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How Prabhakaran met his death: KP speaks out – 3

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By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

(CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK)

Question: What happened finally to your plan of rescuing Prabhakaran and his family by helicopter? Why did the plan not take off?

Answer:

It’s a very sad story………

After Prabhakaran’s son Charles Anthony asked me to rescue his family members by air I devised a plan and made preliminary arrangements. I arranged for a ship to be kept waiting at a far –off port beyond the reach of the Sri Lanka navy. I also made arrangements to buy a second-hand helicopter from an Ukrainian contact.

The idea was for one or two trained pilots from the LTTE’s airwing “Vaan Puligal” to fly into the Wanni. If Prabhakaran was willing ,the family except for Charles Anthony were to be flown out. If the leader was unwilling then he and a few other of his bodyguards and senior leaders were to be flown by the copter and dropped off in a jungle location in Lanka.

Afterwards the heli would fly out to the ship with Prabhakaran’s wife Madhivadhani, daughter Thuwaraga and younger son Balachandran and perhaps a few others. I would be waiting for them at the ship. Thereafter I planned to keep the family safely in one of three countries.Perhaps in rotation.

Q; Were these countries ready to accept the family?Were they western nations?

A: No they were not countries in the west. Two were in Africa and one in Asia. I had been in touch with senior govt officials of these countries through my representatives. When I had sounded them out on this matter they were willing.

Q: The plan itself was rather risky ? Were you confident of it succeeding?

A: Yes it was risky but I was ready to carry it out.We had no choice. If we didn’t risk it, the alternative was certain death. I also had a secret hope that Prabhakaran may agree at the last minute and opt to fly out. So I devised the plan. The key element was surprise. If the first stage was successful we may have tried further flights too to rescue others.

Q: But then what went wrong?

A: It never worked out. It required about 1.5 million US dollars to implement the plan. I did not have that kind of money. The LTTE overseas structure had to give me the money. Castro had promised Charles Anthony that Nediyavan in Norway will transfer the necessary funds to me. But he never did it.

I made repeated requests that it was urgent and time was running out. I would be told “the money is coming, money is coming”. But sadly it never came.

Also Nediyavan was in touch with Atchuthan the Air wing chief living abroad. Earlier he had agreed to provide the required LTTE pilots for the operation. But then suddenly acting perhaps under Nediyavan’s orders he stopped communicating with me. I was really frantic. I approached mercenary pilots to fly the helicopter but nothing further could be done without necessary funds.

And then in mid-May the Sri Lankan army launched a three –pronged offensive and boxed off the Valainjermadam- Mullivaaikkaal- Vattuvaahal area. After that it was too late to attempt a helicopter rescue. So with great sorrow I abandoned the plan. I was furious with Nediyavan and Castro but helpless to do anything.

Q: And within days all were dead?

A: Yes. They were all dead. The whole family was gone. I was extremely sad at Balachandran’s death. He was only 12 years old. I had never seen the boy in person but when he was a child I used to talk to Prabhakaran frequently. This boy would be on his lap and Prabhakaran would often give the phone to him saying “Intha KP Mamavode kathai” (Here talk to KP uncle) So I would chat with him. Later I lost touch with the boy but I was apparently still existing in his memory.

When the war escalated and shelling increased the boy was very frightened. Later when Charles asked me to arrange for an aerial rescue and I started working on the plan, young Balachandran had been told not to worry and that he would be going to KP uncle soon. The little fellow had then put some of his belongings in a small bag and had been carrying it around with him all the time saying “Naan KP Mamata poren” ( I am going to KP uncle)

Sometimes in my thoughts, I visualise Balachandran with his bag telling people that he was going to KP Mama and waiting for a rescue that never took place. When I think of that I get so sad and angry at Nediyavan for obstructing the plan.

Q: Why did he do that?

A: I really don’t know but it must have been on Castro’s instructions. They did not want KP to get credit I think. But this was really a symptom of what had gone wrong in the LTTE. Individuals were letting their petty jealousies and divisions affect the overall good of the movement and struggle.

Q:You are sure about the entire family being killed? There are stories spread by sections of the Tamil Diaspora and Tamil Nadu politicians that Prabhakaran is alive and Madhivathani is alive and so on? What do you say?

A:These types of tales are spread by some for their selfish motives and others believe them because they don’t want to accept emotionally that it is over.

Q: But you don’t have first –hand knowledge of this?

A: Obviously no! But I was in touch with Soosai till the last stages. I have also heard about these matters from official sources. Most importantly I saw Prabhakaran’s body on TV .

Q: But these people disputing it say it was not his body?

A:Utter nonsense. When I saw the TV image I immediately knew it was Prabhakaran. I was so upset that I cut myself off from people and spent hours alone crying, reflecting and meditating.

Q: One of the reasons for this confusion was due to yourself also. When Prabhakaran’s death reports surfaced you announced to the media that it was not so and that he was alive in a safe location. Subsequently you went back on that denial. This action eroded your credibility greatly and provides ammunition to your critics. Why this flip-flop? Can you explain?

A: Yes, I will be happy to explain. What happened was that Prabhakaran ,Pottu Amman and some others broke out clandestinely in one group and moved through the lagoon and coast. Two other groups also moved out in different directions. The idea was to reach the jungles safely

Reconnaissance missions done earlier showed that the soldiers were in three layers around the encircled area. Soosai with whom I was interacting was informed that Praba and Pottu had broken through all three layers. After that there was no communication. We both assumed that the leader had reached a safe place and predictably cut off communication to avoid being monitored.

It was after this that I issued the statement about silencing our arms. I did this in consultation with Soosai. I was using this statement as a basis to accelerate peace initiatives and come to an arrangement where the remaining people could be saved. Nadesan and Pulidevan from another location were also engaged in negotiations.

It was the earlier information received by me that Prabhakaran had broken through the military layers that gave me the belief that he had reached safety. It was this confidence that made me dismiss reports of Prabhakaran’s death and state that he was safe. Also the first media report about Prabakharan being dead was in relation to the ambulance escape. That report was false. Prabhakaran was not in an ambulance

But shortly before I lost contact with Soosai the sea tiger chief surprised me by saying that Prabhakaran could not break through and had returned. Soosai said that he was only a few hundred yards away from the place he was in. Soosai said that the break out attempt had failed and Prabhakaran had returned without Pottu Amman. He could not give me any more information other than that, except to say the fighting was really fierce. A little later I lost contact with Soosai

Some time later I saw Prabhakaran’s body on TV and immediately realised it was all over.

But I must emphasise that my earlier statement denying Prabhakaran’s death and subsequent statement confirming it were both given with all honesty. I did not intend to mislead anyone. I made them on the basis of the information available at that time. People must remember that fighting was going on and communication was difficult. They say “Porin moodupani” (fog of war) about war situations where people get wrong information about the situation.

Q: Yes. I think the term “fog of war” was first used by Clausewitz and recently made famous by Robert Mcnamara. But tell me how did Prabhakaran die? Do you know?

A: You understand that I was not there and must rely on what I heard or was told. On Prabhakaran’s death the information I got was that he and a group of 60 tigers were trapped in a strip of land adjacent to Nandhikkadal lagoon. They had all fought to the very end and died in battle.

Q: What about the stories about Prabhakaran surrendering and being shot after being humiliated?

A: No that never happened. If I know anything about Prabhakaran he would never ever have surrendered. I know the stories being spread. Some do so deliberately. Some simply repeat what they hear without thinking.

I know reliably that a senior TNA leader went around saying that Prabhakaran had surrendered and was brought to Sarath Fonseka who made the LTTE leader kneel down and then shot him. Nonsense! I can’t understand why a veteran Tamil leader who used to cringe before Prabhakaran should speak about him this way after death.

V.Prabhakaran ~ pic courtesy of: karthi keyan ~ Anikartick ~ Chennai

But the army people who defeated Prabhakaran speak highly of him and the way in which he died. Top persons in the defence establishment –I think you understand who I am referring to – told me that they had been very impressed by the courageous way in which this group had fought to the very end and died without surrendering.But some of our people are insulting Prabhakaran after his death. I want to reiterate that my leader fought to the very end and had a “Veera maranam” (heroic death)

Q: I have heard that during the Indian army period Prabhakaran had a bodyguard who carried a plastic can of petrol. His orders were to burn Prabhakaran’s body if he was killed so that the enemy should not get hold of it. But this time that does not seem to have been done.What happened?

A: I heard he had similar preparations this time too. For Prabhakaran it was very important that his body should be disposed of without others getting hold of it. What I think is that the petrol can may have fallen into the water or maybe the fighter entrusted with the duty was killed before Prabhakaran. I am only guessing I really don’t know.

Q: What about Pottu Amman? What do you think happened to him?

A:Since Prabhakaran and Pottu broke out together and Prabhakaran came back alone I presume that Pottu had died in the escape attempt. Otherwise he would have been at Prabhakaran’s side. Since the army is very sure that Pottu’s body was not recovered I am assuming that Prabhakaran himself would have got Pottu’s body destroyed to ensure it did not get into army hands.

Q: There is also the possibility that Pottu escaped?

A:As an argument yes! But realistically no!

The people who say Prabhakaran and Pottu are alive and would surface some years later are only insulting and disgracing their memory. Those who keep up this ridiculous claim must produce Prabhakaran and Pottu without uttering stupid nonsense.

Q: Another point I want to ask you is about Prabhakaran’s body. I expected Prabhakaran’s family members to demand that Prabhakaran’s body be handed over to them and for the overseas tigers to organize a final farewell to the man who dedicated himself to the cause he espoused for nearly 40 years.

A: I thought as you did at that time and obtained legal and diplomatic advice.

I was told that if Prabhakaran’s siblings would make a request that their brother’s body be handed over to them international pressure could be exerted on Colombo in that respect.

So I got in touch with Prabhakaran’s brother and one of his two sisters to ask them to make such a demand. I was rebuffed. In fact his sister’s husband snatched the phone from his wife while I was talking and rudely hung up on me after telling me not to call again. So there was nothing I could do and in the meantime the govt announced that his body was cremated and ashes scattered in the sea. That was that.

Q: So Prabhakaran died in battle. What about the rest of the family? What happened?

A:According to the information I have the wife Madhivadhani was killed in the shelling. I believe it happened before Prabhakaran made his break –out attempt.

Charles Anthony was injured in the fighting earlier but he continued to lead cadres in a last ditch stand. As I told you earlier he did not want to escape and died fighting.

Another thing in this is that Kuga the widow of Sornalingam alias Shankar(killed on Sep 27th 2001) remained with Charles and died along with him. Kuga was a close friend of Madhivadhani and had promised her that she would always be with Charles and be like a mother to him. She refused to leave with other wives and widows and remained with Charles.

The daughter Thuuvaraga also fought and died on the battlefield. I hear she died on May 14th.

As for the youngest kid Balachandran I am a bit puzzled. He would have remained close to his mother and so would have died in the shelling along with his mother. But the pictures I saw on the internet of a dead Balachandran did not indicate he had been killed in the shelling. So there is some confusion in this.

Q: Prabhakaran and the family being killed in this way must have been a terrible blow to you. I think you were his “Maapillai Tholan” (best Man) at his wedding. Why did you perform this role among all his senior deputies and commanders?

A:Yes. I have been close to him and the family. Their loss is a huge,personal loss. My inability to help them or save them will be a permanent source of grief to me.

You asked me about being the Groom’s friend at the wedding. There was a reason for it. When Prabhakaran fell in love with Madhivadhani and wanted to marry her most of the senior leaders and commanders were not in favour. They were opposed to it on the grounds that it would affect the movement.

At that stage Prabhakaran turned to me. He was very shy to tell me about this due to another happening in the past. You see when I joined the LTTE I was also romancing a girl. But Prabhakaran asked me to end the love affair saying a revolutionary should not be involved in a romance. With great reluctance I obeyed him and ended my love then.

Now the situation had changed and Prabhakaran was in love and asking my help. No wonder he was feeling awkward. But I immediately supported him and encouraged him to go ahead with the marriage. I personally spoke to several senior leaders and made them change their mind. It was I who met Prabhakaran’s father and informed him of his son’s matrimonial plan. It is because of this reason that I played the best man role at the wedding

Q: Even after the wedding you were close to him and the family?

A: Yes. Though I spent most of the time outside I was in constant touch with Prabhakaran those days. I used to talk to the children and wife also. After I got married my wife and Madhivadhani used to converse with each other on the phone

I also used to send personal gifts to each member of the family along with the stuff I used to ship to Lanka

During the Indian army period when Prabhakaran had to go to the Wanni jungles his wife Madhivadhani was finding it difficult to cope with two young children. Prabhakaran wanted to send them to a safe place for a while. He wanted to send them to an old comrade “Singham” living in Sweden.

They were brought by boat to India. Thereafter I arranged for travel documents and got them sent to Scandinavia. Later we found that Prabhakaran’s friend was having some problems and finding it difficult to accommodate Madhi and the children

So I took the risk of traveling to Sweden on false papers and transported the mother and children to Denmark. I arranged for safe accommodation there.

Q: With her family members?

A:No not with them. They were reluctant. This was elsewhere with some others.

Then came the talks with the Premadasa govt in 1989. I used the opportunity to get proper travel documents and went to Scandinavia from where I personally escorted the mother and kids to Colombo. I took them to the Wanni and handed them over to Prabhakaran saying I have brought your family home safely. He was very very happy

When I think of that time where I transported the family safely and of the present time where I could not help them I feel very, very sad. Those days both son and daughter were fond of me and I used to carry them frequently

Q: Yes I recall seeing pictures those days of you carrying Charles.

On the question of Charles Anthony and his sister Thuvaraga, there were media reports that they were studying in Britain and Ireland. What happened? When did they return and why?

A:No, no, no! They were never abroad for studies. That’s all false.

Q: Then?

A: You see both children were very clever and could have done very well in higher studies. The mother Madhivadhani was very keen about it. When Bala annai and Adele Aunty came out of the Wanni in 1999, Madhivadhani sent a request to me that I should make arrangements for the children’s higher studies abroad.

So I took some time and made careful preparations. I made foolproof arrangements where both could come abroad and commence higher studies in a very safe environment without their identity being revealed. Madhivadhani was very happy.

But the father Prabhakaran changed his mind after agreeing to it initially. He simply refused to let the children go. Madhivadhani could not make him change his stance. So that was that. They never came abroad for higher studies. Later both joined the movement voluntarily and became trained fighters

Q: Why did Prabakharan adopt this position?

A:I suppose it was due to his principles. He felt it was not correct for him to send his children abroad to safety and higher studies when the children of other people had to remain in the Wanni. It was the same principle that made him encourage the son and daughter to join the movement. Again he felt that he could not keep his children safely at home when the children of other people were fighting.

Q: Thank you for shedding some light on this issue. It appears that we have been misinformed about the actual situation.

However why is it that deliberate attempts are on to spread misinformation and disinformation about Prabhakaran’s demise?Why is there a divergence on this matter between you and Nediyavan?

A:At the start the refusal to accept the truth was emotional. For instance when I issued the statement about Prabhakaran being dead, an activist belonging to the intelligence wing –Kathirgamathamby Arivazhaghan – issued a statement contradicting it. But later he realised the truth and issued another statement accepting that Prabhakaran was no more.

In the case of Nediyavan and those around him they may have had doubts at the start.But now they know fully well that Prabhakaran is dead. However they are deliberately refusing to accept it publicly and are spreading stories that Prabhakaran is alive and that the armed struggle to achieve Tamil Eelam continues.

The pronouncements of Tamil Nadu leaders who say we must fight and get Tamil Eelam and present it to Prabhakaran when he appears helps in this false propaganda.

Q: What is Nediyavan’s motive in projecting this false impression about Prabhakaran being alive?

A:Money! Everything is money now. When I issued a statement about Prabhakaran being dead they started opposing it saying the leader was alive.When I planned to pay homage to Prabhakaran and other senior leaders they blocked it. Earlier I thought they were genuine in this belief about Prabhakaran being alive but later I discovered that they knew the truth but were pretending.

Q: How was that?

A: You see after some time I began negotiating with Nediyavan in a bid to patch up our differences and establish unity. One of the matters I was firm about was that we should acknowledge Prabakharan’s death and conduct a week of mourning. Then Nediyavan said that we should never acknowledge Prabakharan’s death publicly because the movement would not be able to collect money from the Diaspora after that.

I then told him that we cannot run a movement on lies and falsehoods. Besides we would be ungrateful people if we could not pay tribute to the leader who had fought unceasingly for the Tamil cause all these years

I also pointed out that Prabhakaran was the “Aathmaa” (Soul) of our struggle. Without him there was no struggle, no movement or no Tamil Eelam. I said that we needed large amounts of money only to buy arms.With the armed struggle over, we did not need such huge amounts. I said that the businesses we were operating abroad and small donations from our committed supporters were enough to run the movement.

I also said our new task was not to conduct a war but to help our people. The immediate goal was to secure the release of LTTE members in custody and rehabilitate them.The other was to get our displaced Tamils released and resettled

Nediyavan reluctantly agreed and we established unity resulting in myself becoming the leader in a re-structured LTTE. This was in July 2009.I was the chief secretary and Nediyavan the secretary in charge of overseas branch administration. It was agreed to commemorate Prabhakaran’s death during the great heroes week of November.

But then I was seized within weeks on August 5th and brought to Colombo. With that everything collapsed and Nediyavan got the upper hand. So Prabhakaran’s death was not acknowledged and the myth of him being alive is kept alive still.

Q: You said earlier that money plays a big part in this myth being perpetuated. I think I can guess why and how. But could you elaborate please?

A:During the last few months of the war a massive special collection was conducted among the diaspora. Not even a cent went to the war effort. That money is controlled by Nediyavan and his cohorts. There are also numerous money –making concerns either run directly or being financed by the LTTE. All this is big money. There is also an amount collected on behalf of the TRO(Tamil Rehabilitation Organization)

If Nediyavan and his people are to retain control of this cash and businesses and also raise more funds in the future they need to stage the drama that the armed struggle is not over and Tamil Eelam is just there at the junction. For that the big lie about Prabhakaran being alive must be maintained because our people know that without Prabhakaran there can never be a victorious armed struggle in our lifetime.

But this cant go on forever. Gradually the truth will be realised by all and Nediyavan will be exposed.

Q: This explains the puerile politics of Nediyavan and his cabal. But why are Tamil Nadu politicians like Nedumaran and Vaiko (V.Gopalaswamy) also saying that Prabhakaran is alive? Do they really believe it?

A: No. They also know the truth but they too have links to the overseas LTTE now controlled by Nediyavan. Also their politics has been around the image that the LTTE is invincible and Prabhakaran is immortal. So they have to keep on saying Prabhakaran is alive and Tamil Eelam will bloom.

Q: Have you not tried to convince people like Nedumaran and Vaiko?

A: Last year before I was caught I did telephone Nedumaran and spoke for a very long time explaining the position. He then told me to get the LTTE’s central working committee to pass a resolution saying Prabhakaran was dead. How could I do that? All the leaders were dead or missing or in custody.

Then this man Nedumaran did another dirty thing along with Vaiko. They issued a statement saying Prabhakaran was alive and that KP was an agent of the Indian spy agency RAW.

After that I stopped trying to talk to them. I did not speak to Vaiko but I know reliably that he knows Prabhakaran is no more. When told of the death in private Vaiko “kulungi Aluthar” (shaken and cried) But in public he maintains the lie of Prabhakaran being alive. No amount of secret weeping by Vaiko can take away his guilt in the downfall of the LTTE. It was he who spoiled chances of an India sponsored ceasefire

Q: What do you mean? What did Vaiko do or not do in this matter?

A: While I was trying to bring about a ceaefire on one side the political commissar Nadesan (Balasingham Mahendran) was also trying for one. At one stage pro-LTTE sympathisers in the DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham) like chief minister Karunanidhi’s daughter and Rajya Sabha MP, Kanimozhi along with the Catholic priest Fr. Jegath Gaspar Raj had been negotiating with Central govt minister P.Chidambaram about a possible ceasefire

With Indian Parliamentary elections being held and AIADMK Leader Jayalalitha taking up a pro-LTTE stance the DMK-Congress combine was getting worried about losing. So Chidambaram came up with an idea. He wanted the LTTE to issue a unilateral statement with two main points. One was to agree to silence arms and surrender them in due course. The other was to accept a political settlement as an alternative to Tamil Eelam.

What I heard was that Chidambaram himself had “unofficially” drafted the statement for the LTTE to release under its name. The guarantee given was that New Delhi would exert pressure on Colombo when the statement was released and bring about a ceasefire pending negotiations.

Though Nadesan had been advised not to leak details of the move to people like Nedumaran and Vaiko, he had at one point of time consulted K. Mahendran the Tamil Nadu legislator from CPI(Marxist). The CPM was an election ally with Vaiko’s MDMK in the AIADMK led alliance. Mahendran had leaked details of the plan to Vaiko.

Both were worried that the Congress and DMK would get the credit for a ceasefire and do well in the elections. So they wanted to sabotage it. Vaiko then got angry at the LTTE and warned Nadesan that if the tigers opted for an alternative to Tamil Eelam then the MDMK and other Tamil Nadu parties supportive of the LTTE would permanently withdraw their support to the LTTE.

Nadesan was given the false hope that the AIADMK led alliance will sweep the seats in Tamil Nadu and the BJP will form the govt in New Delhi. Then pressure could be put on Colombo for a ceasefire. Any ceasefire before elections could help the DMK –Congress.

