimolzi to us in India

    Now we know who got the innocent Tamils blood on their hands and who have to face the war crime tribunal.
    Nediyavan group and Tamil net are the two got do lot of explaining

  31. Hi Dbsj

    I have observed in his interview that he was not accusing Prabaharan for this Tamil’s plight but accusing Nediyavan. Is it because Praba was no more and SL Govt’s next target is Nediyavan in order to cripple the LTTE’s overseas network? Pls remember KP is still not a free man.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I think KP is loyal and faithful to Prabhakaran. He feels the loss of Praba very much and he sees Nediyavan as one of the persons responsible for that

  32. Fascinating interview DBSJ

    As the good, nay great journlist that you, I noted you asked the question

    Q: I want to clarify something. I hope you will give me a candid answer.Was this peace initiative to bring about a ceasefire a time –buying exercise? Were you striving for a ceasefire on the one hand and trying to buy arms and ship them on the other?

    A: My answer is NO.

    and you asked again;

    Q: Did this mean that the LTTE was not trying to ferry arms while you were working towards a ceasefire?

    A: What I can say is that I was not doing or trying to do anything of the sort.

    and for the third time

    Q: Again let me ask you – were you trying for a ceasefire only to save the LTTE or was your commitment to peace deeper and really genuine?

    A: I am glad you asked me this because I can speak openly about my change of heart. It was a slow process.

    my respect for you increased 10 fold DBSJ for honing on this is the one area KP showed a ‘slip’ or may be does not ring quite true.

    KP earlier in the interview said himself

    So if I was to resume arms procurement I needed time to start work clandestinely and set up the network again.

    I told Prabhakaran ,I needed at least one year to get things going.He said that may perhaps be too late.

    In that case I suggested that the LTTE should go in for a ceasefire. Earlier in 1989 when the Indian army was strangulating the LTTE, Bala annai had played a crucial role and brought about an understanding with the Premadasa govt. I too had a supportive role in this

    Now Bala annai was no more. Prabhakaran said that I must spearhead the task of bringing about a ceasefire and getting the LTTE a respite

    Based on the above, I have doubts if KP was trying for ceasefire for strictly peaceful reasons or as you asked

    Q: I want to clarify something. I hope you will give me a candid answer.Was this peace initiative to bring about a ceasefire a time –buying exercise? Were you striving for a ceasefire on the one hand and trying to buy arms and ship them on the other?

    A: My answer is NO.
    I do not know about others in the LTTE leadership.Some may have thought of using it as a ploy but I was sincere and serious about a ceasefire.

    Perhaps this is semantics, or lost in translation, or maybe the chap in his heart of hearts intentions for a ceasefire were completely honourable. I have my doubts.

    However as per numerous time VP’s intention for going for ceasefires was always for respite and to re-arm.

    Eitherway VP is dead, and KP should be given the benefit of the doubt as he seems to be trying to do the best by the people in the north to re-build their shattered lives.

    Great job as always. Look forward to the next installment DBSJ.

  33. A very revealing interview. Thanks DBS.

    On the Refugees who landed today in Canada:

    the tamils were NOT purveyors of international terror, but, merely a minority that saw itself as “abused”, and attempted to achieve an independant state for themselves on the island of ceylon.. ethnicity-based struggle is pretty much a historical staple of india, since she gained independance from britain.. it seems most reasonable for refugees to flee, now that their struggle is lost, and they will undoubtedly face the same discriminations at the hands of the sinhalese majority that sparked the struggle to begin with.. i dont find the display of “tiger” flags among protesters any more disquieting than say, the fairly common display of confederate flags by locals here in south florida… sympathy for a political struggle is NOT indicative of radicalism, on its face alone……………………………………One hopes they will find peace and quiet and security in the Great nation of Canada!

  34. Absolutely wonderful interview DBSJ… congratulations and thank you…

    KP really is a lucky man. Luckier than most of us.

    1. He got this opportunity to express his feelings to the world.
    2. After being in a terrorist organisation he escaped with his life.
    3. Even in captivity to be treated so well and have a degree of freedom.
    4. Not having to worry about his family who I assume are safe in Thailand.

    I also feel he is rahter contradicting himself when he earlier said “I told Prabhakaran ,I needed at least one year to get things going.He said that may perhaps be too late. In that case I suggested that the LTTE should go in for a ceasefire.”

    which could mean that the ceasefire was indeed a time buying exercise too. (I am not denying he may also have had a humanitarian reason)

    Anyway, he is probably fighting certain contradictions inside his head too. Rather than trying to con us I think he is trying to convince himself about certain things.

    would be good if we can also know about his life while outside LTTE. What was he doing and how was he supporting his life? Did the LTTE pay him a lot while being employed by them? or did he have to do a day job to support his family?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank you TCK.I think you have summed up the mental trauma undergone by KP very aptly in the following lines of your comment

    “Anyway, he is probably fighting certain contradictions inside his head too. Rather than trying to con us I think he is trying to convince himself about certain things”.

  35. Interesting interview. Before we hear from KP about what happened to Prabhakaran in the third segment , I would like to bring a portion of the recent US State Department report about LTTE to your attention (Please read the last two sentences):

    “Activities: LTTE integrated a battlefield insurgent strategy with a terrorist program that targeted key personnel in the countryside and senior Sri Lankan political and military leaders in Colombo and other urban centers. It has conducted a sustained campaign targeting rival Tamil groups, and assassinated Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi of India in 1991 and President Ranasinghe Premadasa of Sri Lanka in 1993. Although most notorious for its cadre of suicide bombers, the Black Tigers, the organization included an amphibious force, the Sea Tigers, and a nascent air wing, the Air Tigers. Fighting between the LTTE and the Sri Lanka government escalated in 2006 and continued through 2008. The LTTE was blamed for a claymore mine on a crowded bus near Colombo on June 6, 2008, killing 22 civilians and wounding more than 50 others. Political assassinations and bombings were commonplace tactics prior to the 2002 cease-fire and have increased again since mid-2005. Most LTTE attacks targeted Sri Lankan military and official personnel but, as illustrated by the June 2008 bombing, the LTTE appeared to continue to target civilians. In 2009, there were more than 40 attacks attributed to the LTTE, including: a February suicide bombing that killed 30 people and injured 64 in an attack at a Mullaithivu IDP Rescue Center; a February air raid in Colombo that killed three people and injured 45 after an LTTE plane, reportedly engaging in kamikaze-style tactics indicating a suicide attack, was hit by anti-aircraft gunfire and crashed into the Inland revenue Building; and a suicide bombing in March that killed 14 and injured 46 people during a religious procession at a mosque in Matara. In early 2009, Sri Lankan forces re-captured the LTTE’s key strongholds and killed LTTE’s second in command. As a result, the Sri Lankan government declared military victory over LTTE in May 2009.”

    There is no mention about the ‘first in command’. May be they know something we don’t know.

  36. DBSJ

    This reminds me of sinhala teledramas. When you are waiting with your mouth open and tongue hanging out it says next week please. Why does it always stop at the most crucial part?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Shankar

    the pleasure is in the waiting. Anticipation is enjoyable. Instant gratification is not always desirable

    The silver lining is that this interview like a teledrama wont go on and on

  37. Thanks DBSJ,

    Lots of insight info.

    VP was a fool relied on fools like Castro, Nediyavan,Tamilselvan…..etc… VP got what he deserved.

    R Maran

  38. 11. Kumaran | August 13th, 2010 at 5:50 pm
    Hej dbs
    Why pottu is mising in your interview?

    May he rest in peace……….DBSJ

    Hej dbs
    I meant you did not asked kp about pottu`s involmant
    at that time(Jan-2003 -18May 2009)

  39. Even though KP is talking behind the bars, Its obvious that Pirabakaran is a stupid. He should have accepted any plan to save the younger fighters and people. Senior members should have suicided himself and let the junior LTTE members and people go through international body.

    One thing is clear that Piraba tried to safe himself. He hasn’t realised that having his body by SL army is the success to govt long running war. If the body wasn’t found, SL govt wouldn’t have succeeded the war by 100%.

    Praba gives the command to suicide the carders but when he comes to face death, he doesn’t.

  40. We all have our “ups & downs”

    In my opinion, DBSJ’s up was his article on the “fate of TRO workers who were kidnapped and ….”, down is his KP’s interview.

    I am saying this because a criminal who was illegally kidnapped by a sovereign state out side the scope any legal system, who is now a detainee cum state guest and who could not say anything that Gota does not want to hear is given a huge importance by DBSJ – a sad day for freedom speech or a good day for half baked freedom of speech.
    ************************************

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Why are you getting so irritated? At this rate you may burst a vein.Take it easy

    Let me reproduce here a poem by Rudyard Kipling that I like very much.In fact I get lots of strength from some of the lines when I read some comments on this blog or when people continuously doubt me or twist what I write.

    IF

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
    Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

    If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with triumph and disaster
    And treat those two imposters just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools;

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breath a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!

    (Feminists,please forgive Kipling & myself)

  41. Hmm I’m not sure about this. If you juxtapose this interview with the channel4 interview prior to lo being arrested, wasn’t the peace loving kp boasting about having some kind of sleeper cells in srilanka ready to restart fighting? How can you reconcile this with him saying that he genuinely wanted the ltte to no longer fight and negotiate.

    For some reason I find this hard to take on. I do think that kp of all people is very clever and very rich; he knows the game he has to play now (how he puts himself across) so that he gets off lightly.

    Also I’m sure he was a millionaire and more than able to use his own funds to re setup his operations… this from looking at other tigers based in London.

    Also that whole thing about seeing the Buddha and being at ease I think was just to try set the stage to make him appear compassionate.

    Let’s not forget the major role this man played in bringing misery to the island .