So this man Nadesan abandoned the idea of releasing a statement. Chidambaram could do nothing. All because of Vaiko. They were so selfish that they prevented a possible ceasefire thinking they will do well at the polls.

Q: But even if they had issued such a statement do you think Colombo could have been forced to agree to a ceasefire at that stage when the defeat of the LTTE was imminent? On the other hand even if the BJP won and AIADMK alliance swept the polls in Tamil Nadu things on the ground in Lanka could not have been changed overnight. Given the speedy progress of the Army things would have been over long before India moved even if it wanted to?

A: I agree. But what I am saying is that even the chance of attempting a ceasefire through Indian help was spoiled at the start itself by this man Vaiko. A selfish politician who let the LTTE be sacrificed for his election ambition. Now he is shedding crocodile tears for Prabhakaran in private and publicly talking of another Eelam war. How long will these fellows grind chilly on our heads?

Q: Thank you for relating in detail about these important events of the recent past. Your input provides fresh insight into these matters. But now I want to ask you about the present.

Let me start with your relationship with this government particularly the Defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse. You have already told me about your arrest and your first meeting with the defence secretary. Its obvious that both of you have established good rapport. But there are lots of allegations about this. Several opposition leaders and sections of the media have alleged that there is some kind of shady deal between . What do you have to say?

A: My answer is just the truth. It really is a simple story………………………….

(TO BE CONTINUED)

DBS Jeyaraj can be reached at dbsjeyaraj2005@yahoo.com

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  1. Once again I Thank you Mr.Jeyaraj for this fascinating interview. It is of monumental historical significance. It is the easy conversational style you adopt which makes it so readable and understandable

    The candid approach of Mr.Pathmanathan makes this interview most authentic

  2. I was waiting and waiting for this continuation David and oh boy! am I happy to read it

    At last I am getting to know what really happened to Prabakaran and his family

  3. Very good interview Mr.Jeyaraj

    What KP has revealed about the role of Vaiko and Mahendran and Chidambaram are startling. I am sure there will be rebuttals and denials but I feel KP is telling the truth

  4. What is remarkable about Kp is his absolute honesty in answering. He is not like a politician or militant leader. Very frank and direct.

    It is also great to see DBS nudging KP gently into divulging details never disclosed before

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  6. நன்றி டி.பி.எஸ்.

    நிறைய விடயங்கள் அங்கொன்றும் இங்கொன்றுமாக பேசப்பட்டாலும் விடுதலைப் புலிகளிற்கும் அதன் தலைமைக்கும் என்ன நடந்ததென்பதனை அவ் அமைப்பின் முக்கிய உறுப்பினரிடமிருந்து வெளிக்கொணர்ந்த உங்களிற்கு நன்றி. ஊடகவியளாளர் எப்படி இருக்க வேண்டுமென்பதற்கு வாழும் உதாரணமாக திகழ்கிறீர்கள். நலமுடன் வாழ வாழ்த்துகள். இப்போதும் கொடி பிடித்துக் கொண்டு அலைபவர்கள் மக்களிற்கு இன்னமும் பாதிப்பினையும் துன்பத்தையுமே வழங்கவுள்ளனர். இந்திய அரசை புலிகளிற்கோ அல்லது தமிழரிற்கோ உதவ தடைக் கற்களாக இருந்த வை.கோ போன்றவர்களை ஈழத் தமிழ் மக்கள் ஒரு போதும் மன்னிக்கவே மாட்டார்கள்.

  7. Exhaustive,Excellent interview.It was exhausting physically to read it but exhilarating mentally to savour it

  8. Thanks DBSJ.

    VP destroyed Tamil’s unity by calling LTTE as sole representative of Tamils. Disunity within LTTE destroyed him.

    I shed no tears for him.

    R Maran

  9. It is sad to hear about Prabha’s son (Balachandran) waiting for uncle KP. I hope Prabha got a chance to reflect how he denied similar dreams of thousands of other Tamil kids.
    I am glad the LTTE maniac leaders are no more.

  10. It is easy to see that KP is no politician. He is too honest for that. It is KP’s honesty that has made this interview a stunning success. Congratz DBS

  11. Thanks Mr DBS for this historical document, KP seems to be a realistic man, depite being in the tiger movement for long time, perhaps his acadamical backround, and his life abroad made him a different man in the tigers. I feel die hard tigers should listen him and chande their minds, what else they can do, the best alternative is , to speak to the Prseident MR

  12. I think this interview is wonderful. DBS is one of those rare journalists who ask simple questions and elicit superb answers

  13. First time I’ve read a LTTE or ex-LTTE guy talking so openly. It is this trait of KP which makes this interview so credible.Kudos to DBS for drawing KP out

  14. Hi Dbs,

    It was a very good article

    What did Prabakaran expect by slaughtering innocent Sinhala farmers?
    What did Prabakaran expect by killing innocent Sinhala and Muslim and some of their own Tamil intellectuals?
    Also why did Prabakaran want to kill Precedent Premadasa (Since he Provided most facilities to him)?
    Thanks
    Sudarshana

  15. This is like a top shelf TV serial where the viewers can’t wait till the next episode?

    Thanks to both of you.

  16. Great work DBSJ, Keep it up. This was a sad part to read. How could so many innocent lives be sacrificed by a few selfish morons. The diaspora and local politicians as divided as they are, the people are left on their own to pick up the pieces.

    May God bless our people!

  17. Is KP contradicting himself? r is it a typo.

    He said soosai told me that VP and Pottu came back after attempting to break out.
    Then few question down he says Puttu did not come back.

    Pls clarify.

    Selvan

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    There is nothing to clarify. There is NO contradiction as you mention. You are mistaken. Read again please

  18. I would also caution the readers that KPs current view point is blinkered.
    When he draws conclusions about past events they are not completely free of the influence of his current situation.

    Nonetheless he certaintly deserves a platform to air his side of the story.

    DBSJ RESPoNDS:

    Judging by your earlier query about a non-existent discrepancy I would think you are the one with blinkered vision

  19. Thankyou Rt.hon.Mr.Dbsj,
    I heard most of them before your interview. Anyway, I always admire Prabakaran for his believes. Sinhala barbarism are never going to accept our survival, so true still. As you know whats happening in tamil home land. If he followed some of our best tamil brains he could achieve our and your dream for our beloved people. As you are a vellala christian, myself as hindu vellalan we both responsible for our for farthers mistakes. Again mad sir pon ramanathan to sadly praba made mistakes. I feel sorry for our future generation of tamils in our beloved land.

  20. This is the fate of Tamilians. One end some brave tamilians give their life for the tamil cause and the other hand, people betray tamilians just for the sake of money.

  21. I don’t think what KP says about how prabha and his family died can be taken seriously. I don’t think he knows anything really and is just like any other fellow surmising as to what may have happenned. This is proved by the fact that he says he thought balachandran must have died in the shelling in which his mother died, but is puzzled when he saw his body on the internet with bullet wounds. If that photo was not there we all would have had to swallow the tosh that KP dishes out to us.

    The only people who can tell us accurately how they died are the killers themselves, not KP. If others have to investigate this, they have to first start with how balachandran was killed. Were the bullet wounds on him inflicted in battle or capture? If it was capture then the likelihood of capture of the others is high, because why would he be captured and not the others?

    As for KP saying Prabha died in battle, can he explain how come his body is practically perfect except for a neat execution style bullet to the back of the head which will not disfigure the face. Obviously he was killed with an axe first probably by a person in a rage, and then made to look like a bullet wound was the cause of death. Prabha’s knuckles seem to have been smashed too because they are not visible.

    Duwaraga’s dead body photo is also shown on the web. Obviousy it does not look like a battle field death at all. From the face you can see what she has gone through.

    If madhivadani died in the shelling where is the body eh?Why not a picture of that? If not for fight between gota and fonseka we would not have got the pictures of balachandran and duwaraga.

    Is there a possibilty that the family might have submerged themselves with oxygen masks and balachandran may have surfaced because he coudn’t stand it anymore?

  22. the part how prabha & wife , pottu , sosai, balachandran & duvarga have died been a mystery and assumption to kp why ?

  23. Come on Shanker,

    Take it from the horse’s mouth, instead of believing what you see on the Web and perhaps on Channel 4.

    Recently I watched this clip where a blonde European girl, about 7 years old,singing hard core Sinhala songs, some of which I cant even read let alone sing.

  24. why would k.p make assumption to what happens to the prabha & family,potttu,sossai ?

    and for the guy who said live by sword will die by sword

    what happen to karuna and gothaya they didn’t die

  25. DBSJ,
    There are some questions are not bolded – some half bolded – please correct them to look perfect.

    Thank you for your response on my ‘boat people’ request.

    I don’t know if I should praise you like others for this interview series – reason being – this is a piece of expression of real communion between you two. I am sure KP or you are not in a state of expecting gratification from public – neither you two care about critisism – simply doing what has to be done. So excuse me – don’t want to put you up the papaya tree.

    While reading every bit by bit information carefully – in background reminding continuously chance of him being diplomatic – not attaching myself to anything – just simply “listening” to him revealed alot. Even if someone lies there’s lots of truth can be found.

    I have one question for KP – with this kind of intelligence and motivation how did he put himself in this situation where he knew he’ll be hunted anytime- to be extra cautious than he used to be. Simply to say I came out of the hotel for a bad receptive cell is making fool out ourselves – unless, being master mind of master minds he himself planned to be captured not wanting to surrender. Or he simply lost his natural intelligence because of the grief he was going through at that time. Whatever it may be – let us hope Gota and co make use of this gem in a meaningful way to sort out the things and the land and the people to blossom.

  26. A very historic interview DBSJ . Thanks for the same .As regarding the controversy over the death of VP and his family.I feel that only the Killers of VP & his family can come out with the truth but we know that they will never come out with the truth and so we have to just take in the KP version .Anyway one things is clear that VP and Pottu are dead and it is better that jokers like Vaiko and Nedumaran stop fooling people that VP and Pottu are alive and that the next war of Eelam will soon start .

  27. Super interview.

    Only I have some doubts as what he says here about the end of VP would be exactly what I would have said too. — After reading DBSJ – tend to think DBSJ gets his facts right when he investigates and reports.
    However about VP’s children not being educated does not ring a bell for two reasons. Pictures of daughter in a Graduation type pic. And Also being good parents Mother and father too would have wanted some education. I understand that for some time they did study in Jaffna or in Sri Lanka. On the other hand VP would have accepted the children to have joined the movement. Look what Papa MR is having his children following his tradition. My analysis is that KP is a ‘one master’ guy. With the his previous master gone he would be happy to accept another. Not to demean his endevours – but he would be a doer rather than be part of an eloborate system. He and Gota are like pea’s in the same pod. If roles are reversed we would have the same interview . Really strange . even Gota was living peacefully in USA until he was -recalled. The similarities in the characters played out in this really destructive war are so similar.
    Explosive interview DBSJ. you might get a lot of bricks after this. However here are some flowers from me.

  28. This interview is for the future generations to read and understand as to what happened, to whom and when.

    Absolutely brilliant.

  29. It is very refreshing to see a person of that political significance talking so candidly, without any clichés and catch phrases. There are enough small contradictions in his narrative that makes me feel this is the real deal. I would have been very suspicious if everything matched perfectly and we saw a perfect, polished story.

    Having read the three installments, I am wondering if his initial statement that he saw the futility of the military struggle even before the end and came around to the idea of a peaceful coexistence, is really genuine. As someone earlier pointed out, he does seem to have lot of ambivalent attitudes and contradictions in his thinking. My feeling is that he changed his ideas only after his capture, which does indicate that he is a very pragmatic person. One a sad note his genuine affection for VPs family does come through.

    DBS you are commended for drawing out his answers, you have asked the correct questions and I get the feeling that he is indeed speaking freely without any pre arranged script.

    For me the most important part of the interview is yet to come, which is about the present, his relationship with GR, his perception of how the things are unfolding now. I hope you did ask him about his views on the large civilian deaths at the end, who is culpable and what he think should be done going forward.

    I can’t wait for the next installment.

  30. I had expected most of these responses, because truth always be truth. Only liars come up with more lies and more lies. Main reason he was not subjected Lankan harsh treatments, is , he was involuntarily asked to stay away for seven years. Lankan Intel well known about that fact so they did not bother about his where about after 2002. The African countries he mentioned may have been Eretia and South Africa and Asian country may have been Indonesia.

  31. I have talked to so many Tamils here, they all believe he is alive, I feel lucky that we did not get Ealam with these morons becoming Citizens of that Country. Dear fellow Tamils, Ealam project is gone forever.

  32. VP was an outcast but even his enemies respected him after his dead!

    KP was a smuggler but his enemies are willing to use his talent!

    VP’s cohorts in West have plenty of black money but they have to hide from Tamils!

    SF was the commander but his own masters want to put him in jail!

    GR was the architect to wipeout VP&Co but he has to clear his name from the war crimes charges!

    MR won the lottery and came to power but he still needs executive power to control his own people!

    We are all confused!

  33. Thanks DBSJ for the excellent interview. I went back and read all that you had written in May 2009 about the final stages of the war. Amazingly it matched what KP is saying now. While KP is honest, he is also naive and not too strong to be a leader.

    KP is cautious in not revealing anything that could damage the Sri Lankan govt, like going into the details about the death of VP’s wife and minor son.

  34. Veryy good exposure about the Norway based cabal,
    TamiNadu based Jokers and TNA flipflops.

    39. shankar
    Good analysis You’ve hit the nail on the head.
    One Video clip shows what looks like the daughter’s body along with another woman’s body, presumably the Mother’s, in white sarees- not in military fatiques, probably another white flag episode.
    KP was out of the inner circle since 2001 and probably was not aware of the elder son & daughter going abroad for studies with the help of others such as Soldheims. There were reports that the son got flying and technical lessons and the daughter celebrated her key borthday abroad with the Mother. The Sri Lankan Immigration and Customs would shed more lights into this matter.

  35. Dear DBSJ
    Thank you

    As I understand from your article, KP implies he has no ownership of LTTE Bank accounts. Then one can ask why SL government is very kind to him especially considering the harsh treatment given to Sarath Fonseka.. Sounds very fishy don’t you think?

    I am convinced KP is telling a fewfibs. Remember KP is known to be an astute negotiator who knows his way around

    I think Gota has explained already…….DBSJ

  36. Neat job DBSJ! I am also a one who believe (or hope) VP is still alive somewhere. I know it is very thin chance but I feel comfortable in that way. I highly respect KP for being open, honest and truthful to his knowledge. I wish you covered Rajiv and TGTE with him. Sorry DBSJ, my wish list is growing since you are publishing part by part After reading this interview, I wish you get to interview Nediyavan and Ruthrakumar too. It is not that I don’t trust KP, it will help bring their views also. I strongly believe, it will help Tamil unit by isolating the foxes. Truth hurts first but provides a solid foundation for a healthy future… Who ever calling themselves as leader should come out open & honest. There is no reason to be protective anymore… Since the whole word is wired (wireless making it even smaller now) together, it is very important to be transparent up front. One more wish DBSJ, can you publish this in Tamil version too.

    This interview is published in Tamil in Tamil Mirror the Tamil website of Daily Mirror…………….DBSJ

  37. everything comes down to one point in the end. greed for money.. vp did nt realize this until the end.. or when he realized it was too late.. when individuals become more powerful than the movement this is the end. just like what happened to JVP because of wimal.

  38. Thank god that KP is under no house arrest and he is saying what the SL govt wants him to say to the outside world. The man is sincere in his approach and commitment to help our people. Anyone still believing that Prabakaran is still alive are plain dumb. Nediyavan and the other groups overseas are only interested in splitting the remaining funds donated by the diaspora to their own well being. These Groups including Nediyavan are the real traitors. DON’T TRUST THEM

  39. DBSJ

    While KP is talking about his plans to evacuate Prabhakarn and CO through a chopper etc ,do u think that SL Govt was unware of these things especially in the context of them monitoring all the conversations between LTTE leaders with other people around the globe ?

    Secondly what is the exact date of death of Prabhakarn ? Is it on 17,18 or 19th ? The reason I am asking this is Sarath Foensaka;s version of Prabhakaran’s death is different from the version of GOSL .

  40. Dear Mr K.P
    “A: I agree. But what I am saying is that even the chance of attempting a ceasefire through Indian help was spoiled at the start itself by this man Vaiko. A selfish politician who let the LTTE be sacrificed for his election ambition. Now he is shedding crocodile tears for Prabhakaran in private and publicly talking of another Eelam war. How long will these fellows grind chilly on our heads?”
    ——————————————————————————————————————–
    Your response is suitable not only to the recent past but also fit to the long past in which you also belonged to that selfish category.
    VP- Straight forwardly mentioned he is the follower of the Nethagi Subas chandrabose. Shockingly his end also mysterious like Nethagi’s end.
    And Prabaharan is never the Soul of Eelam struggle. (Please read your answer again) Elam is a declared independent state awaiting recognition firstly by the UN. Consider There has been Mahatma Ghandi factor active and alive even after his death. The Eelam citizens, The UN and reconciliatory International community will look after the well being of Eelam and her people.
    I wish in liberated India Nethaji also had a role! Not killing Ghandi.
    An Eelam citizen

  41. DBS please keep this interview with you, one day you will need it.Is Prabaharan dead? Yes, his dream is dead.
    .
    DBS, have you ever been into the industrial heartland of Toronto? You should visit some of the Tamil corporations employing 5- 500 people. May be that will tell you somthing to be proud of as a Tamil. After visting a few I began to call myself a worldclass Tamil, you should too. You should do an interview with some of the CEOS of these Corporations.

  42. This interview sheds light on the last hours of the LTTE leader and gives lie to the white flag affair. So perhaps this matter may now be laid to rest.
    The actual reaason for the defeat of the LTTE is also revealed, being the disunity and greed for money amongst certain factions.

  43. This is the best instalment so far , for it not only divulges some fascinating details about the last leg of the LTTE ,but also levels some sensational allegations against the so called leaders who have hijacked the Tamil issue in Srilanka,

    The veteran Tamil politician who KP refers to is well known. for his support of the LTTE when VP was around.

    He then jumped on to the caravan of SF as soon as the VP was eliminated.

    He was the first to denounce KP for his efforts to help the Wanni people.

    He is a politician with no credibility, The sad side however is that he is the favorite of the Colombo Tamils ,

    Vaiko and Nedumaran are shifty pollies who will do anything to grab power, The account of their conduct makes the pathetic behavior of some of our Opposition politicians pale into insignificance.

    People like Nedumaran , Vaiko and Seeman stirring the pot no wonder the central government is determined to eradicate any signs of the LTTE.

  44. “Prabhakaran and Pottu broke out together and Prabhakaran came back alone ”

    This reminds me of the Limericks
    >b>
    There once was a lady from Niger
    Who smiled as she rode on a tiger
    They came back from the ride
    With the lady inside
    And the smile on the face of the tiger

  45. It seems KP become part of SL Gov propaganda mission and he want to destroy the overseas structure of LTTE. if he really want to help the people , then he should have leaked certain important information to public like this.

    anyway, there is nothing much to worry about KP , as he has no other way in telling the things what Government want to say.

    I’m sorry DBS , you have also become part of this unfair propaganda mission started by SL Gov . If you deny my opinion , then in near future I expect your interview with Nediyavan .

    After all , he is the only top leader of LTTE available to comment.

    Thank you,

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    By your logic all media persons publishing anything said by anyone are all part of a propoganda network. Grow up

    I’ve been trying to interview Nediyavan for a long time but he is not obliging. Can you arrange it if you are his buddy?.

  46. i’m sorry , correction in my comment.

    It seems KP become part of SL Gov propaganda mission and he want to destroy the overseas structure of LTTE. if he really want to help the people , then he should not have leaked certain important information to public like this.
    anyway, there is nothing much to worry about KP , as he has no other way in telling the things what Government want to say.
    I’m sorry DBS , you have also become part of this unfair propaganda mission started by SL Gov . If you deny my opinion , then in near future I expect your interview with Nediyavan .
    After all , he is the only top leader of LTTE available to comment.
    Thank you,

    Read my earlier response. I dont think Nediyavan has the guts to face any media except Jeyachandran of Tamilnet……….DBSJ

  47. Thank you Mr. Jeyaraj a very insightful series of articles. Really enjoyed them. I think I enjoy reading your articles because you don’t foist your point of view on the reader, you just tell it the way it happened and make it very interesting reading.
    It is very interesting the way KP speaks, he does not hide his fondness for VP and his family and all he tried to do to save them.
    Your story also shows that when people start wanting glory for themselves a whole lot of people suffer.

    A good lesson for us all that we can achieve much in unity.

    I never thought that the SL Govt. would treat KP so well.
    So let us hope that KP together with the SL Govt. could address the grievances of the Tamil People and that both Sinhalese and Tamils could live in unity and develop this nation.
    Thank you once again.

  48. Re#39,”Thalaivar uyirudan irukkiraar aanal avarin muhavariyaik kaellaatheerhal” a book by Kaathamuthu Sivananthan( Kasi)soon to be published.The writer can do the forward fo it. How cruel it is for a man’s death has not been acknowledged even after so many months has passed..And this type of statements coming from the supporters who used to address him as “methahu” when he was alive! As for Tamilnadu CPM”s Mahenthiran and other “Komaalis”nothing new is there?

  49. KP is prepared to spill the beans provided his Master’s – Gota -interests are not harmed.

    Once the series are over, could I ask DBSJ to write a review article about this interview to cover the areas where KP covers up things or economical about truth.

    The legitimate aspiration of the readers is to know exactly what happened in Vanni and it is the supreme professional duty of a journalist to unearth it. I look forward to reading this review.

    I dont thik I need advice about professional duty of a journalist………DBSJ

  50. This guy KP is lying in few places.

    KP still got his loyalties directed to LTTE. We see it clearly. Crocodile tears !!

  51. Tamil people already know Pirabaharan’s bravery and dedication of the cause,that is the only reason why LTTE was there for 30 years with the support of people despite massive sacrifices for tamils. But Sinhalese people and Anti- eelam Tamils will now stop telling rubbishes about VP who scarified his whole family for Tamil people.

    But the rest of the story should be heard with suspicion as KP is in custody and the Sri lankan gvt s main aim now is Tamil Diaspora and destruction of LTTE s international network and silencing pro-eelam voices in India… and KP did nothing good about anyone alive who are fighting/voicing for Tamil cause..which is bit strange…

  52. not much surprises here, only time will tell us if these are the truth.

    But so called norway leaders and people who collected the money in the minutes got some question to answer ?

    They have to come up with correct response to show K.P is wrong. Otherwise game over for them.

    Only question is the if K.P can organise Helli and Ship to transport the leader, could not that have been done by another group in parallel ? They must have been number escape plans, with out even K.P knowing it.

    If LTTE can’t safe guard their leader, which they did for 35 year.
    they has to be explanation not just from K.P but also from others running around with flags.

  53. Tamil people already know Pirabaharan’s bravery and dedication of the cause,that is the only reason why LTTE was there for 30 years with the support of people despite massive sacrifices for tamils. But Sinhalese people and Anti- eelam Tamils will now stop telling rubbishes about VP who scarified his whole family for Tamil people.

    But the rest of the story should be heard with suspicion as KP is in custody and the Sri lankan gvt s main aim now is Tamil Diaspora and destruction of LTTE s international network and silencing pro-eelam voices in India… and KP said nothing good about anyone alive who are fighting/voicing for Tamil cause..which is bit strange…

  54. KP should have some decency, he worked as a leader and should have the common decency to talk like one.

    KP=Another mistake of Prebahakaran!!!

    ALL Tamils should now be heading to the north of SL to help the poor war effected brothers/sister s, the old the young with what ever they can, insted of complaining and living a cushy lifes abroad.

  55. Thanks DBSJ for this.

    All that he has said now matches well with what Fr. Jagath Casper said in Nakkeeran.

    He said the son of a Central Cabinet Minister spoke to him about LTTE laying down arms. These things match. It must have been Karthi Chidambaram.

    Also he had talked about some aerial rescue operation by the Tigers or some International mercenary. That also matches.

    This guy seems to talk truth. But full truth has not come out yet.

    ‘Naangal udaithu poyitrom’, was also said by Jagath Casper.

    There are contradicting reports about the death of VP. The UTHR says that he was captured, tortured and then killed.

    But his face reveals no such thing.

    I also initially thought that he would have succumbed due to the axe hit injury on the back of his head.

    Suppose if he were killed by that way then all the blood in his body would have drained out and he would have looked a drained person.

    Actually he looks bloated. There is some ferocity and some emotions still left in his eyes .

    There is also also a sense of surprise emotion visible in his eyes.

    He seems to be full of life even in his death.

    That is a puzzle.

    But I do feel that he would have been killed by some bullet in his head and after he had died some body could have hit him with axe.

    In that scenario there won’t be much blood guzzling out of the body.

    Balachandran’s death is a mystery. solving it would help in solving the other deaths.

    VP was fighting for his people. The Vaiko and Nedumaran and co, were living out of their fight.

    There was some element of selfishness in the case of Vaiko and Nedumaran.

    Why does the UTHR give such a statement that VP was captured, tortured and then killed.

    I don’t think that he would have surrendered.

    Because even if the sri Lankan govt let him off he will be quizzed by the Indian interrogators for this role in the Rajiv Gandhi assasination case.

    It was death to him whichever way he went about. so the most sensible thing for him would have been to die a heroes death.

    Suppose if he were captured then how he was captured is the question that raises its head.

    If he were in normal senses he would not / could not be captured.

    Suppose if he were made to lose his conscious then he could have been captured, tortured and then killed.

    In that case they might have had to resort to some chemical agents, this is my guessing.

    In that case the GOSL would have problems in allowing access to the theaters of the battle.

    His last hours seem to be hidden in mystery.

    Only few people may be knowing it. MR, GR, SF, Nambiar, Indian Govt etc.

  56. I think that point in time KP’s helicopter rescue operation plan, Castro himself also wanted to escape. If that rescue planed worked, as a senior member, he had chance to escape as well. I believe that was Nediyavan & his cabal made decision not to release the fund as they know that war will end soon and they didn’t want to LTTE hierarchy escape. All they want money, money……. LTTE overseas structure under Castro never been loyal to VP or their own people. While innocent boys and girls were loosing their life in the battle field they were filling their pockets with Daispora’s hard earn money in the West. Nediyavan reluctantly agreed and established fake unity with KP. But he never intends to corporate with KP. Does KP believe that Nediyavan’s team played any dirty game in his arrest? KP was instrumental in set up the concept of TGTE. Does he still believe on that model? Hope you could get some answer from him.

  57. Dear DBS,
    Once the whole series is over please publish this as a single article & it will be an invaluable one. We appreciate your effort to reveal the truth about last stages of LTTE & misconceptions about KP.Keep up your good work. We love your interview

  58. I do not trust what this KP says. He is making up stories to DBSJ;s questions. It is a well known fact that the daughter indeed was in the UK studying at one time. KP maintains that VP did not want the kids studying abroad because he wanted the kids the same as the LTTE cadres. But then again KP late says that sent the kid to Sweden on VP’s orders. What a contradiction! This proves KP’s concoction ability. The government should keep and eye on this guy.He is trying to win the trrust of the government and escape one day, like Robertr Knox did during the Kandyan kings time.

  59. Dbsj,
    As always an excellent piece of writing.

    I think its clear to see that you have immense communication skills and an inate propensity to connect with the interviewee; this we see from your writings historically.

    Given your skill in this regard, just a simple question, did you ‘believe’ everything kp told you? Were there any answers of his where when he spoke, you thought, hang on, he’s bluffing me?

    Again excellent work and thanks very much

  60. Premadase was taken for a ride by the KP and his men until they killed 600 unarmed police men.And then killed Premadasa.Premadasa was not an intelignt person regarding certaian matters.That is why he got his end from the LTTE.This Rajapakse lot is no better than Premadasa.Hope the president will have some brain to keep his foolish brothers actions ,not to wast the 26000 lives the Sri Lankan soldiers sacrificed to win the war.We will never have another General Sarath |Fonseka to lead such brave men. Mahinda Rajapakse take note, KP is taking you for a ride.You lot are not clever as KP.

  61. I am a Sinhalese. But I like to know the truth. He did not address the issue that Prabhakaran’s had an injury to his head seems like created by an axe. In the video footage it seems injury is long. didnt look like created by a bullet.

  62. KP is singing the Rajapakse version of the song. Reason why KP is not in jail – if the rajapakses are ever to caught for War Crimes…KP will bail them out contradicting whatever anyone says. Simple.

  63. Dear,DBSJ
    now days every thing proved by technology and system so answer it.?

    one day going go from our body the way of going can find and reason for by technology,after several yeear either.so….noe one saying truth, only knew by a person live

  64. Is this not enough to send this joker to jail, for aiding and abetting a terrorist, wanted murderer of Leaders

  65. The interview is a perfectly a stage managed one. There are lot of contradictions, that one day will come out.

  66. Hi DBSJ,
    It is a great interview. Another master stike from you. I am reading this every weekwithout fail.
    I have a question.
    KP says the VP’s daughter died a few days before the end of the war. But the pictures released (NOT by LTTE sources)after the end of the war ddint show the body of soemone died 4-5 days before.
    Is there something missing?

  67. I have this question for you DSB, could you please tell me your thoughts on this.
    KP said he had never seen Balachandran (Prabhakara’s youngest son) in person. Balachandran was 12 years old when he died. And KP says he himself accompanied Prabakaran’s wife and kids to wanni from Europe in 1989. Was not Balachandran with his mother at that time? or Balachandran was not 12 years old when he died? or KP is fabricating stories!!!!

    thanks

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Just because I have opened up this blog for comments and take the time and trouble to answer queries whenever possible people like you should not make this exercise a mockery.

    If Balachandran is 12 then he had to be born in 1997. So how could he be there in 1989? I sometimes think its better to close down comments when I see such stupidity

  68. :
    If Prabharan was shot and killed as per KP by the army why is that Prabha did not use his cyanide capsule before getting killed?. There was no trace of cyanide in his dead body
    Did DNA test carried out to prove it was his body?. Why is that GOSL did not issue a death certificate to India to close the case against Prabha?
    Did you read the article by Nakeeran magazine. Is there is an old Portuguese fort ner Mullivaikal that was used by Prabha to escape?

    Please remember that KP is a prisoner under GOSL and is a mouth piece of Gotabaya. His school days history proves he was an opporttunist and cannot be trusted. He has become a politician.

  69. good work DBS.A coin has two faces.You are giving us once side of the story.With your calibare you can get Defence sec and give us the full story.I am waiting fo read that.Your are the only journalist can come with these kind of questions which can give us some idea what happen at last days of war.Thank u again for the very good interview.

    Barkis is willing but it takes two to tango………….DBSJ

  70. For me, this is the highlight and dementia seems to have kicked in for some…

    ” I hope you did ask him about his views on the large civilian deaths at the end, who is culpable and what he think should be done going forward.

    WhatI can’t wait for the next installment.”

    The killing civilians and opponents for political adavantage was what LTTE did as its core business.

    As such no body but LTTE alone was responsible for all the deaths.

    As for moving forward, things are moving realy fast, thanks to what needed to be done has been done with supper efficiency!

  71. Dear DBSJ
    Absolutely brilliant work
    Would like to know whether you quizzed KP on Rajiv’s
    assasination? Looking forward to the next
    With best WISHES
    REVI UNNI

  72. It is a sad story for a any human. Story about how could families, loved ones and dreams destroy in a war. Best I could wish it would never happen again(the war) .

  73. Its hard to be believe that the LTTE dropped the idea of surrender based on Vaiko’s threat. The impression that one gets is that the LTTE was controlling and using Vaiko and Nedumaran.

    Dont forget that these people have been supporting the LTTE for 20 years and not just the last 2 years when it became fashionable” to back LTTE. One of the reasons for Vaiko not having much sucess in politcs is because he sticks to his ideology(however foolish or Impractical it may be). This follows the familiar script of blame all the blunders of the LTTE on India/sonia/tamil nadu politicians.

    Vaiko or no Vaiko it was only a question of time before karma caught up with the pol potist LTTE.

  74. நன்றி DBS.Jeyaraj
    உங்கள் இந்த பேட்டிக்கு நன்றி அத்துடன் நீங்கள் ஒன்றை அவரிடம் கேட்க மறந்து விட்டிர்கள் என்ன காரணத்துக்கு ஆகா தான்… தான் இனி தலைவன் என்று அறிவித்தார் பிரபாகரன் இறந்தவுடன் BBC தமிழ்லோசைக்கு அளித்த பேட்டிக்கு…

    இன்று உலகத்தில் வாழும் மக்களுக்கு தெரியும் உண்மை என்னவென்று ஆனால்
    இதை வைத்து பிழைப்பு நடத்துபவர்களுக்கு பிரபாகரன் இருப்பதாக
    நாடகம் நடத்துகின்றனர் சில மக்களும் இதை நம்பு கின்றனர்…

    நன்றி DBS Jeyaraj

  75. I am really happy that our heroic forces destroyed Prabhakaran and his family.I lost my beloved daughter and wife for Dehiwala train bomb.DBS please do not try to get sympathy by saying that Prabha’s son died or his entire family died.Prabhakaran killed many families and made many orphans too and you know that.I still dream my sweet daughter and my wife.I will have these dreams till I die.People like you who try to sympathise a killer and his family are worse than them.You all will have a place in hell.ROT IN HELL YOU KILLERS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE!

  76. Bala,Taraki and you were never fail to impress gallery crowds.As usual, this time also coming with your calibe.

    But pro terrorists wants to live in fools paradise forever.

    Dear brother Sri lankan tele serial produces missing you terribly.

  77. .

    DBS,

    Interview is not complete until you get the other side of the

    story…. I mean a chat with Nediyavan.

    🙂

    He’s avoiding me.Can you fix it?………….DBSJ

  78. as abuddhist sinhalease person, iam realey sad fate of the madiwani, daughter and youngst son balachandra. praba responsibale for everything

  79. There is an urgent need for clear intelligence and a smart critical analysis to sort truth from fiction. Readers should take this as a novel and forget the contents as if a good read, I want say it as a pleasurable read, But please Don’t be GULLIBLE!

    There is no talk of reconciliation or any political solutions. As SJV finally said now only God can help us.Please, Don’t lose hope be united to win through democratic means.Arm struggle is over,use diplomacy. World is slowly begining to understand Srilanka’s trickery. One day Peace would dawn on us for our people to live as equal citizens in Srilanka with justice and dignity. united we stand divided we fall. I am not a separatist and I don’t advocate separation. I was proud to be called a Ceylonese then, but today Iam proud to be a British and a Thamilan.

  80. as asinhalases buddhist person ,iam realey sad fate of the wife madiwani ,daughter and youngest son balachandra.praba responsible for everything

  81. The extremist diaspora Tamils must be boiling in rage after reading this interview. All their screaming, whining and chest beating really came to nothing. All the money they lavished on the LTTE came to nothing. Their hatred for Sri Lanka and the non-Tamil people of the island has led them down the path of destruction. If diaspora Tamils spent half as much energy on peace building, co-operation with the Sri Lankan government and human qualities such as love and compassion they would have seen results and will see results that directly improve the lives of Tamils living in Sri Lanka. Running to the local kovil and worshipping Shiva with fervour while keeping hatred in one’s heart is doing nothing to better the world, or the lives of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

  82. DBS, you deleted my question…. didnt you?

    Here it is again.
    KP says he has not ever met (or seen) Prbhakaran’s youngest son in person. He was 12 years old when he died last year. But KP claims he accompanied Prabakaran’s wife and kids from Europe to Vanni in 1989 by himself. If Prabkarn’s youngest son was 12 years old last year, that boy should have been with his mother when they came to Vanni in 1989 and KP should have seen the boy at that time!!! can you clarify this?

    Thanks

    Already answered you MORON……..DBSJ

  83. Anyone and everyone suggesting here that Tamil diaspora is walking around to help the Tamils – with cash donations –

    I don’t know if it is a Tamil source is not there or otherwise say lack of transparency, but very few if at all are contributing or organizing large scale efforts.

    Small charities and “child sponsorship” are widely prevalent, yet people being pompous that KP is being used to “Milk diaspora money” – oh please, you know it better as to how many make regular meaningful monetary donations to help their “kith and kin”.

  84. The writer does not guarantee that the version is the truth,
    the whole truth and nothing but the truth! His skills has got
    the best out of KP^s mouth and the known “truth” has been
    elicited to paint a non-controversial writing?

    What should bother the diaspora is the funds available with
    “the Tall man” but he would not face any interview nor issue
    a Statement denying KP`s story at any stage. He must be
    pressurized to release the available Funds to the IDP and
    or the war-widows – by a local Court action in the Country
    he is holding these funds?? A Tamil public-interest action is
    sought.

  85. FIRST RATE JOURNALISM AND A CONTRIBUTION TO THE WRITING OF OUR CONTEMPORARY HISTORY.

    Thanks Dayan……….DBSJ

  86. Dear Mr.DBS,Thanks for your excellent interview.I hope that Mr.KP is speaking with honesty(to some extent and under arrest) because he has nothing to loose at this moment.As some one commented on him ,He is not a politician but a member of a Mafia movement. Whether we accept or not the Mafia people are very relaiable to their movement.
    Whether we agree in principle or not , we have to bring the truth out of the event .It is very very important to the future of Srilankan Tamil people .In the past ,our history is not properly recorded.To my knowledge we are the Ceylon Tamil do not have the recorded of History for the period of not more than 200 to 250 years .It was recorded only after the Jayalpana vaiphawamalai.Therefore it must be recorded properly.Please do your job without any heistation in favour of the history. Thanks

  87. 39. shankar

    Duwaraga’s dead body photo is also shown on the web. Obviousy it does not look like a battle field death at all. From the face you can see what she has gone through.

    ————————————————-

    Is that photo that of Duwaraga or some other unfortunate girl going by the name Isaipriya, w/o, deceased LTTE cadet SriKKanth.

    The news like this appeared in the Nakkeeran.

    Who ever it is, it is gruesome. Also Fr. Jagath Casper said that VP himself said that he had given two of his children for EELam.

    I have seen a number of photos of the men/women LTTE cadre (Karumpuligal) being stripped after their death.

    They say this is the standard practice of the Sri Lankan Army.

    You are right Mahesh.The body shown on the web was NOT Thuwaragas body……….DBSJ

  88. KP s answers r carefully worded may not be all true. My question to all is Why LTTE killed so many innocent Sri Lankan Sinhalese, Muslims and let Tamils be killed,when
    there was a real chance of peace at one time.Some made money,some got luxury lives abroad on the cover of war and many sacrificed their lives for few.This is all selfishness.
    DBS…a book about “Last days of LTTE”will make you lots of money.

    If I wanted money I wouldn’t be in Journalism………….DBSJ

  89. GROBR says it all. After the number of innocent tamil kids who were forced to die and were also killed, and after thousands of other kids Sinhala and Tamil who died in combat or in massacres, I am glad the violence is all over. I cannot shed tears for what happened to VP and his kids. He cold bloodedly ordered the execution of anyone who opposed him and whole families were wiped out. Now what I hope would happen is for the tamils living abroad to invest and start rebuilding and CREATE job opportunities for Tamils. Tamils tend to be more disciplined and frugal and Jaffna can become the showpiece of the nation and people can start making money and hence create a prosperous middle class. All those rascals playing out money to keep the VP myth and Eelam myth alive must be really enjoying their luxuries in the west and probably don’t want to spend money to rebuild the war torn areas. Eelam dream is over.

  90. Even if KP is made to look “good” in the wider eyes of Sri lankans, who live in Sri Lanka – by this series of interviews, why does Tamil “Eelam” dream diaspora think its a “bad thing” – and seem so upset?

    Aren’t they glad to see this one man at least not in incomminicado or being “tortured” right now.??

    How many or what they have done – the diaspora to get a few held in detention out?? – except jumping on the “Sun Sea MV” to get a name for their respective competeing diaspora groups in Toronto????

  91. Excellent continuation!.
    This might be the real history of what happened in the last days.
    I am sorry I have to put KP with one of Pilliann and Karuna. But it could be our chance to know about what was wrong with the LTTE solution to our “Tamil Problem”
    Solution is wrong but the problem remains and the solution could be solved by learning from the wrong solution!

  92. # 106: Aratai – “I mean a chat with Nediyavan” –

    Do you think a man with a pseudonym is “ready” “able” and will be “followed” as a “leader” in this era for tamils?

    I think before even an interview, Nediyavan has to put out a statment, if he is willing to come out – to use his full name etc.

  93. Good interview.very inspiring.. Had you not been arrested until this day, are we to believe that your thoughts are the same even then.. I doubt…God bless you if you have understood that what you all were doing was unfair, and selfish.

  94. Very Focussed interview DBSJ. Very Good.

    Especially the Q that whether SL would have agreed the India initiated Ceasefire….

    I am surprised at PC’s involvement towards the last stages of the fighting especially about that PC himself was preparing a Statement on behalf of LTTE(I am sure this bit will be used by PC’s enemies with the Congress party to weaken him!). What a world this is!
    Someone’s grief can be another’s political gambit.

    Though I am sure that only two people have the Caliber to pull SL Govt to task in ending the war and rehabilitation – both of them have done nothing till this day even after the war has ended. MK did a drama with Fasting to up political stakes – he actually raised it (!) whereas PC was never so cheap with lives of Tamil people. But PC ducked some uncomfortable questions from NDTV with ease during the final stages of the war. I think PC has not moved his little finger to reign in the triumphalism of SL Govt.

    What is he doing now? Can someone request PC to involve directly in speeding up the rehabilitation work? Or if KP can request PC it will be great. Atleast once PC should visit SL to get first hand information about the current work by SL and their acts of commissions and omissions few months after the war.

    If PC can takeover the role to oversee of rehabilitation today through someone like DR Karthigeyan it will be good for tamils atleast from now.

    Already Political moves were started by MK last week by the announcements by India’s Foreign secretarty.

    Each humane individual should pray for all the little children who were killed during that war last year including Balachandran.

    Well before Prabhakaran & Pottu amman tried to escape, Soosai’s family members were caught by SL Forces. So when KP spoke to Soosai, Soosai would have already been a shattered man. Was there any information on this which KP informed you – about Soosai’s mindset then? Will you write about it in the following days?

    Also I would like to know of status of the teenage Children of Soosai, and his brother’s daughter may be a one year old girl then, who were caught by the SL defence forces.

    The treatment of these children would be one of the most important piece of information that would tell us loads of stories about the Psyche of the SL Govt.

    According to me that should define India’s future relationship with SL Govt.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I am not very sure whether Chidambaram actually drafted the purported LTTE statement himself. This is what KP heard but it is true that PC was working towards release of such a statement. I suppose the Kanimozhi -Karthik Chidambaram equation helped in this

    As far as I know Soosai’s family are being held in Trincomalee.