  42. KP / Karuna – Rajagedara (Palace)
    General – Siragedara (in jail)

    The two who spearheaded the war VP and SF are dead or dying. Others escaped (i.e. KP, Karuna, Gota)

    A good lesson to the barking dogs from Sri Lanka and Tamil diaspora who think waging war makes them God.

    Above is is a good example of the politics for the dogs (ordinary barkers) and gods (the politicians)

  43. Dear DBS,
    While you have interviewed KP with charisma, I find it very difficult to see that no fault lies with KP. KP is clearly playing the political game of blame avoidance and is doing his utmost to skirt around the issue of vindicating himself in any wrong doing. I feel it is only right that the Tamil people in thier homeland need to have someone who truely represents thier actual thought and views and not be pushed into a corner with no other option than to listen to and allow only Judus-KP to dictate what is in thier best interests. KP has been away ( AWOL) from not only the LTTE but away from the country for several years and so essentially is only an on-looker he cannot be represented or percieved as “friend” of the true Tamils, niether can he believe the that GoSL will use him for none other than for thier own benefit. It also amazes me, how it is very convenient for the GoSL to permit such interviews with KP on one hand yet still refuse International Media to report the true crimes still being commited by the Sinhalese (so called) soldiers.
    KP wake up and smell the roses, is the stentch of the rotting corpses not enough? look what you have become a party to, look at the curse of the tens of thousands of tamils upon you.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Princess

    I think KP woke up long ago and is smelling a fragrant peace. It is only sections of the Diaspora like you who are yet to wake up and are intent on plunging our people into a perpetual nightmare

  44. Still cant belive the people comments your god of krishna is alive come and save you how people are synical what LTTE has done for us is given up all the rights we had and the powers to handing back to majority.how many lives has been destoyed charles wanted to save his family what about the other families
    dont woory the Sinhaleese we will handover the rest of the Jaffna but you all have to compromise with the Ship they all waiting to board now the name of ellam we are having excile govt but only we keep the picture,and visit to mother Lanka as a visiter what a idiots we are under LTTE all those MP s were shot i dont know how Sampantan was escaped was he with KP

  45. If the LTTE made KP and A B, the leader and deputy leader and kept VP as the Military Commander, they would have achieved some results instead of the total destruction and decimation after three decades of fighting.

    VP ,according to the revelations so far, was never the leadership material for a liberation movement.

    The simple fact that he murdered an unarmed Tamil himself, is ample evidence of his lack of ability to reason and be reasonable.

    No successful liberation organization in recent history from Vietnam to South Africa ever had a murderer as its leader.

    VP’s survival was mainly because of the fear factor that he instilled in his people and the indoctrinated few who protected him.

    The details so far clearly demonstrate that the thinking leaders such as KP were able to grasp the reality ,but impotent to get the message across to VP.

    If people like KP could see the unyielding attitude of VP ,why on earth the Norway Government kept VP on a pedestal, obliging to his every whim and fancy through their envoy Solheim.?

    Why didn’t the Western Allies of Norway intervene even as late as 2008 when the writing was on the wall?

    VP’s determination to sacrifice everyone around him can be excused for his arrogant stupidity.

    But the ready corporation extended to him by the so called Human Rights Guardians of the West is deplorable.

  46. Dear DBSJ,

    I feel proud to be a human being as I read your interview. I have tears in my eyes as I write this… Bless you!

  47. What a fantastic interview. I just wonder that KP who is the man have no higher education or political experience; answering categorically for every single specific questions. He must have natural talent. By reading this, I can only think “Lord Kirishna’s” roll in “Mahaparatham”. Only difference was Thurijothanan & Pandavar beg to Krishna’s help prior to the “Kuruchesthiram” but LTTE leaders beg to KP’s help after final war started. Charles’s phone call to KP was very touching. This was like “Kunthi” appeal to Karnan to save her sons, Charles was asking KP for his family.

    DDS – I think you have already written last chapter of the “Rise & Fall of LTTE”. Please carry on with first Chapter. As I mention before on this site, Castro & Co was the “Deadly Cancer” that did wipe out the LTTE and put our people to this fate. They deserve no remorse at all.

    Looking forward to the Final Part. Once again well done DBS. You are the star of the cotemporary journalism.

  48. Dear DBSJ, don’t you even have the slightest doubt in your mind that since KP is still a captive under Gota’s feet he might not be telling the true storey?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I doubt whether your name is really M.FERN. But I still release your comment all the same

  49. DBS, as usual very nice article. Could you kindly do a favour, can you call KP and ask him this question:

    “how can he live a comfortable life in a nice bungalow after being the supplier of arms even after the last ceasefire, while the junior LTTE fighters spend their time in the jail”.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I will if you write me your real name and address and telephone number.Better still I’ll ask KP to call you

  50. Is KP trying to paint a good will picture?
    or is he going to be the twenty first century John Newton?
    Time will tell us.

    One query though,

    Is this interview a brain child of DBSJ or some one approached DBSJ to conduct the interview?

  51. Does KP know how VP’s entire family was killed with precise bullets? I wish you can shed some light on his final minutes.

  52. #

    7. aratai |

    Whatever that ’sad story’ to come …… it’s better VP died in the battlefield as a hero / martyr.

    🙂
    Dear Aratai & all

    VP did die in a battle field with one bullet wund to back of his head and died on the spot!

    This happened before Noon 17th may 2009 but dont know exactly when!

    I just don’t want to elabrate this anymore, i leave it for DBSJ. Whenever he find out about what really happend i beleive he’ll write.

    I am Sure that KP anna knows exactly what happened.

  53. Another interesting piece.
    The interview becomes informative and somewhat juicy when the interviewer already knows the answers and get it by way of clarification or conformation from the Interviewee.

    If KP is in a different place or situation the answers to Questions 4, 5 & 14 would have been different.

    No wonder the Military Intelligence were able, directly or through other intelligence agencies, to gather loads of information, including the presence and whereabouts of VP and his family at the latter stage. The telephone conversation with Soosai, Sornam & the lengthly one with VP himself on 31st December 08, and the desperate calls from P C Anthony as well as the faxes of the 16 page memorandum and 3 word reply , would not have gone unnoticed by the other interested parties.

  54. DBSJ, I do not agree with the second commenter (2. Thambi | August 13th, 2010 at 3:27 pm ) who basically says a journalist should not interview someone who is in captivity. this is not a statement prepared to be produced at a court. it is an interview and the reader has to make the judgement based on his knowledge and experience.
    although you responded to him, you did not address to the valid point he raised which, in essence, is if some one could say what he really wants to say when in captivity in a country which is still considered to be one of the bad violators of human rights and known for using torture in investigations in the past and the present. I would like know your take on this.
    Thank you
    Rahul

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I dont have to re-invent the wheel again and again. I’ve already responded to these types. For instance Comment #245 in part one of this interview

  55. Oh you old boy DBSJ, thanks for your reply I am ready to blow every diaspora tamil stupid brain. Tell me next how to improve sinhalayos lovely brain. If you still believe sinhala kovigama or rathalas accept our genuine struggle, what next???

    That’s your duty as roving ambassador…….DBSJ

  56. Very interesting article… Looks like LTTE while having had a very systematic network, also had so much internal politics with which I wonder how they lasted that long.

    KP seems justifying his actions to the best of his ability and I’d say he’s succussful to a great extent in that. But, he cannot justify the fact that he’s way to loyal and obliged to VP.. VP and VP, than LTTE or tamil people or their so-called freedom struggle.

    In that sense I don’t believe his honest intention was to make peace by formulating a cease fire.. He seems to had been simply working out a plan to rescue his friend – VP and his LTTE. That image of honest man looks to be something he wanted to hv establised to deal with SL govt. His most answers seem to be articulated to suit present than they being facts.

  57. Hi DBS you are sitting in faraway Canada and yet writing . You have no shame.

    What’s shameful about being in Canada and writing?……….DBSJ

  58. 33. sjoseph | August 13th, 2010 at 11:57 pm
    # 6 Navin
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    GOSL considers both GTF and TGTE as separatists and terrorists. When you generalise all groups in to one category, the effectiveness is lost.
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    sjoseph, what you are trying to tell navin in a nutshell is ,correct me if i’am wrong is tamils have stupidly divided themselves and the sinhalese should take advantage of it. The divide and rule strategy, but this time self inflicted one by the tamils.

  59. in next part of interview, can we expect how VP and his family were killed or that would remain secret forever? was he killed by his own body guards or in fighting or after having been taken alive by SLA?

  60. I think KP has no choice other than mitigating pains of Tamils by cooperating with Srilankan Government at this situation. There is no possibility nor probability in restarting armed struggle anytime.. Kp and Tamils will be better off by giving Tamil people need relief from warfare of 25 years. better to take a break and use our wisdom rather than emotions.

  61. #46-kumar
    In early 2009, Sri Lankan forces re-captured the LTTE’s key strongholds and killed LTTE’s second in command. As a result, the Sri Lankan government declared military victory over LTTE in May 2009.”

    There is no mention about the ‘first in command’. May be they know something we don’t know.
    —————————————————–
    Maybe they don’t know how he died., or maybe as you say know something we don’t, or maybe they are referring to him as the second in command, thinking vaiko is the first in command due to the noise he makes.

    Reference to the second in command is also not clear. Is it the son charles anthony or soosai or pottu? Armed forces did not kill pottu. He took cyanide and drowned himself inthe lagoon according to eyewitnesses, but body not being found is also question mark.

    Anyway let us be patient. Anticipation is more pleasurable than instant gratification. After the excitement we have had the last 25 years it is heading towards a boring country like india. Let us try to stretch this out a few more years to savour it some more.

    Just imagine instead of 1150 million indians there was the same number of srilankans how exciting India would have been. Not only india, the whole world would have been exciting.

    Anyway how come even with tendulkar scoringa a double century you can never win a series in srilanka and also time to time lose in india too, even though cricket mad Indians outnumber nutty srilankans by more than 50 to 1.

  62. I can see lot of contradictions in KP’s answers. But, he is right in one observation. The international situation has changed after the 9/11. It is not favorable for an armed struggle. No freedom fighters, everyone is Osama. Indian and Sri Lankan governments used that chance and advantage. This is the one and only reason behind the defeat of the LTTE. Even some well-versed Tamils could not understand it. It is really sad and bad.

  63. The readers congratulating the journalist are simply expressing their happiness in the fact that they get to read some tele-serial type drama that ends in a way that would not make then unhappy.

  64. # 77: > Anyway how come even with tendulkar scoringa a double century you can never win a series in srilanka and also time to time lose in india too

    That’s because SriLankans are great. Also we had Murali. With Murali in the team we can do anything

  65. Dear DBS

    Your clearly worded questions and KP’s reasoned out, rather than emotional, answers make this series of interviews valuable. It answers many unanswered questions on the last days of LTTE when command leadership was in disarray. This should enlighten many people groping in the dark to understand the tragic drama played out in March to May 2009.

    Keep up the good work.

    R Hariharan

    Thank you Col.Hari………..DBSJ

  66. Its sad to see how the LTTE spoiled all chances of getting a political settlement. Finally they destroyed themselves and the Tamil people

  67. # 74. shankar
    Sinhalese have a good oppurtunity to take advantage of SL Tamils who oppose GOSL, one by one. GTF and TGTE , TNA and finally all those remaining opposed to GOSL.

  68. DBSJ

    Fantastic work which rightly deserves the kudos

    I hope we can see more of this “horses mouth journalism” to leaven out the excellent historical pieces and biographies you have been posting.

    I am curious to know if there are any interview topics strictly off limits, KP’s captors would NOT allow him to discuss, especially, particularly KP’s understanding of what happened to Prabhakaran, his family and the coterie of civil administrators who died so controversially, or will all be revealed in a fitting finale next week?

  69. KP could have never arranged a ceasefire. From the time the earlier ceasfire of 2002 was abandoned and the army started moving it was going to be a fight to the finish, one way or another.If he undertook to do this he misread the rajapakshe’s resolve to finish this off. The critical factor was the two failed assasination attempts on fonseka and gota. They had enough and getting prabha was the only objective. The only good enemy is a dead enemy they say especially when you have been missed been killed by him by a whisker.

    It would have been better if KP had advised prabha on changing his strategy and revert to guerilla warfare and salvage something, but he was not a military man.

    i don’t blame KP because LTTE seems to remember he existed only when their ass was on fire. He probably did the best he could, under the circumstances.

    As someone mentioned on this blog asking KP to piss off in 2002 was a big mistake. Coincidently it was when the ceasefire had started.Some guys in the LTTE would have thought we can get rid of this guy and take control of the money and assets.Same for Karuna, get rid of him and take control of the eastern operations. Greed for money and power is the root cause of all evil. In one fell swoop they kicked out a brilliant international operative and a great military commander. The fact that the LTTE started to come after him for help later when they were in dire straits proves that the original allegations if any were completely unsubstantiated. They couldn’t trust him then ,but could trust him now.

    This man’s organisational abilities and his popularity with the tamils could be utilised by the GOSL to set up fundraising activities. KP should help setup a one stop centre for this activity where diaspora can be whisked to this place and meet him and shown all the different projects and how to help. Will the GOSL make the same mistake as the LTTE and discard him,or let him move about freely and set up these things, of course with full security because a gunman could be sent to finish him off.

  70. Tamils all around the world should be united to gain a permanent political solution.Tamils have no country anywhere in the world.So the political solution is very important.
    We have seen enough of the peace talk failures and political cheatings by both Sinaghalease and Tamil politicians.

    I think May 18th is a sad day for Tamils.We will always remember this sad day forever!Because the war ended with no solutuon but with loss of thousands of Tamil lives ……..ONRU PATTAL UNDU VAALVU!

  71. Ha ha, hi hi shame on you sir, who gave this blady nonse question is ask you to kp,why donot you ask what type of underwear you use? like you leader or different. it will more interesting in your telephone interview so how long going take actual truth to come out by truth writer, who post on blog last aug 2009
    just tell us, not take serious or what is your great advice pls, every body watching your sir, if not give answer everyone think, you admitting all what we said above
    thank you sir ,c u again in part iii eelam war .
    ——-

    OK,Ok, what type of underwear do you wear that is if you do wear underwear…………DBSJ

  72. DBSJ,

    Please ask KP about Maathaya’s and Karuna amman’s stories please?

    Remember Balasingham mentioned in an interview that peace talks members including Karuna went out in Thailand when he discussed with Peris. KP would have arranged the guide or accompanied with them.

    Maathaya should be the leader instead of Piraba as he knows how to manage the political and military.

    I used to be LTTE in Maathaya team and asked to leave when he was arrested. He is such a nice leader though.

  73. As a jounalist, DBSJ has given an oppurtunity to KP to express his thoughts. People should not get upset with DBSJ for this.

    Thanks to DBSJ for the excellent interview. and keep up the good work.

    DBSJ, please ask KP about his thoughts about Rajiv Gandhi assasination. As an Indian Tamil, I am just curious to know the inner thinking of LTTE on this.

  74. While it is true that KP is under captivity, there is nothing DBS can do about it. As a journalist he has done a great job of broaching the topics that have been uppermost on people’s minds for a long time. KP has replied to the extent he can. It’s up to the readers to parse the replies and make up their minds about what they want to believe and disbelieve.
    One must remember that in politics there are no permanent enemies or permanent friends. Pragmatism takes over when one realizes the inevitable.

  75. OK,Ok, what type of underwear do you wear that is if you do wear underwear…………DBSJ
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    This reminds me of a story told to me by a thai woman who is a remedial massage therapist in the western world, strictly the professional massage type only. She tells clients to remove their clothes and wait in their underwear till she comes in. One day when she went in and lo and behold there was this indian stark naked. She got angry and asked “i told you to be in your underwear”. His reply was that he does not have underwear. I was wondering whether it is this futaint guy. for the thais all are indian, and he could have very well been a srilankan. Anyway she told him to put on his clothes and go back.

  76. #85-Wicks

    I am curious to know if there are any interview topics strictly off limits, KP’s captors would NOT allow him to discuss, especially, particularly KP’s understanding of what happened to Prabhakaran, his family and the coterie of civil administrators who died so controversially, or will all be revealed in a fitting finale next week?
    ——————————————————-
    Don’t be so impatient young buck. Let it drag on for a year or two more, otherwise we will end up as the like the world’s biggest boring country, India.

    For those waiting with their tongue hanging out, next week is not going to have the real story of what happenned to Prabha and his family, because in this case you are not getting it from the horses mouth. The horse is the perpetrators and are on the opposite side of LTTE. So let us wait till DBSJ interviews Gota one day.

    Within the next year or two i think we will know the truth and nothing but the truth, including all the civilian casualties and how they died. Truth will prevail in the end, but people have to be patient, like in the sinhala teledramas,and let week after week pass until at last it ends, and we can start looking at the next teledrama.

  77. Although I have already put my two cents worth here , I was compelled to re visit the column , after seeing the statement of Mr Sampathan , the TNA chief, denigrating KP.

    His comments are not only laughable but also indicate a sense of desperation as his days of political fiefdom are numbered with the presence of KP on the scene.

    The way KP is steam rolling his way into the ex LTTE heartland with his full array of support measures to uplift the Wannians with the help of the Diaspora must be sending shivers down Mr Sampathans spine, if he has one.

    He is a guy who defended VP and his hard core elements till their last breath.

    He went on his knees to the Indian leaders again and again begging to save the LTTE during the last phase,until Dr Singh was forced to tell him where to go.

    Even when the Srilankan Army was rescuing the hostages , Mr Sampathan never expressed any support to them. Instead he was begging the West to rescue the LTTE leader.

    KP is a guy who has been out of sight of the LTTE leader from 2002.

    VP only contacted him in desperation as the last resort to save him and his family.

    KP did not kill anyone unlike Mr Sampathan’s mate.

    How can Mr Sampathan make silly accusations when KP did have nothing to do with LTTE for 7 years..

    I wonder whether Mr Sampathan thinks that the Tamil people have lost their brains as well

    KP has explicitly demonstrated in these interviews so far that he is leadership material.

    His calm, considerate and forthright statements are like a breath of fresh air in comparison to what we have been hearing from people like Mr Sampathan for three decades.

    KP deserves to be the leader of the Wanni people if he chooses to get into politics.

    Aand he will deliver them a descent, dignified and a prosperous future with the help of the current regime.

  78. Dear DBSJ

    I am looking forward to your part 3.
    I sincerely hope that you managed to talk to him about Rajiv Gandhi’s asasination – whether the Tiger was involed or not ..and to what extend.

  79. Tamils have no one else to blame for their plight but themselves. The Tamil political class had and continue to have a lot of hatred towards the non-Tamil people, namely the Sinhalese and the Muslims. They thought that they could rule over the majority Sinhalese like they did in the colonial times. When they knew they wouldn’t be able to lord it over others they started their racist Tamil politics, setting the stage for the destruction of Sri Lankan Tamils. The diaspora Tamils still hold onto the politics of hate and the cycle continues. They don’t seem to understand that their brethren in Sri Lanka will continue to suffer as long as they continue on their hate campaign, instead of lending a helping hand.

  80. 100. Sentinel
    Tamils have no one else to blame for their plight but themselves
    ———

    Good news is- Sinhalese have some one to blame for their plight other than themselves..

  81. 97. Kalu Albert

    KP has explicitly demonstrated in these interviews so far that he is leadership material.