  95. Damn Shit
    This Tamil Skunk is back again , with his
    trail of bolognnes to play around soft
    tamil emotions !!!
    Hey Jeyrajah find a useful job man!!
    Try at least to get a janitorial job in a Canadian
    motel or a hotel will you?
    Journalism is not for you babe
    Afterall you dont have any qulifications and
    you are just a circus clown ever lasting ameture.
    Appu

  96. Thanks for the good work.

    I understand the interview is over, but if there will be a next time, would it be possible to know how KP approached/handled Western Media during his last ditch atempt for a cease fire, unless it is a no go area for you.

    Whatever Nediyavan and Co attempt, media in Europe seem to have lost the appetite for stories of Tamil plight. If KP really cares for the Tamils in Sri Lnaka, he should pass the list of europe media contacts to relavent people.

  97. In the begining of the third installment, KP talks of Pirabakaran’s family members and how he was fond of them, his sadness about not being able to rescue them especially young Balachanthran.

    I can very well understand his regret about not being able to rescue his leader who was the life of the struggle. But how can he distinguish Piraba’s family members from the thousands of Tamil and Sinhala family members that died in the war.

    When he sent ship loads of arms and explosives, half of them were meant to be used against civilians like Madhi and Balachathran. I don’t see any word of regret in that regard from KP. May be he keeps them for the Commission of Reconcilliation?

    Does he know Soosei’s remaining family members are well ‘cooperating’ with Lankan government. Instead they were supposed to have the same fate Soosei imposed upon thousands of other Tamils during his days.

    And his unsuccessful ‘peace plan’ included top leaders to fly out and middle rankers to get the flak from the Lankan government. Is this the same justice LTTE wanted for Tamil people from SL goverment?

    Not very fair me thinks.

  98. WHAT AN INSIGHT. COUNTRY HAS CHANGE NOW. WE WILL APPRECIATE IF YOU RETURN TO SRI LANKA AND RENDER YOUR VALUABLE SERVICE TO THE YOUNG GENERATION. WHY NOT START AN ACADEMY OF JOUNALISM. I THINK YOU HAVE A BIG ROLE TO PLAY FOR THE YOUTH IN THE NORTH AND EAST TO MAKE THEIR FUTURE BRIGHT. GOD BLESS YOU

  99. Death, killing,
    isagainst what all lankans, yes even terrorist, killers ,believe in.
    But Lankans had no choice ,when meeting the scum of even terrorism,
    kill with and for no reason.

    wanted to die,
    and even if killed in a batle that knaka never wantedmnever declared,
    now considered a declared war, approved by UN, endorsed by the disinterested western allies[many just poppets, who endore any garbage, change opinon at will.
    VP died like a killer ,coward, who wanted to take s many tamils and innocents with him,
    and tamil supporters of terrorism,
    just let him die, as Karma and Gods dictated.

    Cause and effect,
    he wanted death, and was handed it ,in a very humiliating manner,
    trying to run like a coward, discard the suicide caps[reserved for low caste, ignorant tamils only]

    the lankan forces were far superior, as they have shown for many many centuries,

    the money that was needed to fly a coward out, may be correct, did not come,
    as many collectors wanted the money,
    not risk the last 1.5 million on a literally dead, another coward.
    a cheat like Bala could have send him 1.5 million, many collctors in USA, Canada, UK france, Australia etc,
    the money was there still is,now over Bilions,
    and that needs collecting to pay back
    forthe rscue of the lankans,who VP ,and his terrorr gang, victimized, for decades.

    really when the humanefactor is left side,
    It IS good Riddance, of
    Bad Rubbish.

  100. VP being a genocidal maniac got what he deserved. I am not able to understand how people like KP can be so devoted to him. In order to ensure his own survival, VP kept thousands of people hostage using them as cannon fodder and as a barrier between himself and the advancing army. Reading about their plight does not allow me to feel any ounce of pity towards VP, his family or any of the tigers. Everyone was complicit including KP for trying to look out for their own safety without taking any steps to address the humanitarian suffering of the people they claimed to be representing. After ordering a long list of assassinations including Laxman Kadirgamar, Rajiv Gandhi and VP expected to be safe and take care of himself (he who lives by the aword dies by it). The fact that VP never apologized for the killing of Rajiv Gandhi, he could not expect the Congress Govt to save him. LTTE might have been an independence movement at the beginning, but it degenerated into a fascist organization tolerating no dissent – during the peace process they operated a totalitarian regime and therein they lost any claim to being representative of the long suffering tamil people. If they truly represented the tamil people, VP would have used the 2002 peace process to create permanent settlement to the tamil issue.

  101. All are fictious. Pottu amman still living. Charles Anthony died in battle field. Younger son,Pulidevan,Nadesan and Praba brought to Colombo. Younger son killed by SL army in front of Prabakaran. At the same time Another Army man hit Praba’s head with an axe.
    This is the truth. No idea about his wife & daughter. Anyway all daydreamers are gone. HOw many lives sacrified for one man’s stupid dream. LTTE has no place even in India.
    Canada will learn a lesson very soon.
    God Bless Sri Lanka Army. Sri Lanka is the only place for Sinhalese, others also can live and enjoy the life with them together peacefully like old days.

  102. DBS-congratulation! you have done excellent piece of work. I am glad to know about KP’s version on controversial whit-flag episode. I hope in the next part you will enlighten us on this too.

    Thank you

  103. Well this is something interesting to read.Sometimes I feels that KP is shedding crocodile tears in front of media..Anyway good work and it is really something to think for Sri Lankan Tamils lives aboroad..Be practicle guys..

  104. Before I comment on KP, I wish to write few words to my fellow Tamils, who live out- side Sri Lanka.
    I have noted, from this column and also in the other similar places, the most radical and hatred comments on our conflict are being made by section of Tamils who have left the country and residing in Europe and other Western countries. It is sad that they mean to speak about the innocent Tamils who are experiencing all the grave hardships and difficulties in the island and for those who are trying to bring their lives back following 30 years of prolong suffering. Your people who left these innocent people; your brothers and sisters, in Sri Lanka – seeking political asylum, stating threat back in Sri Lanka, are wish to see the continuous bloodshed, continuous instability, continuation of mistrust among fellow citizens in your motherland, in shake of your continuous presence /security in West. The so called PTGTE/WTF and all similar attempts, which have being initiated by so called “Dedicated Diaspora Elements who wish the Tamil Struggle to Continue”, are for WHOME..? Repeat, are for WHOME..?
    Will your fellow citizens back in Sri Lanka- forget about Sinhalese/ Muslims; your brothers/sisters, mothers and fathers who are in war- wrapped North/East- benefit, relive. ? If your people could arrange thousands of MV SUN SEA type cargos to ship all Tamils to Canada, well, then go ahead! Please understand; The war Is OVER, and there is no winner or looser, if we manage to bring stable peace, we all – more than we, it will be our fellow sons and daughters, our next generation- will WIN, if not we all will LOOSE.. LOOSE for ever. And will perish together!.
    The bottom line is, your people, those who have left Sri Lanka, has no any moral or ethical right to dictate terms or conditions on the future of Tamils in Sri Lanka: may be I am harsh! But, Come and see the ground situation, realities back in your mother land. – Anybody could write thousand of comments challenging my comment: but I will repeat: That is the bottom line NOW!.
    KP, a man who played a main roll in Tamil armed struggle, can’t be a fool, he, following his arrival to Sri Lanka, see the realities, and see the overall picture. – You can just simply say that “he is a prisoner”, or a “traitor”: I wish if VP, had he tried to deviate from his faith on guns in the past, your people would have taken the same stance, no wonder!!- KP wants to keep the Tamil struggle alive, and bring justice and dignity back, and, he now understands how to do that, in keeping up with the real picture. A different, but, may be a sensible struggle/strategy than of Rudrakumaran or Nadumaran! No body will say to trust the government at once, and to join -hand with them, but at least to give a try. KP is opted to that. Government, whether it is genuine or not, at least has shown some unexpected, surprised turns, may be has taken a risk, by working with KP, – pity domestic politic again plays its horrible music: UNP and the most patriotic regime in Sri Lanka, and whom are said to be the guardians of this Island – but most disastrous- JVP has taken arm against the government on this move. So, when we will learn a lesson from our past?? Are we letting it to repeat??!
    So, we, Sinhala, Tamil and Muslims , who are physically living in Sri Lanka, is to find a way out from this problem. We don’t bother how to do it or whom to be credited, whether it is KP , Nadumaran or Rudrakumaran; UNP, UPFA or TNA, we don’t bother. we need PEACE!, repeat, PEACE! dignified PEACE. lasting PEACE!.
    JMC_M.Bush

  105. I am just wondering to whom KP is honest. Does he honest to VP or to the government? He can’t be honest to both side since both are enemy to each other? If he is honest to the government, then the money he supposed to have received did not happen based on mistrust on him. Now therre are many questions that arise based on his past and present. People have to find their answers since he is not a free man to talk without thinking of reprisals. Therefore, people have to make their own guess by using their intelligent rather than relying on his message.

  106. In late 2008, LTTE was having so much difficulties in getting weapons that VP brought back KP with a specific instruction that KP cannot handle money.

    So, when KP was asking for money people in LTTE finance dept was hesitant.

    Are you Nediyavan?…….DBSJ

  107. Last week, Arattai Asked and i answered.

    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.

    This week he says
    #

    106. aratai |

    DBS,

    Interview is not complete until you get the other side of the

    story…. I mean a chat with Nediyavan.

    🙂

    He’s avoiding me.Can you fix it?………….DBSJ

    I really like DBSJ’s reply to Arattai.

    First time when VP & Pottu try to break through the 3 lines of defence by the Army, the couldn’t as KP said, so they sent few of VP’s Team to sneak through with Bala. Unfortunatly Bala and some of those went him was sorounded and some of them incluning Bala caught alive, the rest died, including Bala everyone was toauchered to find out the where abouts of VP, Bala was shot after he went through un immaginable sufferings.
    at the end Army got what the info needed and boxed in where the “60 & VP” was, as KP said the fight was “the fight to the death”, VP was Fighting from an open bunker, while fighting, a bullet came from the side hit the back of his head and he fell and died in that bunker, but the fight went on untill all of the others were dead, when all over the Army didn’t even know if they have got VP, supise came to them when they found VP lyning in an open bunker faced UP, none of the Army went close to him until their commander came, untill then they all took Pictures of him with their phones.

    This is what i heard from some one who met some one who was there.

    The Solidire who shot VP is just a low level soldier his name starts as ..SU…………….

    I may be wrong, but i believe not too wrong.

    now to Arattai
    ” Interview is not complete until you get the other side of the story”
    What do you mean by the other side?? we tamils thought there was only one side.

    Shame on them!!!

  108. Prabakaran died because of Mr. Gotabhaya’s brave heart, and KP is living because of Mr.Gotabhaya’s kind heart. Tamils have to understand this truth, most of inhalease want to live peacefully with other nationals, but most tamils want divisions always. They want many things when they are in Sri Lanka, but actually they have everything which sinhalease have, but not satisfied, but when they come to canada, they are not so called 2nd class citizens they are 25th class citizens, no jobs, no money , young people are drug adicts, they follow western life styles with all bad habits and so on. So why these tamils cannot live peacefully in Sri Lanka. In Canada not only tamils, most of the immigrants have hard lives, but they never complain. I encourage you to request a part in Canada now, I will also support it. Scarborough is the best.

  109. 100. Revi Unni | August 21st, 2010 at 9:46 am
    Dear DBSJ
    Absolutely brilliant work
    Would like to know whether you quizzed KP on Rajiv’s
    assasination? Looking forward to the next
    With best WISHES
    REVI UNNI
    ————

    There is no reason why KP would tell the truth about Rajiv’s Killing.

  110. DBS keepup your good work, educate the people bring it out to the light all these so called freedom strugle have broght our people to so many pains. the family moral has gone parents are in another continent brothers sisters etc for some this is the way to bring more wealh for themselves
    Recently the one of the Kovil in London they have arrange 1008 KUDAM PALL abiseham for the people in wanni to come out from the hunger,this Tamil ellam war is a big buissness now one of the radio station in london do the same to serve to our people.now this uncle KP how late for his reconcilatoin they all played with the human lives.lock them up for what the crime they have done or hang them according to there principle

  111. #80-Mahesh

    (But I do feel that he would have been killed by some bullet in his head and after he had died some body could have hit him with axe.)
    ————————————————-
    I know there are lot of crazy nutters in srilanka, but going looking for a axe and bringing it to a dead body and clobbering it hmmmmm………

    The axe wound was not on the back of the head as you say, but clearly on the front and the head seemed to have been split down the forehead.
    ———————————-

    (Balachandran’s death is a mystery)
    ——————————-
    A mystery only for you and KP. Brought in front of the father and shot dead. Well known fact that VP was overfond of him. If VP had taken cyanide as he wanted others to do, then balachandran might be living today. Otherwise no sense in killing a 12 year old boy for his father’s sins.
    ——————————————–
    (Why does the UTHR give such a statement that VP was captured, tortured and then killed.)
    ——————————————————-
    They are going by stories circulating around among army top brass.

  112. #135-lankaimage

    Younger son,Pulidevan,Nadesan and Praba brought to Colombo
    ————————————————
    That is why prabha had a nice shave i suppose. Mahinda always wanted to meet him one day. His facial expressions in jordon and kissing the ground when he came back here all point to a very excited man having the thrill of his life. Meeting Prabha under these circumstances must have been his ultimate fantasy.
    Pulidevan and nadesan were killed when they came out with white flags.

  113. Starting his Iyakkam by setting up Kuttimani, Jegan, & Thangathurai to the Sri Lankan army, then killing Sellakili from the back side in July 1983, then executing Mahattaya in a commando style, and then . . .. and finally setting fire to Pottan’s body [still we do not know who killed] and got killed himself after witnesseing the murder of his son,

    VP is still a hero to many including to KP.

    We call this a fight of Tamil Nation. Is there any other meaning to the word ‘bullshit’?

  114. Thanks for the lengthy interviews. I believe KP has revealed certain truths which many Diaspora Tamils find to accept (Kasappana Unmaigal”). However the initiative by Chidambaram and Kanimozhi may well be an election stunt when you consider the support (moral and military) provided by Indian Government to Sri Lankan Military in defeating LTTE , Many readers have indicated that Nediyavan be interviewed next. His version has already been echoed many times by number of Thesiam Kaakum” Tamil TV and radio stations – “Thalivar is still living, will emerge like Phoenix Bird”. Anyone attempting to question were vilified and cursed as Traitors. The list of “Traitors” appears to grow throughout the past 30 years of Tamil liberation struggle. First it was member of the other “liberation organizations” – PLOTE, TELO, EPRLF, TULF etc, then within the LTTE leaders such as Mathaya, Karuna, Thaya Master, and KP. Even Soosai may be suspected just because KP was in contact with him lately. Who will be next Prabaharan, Castro, V.Rudrakumaran or Nediyan himself? Thanthai Selva was right “Only God may save the Tamils”.

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  116. KP is a liar and a crook .He helped the LTTE leadership to obtain funds,arms and even willing to get a helicopter.Tell many LTTE cadres are in jails for simply keeping silent or aiding in asembling a bomb or having their phone numbers on a list which was in the pocession of a suicide bombers.This fellow is a smooth talker and can never be trusted.
    I think we should just forget about what happened to VP and his family and look to put things right in the North and East.
    15 months after the end of the war and people still living in huts.Their houses occupied by army and Navy.
    Why???
    When will the healing process start.?
    KP should be tried in a court and sentenced.Period.
    It is now one year since he was captured .Why was he captured? Why is he not produced in courts?He openly speaks of helping VP.Is that itself not grounds to try him.
    These types of interviews just glorify a rotter.

  117. excuse me if this is a repetition.. earlier attempt to post did not work.

    DBSJ

    Just going through this interview and comparing against your article on the last days of the LTTE, why do I get the feeling KP was one of your original sources for that article?

    There are far too many similarities (which could always be seen as verification of what really happened and therefore the truth).

    But then there are some similar thought processes including the need to honour Prabakaran etc.

    Interesting. Guess we will never know the truth, but I have a hunch (no pun intended) that this wasn’t your first brush with KP as a source for your writings – much, much earlier before his capture

    But as we know ‘a good journalist never reveals his sources’.

    And you most definitely are a good journalist.

    If anything, if KP was a source for your articles before his capture, it definitely adds more to your credibility, and I can only speculate on who else you have/had access too.

    Thanks DBSJ.

  118. சர்வதேச பொலிசாரினால் தேடப்படுபவரை சர்வதேச தொடர்பாளராக நியமித்தது களத்துப் புலிகளின் முட்டாள்தனம்.
    1.5 million US dollars களுடன் தப்பிக் கொண்டது புலத்துப் புலிகளின் மேதாவித்தனம்.
    இதில் இழந்து நிற்பது ஈழத் தமிழ் மக்களின் எதிர்காலம்.

  119. Dear DBSJ

    According to the following link CPI -M leader denies any contact with LTTE Nadesan as claimed by the KP interview .Here is the link to the same :
    http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_cpim-mla-denies-reports-of-ltte-links_1427085

    This is the statement in his own words :
    “The report, quoting Kumaran Pathmanaban (LTTE’s international fund manager, now in Sri Lankan detention) as saying that Nadesan spoke to me about the ceasefire proposal is not true,'”he said.

    I hope there is no communication mistake in ur interview with KP . While LTTE was in touch with Vaiko , Nedumaran , Father Jagat Casper etc .I doubt whether they were in touch with Mahendarn and I suspect it can be Communist leader D.Pandian as I very clearly remember that during the last phase of War it was only D.Pandian who was coming on TV on most debates and urging for a cease fire and I have never seen Mahendran being very vocal about this issue .
    After the news of Prabhakaran’s death on TV a small group under Nedumaran met in closed room under PMK leader Dr.Ramadoss leadership of which D.Pandian also participated .

    So my guess is KP is referring to Communist leader D.Pandian and not Communist leader Mahendran .This is just a guess from me based on the above facts . I hope u can clarify the same .

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    N.Ram the editor in chief of “The Hindu” has also e-mailed me about this. It appears that there was a mix up between C.Mahendran the Tamil Nadu state deputy secretary of the CPI and SI Mahendran the CPM legislator

    I will be checking this out and clarify in due course

  120. dear jey,
    yet another good job done by you.mgr sang a song nan padithen kanjiyile nethu referring to cn annadurai.like that though i have differences with you i consider myself to be a student of yours.i have immensely benefited from your articles.as i told you earlier i vividly remember reading you on the pages of the hindu as a school student and now i am reading as a full blown adult (lol) from the pages of your blog.i dont know whether to believe the death of praba but it hardly matter becoz even if he is alive i suppose in a country like eritrea which is supposed to be the only country to recognise ltte he cant do anything now.i would like to differ with kp on vaikos and nedumarans role in the final stages of the war.even if ltte had accepted indias mediation it would have been short lived everyone knows that pro tamils sentiments were running high in tamil nadu at that time congress and dmk were doing everything to assuage tamil sentiments by enacting dramas for eg.worlds shortest fast of mr.kalaignar near annas samadhi.but one cant miss the coincidence kalagnar gave up the fast after he was told by mr.chidambaram that ceasefire was effected whereas srilankan army came out with a clarification that it was just a temporary lull.if praba had been sincere he should accepted kps offer in december 2008 or jan 2009 itself that would have saved himself and tamils.rather not doing that harmed praba and tamils in may 2009.as a tamil it is difficult to accept what happened in srilanka but now that everything is over it is high time that tamils in srilanka pick up the pieces and rebuild their shattered society.i hope that my fellow tamils in tamilnadu and around the world will help tamils of srilanka in this endeavour.

  121. So now KP says he didn’t have direct contact with Praba. After Praba escaped, he announced the “Silencing Guns”. But in May 2009, he said he spoke to Praba more than 4 hours and then announced the “Silencing Guns”. What a contradiction!!!!

  122. # Appu 127 You are disgrace to humanity.

    Whats your issue with Motel workers in Canada? Nothing available where you are?

  123. Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Majority buddhist country, but other nationals and religions are equaly respected.

    As a buddhist I know that if I was born to a tamil or muslim mother ,I am a tamil or muslim, my next birth will be one of that. But reality is no one can defeat this country, no one could convert this country to a muslim, hindu or christian. Our country is not a very powerful country but no one could changed it forever.

    See Middle East can you build Temple, Kovil or church. Can you built a temple, kovil or mosque in your favourite place in Canada or any other western country. See other Aian countries , Malaysia, Induneesia , Brunei, minority is chinese but official lnguage is Malay. So Understand the reality. Tamils, Muslims you have everything in Sri Lanka.

    But you work against Sri Lanka and looking for mre things which you cannot get anywhere in the world. Because of all these god save Sri Lanka with justice. Last around 8 years I countinuously sent mails to TamilNet, asking them to stop work against Sinhalese and I told according to Buddhist teachings Prabakaran would have get tradic death, but neither TamilNet nor Prabakaran believe my words because for them I am a stupit Sinhala Buddhist.

    But we all faced the reality. So today I want to All Tamils please understand we all have to live together in Sri Lanka peacefully, we have to teach our kids that this Sri Lanka is our motherland, this is our heavan we all protect and develop this country. Diaspora Tamils please keep your money for your kids educaton don’t send them to destroy our motherland.

  124. Dear Jeyaraj

    I found your three-part interview with ‘KP’ very interesting.