    ————

    Rajapakse must be a worried man now, from the kind support KP derive from Sinhalese mass.

    Who knows, KP would very well be the future Srilankan presedential canditate, first from SL Tamil community.

  82. While commending on this excellent series of posts, I do have to express my doubts about a certain aspect of KP’s answers.

    When talking about how Prabakharan requested him to re-start the arms procurement and shipping operations, he states he informed the former that he would need at least a year to get things organised. Also that his first priority would be to secure a ceasefire agreement.

    “I agreed to re-join the LTTE but told him that my immediate goal would be to bring about a ceasefire and not resumption of supplies.”

    This somehow points to the fact that KP was planning to ask for a ceasefire as just a ‘breather’ period for the LTTE till such time as his procurement/shipping operations were well in place once again.

    No matter how much KP insists that he wanted the ceasefire to be a permanent one, it rings false to me.

    It may ring true to others………..DBSJ

  83. Ask KP why he lied to Channel 4 news in London that VP is alive and safe in a secret location only to contradict himself soon after that VP is indeed dead.

    Why dont you wait for the interview to be published in full before sqeaking like gas before…………?……..DBSJ

  84. KP is obviously a very capable man but to this day he sympathisers with and grieves for his former leader VP. How he can justify to himself supporting or condoning the most brutal acts so deliberatley perpetrated against all communities and people in Sri Lanka in the name of Ealam reminds me once again that morality and intelligence are not one and the same thing.

    To murder 160 plus grannies dressed in white worshipping at a temple (Shri maha bodhi) or 300 odd people worshipping at mosques and say it was done as part of someone’s fight for freedom – it sticks in my throat.

  85. DBS, Interesting series and keeping all of us amused. On one hand, these interviews provide KP to spell out his frustrations and self guilt and to reassure himself that he is a honourable man and loyal to VP ( but not to the organisation or the Tamils struggle ) On the other hand, these interviews may prompt others who may know few other things to come out and spill few more beans. In essence, we may know little bit more about what happened and why it ended like it did in May 2009. Other than that we can’t learn anything more about the past or about KP.
    The question is not about the past, but about the present and future. Whether KP can play a meaningful role to help the suffering people and enable for the Tamil speaking people to live with dignity as equal citizen in the country and contributing to the well being of all. There are many question marks on KP whether he can deliver what he is promising thro his newly formed NGO and his friends ( so called ) in the Govt. and outside.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I have edited out some parts of your comment. If you would send me the accurate information about the cases you refer to and contact info about yourself and the campaign you claim to be conducting I can write about it in detail

  86. You are interviewing a man who is not free and who is living under the complete control of those that opposed him previously. Any information that he gives you is therefore suspect. I am not saying that what he says is not true, it may be, but given his circumstances, one cannot argue with those that claim that what he says is not the truth and that he is coerced into giving false information.

    The truth is the truth………….DBSJ

  87. Its quite obvious when a person received a bad treatment from an organization,he use to turn against them.

  88. A few minutes back my ten year old daughter came to our room after hearing some loud firecrackers. We gently told her it was firecrackers and not bombs or gunfire.
    How many mothers in Jaffna, North, East and in Border villagers would have told their children do not cry, for they will be safe.
    As a Sinhalese I do mourn the loss of every life , of simple people, LTTE cadres and GOSL. All caught up in a vicous war. Main Actors oblivious to suffering of ordinary people.
    I am happy that the war is over.
    I just returned from Yala having visited there after nine years. I couldnt understand the logic of killing and burning wildlife bungalows and people.
    For those in other countries KP’s interview sheds light on the inner thoughts of an Ex-LTTE higher -up. Perhaps he is spinning a story – we do not know. I trust DBSJ would be asking questions and translating those to us. It does not matter whether KP is telling the truth or not. But What KP will do in the future.
    It is the same for you – thos of you who are abroad- what matters is what you will do now.
    My advice – be like Japan, Develop north and East to be powerhouses of economy.

    Good stuff DBSJ – After KP I wouldnt be suprised if you did an interview with GOTA – but then you will be really earning the ire of the diaspora. Well done.

  89. Highly informative series – DBSJ Sir

    KP stands as a Tall leader among the Tamils and pray he carries on his work for the next couple of decades.

    I have seen some Sincere Leaders in TN Politics and also some Pragmatic Leaders in TN Politics. But don’t remember one person who is sincere and as well as Pragmatic. In that sense KP stands as the tallest Tamil Leader – one who can turn any and every adverse situation into a favorable one for the Tamil Masses however small may to begin with.

    There seem at times he introspects but nevertheless he seems to be focused on the current situation.

    My word of caution:

    KP should not underestimate our Indian Hawks who are many in number who just like to smell and lick the blood our own brothers Srilanka just to play Politics by hoodwinking Chinese presence and so on. These cancerous bastards would shout from the roof-top that they have blood on their hands and cry apologetic. But these rascals don’t feel so; they just act smart just to show the world that they are capable to doing X, Y & Z. Those guys are in our politico-civil service and intelligence wings. Let him beware of these rascals and never allow them to interfere with the future peaceful and prosperous SL Tamil community.

    94#Shankar

    How can you call our country as boring?
    1/We just sit, watch and turn our face when millions of children die of malnutrion every year(perhaps that figure may be more than SL Tamil Population).
    2/Crores of people dont have toilet facilities.
    3/Nearly half the population illiterate.
    4/ Claims and also truely successful democratic nation in world – It is successful; given the scale of diversity in language, culture, education, economics, etc within ourselves?

  90. Sorry you all misunderstand the underwear matter,it is matter of seroius when sri lankan(army) show their true colour, army never fight with in decipline and respect any one died,lots of evidence around the world(if any one need i can post personnally. examlpe in congo in africa,when their show fake leader body is, it disgused, even inhuman behavoiur it is the reason sinhalesee in world not humanbeen not given staus of respect ,their inhuman activities tense them to down fall ,Gosl under MR rule will suffer lots irrespect each other, all sri lankan in world stage in future(furture), so what answer from all commentors going to say about it .better to check Mr Prisedent’s which type of ???? oldie gama govian ?

  91. In your next interview – with regards to Rajiv Gandhi’s assasination – please enquire about his knowledge – about PLO chief Yasser Arafat’s intelligence wing securing information (presumably from the Mossad) about a plot to assasinate Rajiv.
    The PLO Ambassador in Delhi informed the Intelligence Bureau about this plot – the chief at that time was Mr Narayanan. Apparently with 24 hrs Mr Narayanan dismissed the plot. A lot of people dp believe there is a big international dimension to this Assasination. Thank you.

  92. Whatever is it , there is a great quality any leader could learn from VP: he never tried to leave his followers and find a comfortable life for him or escape leaving others behind! i doubt any leaders can claim that quality.

  93. Saj@post#105

    I can understand how you feel

    There is a lump in my throat whenever I think of the countless civilian massacres in the north and east by the armed forces and homeguards in the name of fighting terrorism and safeguarding the unity of the country

    Vantharumoolai, Sathurukkondan,Veerasolai, Thangavelaythapuram, Kilivetty,Pandiruppu,Mandaitheevu, Vangalai, Parappukadanthan,……

    The list is endless

    Does anything stick in your throat when you think about these that is if you ever do think?

  94. 102 sjoseph,

    A visionary comment.

    I do not see why a Tamil person can not become the President if the Tamil community is part e part of the mainstream and join the main players.

    Dr Manmohan Singh is a good example.

    Tamils in Colombo which has nearly a two to one majority of their people should have enough clout to get quite a few members into Parliament.

    As proven since Independence ,Racially segregated fringe Parties can not play in the major league.,because the major Political parties use them and dump them.

    Also they are prone to become hostage to extremist terror groups.

    KP definitely has the potential to become a major player like Karuna ,if he wishes to get in to politics.

    Chief Minister post in the North looks a good prospect in the near term.

    Also with his ” cut above the rest” attributes he looks outstanding in the field.

    Sinhalese, I am sure will be more than welcome him in any position .

  95. Ref 111,

    Aren’t there any nut houses in Toronto with Srilankan staff who speak Tamil? ( or Sinhalese??)

    This guy needs immediate help.

  96. Usha@107# comment
    It is really funny to see you &some others on this blog questioning KP interview by asking whether he is free man to tell truth. Was the interviews given to journalists by LTTE those days from and inside Vanni free? Were Marshall, Pulidevan, Tamilselvan etc telling the truth? How come you keep quoiet then&accept that as gospel truth then?

  97. # 116. Kalu Albert

    Chief Minister post in the North looks a good prospect in the near term.

    Also with his ” cut above the rest” attributes he looks outstanding in the field.

    ————

    The pathetic situation with Tamils are, they dont recognise and appreciate intelligent Tamils as Sinhalese do.

    KP may not be popular among North ( even may lose the eelections). Even if wins and become a North Chiefminister, he will end up only as a Tamil leader.

    His propspects are good if he becomes a national leader and due to his high standing among sinhalese , he should focus on national stream and aim to become a central minister.

  98. We all know that KP is GSL’s puppet and can easily see he is lying.

    Think PPL. Think!

    DBS, I respect you as a great guy with excellent penmanship, but I’ll not trust what KP has to confess!!!!

  99. #118 Suresh
    You are right 100%.

    LTTE had been lying from the beginning to end to Tamil people.

    Where were “these” people hiding at that time …

    They never questioned the intergrity of LTTE now they are questioning for what…?

  100. Excellent interview.Its great to see the interviewer take a back seat and gently nudge the subject of interview doing the most part of talking

    cant wait for the next part. I hope DBS wont condense it to finish next week but let it continue another week if necessary to cover all aspects

    Readers like Rajash should stop squeaking in a mighty hurry and let the interview progress at its own pace

  101. 84. sjoseph:

    I’m sure they will grab the opportunity should they see it, but to what end is what _I_ do not understand.