    However, it is clear that the Mahendran to whom Nadesan reportedly spoke and who reportedly conveyed the message to Vaiko (according to KP in part three of the interview) was not the CPI(M) MLA S. K. Mahendran. My longstanding friend, G. Ramakrishnan, CC member and Secretary of the Tamil Nadu State Committee of the CPI(M), will be issuing a statement today making this clear. As you are aware, the CPI(M), while advocating wide-ranging devolution of powers to the Tamil people and a just and negotiated political settlement of the Tamil question in Sri Lanka, did not support or approve of the LTTE’s politics and ways.

    My own guess is that KP mixed up C. Mahendran, the pro-LTTE State Deputy Secretary of the CPI who was in close touch with Vaiko and Nedumaran and jointly ran a “Sri Lankan Tamil Protection Committee,” with S. K. Mahendran, the CPI(M) MLA. You can verify this and perhaps set KP’s misattribution right.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I think you are correct and that there has been a mix up between C.Mahendran(CPI) and SK Mahendran(CPM). I will check this out further with KP in due course and clarify the matter in next week’s Daily Mirror

  125. Thanks DBSJ. This is indeed a marvelous interview. I’ve read all 3 of them & now I understand what went wrong in the LTTE. What KP says is in line with what lot of Tamils believe the reason for the demise of LTTE & the infighting aftermath- The Greed!.
    There are still more blanks to fill in & I hope you will do more digging in the future.

    Also I want to applaud the following comment:

    138. JMC_M.Bush | August 21st, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Thanks JMC M Bush. Well said.

  126. Gota and his entourage must be loving this… disharmony among Tamils. KP vs Castro & Nediyavan; TNA vs TULF vs Doughlas Devananda vs Karuna vs Pillaiyan…. Pathetic..

  127. After KP’s abduction, the LTTE operatives in South East Asia became vulnerable to Srilankan intelligence Units.

    The Ship carrying 490 odd people was the evacuation strategy of the LTTE hobnobs in the West to take these people to safer grounds.

    The reluctance of the LTTE Leader in Norway to accede to KP’s requests for money may be that th y knew the end of VP was unavoidable and wanted to preserve resources for future operations.

    It makes sense in a business poit of view. , After all, most of the LTTE chiefs in the West are brought up on Western Business thinking and strategy.

    The recent comments in the Toronto media do not look good for the LTTE strategy.

    Angus Reid Poll says 63 % are against the asylum seekers.

    Hamilton Post asks how can a refugee pay CA$ 50000 to get a boat ride when most of the Canadians don’t have that sort of money in their life long savings accounts.

  128. Thanks DBSJ for this interview.

    Wow, even Hindu newspaper’s Ram is reading your blog.

    You are indeed an excellent journalist with vast knowledge in many areas. All the best to you!

    #144 Ruwan, Candada

    Buddy, please polish up your english knowledge so you won’t have a hard time in Canada. Province of Ontario and the Federal government are providing free ESL classes for people like you.

    I suggest you re read your posting again and correct yourself. All are nothing but rubbish!

    How did you get in to Canada?

  129. 138 JM_CM-BUSH

    The best comment I have read in this blog. I agree 110% with you my friend. I would like to Add to your comments as follows.
    To My Fellow Sinhalese living in Sri Lanka. RECOGNIZE our Tamil Brothers and sisters as as equal part of this society. Thou we live in an island mentality thinking that all should be speaking in one language dont be alarmed if you hear Tamils in your midst speaking in tamil which you and i dont understand. They will not be plotting against you. Only perhaps saying they like and respect you only – Here is how you can help.
    Ask The Govt form mixed races school system.
    If you are an employer, Employ tamil speaking persons as much as you can.
    Take time out to genuinely show that if your tamil speaking collegues to show that you care about their issues their customs and styles.
    Admire the hardworking people they are.
    Feel that you and our forefathers MAY HAVE ERRED in how we treated the tamils in the past and rectify in you own little worlds.
    We dont need Govt.s MR and GOTA and VP and Pilliyan and Karuna and KP for this.
    Create a little peace around you and let it spread.

    DIaspora Tamils – learn to live in the country of your choice as its citizens and dont under their shelter throw stones at us Here. You are like ‘OLD BOYS’ of a school. You once lived here , now you are in another dont create issues and problems. If you want to correct.
    COME BACK AND DO IT.!!!

  130. Some questions for thought on K.P:

    (i) Would he have taken the current stand vis a vis the Tamils –that what is important is the economic livelihood of the Tamils– had he not been arrested in Malaysia where he was actively conducting affairs as the chief stalwart of the post Pirabhakaran LTTE period and brought under the custody of the Sri Lankan government authorities?

    (ii) Would he have been accorded the current liberal opportunities by the Sri Lankan government authorities if he is not privy to very important and valuable information in regard to the details of the LTTE’s international network, contacts and activities?

    (iii) Only a few years back, a feature appeared in the respected journal Jane’s Defence weekly that the LTTE’s annual income is estimated to be in the region of US$ 300 million. Would he have been treated differently by the Sri Lankan government authorities if he is not a person who would have the knowledge of the whereabouts of the capital and investment that generate such a huge amount of income and the know-how of the modalities of how it is generated?

    (iv) The position that he is currently expounding in regard to the Tamils is the one that some Tamil political leaders, activists, social workers, human rights campaigners, journalists, and intellectuals took, for which the LTTE, in which he was an active and influential member, extracted their lives branding them as “Traitors to the Tamil Cause”. What is his penance/redress for this?

    (v) As a prisoner and in the custody of the Sri Lankan authorities, how come he is able to move around donning a monogrammed cap with his initials, K.P, like a celebrity?

    Any answers?

    —Abimanu–

  131. Good work DBS.. shedding some light to a untold story..
    The bitter truth is that … VP is the cause of extensive misery to Tamils.. and the destruction of couple of tamil generations.. it’s hard to swallow…but it’s true..

  132. If I wanted money I wouldn’t be in Journalism………….DBSJ

    How true!

    Outstanding piece of journalism and as Dayan mentioned excellent record of contemporary history.

    As I repeatedly requested you, a comprehensive book on Rise and Fall of LTTE and Tamil Nationalism by you is pending…..

  133. #170 Dishan F

    You certainly represent the majority of our brethren who happen to speak Sinhala. As the son of a former GOSL employee I spent most of my pre-teen years in “Sinhala” areas like Mahailluppallama, Kekerawa, Badulla etc.My parent even adopted a Sinhala boy….I remember my father admonishing me…”learn good manners from Nimal”. Those days are priceless. Unfortunately, while at our home town Batticaloa trouble reached our door steps. As affluent middle class Tamils we were victims of both SLA and the Tamil extremist outfits.

    One day in January 1986 my dad had enough. We packed up and left. India gave us refuge for seven years. Then we migrated to the west. Today, I fall into the generic definition of “diaspora”. The diaspora is a much misunderstood group. I hope someday DBS would write an article detailing the make-up of the diaspora (many see only the vocal flag waving type unfortunately).

    My friend, the West amply provides the peace, prosperity and security that I as an average human being aspire for (but that the Sri Lankan society took away from my father…note: I blame both sides). Returning to Sri Lanka at this juncture is not an option. Even my ayya Nimal tells me to stay where I am. But I hope to visit the country some day. And people such as your good self give me a lot of hope. May your kind prosper.

    With very sincere wishes
    Rajiv (not my real name)

  134. #168 Godzilla,

    issue of Boat people.
    This is a carefully orchestrated evacuation of persons and families important to the western countries. Note that all identities were well covered as they left the ship. The voyage of this ship was clandestine, but well in the knowledge of the western countries . A ship with refugees of this quantities would be firstly sought out and assisted to shore. The authorities well knew the conditions on board the health and mechanical status of the ship. The only issue was that the story leaked out. Why take a Boat ride to Canada. All the people would have to do is just come to the Embassies of these countries. Why allow the refugees to spend so much of money on pooling money and buying Ships/ next it would be a charter flight.

    I have sympathy for these people. whatever the circumstances they have a right to live in peace if not in Sri Lanka maybe somewhere else.

    However – This is not a refugee boat but the delayed evacuation plan orchestrated through Norway and other countries of families of important supporters of the
    west. Original plan was Aussie, the Govt changed. – How come this boat never went to India?

    Canadians ask yourselves whether the truth is –

    Is this a carefully sponsored evacuation ??

    Canadians ask yourselves this.?

  135. 170 Dilshan F

    I think you are trying to preach to the converted.

    Tamils have been living among Sinhalese for generations. I guess you may have been out of the scene too long perhaps.

    Average Sinhala Joe Blow has no problem what so ever with Tamil people. There are thousands of Tamil children in schools in the South studying with Sinhala kids.

    What about the rich Tamil kids in elite Colombo schools.?

    Have you heard Sinhalese saying no Tamils should be allowed in their areas in the South.?

    How about the thousands of Tamil under graduates in Unis.?

    Do they tell the Tamils not to build Kovilas. ?

    I myself help one kid in the deep south through the school with three Sinhala students.

    It is the Diaspora and their henchman like the TNA dudes who create this division in the foreign media.

    How else can they dupe the supporters to collect money.? hasn’t KP made this crystal clear?

    This is the way they can carry on their hidden agenda.

    Mr or Mrs Bush is of course right on the money.

  136. Hi DBSJ

    Excellent work. KP is pragmatic leader and knows clearly now that it is foolish to confront the SL Gov.

    I was amazed at your facts collection. Most of the facts you published in various articles a year ago was accurate as the KP’s statement. How did you accumulate these facts while you were far away fron SL? It was really amazing.

  137. தமிழ் வியாபாரிகள் வீழ்த்திய VP & Co.

    We Sri Lankan Tamils or Jaffna Tamils majority of them are business minded. They have the values like egotistical, sneakiness and egoism.

    In the company of this values very hard to form liberation organisation.
    What they can form is a business. If we evaluate our culture we do business with every thing…

    Education became a business (remember the tutorials in Jaffna)

    Matrimony is also business (remember dowry system in our culture one of the worst)

    Religion is also business (Temples specially Hindu temples is real cash cow )

    Likewise our so called liberation struggle also became a real business.

    If you start another struggle tomorrow it will become another business.

    My request is please do not invest people’s valuable life and lively hood as a principal in your business.

  138. Interesting interview by DBS with all the right questions asked. KP seems to be charming guy but not really convinced his telling the whole truth.
    And who are this Nediyavan and Castro who seem to be bogeymen for everything. Maybe DBS can score an interview with them too.

  139. An excellent interview series. Lureing KP to respond was quite a neat pursuit. Well Done DBSJ

    Half the people whom KP has mentioned are dead. They cannot defend themselves from their graves, if there are any.

    From your comments above, that you do not have a chance to
    interview Nediyavan.

    Is there a possibility of interviewing Vaiko, Chithamparam or Kanimozhi?

  140. Many Many great comments on this article.

    #104 Mr. Silva Sorry for the loss of your wife and daughter in the Dehiwala Train bomb. In the last 20 years I have lost many of my friends and close family members to the war (both to bombs and also as members of Armed forces). If you read this comment please try to filnd solace through meditation and doing good things on their behalf. BUT if you expect and consoled that 12 year boy has to pay the price for what happened to your daughter then Mr. Silva you are wrong. Your hatred will not help to bring back your daughter or wife. If you convert this to a compassion and help a poor tamil family (without a father) I am sure you will find it much easier for you. Being a father my self I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and prey that you will have a change of heart.

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  142. #138 JMC- Bush. I agree with every word you said. #170 Dilshan F & #174 Rajiv and all moderate Sinhalese and Tamils I agree with you guys too. This is for all moderates who read this blog.

    I am a Sinhalese who happen to remember the good old days we had with friends and associates of all communities. Then and now there is no difference in livelihoods or rights of under privileged Tamils or under privileged Sinhalese in SL. Even the elite get their ealam showcasing the poor Tamils (and their ‘plight’) then nothing more than what is happening in Tamilnadu will happen there. My dear Tamil brothers and sisters. If you have not visited Chennai or Tamilnadu please do so and see how the elite and the politically powerful live and the poor people live. Absolutely no difference than what is happening in SL.

    If you honestly believe there is discrimination for Tamils in Sri Lanka then everyone with influence with TNA, KP, MR etc. should push for equal opportunity legislation (or Bill of rights) in Sri Lanka. NO ONE should be discriminated in any manner because of their ethnicity. Similarly no one should be discriminated on their religion or political views. Sri Lanka is a predominantly Buddhist country. Hence there should be some preferential position for that religion. The GOSL should encourage Buddhism, and support its priests and the places of worship and propagation. BUT it should not give someone who is a Buddhist or sinhalese special privileges when it comes to Jobs, education, assets allocation or in any other sphere. We need to build a merit based society. If TNA , KP and the Tamil brothers (or eben LTTE) ask for that naturally moderate Sinhalese and the majority of Sinhalese who are also discriminated on political, caste and other grounds will support that whole heartedly. BUT if you ask for something that is ONLY for Tamils or Tamil areas then I have my doubts of its success.

    For separatist Tamils, we know that you don’t have a Tamil country in the world. We sympathize with you on that. If you guys demand or fight for a separate Tamil country in Canada or in Tamilnadu we will support that as many more Tamils live in those parts than in SL. But we cannot give a part of Sri Lanka for that. That will NOT happen. So don’t waste your money and time on misinformation and agitations against SL unless you are a refugee and it will help you to get PR status ()). But for all communities IN SL to have EQUAL RIGHTS I am sure majority who are moderates of this country will support that.

    Lets eb practical for everyone’s sake

  143. #138 JMC- Bush. I agree with every word you said. #170 Dilshan F & #174 Rajiv and all moderate Sinhalese and Tamils I agree with you guys too. This is for all moderates who read this blog.

    I am a Sinhalese who happen to remember the good old days we had with friends and associates of all communities. Then and now there is no difference in livelihoods or rights of under privileged Tamils or under privileged Sinhalese in SL. Even the elite get their ealam showcasing the poor Tamils (and their ‘plight’) then nothing more than what is happening in Tamilnadu will happen there. My dear moderate Tamil brothers and sisters. If you have not visited Chennai or Tamilnadu please do so and see how the elite and the politically powerful live and the poor people live. Absolutely no difference than what is happening in SL.

    If you honestly believe there is discrimination for Tamils in Sri Lanka then everyone with influence with TNA, KP, MR etc. should push for equal opportunity legislation (or Bill of rights) in Sri Lanka. NO ONE should be discriminated in any manner because of their ethnicity. Similarly no one should be discriminated on their religion or political views.

    Sri Lanka is a predominantly Buddhist country. Hence there should be a preferential position for that religion. The GOSL should encourage Buddhism, and support its priests and the places of worship and propagation. BUT it should NOT give someone who is a Buddhist special privilege when it comes to Jobs, education, assets allocation or in any other sphere. We need to build a merit based society. If TNA and the Tamil brothers (or even LTTE) ask for that naturally moderate Sinhalese and the majority of Sinhalese who are also discriminated on political, caste and other grounds will support that whole heartedly. BUT if you ask for something that is ONLY for Tamils or Tamil areas then I have my doubts of its success.

    For separatist Tamils, we know that you don’t have a Tamil country in the world. We sympathize with you on that. If you guys demand or fight for a separate Tamil country in Canada or in Tamilnadu we will support that as many more Tamils live in those parts than in SL. But we cannot give a part of Sri Lanka for that. That will NOT happen. So don’t waste your money and time on misinformation and agitations against SL unless you are a refugee and it will help you to get PR status ()). But for all communities in SL to have EQUAL RIGHTS I am 100% sure majority who are moderates of this country will support that

  144. 167 Naren Selvarajha
    Gota and his entourage must be loving this… disharmony among Tamils. KP vs Castro & Nediyavan; ……..TNA vs TULF vs Doughlas Devananda vs Karuna vs Pillaiyan…. Pathetic..

    Gota is probably the mastermind behind this .

  145. JMC-B-Bush # 138

    I’m Tamil and living outside SL. You have highlighted very good points here. Hope my Tamil friends got the messages. May be, they could argue that Tamil who live in SL can’t open the their mouth there. Well, in-fact even Sinhalese can-not open their mouth as well. That is third world politics. We are the people living overseas have the full rights to speak out independently. We should use that opportunity to uplift our community and country upwards not downwards. We should search and find some constructive approaches that could help our brothers and sisters live peacefully back home as we do here. As KP anna said earlier “World is under new order”. Whatever valid argument we have as we have the every right to fight for freedom; but the new world won’t accept eleven year boys and girls fighting with cyanide capsule. They could not even imagine heavily pregnant woman with suicide bomb. We should understand the fact our children born and brought up here are well adopted to the “New World”. Without this “New world” support we can’t go further even an inch. They want to see the conflict free society. They want to see the reconciled society. We – does not matter Tamils, Singhalese or Muslims – living outside of SL should put our energy to find a peaceful life to all Sri Lankans. We are the people living in civilised world should stop using racial and hatred comments as that will bring more misery to our people back home. There is no point blaming others. I see some Tamil people blame GOSL, Some blame LTTE, Some blame India, Some blame UN, Some blame KP, Some blame Castro. But I never see no one blame themselves/ ourselves. Time is running out; we should avoid unnecessary debates and gossip such as VP is alive or dead?, That body belong to VP or not? KP was surrounded or arrested? UN will hang MR or Not?, West will recognise TGTE or Not?. Because whatever answer we find won’t make any difference on suffering people’s life. Say an example even VP is alive and come and deliver next hero’s day speech he can’t achieve anything. Because he will be under the “New World” order. May be he can fight another thirty years with the cost of another thirty thousand lives but outcome is nothing. Same thing KP had luxury life in the Far East. Even today he enjoys good life. Before VP had an eye on him all the time. Now GR keep an eye on him. He was arrested or surrounded; he gain or lose anything – I suppose. But the good thing is he used his ability to create the opportunity to help our people. That is a great. He is taking some practical approach. That’s what we need right now.

  146. Hello DBS
    There is a news article saying that KP going to start a tamil news paper and you will be the editor of it. Is it true? I

    ???????????????…………………DBSJ

  147. DBS Aana , is it Bolly wood Mega series ?
    KP – not even he could not save himself, but he is talking about his VP’s safe travel arrangement plan?
    KP you done well !!!

  148. Great interivew. Thanks a lot DBSJ anna. Many interviewers jump here and there and dont construct a coherent and chronological sequence. You have a great skill on interviewing .

    KP, should have great guts to talk highly of prabhakaran even when he is under the Lankan control. the defense secretary Gothabaya should also be a good man to have let KP to have this great freedom to praise prabha. Looks like Gothabaya also should have praised prabhakaran in private.

    Hope the sufferings of Srilankan tamils would get over soon. I wish Gothabaya and KP a good success.

    Again, i thank you for bringing out the truths of those murkier days.

  149. In this interview and in other articles, VP’s ‘love’ for his children is described in many ways. It is hard to imagine that ‘love’ as he sent so many children of others to their death as young fighters, suicide bombers and victims of his violence.

    I as a father cannot hurt another child, and feel the pain of other parents when their children are hurt. Why would god (or nature) throw out such evil men amongst us, to push us to respond in violence?

  150. Most of the mysteries solved.

    So the end of the two beasts were made possible by Tamils themselves. Hail Prabhaharan.

  151. 106
    DBS,
    Interview is not complete until you get the other side of the
    story…. I mean a chat with Nediyavan.

    He’s avoiding me.Can you fix it?………….DBSJ
    ————
    I dont think Nediyavan is capable of giving interview

  152. Dear DBS,

    Very informative articles you write. You should be nominated for Pulitzer prize. I hope KP is true to his words and indeed there is a change of heart. Reconciliation is not impossible, look at Rwanda.

  153. For “bandar” Bush & Dilsan,
    Okay we want peace! what we want is peace!
    dudes, people in south always elect hard liners or racist chuvanist regime who publically says more hardship put on tamils in north and east, more happier southerners will be. For some reason, after these kind of public statements the party wins majority votes. Before coming here and trying to educate tamils, you should focus more on educating your fellow southern citizens so change their mentality. Tell the OLD lads to stop preaching their kids of racism. If you get a chance, step out of toronto and go to remote villages and see what those monks are teaching those innocent Sinhala kids ….you’ll hear something along this line….TAMILS ARE DEMONS, THIS COUNTRY IS ONLY FOR SINHALA, KILL KOTTII. Again this is coming from your therars (monks) whom you believe followers of budda. I am not saying Tamil’s do not support hardliners, but you sure notice moderate Tamils joining hands with Government to bring about peace. But they don’t realize this government was sent to parliament with majority by those hardlined Sinhala racists. What these governments do, they use these moderate tamil men and side line them once they have no use.
    Dude I appreciate you want to change attitude in Sri Lanka but fundamentals are all wrong. Basics are messed up. Sinhala’s are the majority, so bringing peace or another war is in your hands. This is the best time to show that you all want to live in united country treating Tamils as equal citizens with dignity and respect. But then again, you guys elected another hard liner who promised a settlement which is still waiting to come out (which will never come out). This is the guy who promised 13 ammendment plus, then he changed it home grown solution…..now it’s NOTHING.
    Wounds and scar is what you guys have given us up to this point, hatred is what we have for you guys. Now is the chance for younger crowd to think wise and act smart to bring a peace to this once considered Asia’s Pearl. Let’s see……we are waiting…..we also/still remember what Arafat said…..”“I come bearing an olive branch and a freedom-fighter’s gun. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand,” he said.

  154. DBSJ,
    Please correct my previous posting waiting for moderation….
    Wrong
    “If you get a chance, step out of toronto and go to remote villages
    Correct
    “If you get a chance, step out of Colombo and go to remote villages

  155. Good interview series DBSJ. Whether KP is telling the truth or not, this is a piece of the historical record.

    Did/Could you ask him about the contradictions between his account of the last days of the war and what Marie Colvin claims he told her during those days (basically that he knew nothing and was afraid they may be all dead).

  156. Dear ,Plain and Simple,

    “I as a father cannot hurt another child, and feel the pain of other parents when their children are hurt. Why would god (or nature) throw out such evil men amongst us, to push us to respond in violence?”

    If you can extend your mind to what has happned in 1956.1958,1961, 1978,to tamil children and elders +women by sinhala brothers.What was wrong in VPs thinkig if he could get volinteering tamil childen and his own childeren taught a lession to our sinhala brothers they may change their way in future?

    remember he was a child when he started his
    mision to teach you a lession.

    As a farther you could not hurt another child and what did you do when your brothers (sinhala thugs hurt tamil children ,elders,and women in 1956 to 1983) .What/who pushed not just VP your bed fellows Douglas,Karuna,Vp,Pillian,KP, Mervin Silva , JVP comrades,to violence ?

  157. Dear ,Plain and Simple,

    “I as a father cannot hurt another child, and feel the pain of other parents when their children are hurt. Why would god (or nature) throw out such evil men amongst us, to push us to respond in violence?”

    If you can extend your mind to what has happned in 1956.1958,1961, 1978,to tamil children and elders +women by sinhala brothers.What was wrong in VPs thinkig if he could get volinteering tamil childen and his own childeren taught a lession to our sinhala brothers they may change their way in future?

    remember he was a child when he started his
    mision to teach you a lession.

    As a farther you could not hurt another child and what did you do when your brothers (sinhala thugs hurt tamil children ,elders,and women in 1956 to 1983) .What/who pushed not just VP your bed fellows Douglas,Karuna,Vp,Pillian,KP, Mervin Silva , JVP comrades,to violence ?

  158. Hi DBSJ,
    I have always had lot of respect for you and your articles but if the story is true that you are to be enlisted by KP, MR and Gota to head a tamil newspaper I am sorryto say you will end up like the Ceylon Daily News!!!!!!!!!

    ??????????????……………DBSJ

  159. DBS:- I hope you will forgive me for writing this under this article because it seems all the bloggers have moved away from Kadirgamar’s article onto this. There was an excellent piece on Kadir written by Dayan Jayatilaka on Ada Derana dated 16 august 2010. DJ says the Japanese minister Yasushi Akashi met VP around 2000 and said thereafter in the presence of Kadir that it reminded of his meeting with Khmer rouge leader Pol Pot! He was spot on!

  160. #176 Godzilla,
    It is not as you think.. Some issues have changed, Some are being improved.
    Here is how I see this.
    After Banda put Sinhala only ( I remember my father being sinhalese also had to sit an exam to be promoted. ) it did cause a serious issue to tamil speaking section of the population. Had Banda done it right by having Sinhala and Tamil both to be learned he would be revered one today.

    In a way you are right and I too sometimes ask whats this big issue dont all tamils and muslims and sinhalese have equal rights? dont they all go to school get jobs ect.

    This is a complicated mindset.

    We can say that Tamils are leaving Sri Lanka for better financial prospects. It is true. With financial prospects comes security in life.

    So our goal should be to make the North and the East and also the rest of the country economic powerhouses. Only then will the tamils come back.
    There is no more JVP because the hotbeds of terrorism by JVP are all economically developed. North and the East is not. So that is the reason for my plea for my Tamil Diaspora to help economically , to build industry education schools.

    We Sinhalese have to look back at ourselves now. I know that we think we are victors. Yes we are but our victory was only against the cyanide, guns and bombs.
    To win the heart we can only use our heart.
    God bless you all

  161. This series of interview has generated some turmoil in India.

    Perhaps KP dared to cause embarassment to Indian political leaders and they are at the mercy of KP.

  162. 194. Plain and Simple
    In this interview and in other articles, VP’s ‘love’ for his children is described in many ways. It is hard to imagine that ‘love’ as he sent so many children of others to their death as young fighters, suicide bombers and victims of his violence.
    ————————————————————————

    It is not that hard to imagine. The Nazis who sent millions of people to gas chambers were considered very “civilized”. They were good family men, who loved their children, listened to classical music and well read.

    Some of the concentration camp guards, after a hard day’s work in the crematorium ovens, went home at night sat down for dinner and had a glass of wine and listened to classical music.

    The line between what most of us consider morally right and wrong is indeed very thin and is very easy to cross.

  163. 210 sjoseph,

    It is not only in Tamil Nadu but in the Srilankan opposition as well,

    Did you see the face of Ranil after hearing from the horses mouth ,that the President means business by standing again.

    Rajapaksa needs at least another term to bring home the bacon.

    IMF report yesterday ticks all the right boxes.

    KP is a visionary when it comes to the future of his folks.

    KP’s efforts to lift the Wanni people economiclally negates all the bad decisions of his in the past.

    .

  164. #200-Anpan

    remember what Arafat said…..”“I come bearing an olive branch and a freedom-fighter’s gun. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand,” he said.
    ————————————————————
    VP was no Arafat. He never had a olive branch. If he had one there was always a gun or bomb hidden underneath it.

    Those who live by the sword die by the sword.

  165. 208 Dilshan,

    Diaspora Tamil needs are not the meed of the hour.

    One and only one priority at the moment is the Economic well being of the Tamil people living in the North and the East followed by the improvement of the stock of Tamil people in the Estate sector and the poor manual workers in the other part of the country..

    Diasporians are not going to come back except on pilgrimage or as tourists.
    This applies to Sinhalese as well.

    After one generation the Diaspora off springs will be totally alien to Srilanka.

    The Government is on the right track to develop the country. Economic progress and the resulting prosperity is the best insurance against terrorism and insurrection.

    If anyone can do it, is the Rajapaksa brothers.

    The recent actions on the law and order front also indicate that the Rajapaksa are as determined to get the things right there..

  166. 204. Not Plain and Not Simple | August 23rd, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    First, those people you mention at the end of your response fall in the same category. I make no excuses, as they are not my ‘bed fellows’. Nature has a way of punishing those people. Although they move around in luxury vehicles and live as kings…. they suffer in their minds, and there will be natural justice although they think they have evaded the courts.

    Again, I cannot imagine how anyone can hurt children, be it tamils on sinhalese or sinhalese on tamils (1956-2010)! PLAIN AND SIMPLE!

    Thanks Ranjan from TO (comment 211)

  167. 135 > if whsat u say about the way Balachandran was killed is true that’s definitely a war crime . whoever do such unethical acts should be punished regardless of their race .
    anyway Prabha died as a hero and i respect him for that but he had enough chances to find a political solution within a unitary state .at least now we should find a solution to make Sri Lanka a state where every citizen is treated equally .
    if Ranil Wickramasinghe was the President he could have done it years ago .

  168. DBS,

    This interview is creating fire works around the world…Way to go…keep up the good work.

    My sincere appreciation to your unbiased journalism.

  169. all i could say is everyone are after money thats why they dont have one goal which is should be the tamil ealam except hero prabhakaran and his battle feild soldiers.
    i respect my hero and my soldiers

  170. Kudos to you DBSJ, bur don’t forget you are interviewing a man who is under Srilankan Gaovt’s custody.
    Analyse his interview accordingly and write about it. There are two sides to a story.

  171. 219 eSSEY
    Good bye Katayan and GOOD RIDDANCE!
    —————–
    I endorse what essey says. People like katayan are the vermin who brought Tamils to this sorry situation

  172. To Shankar,
    Nanba, you must read the comment carefully before rushing to post some reply for the sake of posting. VP is no more, says your government, and it’s really immaterial at this point. Let me put it in simple terms, that quote is coming from every tamil citizen who got scars.

    To Dilshan,
    What are you saying man? So the war is over and we should pump our hard earned money in to your government system believing they’ll build up North and East?? Dude, your chuvanist government didn’t even let the Tsunami funds go to Tamil civilians, in fact most were stolen by your King MR& CO and left over were turned to sinhala villages. As a sinhala you should focus more on earning the trust, then we’ll reconcile then we’ll march forward about re-building. Don’t talk nonsense, don’t post anything non sense before thinking it twice. Let me put it in simple terms, your government (back then UNP) signed CFA and following week Ranil signs a contract in USA for army boots and already started thinking about upgrading army personell. This guy didn’t even think of re-building or building a factory in North or East. You can give yourself a pat in your back for killing 40,000 tamil civilians but this is far from over. Again let me tell you something, what you guys have given us is unbearable torture and betrayal, and what we have for you guys is hatred….utter truth. Dude don’t put on a face here wanting to fix up things, but if you really want to help then focus more on educating younger crowd of your follow mates.

  173. 225. Anpan:

    Wasn’t it VP who put the 40,000 civilians in harms way to save his own ass resulting in their deaths? Hence shouldn’t you be patting VP’s back instead of Dilshan’s?:-)

  174. 224 Nettaiyan
    219 eSSEY
    Good bye Katayan and GOOD RIDDANCE!
    —————–
    I endorse what essey says. People like katayan are the vermin who brought Tamils to this sorry situation
    —————
    Yup we Tamils blame everyone else

  175. 224 Nettaiyan
    219 eSSEY
    Good bye Katayan and GOOD RIDDANCE!
    —————–
    I endorse what essey says. People like katayan are the vermin who brought Tamils to this sorry situation
    —————
    I agree with you both.Glad Katayan is out

  176. For god’s sake Katayan, Nettaiyan, eSSEY please do not post garbage on here.

    This series of interview by DBSJ is one of the classics in the world of journalism.

    I think this interview sits comfortably up there among the greatest interviews of all, for example the David Frost interview of President Nixon on the Watergate affair, Martin Bashir’s interview of Princess Diana etc.

    This interview has propelled DBSJ in to the league of David Frost, Larry King, Oprah Winfrey. Not Stephen Sackur though, I am sure Stephen Sackur can learn a lesson or two from DBSJ, he really screwed up the Gota interview.

    In fact the the David Frost interview of President Nixon was made in to a Hollywood film, Frost Nixon. The film covers behind the scene negotiations etc and is a great movie.

    DBSJ havs put a good word for Asin and Vivek Oberoi here in his blog. I am sure they will be only pleased to help him make a bollywood film of this interview. You never know even Kollywood or even better Hollywood may come begging.

    Kudos to you DBSJ you are going places.

    sarcasm,sarcasm………DBSJ

  177. These are very confusing times. Don’t know who to believe. KP’s interview seems to answer a lot of questions, but I have a hard time accepting his version of events. He is portraying himself a selfless hero. It would be good to hear another point of view.

    The diaspora is torn and split. A lot of anger and confusion has split the community. I wish the shadowy characters who control the Tamil media do the right thing and tell the truth.

  178. Reference my comment #138 .
    Thanks for your comments by 166, 187 #Nana, 170 # Dilshan, 176# Godzille, 185 # Lan, 189#Mavady and 200# Anpan.
    Dear DBS, I saw in one place, you were saying that you want to close down this “comment page/s” seeing the Nasty comments that are being made by some of our friends from all over the world. We all agree that this platform should be for a moral debate, instead of for hatred, nasty comments,- but of course every body has the freedom if expression.!!??- Amid my all daily affairs, somehow I find bit time to go through articles/blogs like yours, to absorb new thoughts, ideas and to challenge my -own inner thoughts, to find the BEST out of all OPTIONS, especially regarding issues relevant to all of “US”.
    I am happy that your article is being published in Daily Mirror, – one of the best- available for English readers in SL, and also some extracts by THE HINDU, India, – thanks to our friend VB#205-but I am of the view that it should be in the main Sinhala media as well. This is because not to thrill the mass – or to make them sorrow- by giving a minute by minute comments on how the VP died or to tell the bravery of soldiers – or the ruthlessness of LTTE- but to show them about the Realities, Thoughts and bring them – MAY BE NOT ALL ,BUT MOST, -into a common place _ but It is up to our RESPONSIBLE ( SINHALA) Media. – DBS!! Please give a try!

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    My saturday column in “Daily Mirror” is usually translated into Sinhala and published in the daily “Lankadeepa”.

  179. Reference my comment #138 .
    Thanks for your comments by 166, 187 #Nana, 170 # Dilshan, 176# Godzille, 185 # Lan, 189#Mavady and 200# Anpan.
    Dear DBS, I saw in one place, you were saying that you want to close down this “comment page/s” seeing the Nasty comments that are being made by some of our friends from all over the world. We all agree that this platform should be for a moral debate, instead of for hatred, nasty comments,- but of course every body has the freedom if expression.!!??- Amid my all daily affairs, somehow I find bit time to go through articles/blogs like yours, to absorb new thoughts, ideas and to challenge my -own inner thoughts, to find the BEST out of all OPTIONS, especially regarding issues relevant to all of “US”.
    I am happy that your article is being published in Daily Mirror, – one of the best- available for English readers in SL, and also some extracts by THE HINDU, India, – thanks to our friend VB#205-but I am of the view that it should be in the main Sinhala media as well. This is because not to thrill the mass – or to make them sorrow- by giving a minute by minute comments on how the VP died or to tell the bravery of soldiers – or the ruthlessness of LTTE- but to show them about the Realities, Thoughts and bring them – MAY BE NOT ALL ,BUT MOST, -into a common place _ but It is up to our RESPONSIBLE ( SINHALA) Media. – DBS!! Please give a try!
    So, please, this is to our scholars/Intellectuals. -to become an “intellectual ‘, no need a PHD or posh English I wish…, – this is your TIME. Come up with your innovative – may be revolutionary- thoughts/ ideas, and work for it. We need a WAY-OUT!!
    JMC_M.BUSH

  180. Dear DBS: Please correct the last sentence in my above comment#226 as:
    Come up with your innovative – may be revolutionary- thoughts/ ideas, and work for it. We need a WAY-OUT!!
    JMC_M.Bush

  181. #225 Anpan – that’s it mate, keep letting out your hatred. Both you and the nationalistic Sinhalese can keep doing this. One day your hatred will burn itself out. Then we can talk.

    Also, you should know that Dilshan F is a moderate with some inspiring thoughts – take a moment to read some of his other comments. He is definitely not one to pat himself on the back over 40,000 deaths of any race.

  182. #Anpan

    Dear friend,
    It is easy to speak about scars but we should remember that our brothers and sisters are still living in our home country. At this time what they need is some helping hand from Tamil Diaspora. Mate keep your hard earn money with you and don’t worry about others but please don’t speak any hatred words.
    In regards to the tsunami funds, it is not secret that all the machinery and materials send to former LTTE control areas were taken by LTTE for their war effort. Additionally it should be noted that VP had never recognised the people who left the country during the critical time of the struggle.

  183. #225-AnpanLet me put it in simple terms, that quote is coming from every tamil citizen who got scars
    ——————————————————-
    So what you are simply saying is every tamil citizen who got scars is now carrying a freedom fighters gun as well as an olive branch, like Arafat? I got it now. Thanks for clearing that one up. One of the virtues of having this blog is enlightenment.

  184. #225 Anpan,

    Maybe call yourself AnPIN. PINhead, I wont even bother to answer you but pick some words from your own rely.
    ‘don’t post anything non sense before thinking it twice’
    If you think the only way to help people in the North is to pump money into Govt coffers, then you are the people who pumped money into LTTE and TRO coffers thinking that too will go to the tamils in the north and east.

  185. #200, #201 Anpan,

    In sinhalese there is a saying ‘Even if the mouth tells a lie the tongue will not’
    let me add a little spice to your replies from your own words.
    ‘“If you get a chance, step out of toronto and go to remote villages’
    You sure took the words straight outa my mouth mate???

  186. To Anpan,
    Nanba……I feel ya. I see where you are coming from. Sad to see tamils in an unfortunate situation and it’s really sad that you have spit out the ground reality and some are having hard time understanding your feeling.
    Kumar & Shankar,
    Broz, trust is the major issue among both race. It’s easy to say let’s work on peace and let’s join hands with everyone. It’s hard after all the hardship. You say all this still we send the hard liners to government with majority seats. See where the mistake is?? CFA was signed by the government to weaked the LTTE (publicly admitted), and LTTE signed CFA to strengthen their power. Anyways, LTTE is no more. Put all the behind…..it’s the majority race who needs to put in more effort to earn tamil’s trust. It’s the government who should be responsible for every citizen.
    Dear friend Anpan…..things will get better! things will change….younger crowds are heavily involved and students are lending hands to eachother. Dear friend….i am lending my hand with love……you must accept!!

  187. Dilshan,
    Looks like Anpan has brought out the demon out of you.

    You do realize Anpan has a point, and what brought the LTTE. Question here is do you have the mindset to accept the ground reality?

  188. Anpan,

    I do not want to be harsh with you or ridicule you.
    We all have to agree that the conflict was not just about 30000 dead in the last days. My heart bled when i watched a young tamil girl crying uncontrolabbly for her father was dead before her eyes. my heart bled on the pictur of the father carrying his dead baby after the kebethigollawa massacre. After 30 yrs of suffering there is peace now. the guns are silent. The issues maybe not. please read my comments in reply to jmc-bush. All are looking for peace. nobody wants war and violence. We singhalese think that the Diaspora wants war again. DBSJ has adviced me that all Diaspora is not for War. i belive him and others who write in this blog.
    There is no point looking back. The tamil community in th north and East need economic revival. Beggars cannot come to power and dignity.
    You do not have to send money to the govt. All govt will have corruption whether tamil or sinhalese. Let the fire in you do something good. Tamil is taught in schools now for sinhala kids. my own two kids learn tamil. they do thertre in tamil. there IS a difference in the younger and old.
    Soften your heart Anpan there is pain both in you and in the sinhalese too. Time will heal but we must allow economic reconstruction first.
    look at japan did they mourn the loss of hiroshima and nagasaki to an extent that all ties with USA was broken.How come the japs did not take the President of USA to War crimes. Is the atom bomb a war crime or not?
    War is dirty and sad.
    My point is way forward is economic dev of affected area and people. Not sabre rattling.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Dilshan

    I dont think you should waste your time explaining your view to guys like Anpan & Nerudal (I’ve edited him severely)

    These two are part of a coterie that targets well-meaning,fair minded Sinhalese like you. They pretend to misunderstand you and irritate and provoke you. Ultimate objective is to anger and frustrate you to a point where you will stop posting on this blog

    These guys will welcome Sinhala hawks but dread people like you like how a mad dog abhorrs water

    Please continue to engage genuine people but avoid these guys. I too intend to be harder on them in the future

  189. The main pro agent and master minded by the Madras culprits regarding the Tamil mother land Indian government
    Should remember Vaiko and Mahendran and Chidambaram Nadumaran they badly needed separate homeland for Tamils even this gyes are acting like a there not from India.
    I think grinding heads over Sri Lankan Tamils for separate homland not excisting any more because of defeet of LTTE this Tamil culprits should go for a separate homeland only in India not in Sri Lanka.
    Sri Lanka is the separate country this is not a part of India Tamil should remer this for ever that there in cuontry of a citzan shipe has been given to them and it is not the grand father of Tamils land madras is completely responcible of Tamil terrorist activitys in Sri Lanka.

  190. Thanks Jayaraj good job first of all to you I would like to say something KP is KP but he is not a SLGOV agent or propaganda of SLGOV the man speaks about the truth as Tamils you guys respect for KP because of he is a pro LTTE man when things go wrong do not blame the party learn to listen to the truth of last song.

  191. #241. Dilshan F

    You are right DBSJ, these (people like Anban & Nerudal)are the real victims of LTTE.

    Dhilshan you are wasting your time with thses people …what you are saying is true but these people do not have the wisdom to understand the point …

    காலஞ் செல்லச் செல்ல உன்(VP) மருத்துவர்களிடம் சிகிச்சை பெற்ற பலர் தம் அன்றாட வாழ்க்கையில் இந்தக் கருத்துக்களை வைத்து எடை போட ஆரம்பிப்பர், பின்னொரு காலத்தில் உன்(VP) கதை அழிந்தே போய் விடும், இப்போது முதல் முன்னெடுக்கப்படப் போகும் ஈழத் தமிழரின் புது அத்தியாயம் இனி வரும் காலத்தில் முக்கியம் பெறும்.

    இதை வாசிக்கும் ஒவ்வொரு புலி ஆதரவாளனுக்கும் ஆத்திரமும், அழுகையும் வரும், ஆனால் சிந்தனை மட்டும் வராது, ஏனெனில் அவன் உன்னால்(VP) சிந்திக்கப்பழகவில்லை.

    ஆத்திரத்தைக் கொட்டப் பழகியிருக்கிறான், தேவையான அளவு கெட்ட வார்த்தைகளில் திட்டப் பழகியிருக்கிறான், கண்ணீர் வழியும் படங்களைப் போட்டு மாவீரர்களுக்கு அஞ்சலி செலுத்தப் பழகியிருக்கிறான், ஆனால் சிந்திக்கப் பழகவில்லை.

    எனவே, அவன் மீது திணிக்கப்பட்ட “சிகிக்சை” பலமிழந்து, அவனாக வெளி வந்தால் தான் அவனுக்கும், அவன் சமூகத்துக்கும் அவனால் நன்மை.

  192. Great interview and a great read. I believe the whole answer from KP must be taken with a pinch of salt, although it appears that he is honest, it seems that he is keen to blame everyone over the whole final days of LTTE debacle. The interview is still shrouded in a “fog of war” if you ask me.