  102. #114 Bandara

    You are absolutely correct about VP on that sense. Unfortunately our Tamil Diaspora leaders and their followers have different view. They think it is better to fight from a distance (remote control method) so it won’t harm them and their families.

  103. Thank you DBSJ

    ALL deaths of soldiers, LTTE cadres, civilians of Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese had created a void in their next of kins hearts. Did SL Tamil’s benefitted in the end? NO. The country lost their best politicians such as Gamini D, Lalith A, Lakshman K and the likes. (I for one would have defenetely voted Laksman K. for presidency.)

    Many families and extended families of both Sinhalese and Tamils got scattered all over the world. One of the best prospects after tiger economies lost its way. Isn’t this enough?

    No point of pointing fingers. Speculating for the sake of finding the ‘truth’. If we (Tamils, Sinhalese, Diaspora and SL Residents) don’t learn from the mistakes of last 30 years then all the those losses were in vain. In the alternate work together who knows in another 30 years we will be better off irrespective of our race, religion, cast & creed.

  104. ya in toronto lots of angoda there, people like you cannot admit inside, so better you have to have in sri lanka. dear Dbsj pls don’t any thing wrong

  105. #119-sjoseph
    and due to his high standing among sinhalese ,
    —————————————————–
    How do you know that?Before he got captured he was a LTTE leader. So i can’t see how he can have a high standing among sinhalese like say Laksman kadirgamar. There may not be any animosity towards him because he was out of the LTTE from 2002 and also they know that he was abroad even before that, and would not have been involved in the decisions made by LTTE, except for the foreign operations part of it. No hate towards him, yes , but having high standing among them, i don’t think so. Don’t make him a unnecessary hero because in srilanka you can go from hero to zero in a matter of minutes.

  106. From your interview with KP its clear that he is not held in a prison as an inmate and denied freedom of speech. I am delighted to know that atleast KP is a smart cookie and has played his cards right to be in a position to negotiate with our enemy for the release of thousands of our youth held in various camps. All those arm chair critics calling KP names please don’t forget that atleast he is doing something that LTTE created. Lets not forget that he is not interested in any politics.

  107. Looks like KP is a man committed to his work and shrewd too.

    Its apperent the sinhala majority not only the Rjapakses have accepted the changed man and willing to give him a chance despite the damage he had caused to them.

    The sinhalese & muslims and others even tolerate the more violent and dangerous karuna & pillayan than the tamils.

    Need of the hour is for the change of heart of the tamils and to act wisely.

    The TNA and the old polity has failed their people over and over again…. they only seek power and money, nothing done for the common man. Playing communal politics will not bring any justice to our country.

    very good interview DBSJ…

  108. Dilshan is a kind hearted man. It is true that Lanka will become another Japan or Singapore if MR gives a permanent,acceptable political solution to Tamils…..until such time nothing is going to happen in Lanka.

  109. Great work DBS, but some things don’t add up. What about the interview he gave in a Channel 4 news report:

    He says things in the C4 interview which are to the contrary of what he is saying above….are his words just putting up a smokescreen?

  110. Excellent Interview. There is truth in what KP says.

    At the same time one cannot deny the fact that DBS is a fantastic writer.

  111. Thank you very much for your refreshing journalism. The most I like about is that you are letting me come to my own conclusions and opinion/s and not telling me what my view should be. Also makes me interested to find out more to refine my understanding.

    Also it is great- the way you present your own opinions without distracting the reader. Looking forward to the continuation…

  112. DeeBeeEsJay

    Can you please please use your influence and interview Gota. That will eclipse even this interview !! You should ask readers of this column to submit questions to ask Gota, to make it even more interesting !!

    Kosala

    Is Barkis willing?………….DBSJ

  113. # 111 futaint

    Dear whomsover you are:

    If you like battlefield, go and fight with the gun.

    If you like blogfield, come on with a comprehensible language.

    If you know anyone of the above – whichever side you take, we respect you. We all know each one is right from their perpective atleast partly.

    If you dont know both, go to hell. Please dont waste our time

  114. I just saw a strip news in Televison that the Indian Foreign Secretary is coming to chennai tomorrow to meet TN CM.

    There were requests from TNA about India’s role in overseeing the rehabilitation in NE. Probabaly she is coming for that.

    I am not sure who is going to don that role. TNA should not accept anyone than DR Karthigeyan. I can only pray that this Gentleman DRK assume that role. He couldn’t do that when Dr. Neelan Tiruchelvam requested. Atleast if given a chance now, I pray he agrees to that role for the betterment of SL people in NE.

  115. killromeaproject, don’t be cynic

    “When talking about how Prabakharan requested him to re-start the arms procurement and shipping operations, he states he informed the former that he would need at least a year to get things organised. Also that his first priority would be to secure a ceasefire agreement.”

    There were two options in front of him , one was rearming LTTE continue fighting, another one was possibility of rearmament ,if this impossible, go for ceasefire rather than being annihilated entirely. VP came to reality like other Tamils. inside and outside Srilanka when Kilinochchi fell to SLA until then there was confidence that LTTE could withstand SLA assault.
    Ceasefire talk came only after Kilinochchi fell, It was urgency for LTTE to save themselves from complete annihilation. It was wise decision to seek ceasefire at that juncture rather than taking more fatalities, fighters and innocent civilians. In many wars, military leaders always go for ceasefire when they realized war cannot be won. I always believed that breaking ceasefire agreement with Srilankan government was folly idea at first place. LTTE should have been patient when there were insults, and humiliations from GOSL.

  116. 122 Rajendra

    “Readers like Rajash should stop squeaking……and let the interview progress at its own pace”
    ——-

    I agree with Rajendra. This Rajash reminds me of what we say in Tamil Nadu -“Munthirikottai”

  117. 109 Dilshan f,
    I like to meet you in srilanka soon. I feel you must be true budhist, hope every sinhala like you.
    see you soon

  118. KP’s initiative to feed and provide schooling for a few hundred AL students received the cold shoulder from the Diaspora.

    The same people are alleged to have provided 25 Million Canadian Dollars to people smugglers to bring the ship load of “refugees”. according to the information coming from Toronto.

    50 grand per head is a lot of dough for anyone let alone the poor Tamil people in Srilanka.

    With manyt of children on board ,surely some families would have up to 4 or 5 members the least.

    50 times that would have made these families instant multi millionaires in the North.

    Tamil refugees must be the envy of the whole world specially the places like Africa , the Middle East and Asia.

  119. KP’s initiative to feed and provide schooling for a few hundred AL students received the cold shoulder from the Diaspora.

    The same people are alleged to have provided 25 Million Canadian Dollars to people smugglers to bring the ship load of “refugees”. according to the information coming from Toronto.

    50 grand per head is a lot of dough for anyone let alone the poor Tamil people in Srilanka.

    With many children on board ,surely some families would have up to 4 or 5 members the least.

    50 times that would have made these families instant multi millionaires in the North.

    Tamil refugees must be the envy of the whole world specially the places like Africa , the Middle East and Asia.

  120. 141 Muthu,

    It would be my pleasure if you are ever in Sri Lanka. No I am not a budhist but Christian from the same school where DBSJ came from. Most Srilankans of all races and religion are just peace loving folk. we all hate war. As Much as the tamils in the North hate the GOSL others hate LTTE. what they hate is not the person but the power they potray when carrying a firearm.
    I strongly believe in equality of all and carry guilt whenever innocent lose life or livelihood.

  121. Comment 135,

    Not a bad idea at all.

    Going by the positive feed back here of the stand taken by KP.there is no reason why Gota would refuse an interview with a senior Journalist like DBSJ.

    Also there is a good similarity between KP and DBSI due to their absence from Srilanka for a long period.

    After all Gota would love to communicate directly with the Diaspora and what better avenue is there except via DBSJ,

    DBSJ is loved as well as loathed by the Diaspora going by the loggings here.

    This ensures he gets the maximum exposure across the whole spectrum

    Feed back in recent times clearly indicates that the commonsense is starting get a foothold among many readers.of the overseas based Tamil population.

    Besides Gota gave an interview to Sucker from Channel 4 and came unscathed despite the unnecessary, unhelpful and out right provocations.

  122. Good Old KP not only put a cat among the pro LTTE pigeons but has also inserted a rocket up the UNP leaders.

    This guy must be a genius.

    Guess what, Sajith and Ranil arel now hunky dory, The bad boy Karu is in the outer.

    If one is to believe the” cyber rag” of the DNA/JVP, KP is going to be the Brigadier of the Srilankan Volunteer Force in charge of the North East Construction Plan.

    Good on ya mate. You deserve it.

  123. # 128. shankar #119-sjoseph
    and due to his high standing among sinhalese ,
    —————————————————–
    How do you know that?

    ———–

    Many sinhalese in this blog appreciated leadership quality and integrity of KP.

    I guess Sinhalese love KP as much as they hate Sarath Fonseka.

  124. 125. Navin | August 17th, 2010 at 4:04 am
    119. sjoseph:

    I do not think KP or Karuna or Pilliyan have any standing among the Sinhalese.

    ———————

    Is KP considered in the same category of Karuna or Pillayan?

  125. Why haven’t we heard any squeaks from Rajash?Running out of gas?

    I think you guys should stop needling Rajash………..DBSJ

  126. 149 Rajendra
    Why haven’t we heard any squeaks from Rajash?Running out of gas?
    I think you guys should stop needling Rajash………..DBSJ

    ———-
    Oh come on DBS.Dont be a spoilsport.Let’s have some fun pricking a bloated gas balloon and listening to squeaky gas releases

  127. Instead of whining and moaning over the defeat of the LTTE, extremist Tamils should set aside their racism, bigotry and selfishness and join hands with other Sri Lankans to rebuild the country. If not, Tamils will be left behind as the rest of Sri Lanka moves forwards. A cursory glance at Sri Lanka’s long history shows that the Sinhalese have never bowed down to Tamil threats and oppression.


    “The Sri Lankans are ace practitioners of diplomacy. The sheer coincidence is breathtaking that they chose India’s Independence Day to hold the first memorial service at the IPKF memorial in Kotte for the brave Indian soldiers who laid down their lives between 1987 and 1990 — as well as to unveil Sri Lanka’s new China-funded port at Hambantota.

    Colombo poses a riddle in neighbourhood diplomacy. From all accounts of what Indian diplomacy is up to in Kathmandu, Delhi may have a long, painful learning curve ahead in its dealings with its small neighbours.”

    http://www.deccanherald.com/content/89210/stonewalling-history.html

  128. I agree with Maithili. DBS dont deprive us of the pleasure of tweaking Rajash and hearing his pipsqueaks

  129. Aney Jeyaraj

    Dont stop this interview with third part. I want at least one more week of a good read. I actually read and re-read both parts thrice each

  130. 148. sjoseph

    From what I hear, Karuna and Pillayan has no standing among Sinhalese, they understand who these are, thugs whose services are considered necessary at this point. I think KP gets more respect. Sinhalese feel that he is a more refined (for lack of a better word) character. They may not like him for what he did as an LTTE guy, but I think he gets respect. My feeling is that Sinhalese will not have too much objections to KP getting a prominant role in rehabilitating NE.

  131. 150. Mahesh

    It would be good if DBS gets a chance to interview GR, but I don’t know if GR will have anything new that he could divulge to the media at this point. he has been interviewed by many and he has been asked most of the questions that needs to be asked. So we know the answers that he will come up with.

    What would be interesting to know from GR would be all the interactions with forigen governments that went on behind the scenes as the war came to a conclusion in early 2009. I don’t know if GR is willing to talk about these at this point given that he is still in the government running the country.

    On the other hand, KP had not been heard from up to this point, at least by us Sinhalese, so there was the element of unexpectedness.

  132. Dear GBsganesan,sorry sir,you not in sri lanka, we have silent our gun on 16 th 0f May 2010.so we are in blogs field now,so not worry, if you donot have any experience, we will give you chance to participate, if your real tamilan otherwise no chance people like you.pls stick with blogsfield for ever, wait and see, very soon we will strat then lots of them hide their heads.

  133. Rajendran,Maithili,Sinham, have pleasure whoever’s ………….

    Rajash,please dont use obscene language here.I’ve deleted those words…………..DBSJ

  134. 152. Sentinel

    I saw your link to the Deccan herald. It was nice. It points to the fact that one should be alert in any sphere of life particularly in the foreign affairs.

    Just because one is a big neighbor one is termed as big brother. That is wrong.

    India helped Bangladesh get its Independence.

    India helped Sri Lanka retain its territorial integrity.

    But for India, LTTE could not have been vanquished.

    Though Hambantota was offered to us first. Then it went to China.

    Now it is again offered to us again and if I can say my view on this, India should not take up this offer too.

    In this we could see the attitude of Sri Lanka pitting China against India. Look, if you won’t do it for us then one of your arch adversary will do it for us.

    This is insulting. I will not take it. But at the same time I fully respect the need of the Sri Lanka to develop its ports and also its economy.

    Instead I will wait for an opportunity when they make a mistake and then nail them down.

    After all Sri Lanka can only give pin pricks to India.

    From the days of JRJ they know that you have to have India by your side. They know Operation Poomalai.

    After all if you develop the means to deliver the nuclear war heads then Hambantota or Gwadar makes little sense.

    There is a saying that if an elephant is caught in loose soil then even jackals will maul it.

    Now India has been caught in the loose soil of diplomacy in its neighborhood.

    The Sri Lankan authorities are cleverly playing the China card with us.

    Pakistan played it too.

    But China couldn’t prevent their defeat in 1971.

    The Indian diplomacy is slow to react. It reacted 18 years after the Rajiv Gandhi.

    But when it reacted after the LTTE Air attack on the Sri Lankan targets it was a coup de grace.

    Like wise India will act to safeguard its National interests.

    Anybody who does not see this is doomed.

    I am not bothered about Hambanthota or Gwador, if you can develop few nuclear war heads and also develop the second strike capability.

    I only hope that the foreign office works efficiently.

  135. 159 Rajash,please dont use obscene language here.I’ve deleted those words…………..DBSJ
    ———–
    sure enough you are practising obscenity in journalism posting worthless comments.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I am sorry yu have such a low opinion of comments posted here.Under the circumstances I am compelled to inform you that your comments will no longer be welcome here

  136. DBSJ,
    You are here replying to people on KP’s interview – how come there’s no response from you on the boat full of people just arrived to Canada. You being an influencial journalist I expected you to throw some facts and details of the true nature of the people on boat to the Canadians. As a canadian journalist you have a sole responsibility to address this. We really need you DBSJ – quit on KP things -and write something serious on this issue. Its hurtful to hear from this so called patriotic canadians who would be 1st or 2nd generation immigrants bashing like put a hole in the boat and send back to the sea – and queue jumpers as if they had a chance to stay in queue while danger get to them. Not only the ones on the boat but all those who risk their lives to run away from danger will look keep you in their heart for your upcoming media contribution. Please put a week off from bringing your next issue on KP and write something on this. I request you with the right of brotherhood – thank you.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    If you are really a disgusted human being as you claim then you should express your disgust openly at those so called Tamil “activists” who are exploiting the situation by projecting themselves as Tamil champions and engaging in scaremongering unnecessarily

    All 492 people who came on “MV”Sun Sea” will undergo due process . Each case will be examined on its merits to ascertain whether refugee status can be given. Even those found ineligible will not be sent back to Sri Lanka but will have Canadian protection.

    78 people came on “ocean lady” and there was scaremongeing like now then. None of them were sent back.They are all here engaged in the process of refugee hearings

    So dont make an unnecessary fuss and cast aspersions on my Country Canada. No person seeking refuge in Canada will be victimised unfairly notwithstanding the bona fides of individual claimants

    Let the process get underway

  137. come on DBSJ prove to me that you are not a obscene journalist by publishing my last post. shame on you to hide behind Maithili’s saree.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    It was posted with my response. Your reference to Maithili’s saree exposes your vulgar mindset.

    As indicated in my earlier response this will be your last post here. Pity I dont have a bugle to play the last post. Good Bye.

  138. I am keen to read your Part III. I don’t want to disturb your interview rhythm, since you got the opportunity, like other in this blog, I also wish (and curious) if KP would share two things with us;

    One, whatever he knows about Rajiv’s assassination… Whether LTTE involved or not… If involved why? I strongly believe this will help sort things out with us Tamils and Indians.

    Second, since he started up the whole TGTE thing, why he initiated TGTE, Is anyone else pushed him to do it? What is his stand now? What he is expecting from TGTE… A few words about Rutharakumar…

  139. #164-surya
    Second, since he started up the whole TGTE thing, why he initiated TGTE, Is anyone else pushed him to do it? What is his stand now? What he is expecting from TGTE… A few words about Rutharakumar
    ————————————————

    DBSJ

    I presume you have already finished the interview and due to space constraints in the daily mirror as mentioned by you earlier, you have divided it into 3 parts for publication. Bloggers are going on thinking you are interviewing 3 times KP,and are pleading with you to ask this and that questions and you are keeping quiet, your sense of humour i suppose. Correct me if i,am wrong. Why don’t you tell them interview is over and shove their questions…..

  140. Like the Western buddies, even our Srilankans are up to scratch with the Sex Industry Stats.

    The recent survey by the Health Authorities and published in one of the leading web news letters, there are 43 000 female sex workers. 3,5 % of the male population are clients.

    Who says us Srilankans are not moving forward in the new era.

    Even Shankar can divert some of her clients to Srilanka which has pristine Beaches five star boutique villas and the North East are crying for help to develop.

  141. 157 Futaint,

    Well well well, So you are in Sri Lanka. becareful of you ip address. If you read the KP interview he says GOSL intelligence very sophisticated.

    I wonder what you will start ‘Very Soon’ ?
    couple of human bombs? Some border village murders?
    The FUTure AINT You my friend in this country.

  142. #166 anonymous coward

    there are 43 000 female sex workers
    ————————————–
    What can you expect when the whole country is being prostituted to India and China. At the moment i heard Hambantota virginity auction is going on, but india not interested in bidding. It seems to be biding its time instead.

  143. I thought u were a free spirited journalist….

    That’s it for me. No more reading ur column anymore.

    Thanks for helping me make my decision!

    Anytime.Glad to be of service……..DBSJ

  144. DEAR F DILSHAN,
    we donot affraid,may be you other sinhalesse. mention that at monent we are in blogfield, may you have to scare your war crime Gota raj & his murder scout, but not us, very soon mean very soon there is no any alternative words for it.may kp not intelligence. he nominate himself as leader 100% tamil not accept him ,he can only buy arms,he mention how is LTTE works, so you will understand from his inerview. rubbish question ask by olddie goddie? if DBSJ want questions,in future(furture) pls tell us we will give hard talk type questions, then true colour will come out. & he mention also ,what his role and play in this great organasation.true ltte never get retire, never capture by enemies, so,now you will clear about it,if not want more, we are ready give brief explanation you and Mr DBSJ, he knew, who we are in this field, thanks F. ..F.. Dilshan may you came from Dbsj school.but we are from great St.Patrick’s college in jaffna,still we are there.so what

  145. 169 Shankar,

    International harbors make great cities.Hambantota is one in the making thanks to Mr Rajapaksa and the great Chinese Government.

    Combined with the International Airport Hambantota will be the major city of the 21Century.