  193. 234. Streetlamp:

    Don’t blame the nationalistic Sinhalese for the plight of the Tamils. There is nothing wrong with been nationalistic. Our societies are conservative because we are not people who came to this country couple of hundred years ago. May be in future people will transcend these differences but you cannot expect that from present day Sinhalese or Tamils. What is needed is for people to appreciate and respect diversity and seek unity there in.

  194. DBS,

    I had the minor beleive that thalivar was alive. You have wiped out the cloud and made the way clear which we have to walk.

    Start (from your article)
    I want to reiterate that my leader fought to the very end and had a “Veera maranam” (heroic death).

    According to the information I have the wife Madhivadhani was killed in the shelling.

    I believe it happened before Prabhakaran made his break –out attempt.Charles Anthony was injured in the fighting earlier but he continued to lead cadres in a last ditch stand.

    The daughter Thuuvaraga also fought and died on the battlefield. I hear she died on May 14th.

    As for the youngest kid Balachandran But the pictures I saw on the internet of a dead Balachandran.

    End (from your article)

    Whoever said what there can’t be a major sacrifice than this. I salute you my dear leader. He is always living in our hearts.

    May I please request all of you (Diaspora) to be united and fight for the freedom in a political way?

    DBS it is a duty of wise people like you to write about what next.Please write

    – LTTE is now over only the Tamil people are left.

    – Insist on forgetting the past and build a nation for our children / grand children.

    – Let us get rid of Mahinda’s darama by being united.

    – Let us believe our own people not the devils living other side of park straits.

    STAND TOGETHER AND WIN

  195. 225 Anpan,

    This isthe first Tamil dude (or is He ? ), who has spelt the word “Sinhala” correctly.This is in stark contrast to the usual Tamil spelling as Singhala.

    Even If he is so hard core as he pretends, at least he has some competency in the Sinhala language.

    This is a good sign that he can be rehabilitated in due course.

    However it all depends on how much he cares about the fellow Tamils whoi endured unimaginable misery and hardships endowed upon them by the LTTE, courtesy of the generosity of the Diaspora.

    If he is one of the Diasporians who couldn’t careless about the Tamil people in Srilanka, but only wants to propagate the Eelam dream, then any positive dialogues will be like water on a “Duck’s Back”.

  196. 232 JMC_M.Bush
    ….I am happy that your article is being published in Daily Mirror…
    —————-
    what is intriguing is that that there is not a single reader comment posted in the English version of al three parts of the interview.

    In the Tamil version only a few reader comments.

    Is this because people in Sri Lanka do not care a damn about what KP has to say. ?or are they scared that some one from the authority is watching them even in the cyber space?

    Only the diaspora,both Tamil and Sinhala, pouring out their opinion in the DBSJ blogg. Unfortunately they don’t matter to the people living in Sri Lanka?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Please dont jump to hasty conclusions

    The “Daily Mirror” does not open my articles for comments at my request.

    Instead my e-mail address is provided at the end in order to receive direct feedback from Sri Lankan readers. I get lots of mail from people in Sri Lanka and my regret is that I am not able to reply them all. However I must emphasise that responses I get from readers in Sri Lanka is realistic and positive as opposed to some from the Diaspora

  197. 224 Nettaiyan
    ….I endorse what essey says. People like katayan are the vermin who brought Tamils to this sorry situation
    —————————–
    I too approve of this point.Kattayan and those of his ilk are really vermin

  198. #189. Mavady. Thank you and well said. Unfortunately few extremists get to monopolize the media and blog space. Majority view is not represented in the media. On top of that as DBSJ said as a response to #241 Dilshan F. There are people who come to blogs in Tamil or Sinhalese sounding handles and try to paint average Sinhalese and Tamils as extremists.

    This is similar to 1983 few extremists killed innocents and entire Sinhalese race got a black mark for it. Very few mention how many Non-Tamils went to great lengths to safeguard their neighbors in 1983. As a Sinhalese I feel sad for every civilian life lost from 1983-2009. I also feel for soldiers who lost their lives. Similarly many LTTE cadres who were forced to fight against their wish and the civilians who lost their lives after been forced to provide human shield to LTTE.

    It is great to see moderate Tamils views appearing in this blog. I live in Sri Lanka and associate many people of many social levels. Majority of Sinhalese are moderates and they want to live side by side with all communities and go back to good old days. As moderate Tamils do we hate LTTE, its mis-information and separatism. That’s all.

    I visited the north recently and I can see many families living in difficult conditions. Much similar to shanties in Colombo. If DBSJ or someone in similar stature gives leadership and coordination and every expat donates one home (probably using the money you were forced to give the LTTE collectors) then these poor people can have a better living. This can also be extended to providing education to children and many other areas. If something visible is done I am sure many from other communities would also join in.

  199. sir your interview with KP created stir in tamil nadu politics ,one asking KP to give explanation , another person saying KP is a traitor , indian RAW agent ,SL govt agent .

    i dont know how KP going to answer all these questions . since you in contact with him , you are right person to get answers from him . will next part of interview concentrate on this issue or it will be regarding the development in tamil areas ?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    The people concerned have NOT written to me so far.I am NOT concerned with what they reportedly told other media.It was I who published KP”s interview on Daily Mirror and my blog.Since the Editor in chief of “The Hindu” contacted me directly I will as a matter of courtesy to Mr.N.Ram clarify the position about “Mahendran” this week. As for the others it is NOT my problem

  200. //247. Gopi //

    Sorry for what happened but we all have to remember…

    “ஊருடன் பகைக்கின் வேருடன் கெடும்”

    Studied in primary school.

  201. Dilshan F# 241

    I think you are bit exhausted mentally by some readers ignorant comments against you. Don’t worry but carry on writing what you think is right. We need you sort of people with moderate views here. Hope you read my comment(#189) to JMC. He mention on his comments(#138) as “I have noted, from this column and also in the other similar places, the most radical and hatred comments on our conflict are being made by section of Tamils who have left the country and residing in Europe and other Western countries” . Well, that is his personal view but as a Tamil I could not deny his comments. Because an incident that I witnessed in the Europe recently. I went the “Thurga” temple that maintained by Tamils. During the pooja time a Sinhala lady came wearing skirt and blouse and started her prayer. By looking this, a Tamil lady approaching her and said to her in rude way “ excuse me, this is Hindu temple, you are not allowed to come here with this dress”. The Sinhala lady did not say anything but shorten her prayer and went away. Shortly after, a white lady came with her Tamil husband. She had short mini skirt with sleeveless top. Everybody look at her (why not) including that Tamil lady who I mention earlier but nobody say anything to her about her dress. I went to that Tamil lady and asked her by pointing this white lady “ Is this the dress code you are expecting from the devotees? Is that Sinhala lady wearing much revelling than this white lady? Why you do not go to her and talk about your rules and regulation with her? She went mad and started shouting at me. I said stop bloody politics in the temple. I was so stupid for confronting with her in the temple but some reason I could not resist myself. This is an exceptional case. But not all the Tamils are racist. Same thing all Sinhalese are not racist as well. One reader mention here earlier that Sinhalese always elect hard liners to Power. Yes, In SL politics raced based politics. Not only Sinhalese but Tamil politicians also using “Race Card” to win the election. If we look back Tamil’s politics, they never elect ruling parties. They too have the believe on the party that can protect their fundamental rights.

    Our problem is very sensitive and complex. Right and wrong from both side. There is no point in digging the rubbish again and again. We have to look the way forward. At present there is hate and mis-trust exists among both communities. Until this situation last Sinhalese will send hard liners to power. Politicians will try to satisfy their voters. Meaning there will be no political settlement. Tamils as minority have to find the way to win the trust of majority. They should prove to the majority that we could live as equal citizens. Talking racial comments will create more division not the union. Majority Sinhalese also extend their hand of friendship. Whatever obstacles come across, we should believe on peace and unity. From the last thirty years war, no body gain anything but both side lost too much. This is a good lesson for both side. By learning from this lesson we should find the way to resolve the conflict. Both community people who live outside of SL also play good roll on this regard. This will be very long journey. This will be very challenging. But can be achieved if both society work together. Otherwise…….!

  202. Hi all lankans look at the europe one time they all fought the war each other now they all stand together as eu.if we all on and on about the past,we are not going any where we all both had suffered a lot, we all forgot the tsunami have we had learnt from the tragedy when it comes to disaster there is no difference,instead we gone the other way this is all happend well before the tragedy god has given the chance to realise the real situation,pls if you all can help to rebuild the country and let the people to live peacefully,no more bombs shelling …….dont irritate each other i dont know why these BUFFALOW SOLDIERS were here when his leader was calling them.the one man meyhem the whole country is suffering dont get the living out of it.

  203. #246 Navin.
    Your grasp of history is woeful. Once you have spent some time reading (and not the Mahavamsa please) feel free to come back with justifiable opinions.

  204. When they announce for tamil elam they all very well known that its not achivable and keep on fighting in every election and get the seat like Mr.Sam and make the change the SEAT AS BED and keep on fighting until you get the call,they all knows.otherwise if the job finish soon what do they do.
    that is what Mr Amii done in 1956 he is happy to have the car number plate in english,but when the Govt change it to the sinhala sri he couldnt bear it.lot of people didnt know exactly why all this fight are for,then Mrs.kumaratunga came said ok instead of sri put a dash
    now we all are dashing out.so who ever it is keep on doing it until we all dashed out.you muslim brothers learn it from us come and save us.

  205. Can I request someone or even better if Kumar or DBS can translate the tamil portion of the comment #244 by Kumar.
    It is for the sake of individuals like Dilshan F to know what Majority of the tamils are dealing with.
    Thank you.

    Why dont you do it please?…….DBSJ

  206. All right, mates. We are all in disagreements…..this is the current ground reality.

    Dilshan & Nerudal, thank you for your love.

    Just take 3 of us as an example, don’t you see we have disagreements? don’t you see a mistrust, betrayal & bleeding hearts?
    .

    Anyways, Dilshan…here as many claim you are very moderate person, I would like to reconcile this with you and hoping to reach a common ground but definitely I don’t think we need intermediation. You know your ground and I know mine as well….I not here to bash up your efforts as some misquoted.
    One thing, thanks DBSJ for giving me your blog as a platform to reconcile our differences. Waiting to hear again….

  207. Here is a reply from Vaiko against KP’s “accusations”.
    I must warn you that there is ample amount of rhetoric in it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hl3_MuG3vi8
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15elr7dOJlc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DktLaleJNNY
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdWGqGld7pY
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiBiVukQInU
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv5QpfjMJLg

    I feel sorry for the viewers but am releasing this comment as a source of comic relief…………DBSJ

  208. The Nediyavan and his group will be exposed soon, if anything KP and DBSJ alleging is true, as KP said it correctly. ,

  209. DBSJ
    Great Interview. I read this today only after reading all newspapers in India splashing your interview and TN politicians refutal etc..

    You can clarify this from KP.

    There was a report in Malai Malar paper in June 2009 that Mathivathani moved out of Wanni during Jan 2009 through a Indian Passport obtained from Trichy and boarded chennai – HK – to Canada and CBI was investigating the news and it looks like VP’s wife and daughter is alive and studying abroad. No further reports about this news item. Only RAW or CBI will know the truth.

    There are conflicting reports about the death of VP. Probably you need to interview again all of them and reconstruct the same.

    Any way, great job done and these interviews are masterpiece and will be a milestone in the history of journalism.

  210. “DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Dilshan

    I dont think you should waste your time explaining your view to guys like Anpan & Nerudal (I’ve edited him severely)

    These two are part of a coterie that targets well-meaning,fair minded Sinhalese like you. They pretend to misunderstand you and irritate and provoke you. Ultimate objective is to anger and frustrate you to a point where you will stop posting on this blog

    These guys will welcome Sinhala hawks but dread people like you like how a mad dog abhorrs water

    Please continue to engage genuine people but avoid these guys. I too intend to be harder on them in the future”

    DBS in similar vain what action have you taken against to Davinda Fernando Who have been descemenating open race hatrade against Tamils?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Devinda F does NOT post comments on my blog. Also I dont moderate comments on transcurrents.

    Besides Devinda F targets what he sees as hawkish Tamil comments in general.

    Same way there are people with Tamil names who vent out hawkish anti-Sinhala feelings against perceived Sinhala racists.

    But in this case Dilshan F is one of the most decent persons I have come across on this blog and these two guys were systematically attacking him. This is a trick to irritate & alienate individuals like Dilshan. The idea here is to attack perceived moderates and silence them. They dont attack Sinhala hardliners but very decent people.

    There is a big difference. …..

    So stop nitpicking & write a worthwhile comment if you can.Otherwise just wait &dont waste my time please

  211. 249
    DBSJ-The “Daily Mirror” does not open my articles for comments at my request.
    ————————————
    Thanks for clarifying.There are few comments on the Tamil Version though.

  212. 250 Krishnadeva
    I too approve of this point.Kattayan and those of his ilk are really vermin
    ———————–
    I agree with Krishnadeva.Lets keep the kattayans in their place

  213. 249 Mottayan
    DBSJ RESPONDS:
    …… However I must emphasise that responses I get from readers in Sri Lanka is realistic and positive as opposed to some from the Diaspora
    ———–
    I tend to think so too the Sri Lankan diaspora’s opinions, debates here in this blogg is irrelevant to the ground situation in Sri Lanka.?

  214. DBS,

    Watching and reading the reaction in Tamil Nadu to your blog, one sees how powerful the pen (in this instance a computer) can be.

    What you are doing here should be standard for anybody learning to be a journalist. I am sure that you are the talking point in Sri Lankan journalist circles and I hope you will get due recognition for what you are doing.

  215. DBSJ,

    You are back with a bang like good old days… Your interview is talk of the town in all quarters of the world.

    For some reason I feel you were expecting this, and KP himself was expecting this too. Hopefully the next part o the interview could she further light.

  216. Don’t blame each other; we Srilankans (Sinhala or Tamil) won’t live in peace and unity, unless Indian politicians, foreign policy and their intelligent services are involving in our countries politics. These people made this mess and they will make another one soon. Wake up guys and look at the bigger picture

  217. 256. Streetlamp:

    If you could point out what error I have made while commenting about history of this country I would be most grateful to you. FYI, I have not read Mahavansa nor do I have any interest in doing so at present. I do however, consider Mahavansa as an important historic record of events some of which may be correct, some may not, which historians find useful nevertheless. More importantly, Mahavansa is part of Sinhalese history and I’m proud that we have such a record. Its a total distortion of facts to say some historic record is creating animosity between communities at present day. There have been bloggers who wanted parts of Mahavansa expunged as if it were like the parliamentary hansard.

  218. 256 streetlamp

    Your grasp of history is woeful. Once you have spent some time reading (and not the Mahavamsa please)
    ———————————————————————

    How about to reading Choola wansa,Deepa wansa, Dathu wansa, Boodi wansa and Raajawalia. Raajawalia contain the definition on demala too.

  219. Vaiko says ( Hindu ) VP would have never given up his Eelam demand, and he would have never surrendered to the Srilankan authorities.

    Nadesan only asked him to try and win seats at the Elections.

    Vaiko further states that he also wants nothing but Eelam and KP has betrayed all who have the same goal.

    Obviously the Eelam he is talking must be the Tamil Nadu Eelam, now that the Srilankan Eelam is dead and buried.

  220. Dear All, including Anpan and Nerudal.

    Let me tell you a real story. Since December last I worked on a project in Trincomalee. Though my client wanted if possible skilled workers from the south ( no racial intent here ) I purposely hired some from the area. So here I am not understanding a word of what these guys are saying but still managed to complete the project on time. I noticed a young stocky boy – a very hard worker. When i inquired the boy was from Jaffna. The sister is here in Trinco. At the end of the project I called a meeting thanked everyone personally and commenced another in Negombo.

    About 40-50 FOLLOWED us. they are working now in a possible ‘Sinhala’ area with confidence. To my suprise the young tamil boy from Jaffna is also here.

    To me this is reconciliation. These guys speak tamil and the locals speak sinhalese and my staff also speak singhalese. There are no racial fights as they ALL EARN MUCH neaded money to send home back to their folk. they all share one quarters.

    I am so happy to see that my tamil boy from Jaffna who knows no Sinhalese is working for us.

    To the hardliners he would be a traitor. To our hardliners he would be a spy.

    But let me shock you.

    If there was a riot like in ’83 my young tamil friend would be the first to be put down IF I AM NOT THERE. Perhaps he would have made enough friends to keep him safe.

    So thats why Anpan, Nerudal I understand you and am not blind to reality but we need time. Time to heal. Diaspora rumblings dont even allow moderates to remain moderates. Recent actions by EU and USA on GSP and War crimes have only hardened the hardliners. there has been no Riots even when hundreds of soldiers died during the war. But WE I mean ALL of us MUST be vigilent.

    It is the same as you or me dropping our children to school. Make sure that safety and security is there for all of us. To ensure that PEACE is nutured and protected.
    Thats our duty.

    Thanks to all who responded harsh or not.

  221. #254 Mavady, #263 Well Wisher

    Thank you for your comments. No I wouldn’t be upset with anyone here. Everybody has a reason for their comments and stand.

    I sincerely look for the good in everyone. All of us have a bad side too. Need to keep that under control.

    Here in SL because the Opposition is weak Rajapakse’s will have a good run. I hear Namal is coming up strong. We all know where he came from – the school by the sea. Same as DBSJ and I – . I have seen the Three boys behaviou in public they are exemplary .

    Chamaka Ranawaka the MP from JHU apologised in Jaffna for the burning of the library. We will always carry that guilt. So there is change.

    There is a major effort in the North by the Govt. Windfarms are planned and licensed in the Jaffna lagoon. Whilst the Tamil politicians will be mapping out when to fight for an Eelam to get votes to sit in the parliament and get duty free cars. The present Govt WILL get Jaffna votes. The present GOVT is cunning, otherwise why keep KP? All other LTTE was vaporised. Many thought that KP would dissapear. I too thought hat KP would ‘show a cache of arms and then get shot’. – But NO !!. KP being alive spoils War Crimes charges, Just imagine KP, Karuna and Pillyan the most senior LTTE now with MR. What evidence would they give?

    I think DBSJ would have to analyse this situ and perhaps write.Politics make strange bedfellow.

    Thanks Mavady , Well Wisher for your concern

  222. Oh lord DBSJ,
    There seem to be a bit of misunderstanding in regards to my last comment. My intention was to give my shoulder to another mate who has been severely affected by this war. Only through “love” you can heal them. I don’t think I was taking side there, also I don’t think I was attacking Dilshan in any way. I don’t know where you got the impression that I was sabotaging Dilshan’s efforts.

  223. Comment 273 Dilshan,

    “The statement that his new found young Tamil friend will be the first to be put down” carries a huge significance.

    Going back to the election time the TNA leader’s comments that he will organize “Hartal” and civil disobedience campaigns if he does not get his “homelands” still ring in my ears.

    Another “Pogrom” is what the pro Tigers are aiming for.
    Based on the last experience what more best suits their aim of hurting the government and dragging their Western supporters to intervene with Military might this time, to carve out the :Homelands”

    What better opportunity to get asylum for thousands of their supporters languishing in refugee camps or on protection and bridging visas and open the ways to claim refugee status by many more Tamil people.

    What more will convince the Foreigners that the Sinhalese are “Barbarians” of the 21 Century.

    The Opposition groups in Srilanka will be ever ready to exploit such an opportunity to their maximum benefit.

    Thank heavens that the Srilankan people have matured a lot since 83.

    We are also blessed that the Rajapaksas who are strong on Law and Order will never allow such situations to arise.

    I am sure that the young friend of Dilshan will be quit safe in any part of the Country under the current regime.

  224. some people are saying that sinhalese are sending hardliners to parliament. I think that is simplfying situation. They are merely sending the best available lot to run the country. It is upto the opposition to wake up and overhaul itself and compete, which they are not. Even recently the changes to the UNP are just cosmetic. The UNP has to make a decision whether it wants to run the country or just sit in the opposition with the wealthy UNP’ers continuing to enjoy their wealth minus the power, which they seem very content to do. First of all ranil must step down and hand the leadership to sajith premedasa. He should be like a mentor to sajith whose father was close to him. sajith’s father’s name is the only hope for the UNP. No politician achieved as much as premedasa especially for the poor and country folk during his political life. If he was alive you think chandrika and mahinda would have got their break?

    No point in lamenting we are sending hardliners into parliament. The people are just scraping the barrel.The UNP has to do a complete overhaul starting with a change of leadership. Then the people will have better choices at their disposal.

  225. Dear David,

    If you haven’t already covered in your interview.. would it be possible to get some info on the LTTE perspective of the murders of Premadasa, Denzil Kobbekaduwa, Athulathmudali and Dissanayaka from KP

    It may probably be a hard subject for even KP because of the murky nature of the politic under Premadasa.

    However I am sure it will be sensational reading if you can get KP to divulge what he knows about this critical period in SLakan politics.

  226. #276 Kalu Albert.

    Peace is so fragile. Thats why all right thinking people need to protect this Peace we have now.
    No never again ’83 or May June 2000.
    No doesn not mean we forget the those with Hurt and Anger irrespective whether they are hardened LTTE or Hardened SINHALA or the innocent.

    You are correct. We should not allow any violence whether progrom or other. not because it will prevent a homeland but simply its not human.

  227. Good interview. Read all the 3 parts very carefully. Can you please put the audio transcript [even an edited one] so that many lingering doubts can be cleared. In the best interests of transparency and journalistic traditions you must do that. It would silence your detractors.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Far from being a journalistic tradition what you and some others suggest is contrary to such norms.