    The train track from Colombo to Madhu and on to Thalaimannar at a cost $ 450 Million is another great contribution to the rural Srilanka from the Indian Government.

    Imagine what the country would look like in the next five years.

    V.R Raghavan and Nirupama are on the money with their assessment that the best liberation for the rural poor specially the Tamil people is economic liberation.

  146. By reading the comments from few people here, I think after “KP’s interview” they got upset as some truth coming out. That’s why, they are writing stupid low-class comments and trying to wind you up and try to damage the reputation of this blog. This could be a planed plot. Please do not give them a chance. Please do not let other large number of GOOD readers being hijacked by this tiny crowd. Sorry, you are experienced journalist and came across with several kind of people; please do not think I’m giving you advice but as a keen reader this my little request.

  147. 160 at Mahesh

    No offence Mahesh, but to be honest I don’t think anyone really cares what Indian Tamils think…Not Sri Lanka and not the North Indians who rule India. Even Sri Lankan Tamils are turning away from the backward and primitive political leadership in Tamil Nadu (this is a good thing for humanity in general). The North Indians know they can give you little crumbs like making Tamil a “classical language” and keep you guys happy by massaging your bloated ego.

    Many Indian Tamils have been dancing like mad jackals trying to throw a spanner in the Indo-Lankan relationship but they have failed miserably. Even Karunandhi has now shut up. Your prattling is not going to change that.

    BTW it’s hilarious how you seem to have appointed yourself as the representative of India here. Please don’t embarass yourself. You are just a person behind a computer screen typing furiously away. I don’t think the government of India is even aware of your existence.

    “The timing of the two events in Kotte and Hamobantota on Sunday underscores Colombo’s message that it is ultimately the monarch of all it surveys with regard to Sri Lanka’s interests and it shall have India and China to fulfil specific roles that serve its interests.”

  148. DBSJ, Interesting stuff. War & Politics in the island has gone through twists and curves and you have been in all corners capturing moments.

    Studying journalism, I genuinely enjoy reading your work and I consider you to be one of the best in the field within the subject.

    I do feel that KP’s account of events are true from the interview. Nevertheless, it does contradict his interview on Ch 4. His statements such as VP still being alive, and still holding a head strong armed movement I guess was to keep the diaspora and the world at bay.

    He does come across as a smart individual as well. i.e… avoid carrying the LTTE flag during the demonstrations made sense.

    I don’t expect you to answer this, but was KP trying to convey any message through the interview either to the Diaspora or to any other groups?

    I feel that a lot of Tamils are lost at this juncture. Whom to trust? who is genuine? Who is democratic?

  149. DBSJ, Interesting stuff. War & Politics in the island has gone through twists and curves and you have been in all corners capturing moments.

    Studying journalism, I genuinely enjoy reading your work and I consider you to be one of the best in the field within the subject.

    I do feel that KP’s account of events are true from the interview. Nevertheless, it does contradict his interview on Ch 4. His statements such as VP still being alive, and still holding a head strong armed movement I guess was to keep the diaspora and the world at bay.

    He does come across as a smart individual as well. i.e… avoid carrying the LTTE flag during the demonstrations made sense.

    I don’t expect you to answer this, but was KP trying to convey any message through the interview either to the Diaspora or to any other groups?

    I feel that a lot of Tamils are lost at this juncture. Whom to trust? who is genuine? Who is democratic?

  150. Maithili ennai kaathali!!
    DBSJ, serthu vaipeengala?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    “Maithili ennai Kathali” movie was made by T.Rajendar.Ask Simbhu to put in a good word for you

  151. #157

    Oh futaint

    You don’t have any right to question my Tamil love or Origin. There are very few people who conduct every function at their home in pure Tamil. I am one among them.

    I have named my Son as Prabhakaran. I am extremely proud of it . But my respect for Prabhakaran does not blind me from thinking and doing of what is good Tamils at every step – yesterday, today and tomorrow. Today what KP is doing is most important moment – that is recognizing the world order and rectifying internal disorder.

    I am glad that you silenced the guns. Also recognize the world order today and for the next couple of decades. Guns don’t seem to have any place. Practice Fine diplomacy.

    More importantly if you are interested in Gun only – then this blog is not the place you should be in.

  152. #176 Sentinel

    Your reading of the current situation is incorrect. India (TN) is in a Transitory State – struggling to come out of Third World country image to a decent country. A lot of us are blindfolding to pride ourselves as a Superpower – economic, IT, nuclear, Space Science or otherwise today itself.

    The problem associated with a Transitory Mindset is that it is inward looking – to protect and project a self-aggrandizing image to the whole world. This a curse left by none other than Rajiv Gandhi and his mother during her later days. When this self-aggrandizing image is shot down and realistic self assessment comes – that will come with general economic well being of our masses, India(TN) will put SL Govt in its place. Unfortunately the sheer size of the Population is too huge to achieve any meaningful economic success in the next few decades for most section of the population.

    Until then, SL Govt may have an upper hold on Tamils; never beyond that; because then people will hold the power balance but today not possible as Indian Politicians and its bureaurocracy is occupied third rated rascals.

    Dr. Samuel Johnson had said – Politics is the last resort for the scoundrals. True of India today very much; but I wonder what he would said if he were live today and saw Indian bureaucracy?

  153. 176. Sentinel

    I am not offended. I am not representing any body in India, as You are not representing any body in Sri Lanka.

    Even as I am typing furiously sitting opposite to my computer you are also doing the same.

    I was just pointing out to you the realities.

    I also said that India was instrumental in the creation of Bangladesh and India was instrumental in protecting the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka.

    If you are not able to accept the reality then some other people will be able to accept it.

    India gave vital inputs to finish off the LTTE, this is acknowledged by many.

    You said our Tamil political leadership is primitive. I don’t want to comment on that. I don’t claim that our leadership is enlightened.

    If our leadership is primitive I don’t think politicians in the sub continent are any different.

    One thing I can tell you is this, had the LTTE not assassinated Rajiv Gandhi, it would be still having a good support in Tamil Nadu and the Indian Govt would not have done this to the LTTE.

    You are talking as though we are against the Indo- Lankan relationship.

    Not that way. I wish that both our countries have good relationship in the future.

    If the relationship between our country sours then you cannot put all the blame on the India and Tamil Nadu. I am sure about that.

    Even if the Tamil is not accorded the classical language status, means nothing. I will say that it does not need to be accorded. It is already an ancient language with rich literature and culture.

    Gandhiji was not awarded Nobel peace prize, Srinivasa Ramanujan was not awarded the Nobel price in Mathematics. If there were no Nobel price for Mathematics, he was not awarded Field’s medal or any other equivalent medals.

    That does not in any way diminish their contribution to the world.

    Like wise for the Tamil also. It is an ancient language and civilization.

    Like you said

    ‘Colombo’s message that it is ultimately the monarch of all it surveys with regard to Sri Lanka’s interests and it shall have India and China to fulfil specific roles that serve its interests.’

    like that I was telling that for India its interests are supreme.

    In politics there is no permanent enemy and permanent friend. There is only permanent self interest.

    I was only telling that India or any country for that matter will have to act in those lines.

    That is the crude reality.

    Sorry if I had offended you.

    Thank you.

  154. 183 At Mahesh

    Yes, North Indians played an important role in crushing the LTTE. They ignored Indian Tamils and their backwardness and supported Sri Lanka. Indian Tamils were screaming and shouting and jumping about like monkeys with their tails on fire but the North Indians ignored it all and helped Sri Lanka wipe out the LTTE. The truth is, no one really cares what the pundits from Tamil Nadu think. The Malayalis dont, the Kannadigas don’t, the Marathis don’t, the Gujarati’s don’t and the bengali’s don’t. Delhi doesn’t and neither does Colombo. But Delhi and Colombo are on the same page when it comes to tackling Tamil Nadu. Even the delegation from Tamil Nadu that visited SL was carefully orchestrated by both India and Sri Lanka to give the Tamil Nadu folks a sense of importance.

    Far from hurting me, I think the article by Bhadrakumar set you off 🙂

  155. simbu = DBSJ <= in this particular situation.
    Please put in a few good words for me to Maithili…
    DBSJ come on! Help the fellow brother.

    Unnai theriyaathe Thambi.Hope Maithili sees this and will respond…….DBSJ

  156. @ 185 Sentinel

    “India(TN) will put SL Govt in its place. ”
    This must be Tamil Nadu’s wet dream perhaps”

    Someone thought the same when deciding to do a refuel and the so the called “wet dream” turned into a harsh dark reality for 3 decades.

  157. 187 AT JEY

    Harsh dark reality for Sri Lankan Tamils, yes. Look what happened to the Tamil champion Prabhakaran. Dead as a dodo and it got the Tamis nothing except devastation and destruction.

  158. 172 Futaint,

    ‘true ltte never get retire, never capture by enemies’

    I knew it.. That ole Prabakaran was never the leader of the Tamil people here as you say. Now you confirm it . So who is the REAL leader? KP? or someone in a blogfield.

    Here is a HARD question please answer.
    When will you assassinate GOTA or MR
    When will you do something big to show that you guys are still having some fight left? Will it be Bombs?
    If you have the Guts you can answer those HARD questions.

    Good to know that you guys are from St Patrick.. ….mmm
    Really my friend is that really where you come from? St Patrick is a fine school with a great English tradition but your sentences….. Maybe you really need to be in different blog where you can be understood very well.

    Tel you what let me reccomend this blog for you as well.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/

  159. 176. Sentinel | August 19th, 2010 at 10:49 am
    160 at Mahesh

    No offence Mahesh, but to be honest I don’t think anyone really cares what Indian Tamils think…Not Sri Lanka and not the North Indians who rule India.
    ————————————————————-
    You are a shortsighted fool. Fortunately mahinda and gota are not in your category and i’am sure will take the tamilnadu factor seriously, and unlike you care for what indian tamils think, not of course the fringe elements such as vaiko and nedumaran, but what the large majority of tamils in tamilnadu think.

    Srilankan history is completely intertwined with tamilnadu and other south indian states.You ignore this at your peril. The North Indian factor has been minimal really. It is they who have never cared for those boatload of their brethren who were chased out by their ancestors. There is no umbilical cord there now and if people like JRJ was hoping that they will come to his support, then he had wet dreams indeed. In another 25 years the rajapakshes will be dead and gone.Just like in our history a weaker leader will take over.There may be squabbling and internal dissension resulting in disunity among the sinhalese. A strong tamil leader may emerge and take advantage of this.

    The only way to stop this tideflowing backwards and forwards is a once and for all political solution, like what nehru did.

    When you mention that north indians do not care what indian tamils think you are labelling yourself as double fool. What nehru did with devoluton of power was to intrinsically weave the north and south indians together into one great country, which is creating problems for the rest of the world, because historically they are not used to dealing with one single indian,but many indians, who they were able to pick off one by one. If indeed as you claim north indians do not care for what indian tamils think and vise versa, then the very fabric of india that nehru carefully thread would shred and the north indians can wave goodbye to tamilnadu, and the tamils will at last have a country of their own.

    PS: North indians do not rule india as you state, you triple fool. India is ruled by indians.There is no more north and south indians, only indians thanks to nehru, where every state is more or less ruled by its own people.

  160. and sentinel fool, as navin mentioned your trajectory is all wrong. You are actually kicking own goals.

  161. # 176. Sentinel
    Even Sri Lankan Tamils are turning away from the backward and primitive political leadership in Tamil Nadu (this is a good thing for humanity in general)

    —————–

    Many SL tamils harbour anti-Indian/Tamilnadu feelings and express their hatred openly.

    China may exploit this hatred and use SL Tamils for potential spy work in India

    There is a likelyhood in future Tamilnadu /india would see Chinese/SL Tamils collobaration aginst India.

  162. #193.

    So the SL Tamils dont have any hatred towards chinese who provided most of the weapons to SL govt.

    So if they have hatred towards India then why should india help them. As long as the SL tamils hate india and harbor ill will towards my country, then we dont have any sympathy towards them eventhough my mother tongue is tamil.

  163. It is an interview and who else can ask the right questions than DBS!
    I completely agree with #175 Mavady.
    Just ignore some of the morons and continue your writting for the majority of the readers.
    And for #172 Futaint,
    Thank you for clarifying which school you were from. I was under the impression you are a dropout of Trinity C of E High School, Manchester, UK.

  164. Okay guys, enough disagreements here!
    Why don’t we focus/discuss more on how we can march forward together and build up war torn North & East. Or Fight racist SL Government in a diplomatic ways. DBS is bringing out a light in a darkest tunnel and why don’t we focus on not making the same mistakes.

    Mr. Futaint, seriously dude, you are some bs’er and trying to taint this blog with your bs. No one really give a bs, and if you think you are helping, hear it out dude, you are tainting the tamil’s struggle. First of all, I really don’t think whatever you are saying, 2nd of all I think you are just an agent who is trying to mess things up here. So hands down, you are a real homo.

    And DBS, where is maithili? I hope she replies and we can take things from there.

  165. #193 & #194

    Heights of Stupidity. This is a ploy to divide the Indian and SL Tamils. In general there is no hatred from SL Tamils; there are few hardliners and very very very few among them would have this hatred. This is normal in any community. Even that would fade in the next few years.

    It is because of this kind of stupidity of belief by the Indian Tamils – currently SL Tamils are suffering.

    There is tendency to make mountain out of molehill. Better stop this nonsense.

  166. # 197. Gbsganesan
    There are few hardliners and very very very few among them would have this hatred.

    ———–

    They are sufficient, even if they are just 1% of SL Tamils.

  167. Dear F—Dilshan,
    Ya we have guts that is proved last long 30 years and still Answer for your hard talk question.1. when ever got a chance and want, we will achive our target like(Mr.R.Premadasa) 2. we told you and whole world that,we are silent our guns for our people safety, told you to watch ,what is results going to be make by GoSL. see now whole world stands aginst GOSL. we no need to assasssinate MR and War Crime Gota very soon sinhalese going to assassinate them.like Mervin and his act aganist sinhalese.now see.thanks for advise i am all over the blog and busy to answer lots hard question by some small and your still in 1948. so If Gota Can say, Your war hero to(before testfy by court) hang on. do you think?? why we cannot answer your hard talk question.we are still in sri lanka,find us, we are every where,like air,do have more questions Mr.F—Dilshan,we ready answer for any

  168. #198 Sjoseph

    Probably you are paid by the Sinhala hawks to poison the Indian Minds.

    Or if you are a brave new Indian – read it completely. 1% SL Tamils would be around 20k. There are similar number of people in every community with this hatred. If you count 1% of such indians the numbers are more than a crore.

    Wake up.

    No SL Tamils would want to harm India. They would want to hurt some of the Indians who are against them. VP’s mission on Rajiv Gandhi was one such incident.

    But there are a lot more hardliners within India trying to destabilise. All these guys are going to fail.

    Guys like you will also fail in creating rift within the Tamil community.

  169. Dear Mr. Jeyaraj,
    I have read your interview (3 part) with KP great interest and my instincts tells me that you are getting the truth. You essentially confirm to me what were assessed insights based on logic, sound analysis and good common sense.

    I certainly encorage you to write a book, not only will it be interesting and great reading, it would leave a trail in south asian history, and its permutations in the west. This will be invaluable reading for future generations irregardless of their ethnicity, as the conflict lasted 3 decades and had many twists and turns involving more than a few leaders and important persons from many countries. History must be recorded andit must be done truthfully. There will be not a handful who can write with so much fact to substantiate and if you don’t the ground realities and facts will be lost or misconstrued over time. I encourage you to write a book on and my instinct tells me that it will be read in many universities and adone the bookshelves of many avid readers. GOOD LUCK, BON CHANCE TO YOU!

  170. # 200. Gbsganesan

    Dont utter Nonsense.

    I point out the possibilty arising out of SL tamil hatred on India.

    Indians have enough problems of their own. They dont need additional issues.

  171. Please do not portray Prabhakaran as Hero my friends.He has absolutely no wisdom.He thought that he can annihilate every one and get away with it and at last paid the prize that was long over due. Further what is the point in some claiming that he is still alive, which was not posible under the circumstances that existed in Mullaivaikal at that time when he was cornered.If he were a wise man he should not have antognised India the neighbouring country, and allowed the Srilankan Government to develop and understanding. All true tamilians in Tamilnadu started hating him after the death of Rajiv Gandhi is the refutable truth.Depicting this tragedy, as Congress Partys Lose claimed by the opposition leaders supporting Prabhakaran is time again proved to be false by the people of Tamilnadu.These people created a false image that they have public support, especially after the self immolation of Muthukumar.
    A true Leader should also know when not to be rigid.If Vaiko stood in the way of Ceasefire talk, he should be distanced by all Tamil People in the world as he had done a monument mistake under delusion. Anna, his Leader also disowned the Principle “DRAVIDA NADU” when an antidefection law was promulagated in India.Periyar cautioned even Thanthai Selva, when he sought his support for separate Tamil Nation.

    All Srilankans, irrespective of the fact they are terrorists or not dubbed as terrorists in eyes of th world is a fact prevailing, in the world.My appeal to the Tamil Chavunists not to trust Vaiko, Nedumaran , Seeman etc., these people can talk on the dais and run away.OUR PRESENT GOAL IS TO REHABILITATE THE WAR TORNED UNFORTUNATE INNOCENT VICTIMS, nothing else.What is the point in beating the bush? By gone is by gone.Hope dbsj concur with me.This must be the single point agenda to one all.

  172. #202 Sjoseph

    Actually you uttered nonsense that SL Tamils might harbour hatred against Indian and there is no such possibiity at all.

    The realiy is they would harbour hatred against some of us, the Indians and not India; we need to accept it and work in proper way to allievate their current sufferings.

  173. Jeyaraj Annan

    Thank you so much for this great effort to talk to Mr.Pathmanathan and get his views

    He has not disappointed me

    I agree with him in full

  174. Great job DBS. As much as I enjoyed your article, also was touched by Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala’s testimony to the commission of lessons learnt. A pity that he didn’t get the Sec. Gen nomination at the UN. Hope he gets it next time around.

  175. Dear Mr.DBSJ,

    I have already asked you a question about the possibility of tamils living with equal rights within the unified sri lanka. You have also answered with a clear ‘YES’.

    Now I have another question. From magazines and web sites I learn that sinhalization (which includes settling sinhalese people, giving sinhalese names to tamil names, construction of buddha temples, forcing tamils to learn sinhalese) takes place in N & E provinces at a large scale. Is it true? Is it possible for tamils to get peace and wealth without losing their tamil identity and culture? KP is too optimistic. What is the reality?

    Please answer as early as possible.

    Yogesh Karayalar

  176. Excellent job Mr.DBSJ.

    It was a super answer to the second comment. I think that ‘Thampi’ remains as Thamp yet. He must overcome from his illusion.

  177. Arun Rajaram from Koimtoor (now Cincinnati) says he likes the article. Facts now come out! World is awaiting for them.

    Another welcoming article…kudos DBSJ!

  178. Everybody says the mistakes done by prabhakaran but nobody says the mistakes done by others. It was because of treacherous activities done by karuna amman like people & the infighting with the tamils brought prabhakaran into this tragedy. See the fate of tamil people after the fall of prabharakaran. srilanka militarized everything. if tamils want to live, they have to be submissive. prabha was born, lived and died for tamils. great leader

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