    At this rate journalists will be asked to publish their notes & tapes instead of writing reports and articles based on those. Documentary makers & TV news producers will be asked to screen their entire footage instead of the finished product. The BBC will have to broadcast all what was recorded. I can go on and on in this way

    BTW This is the first time I have come across any journalist being asked to do this type of thing. Just because I have a blog and respond to comments people must not exceed their limits this way and make absurd demands like this

  228. Good interview. Read all the 3 parts very carefully. Can you please put the audio transcript [even an edited one] in the net, so that many lingering doubts can be cleared. In the best interests of transparency and journalistic traditions you must do that. It would silence your detractors.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    About silencing my detractors

    I dont know whether you saw the classic movie”Gone with the wind”

    In that Clark Gable playing Rhett Butler says this to Vivien Leigh playing Scarlett O’Hara in one scene

    “FRANKLY MY DEAR,I DONT GIVE A DAMN”

    This is my response too about my so called detractors

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  230. Comment 279.

    “Peace” is fragile only in our” Neck of the Woods” because the Opposition Politicians are ever ready to fish In” the troubled waters.”

    Peace is not an issue in the Western World because the Politicians do not muck about with their Nation’s independence and the Integrity.

    No NGOs are there telling them what to do. No Foreigners are allowed to interfere in their affairs and no local communities regardless of their numerical strength are allowed to stir the pot with rights for self rule.

    Until our politicians specially the ones who bow down to their Western masters and accept their instructions lock stock and barrel ,also learn to follow their etiquette when it comes to playing politics. the Peace will be fragile.

  231. Anpan # 259

    Very good. I think you took the smart approach. I like the way you attempt to reconcile the differences. As you know “disagreements” are everywhere – family, friends, school, work place, ……etc. Finding the Agreement within the disagreement is very good effective management. You did that. Well done!. “others may be right; but I’m always right” approach won’t work all the time in real world.

  232. 278. Kalu Albert:–Dear David,If you haven’t already covered in your interview would it be possible to get some info on the LTTE perspective of the murders of Premadasa, Denzil Kobbekaduwa, Athulathmudali and Dissanayaka from KP.
    —————————————————————————-
    LTTE never divulged what one person is doing to the other unless the other was also involved in that operation. Information was shared strictly on “as needs basis” and therefore unless KP was personally involved in these operations which I don’t think he was, he wouldn’t know. As needs basis principle was adopted by the covert secret operations unit SOE, set up by Winston Churchill during WW2 & few of the remaining SOE records which were not destroyed by British Government at the end of the war remains classified I believe until 2030.

  233. 281
    DBSJ RESPONDS:
    About silencing my detractors
    I dont know whether you saw the classic movie”Gone with the wind”
    In that Clark Gable says this to Vivien Leigh in one scene
    “FRANKLY MY DEAR,I DONT GIVE A DAMN”
    This is my response too about my so called detractors
    ——————–
    DBSJ – This blog is yours and you have monopoly editorial control.

    (DELETED)

    ———-

    Yes. I have the right to edit,delete,reject or accept the comments posted on this blog. Those are the rules of the game. If this is unacceptable you can always keeep away from this site.

    I have accommodated all shades of opinion to a very great extent. I have also allowed criticism to a very great extent. But there is a limit to my patience also. I am sure a clever person like you will understand this and act accordingly

  234. I could not stop laughing when I watch Vicko’s speech. Does he admitting VP’s death by saying “Maaveerar Thilakam” ?. Also he said VP appointed KP as international head in 2009, because otherwise KP could fall into the hand of International intelligence network. Does he mean that VP was such a mad leader to keep a cat to guard the milk? His contradictions cast upon his credibility. I don’t know how long he is going to grinding chilli on our head. I know he is a talented orator and Nediyavan wouldn’t mind to pay any amount as long as he washes our head. May be he could pocket more money for his speeches than Tony Blair.

    Why-go…………Why not go…………Please go.

  235. To the unattached, KP is a liar. In what language his Thai wife and VP’s wife converse?

    English…………DBSJ

  236. Dear F— Dilshan
    Donot vamwa ganta eppa with those two guys,If you want peace, you have correct yourself, means any government in power not harm othersin words and act,they made,will make this situation,now you people want peace, it is in your hand vote right person to power ,release innocents from the camp not prison, sent MR and CO home, Bring your war hero to Prisedent, every thing will over,we will bring KP.who is main actor in the government now, your war hero in prison very soon KP and VP going to be CM and VCM by MR and CO then DBSJ bend and will talk telephone interview from all of them and you. easy ana, natha aka koenthdya netha

  237. Re#282, Please don’t give any credence to Vaiko.If i remember rightly when he was in prison for nearly 2 years, under POTA on the urging of jayalaitha his own party MP’s were happily serving as deputy ministers in the central govt.Why should anyone take care or notice what he says when even his own party MP’s behaved like this?

  238. 280
    DBSJ RESPONDS:
    Documentary makers & TV news producers will be asked to screen their entire footage instead of the finished product. The BBC will have to broadcast all what was recorded. I can go on and on in this way
    BTW This is the first time I have come across any journalist being asked to do this type of thing. Just because I have a blog and respond to comments people must not exceed their limits this way and make absurd demands like this
    ———————
    of course there are many instances where the TV channels, journalist etc were asked to show the original transcript or footage or notes.

    Recently the editor of Sunday Leader was asked to produce to the courts the notes she took when she interviewed Sarath Fonseka.

    So this is not setting precedence

  239. DBSJ

    You cannot make head or tail of what this guy futaint is saying. He might be even a 12 year old child. What is the point of posting that idiot’s comments?

    We need comic relief now and then……DBSJ

  240. Hello DBS,
    I thought I will request you to translate as your vocabulary and command of the language is much superior to mine. Here is what I could translate the Tamil portion of Kumar’s comment #244. Please feel free to edit. I felt that this piece clearly and trully shows the mindset of the LTTE supportes. Thank you.

    ……………As time goes on the people who got treated by your doctors (VP doctrine) will weigh these ideas in their daily life. Then one day you (VP) will be forgotten. AT that time the new chapter that has started will get the importance.

    Every LTTE supporter who reads this “New chapter” will feel anger and sadness, but will not be able to reason. Since he was not trained to think and reason by you (VP).

    He is trained to show his excessive anger, and no hesitation to use vulgar language, and garland the pictures of dead LTTE patriots (Maaveerar), but not to think.

    So, only if and when he comes out of the treatement (VP Doctrine) forcibly imposed on him, he will be productive and useful to him and the society.

    This is a good translation.Thank You……..DBSJ

  241. KP
    Douglas
    Col. Karuna
    Pillaiyan
    Anandasangari

    The above people are great Tamil patriot.

    The world and other races should learn from these people how they are fondly taking care of Tamil race – wherever and whenever Tamil get a problem.

    Guys keep up your work. Tomorrow history is yours

  242. There won’t be any reconciliations in srilanka, Sinhalese are over whelmed with triumphalism, and some spineless themulus are playing fiddle to it.

    This is a war between incentives and ideology, many sinhala collaborators betrayed their own people for pity incentives and their own well beings, this not new in the Tamils history,simply it repeats again.

    The ship is running with out a captain or coarse, this will end up in the same cycle of events in years to come.

  243. Only you could do this kind of interview DBSJ. Hats off to you again. Its now well known factor that Prabakaran is dead.

    We need the real story and truth about the demise of Prabakaran.

    This is why I always like your articles and beleive in your true journalism.

    Well done

  244. # 293. Mottyan
    Recently the editor of Sunday Leader was asked to produce to the courts the notes she took when she interviewed Sarath Fonseka.

    So this is not setting precedence

    ———-

    Does it mean, if tamilnadu political leaders seek legal avenue, DBS will be asked to produce the tapes in court? Not possible.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Tamil Nadu political leaders or as General Fonseka said “Jokers”?

    One can seek justice only with clean hands. Vaiko’s hands are stained with the blood of Tamils

  245. #280 Amal
    Journalistic traditions mean to preserve racial harmony. Transparency is not always helpful to preserve racial harmony. It is obvious that DBS has edited and omitted some parts of the interview but he did not twist the interview like some other journalist does.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thanks for trying to explain but the point here is that there is no need to be apologetic. No journalist will publish his or her ntes or tapes or film footage. It is only the finished product that matters and it is the only one that any reader needs to respond to. Here these people are trying to bully me into doing something totally against journalistic practices and norms

    I have not seen any of these jokers make any such demand of any other journalist

    Just because I give them space on this blog they are misusing and abusing it to unacceptable levels

    As far as I am concerned they can make such demands till the moon turns blue

    As Clark Gable said “Frankly my dear I dont give a damn”

  246. # 272. Kalu Albert
    Obviously the Eelam he is talking must be the Tamil Nadu Eelam, now that the Srilankan Eelam is dead and buried.

    ——————
    Beware !

    If Tamil nadu Eelam becomes a reality, Srilankan Eelam will resurrect from the dead.

  247. //260. Suresh Kumar //

    Thank you Suresh Kumar for posting this.

    Now it’s been proved beyond any reasonable doubts that “Vaico “ is a real “Psycho “.

  248. // 295. ATL | August 26th, 2010 at 12:22 pm
    Hello DBS,
    I thought I will request you to translate as your vocabulary and command of the language is much superior to mine. Here is what I could translate the Tamil portion of Kumar’s comment #244. Please feel free to edit. I felt that this piece clearly and trully shows the mindset of the LTTE supportes. Thank you.//

    Thank you and Well done.

  249. dear DBS. why are you publishing a prisoner’s telephone interview. do you realy believe his words specially under the circumstances he is currently in. what a joke this is.

    I think the “joke”is on you…….DBSJ

  250. #297 Raman

    I fully agree with you.
    When gun was pointed against Tamils, these guys responded appropriately instead of packing bags and leaving country. At the same time when Olive branch was shown these guys responded appropriately.
    These guys are still taking care of Tamils.

  251. #308 Kumar

    Yes… You are right when compared to majority of Tamil diaspora idiots & Tamil Nadu political jokers, these guys are still taking care of Tamils in Sri Lanka…That is true.

  252. VP’s hands are stained with the blood of Sri Lankan Tamils and Sinhalease alike .
    Vaiko’s hands are stained with the blood of Sri Lankan Tamil’s..so are the hands of many other Indian politicians both Central and State.

  253. DBS, once again you proof that you can get the information what you like to hear, but reality is different. When KP aggreed that Preba is Killed I thought he has reliable source that who came with Preba had informed to KP that he killed but truth was different , KP also referring the picture/video that shown in the TV. He is saying that VP came back inside without pottu (Soosai’s information), well Soosai has touched with some others also before his communication disconnect, but he never informed this news to any one–KP can say that Soosai last comminication with him only that is definitely wrong, Soosai last call was another person. I am not denying that VP’s death but KP’s informations are always contradicting– as he was running a blog he wrote that he was willing to travell Vanni but VP stooped him and also VP informed him that he will arrange safe passage–but now wat is KP saying all contradicting.. KP is lier this interview is Cooked one not the right one. Dear DBS you can contact some people who have escaped from last ditch and publish in the media may give some sort of understanding.. this interview all cooked one DBS has lost his truth.. and just posting the interview wat GOSL/India want but truths are different…

    Cooked? Wish I was a master chef but even my wife cant eat my cooking…………DBSJ

  254. Dear singhar
    pls first check your head and….tail, it will be a up side down .all what, i am trying tosay you guys want peace. well ya,you can have peace,but there is condition, stop detain and harrsing tamil in sri lanka.respect them, it is not happening,saying war is over, we won it.but not by psychologically, still scrae LTTE.you stop it, then every thing will be peace. previous comment, i said that in simple language.clearly, stop what your doing against tamil and cover up by journalisum. stop state terrissom occupy and contruct army camp in our own land north and east, stop lies of propangada against tamil in here and abroad. we will have peace.it all in your(sinhalese)
    hand.whether sitiuation happening in sri lanka up side down. example rally aganist UN,outcomes no more aids in future,now begging by another MRs mastermind of state terrissit -minister ,by construct lots of hotel in all over part of si lanka.fill up hisown pocket, no one worry about it because he is development minister.he developed himself.

  255. Dear DBSJ,

    Thank you for your enlighting Interview. I had the pleasure of seeing Vaiko deliver a speech in my college few years back ( MCC in Chennai ) I was simply stunned by his speech and I thought till this interview that he was a man wedded to his ideals, ( However wrong it may be ) But this Interview simply tore of his veil and revealed him to be yet another politician. Also reading all comments revelaed that there are the Good( Dishan F), the Bad( …. ) and the Ugly ( you know names)…Thanks for everything….Greetings from Chennai

  256. I believe the detractors are in two forms. One lot doubting the substance of the interview based on the interviewees circumstances. Locked in a prison cell under the watchful eye of senior statesmen, they feel that KP words are in doubt. But critics fail to realise that despite his circumstances he still embraces VP, affection & commitment that goes to another level. He never did a Judas Iscariot like Karuna or even the likes of Daya or George Master who did condemn and vilify him. From news and stories I heard many low and high ranked captured officials in the LTTE criticized their one time leader to reprieve themselves.

    The second lot, are the ones doubting the creditability of the interview. Were parts of the interview edited to protect the interviewee? Were certain parts deleted? Trying to put their two cents about what actually happened at the interview. One idiot asks about KP and his connection to the youngest son without any thought and another clown asking stupid questions like how the wives communicate with one another. They even go to the extent of telling the journalist how to do their job ignoring all criterions.

    At this status quo I can definitely predict that plenty of money is being transferred from Nediyavan’s pocket (I mean the Dispora’s hard earned money) to Vaiko & Co to launch more campaigns to portray KP as a traitor to the Diaspora.

  257. My Tamil & Sinhala friends from the west have visited Jaffna and Vanni. They say people are optimistic of the future and there is development going on. They say the Army numbers have not been reduced because it is the Army boys who are now doing a lot of mine clearing and development works. One government servant has said this is because Army with discipline does not rob the development funds like private contractors and politicians goonda’s. The Army boys are polite but are on the alert. Some of the party have gone to a village off the beaten track to meet some relatives and within 0.5 hrs Army rocked in to question what they are doing there. Some of the SLA boys spoke in Tamil! It seems things are on the mend.

  258. Hey guys this is an interviw not an analyisis or an article by DBS. In an interview the journalist does keep some recordes “off the record”.
    If an and when DBS writies an article, don’t shoot the messanger!

  259. Further to my last comment, DBS is mostly answering the comments as a|” Blocker” than as a defendant. KEEP THIS IN MIND. and thank you DBS for not taking extreme measures in these comments!. WE as readers DO learn a lot from the comments posted!

  260. Dear DBS,
    Well your wife even can’t eat your cooked one, but looks lot of people are digesting your cooked meal here..

    “Sangadamaana Samaiyalai Vittu -Sangeetham Naan Paadapporen”….DBSJ

  261. pls right now all we want is peace now,what ever it is we are sri lankans weather its tamil or sinhaleese for some you all have benefited from this tragedy,but cant carry on if you speak to so many tamils they agree that some of the people still intact because of their cast and dont recoginise them,they think only way out is keep on make trouble,even if we get ellam they cant go anyway,this evil man done so many damage to us than to our native bro,and sisters they shot who ever on their way schoolers mps they all brought to us nowhere

  262. //253 ..Ganesh

    Start of your comment
    Sorry for what happened but we all have to remember…“ஊருடன் பகைக்கின் வேருடன் கெடும்”Studied in primary school.
    End of you comment

    எதடா ஊர்? இந்தியாவா?

    Studied from 1973 the year I was born, till May 18th 2009.

  263. //253 ..Ganesh

    Start of your comment
    Sorry for what happened but we all have to remember…“ஊருடன் பகைக்கின் வேருடன் கெடும்”Studied in primary school.
    End of you comment

    எதடா ஊர்? இந்தியாவா?

    Studied from 1973 the year I was born, till May 18th 2009. Almost 37 Years. Not even a Phd needs this much time.

  264. “221. tamilan | August 24th, 2010 at 8:21 am
    all i could say is everyone are after money thats why they dont have one goal which is should be the tamil ealam except hero prabhakaran and his battle feild soldiers.
    i respect my hero and my soldiers”

    My response to tamilan:

    Tamilan, please continue respecting VP and his soldiers, while we tamil diaspora will spend our time helping out tamils in SL who have lost all because of your heros.

    Also in the meantime please let us the know where our donated funds are? so that we can reclaim and use (by donating to KP’s rehabilitation) that as well to enhance the livelihood of our tamils in SL which were destroyed by your heros. You could ask some of your remaining heros who might have pocketed our donations.

  265. Dear Mr.DBSJ,

    Thanks for the detailed interview with KP. KP’s version of final days of Eazham War IV is more reasonable than Nediyavan or Castro’s version. But I don’t agree with KP fully.

    KP or nobody else (kanimozhi, jegath kaspar raj etc. etc) would have succeeded in bringing a ceasefire. When the SLA was in the verge of victory definitely GoSL would have gone for the annihilation of LTTE. Even if we believe KP & Co would have aranged for a ceasefire what would have happened to Prabhakaran? Prabhakaran would have fcaed insult, torture and all other form of harassment not only from SL but also from India.

    Knowingly or unknowingly VP had chosen a path. The end of that path should be either independent Eazham or heroic death. The path has ended with the second option. I am damn sure that VP’s soul will not have any regrets for his heroic death. He gave up himself and his family for a cause what he believed is noble. VP is not KP to adjust with Rajapakse brothers.

    KP has a role to play now. If he is able to bring peace and wealth in N & E provinces with the help of GoSL, India and tamil diaspora KP can be forgiven by GoSL and glorified by the global tamil community. Can he do it? Only the time has to answer.

    KP, Nediyavan, Castro, X, Y etc. etc. can’t be compared with Prabhakaran. Undoubtedly the greatest hero of the Tamil race in the 20th and 21st centuries is Prabhakaran. It is very difficult to erase the memories of VP from the mind of the global tamil community. Let the tamil race remember the supreme sacrifice done by VP and adopt the unselfish dedication of this great hero for constructive purpose.

    nattirkkaka thannaiyum than kudumbaththaiyum arppaniththa veerath thamizh makanukku veera vanakkangal.

    Yogesh Karayalar.

  266. #326 Yogesh Karayalar
    nattirkkaka…. thannaiyum than kudumbaththaiyum arppaniththa veerath thamizh makanukku veera vanakkangal.

    entha nattirkkaka, for which country?

  267. Do you really think Soosai will not saying anything about Prabhakaran to KP? Or Soosai knows anything about Prabhakaran? What is joke ..

    But shortly before I lost contact with Soosai the sea tiger chief surprised me by saying that Prabhakaran could not break through and had returned. Soosai said that he was only a few hundred yards away from the place he was in. Soosai said that the break out attempt had failed and Prabhakaran had returned without Pottu Amman. He could not give me any more information other than that, except to say the fighting was really fierce. A little later I lost contact with Soosai

  268. dbs is doing a great job as a journalist. people need information and the readers will know how to judge the writings of any journalist.

    the ordinary citizens of sri lanka has been misled into tragedy due to lousy politicians which is the case in many failed states.

    many things happen when leaders fail. there is much critisism about LTTE when there was NO LTTE until the mid 1970s.

    sri lanka is not only state that failed after getting independence from the colonial powers of britain, france, netherlands, and portugal. many states in africa and asia alos has failed. some even experienced genocide ie cambodia and rwanda. so the genocide of tamils in sri lanka has to taken in a broader perspective.

    it will take time for the healing to take place.

    it would be good for all sri lankan tamils to understand international law and how the security of nations and people can best be protected.

  269. My questions are –

    What is the big deal for Rajapakshe in issuing a death ceritificate?
    Why was karuna asked to identiy the body instead of Prabhakaran’s father? Prabhakaran’t parents were in custody at 3:00 PM on 20th May. They were the last one’s to be with prabhakaran and could have easily identified his body.
    With prabhakarn’s parents in custody, and with his son dead what was the big difficulty in publishing the DNA analysis and deliver a death certificate?

    Don’t you agree the final nail in Prabhakaran’s coffin would be his death certificate.

    It has been more than a year since his “death”

  270. goooooood interview its shows how good you are in jernalisum. tamil politicians like viko and seeman should be chasen by tamil nadu people

  271. Fully agree with this sentiment.
    But Govinda, I hope Prabha and YOU got a chance to reflect how he denied similar dreams of thousands of other
    (not only Tamil but also) Singhala and Muslim kids, who perished in numerous bombings over TWENTY SIX YEARS.

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  273. After the recent revelations, I again read this interview. I find that KP has been very honest and has portrayed the true picture of what happened at the end.

    Thanks DBSJ. I wish your community gets peace, respect and equal status in SL.

  274. Rand from Australia. Dear DBS. Read your great article today. Keep up the good work. Ordinary Tamils do not want a separate state in SriLanka. It is the Tamil politicians and the diaspora who wants it for their selfish aims. Another Eeelam attempt will destroy another generation of Tamils. So all must get together and live in harmony as children of Mother Lanka. Rand from Australia 4 June 2012

  275. i’m not from sri lanka.. but i’ve been following these stories about prabhakaran, and his family… the latest photos of the last moments of young balachandran in the hands of SL forces, and the latest documentary, affected me.. and brought me here… i pray that whoever were responsible for the kid’s death and the persons who committed the killings of the tamil civilians gets punished here or in the next life, if there is one…, i pray that afterwards the tamils would get the things they aspiired for and what VP and others like him fought for…

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