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The last days of Thiruvenkadam Veluppillai Prabhakaran

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Thiruvenkadam Veluppillai Prabhakaran is no more!

The body of the 54 year old supreme leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) was found on Tuesday May 19th near the Mullaitheevu lagoon known as “Nanthikkadal” (sea of conches). He had gunshot wounds in the head and forehead.

[Thiruvenkadam Veluppillai Prabhakaran]

Thus ended the life of the man who was once described by the LTTE’s political strategist, Anton Stanislaus Balasingham, as both “the president and prime minister of Tamil Eelam”. Army commander Sarath Fonseka announced the death officially at 12.15 pm on the 19th.

SOORIYATHEVAN

The ephemeral nature of power was illustrated vividly by the death of Prabhakaran who controlled what was perhaps the most powerful guerilla organization in the world and was raised to divine status as “Sooriyathevan” (Sun God) by his sycophantic followers.

The circumstances of his death were , just as in life , mired in controversy.His demise was anticipated before it happened. The discovery of his corpse was revealed in sections of the media even before it was found.Then the LTTE’s chief of International relations , Selvarasa Pathmanathan alias KP issued a denial of the death of his leader.

This has resulted in a bizarre situation where the Tamil diaspora remains overtly calm and cool while the media in Sri Lanka and abroad are going to town with news of his death as well as obituaries .

What is worse , there seems to be division among LTTE and pro-LTTE ranks overseas about how to respond to the leader’s death. One faction wants to acknowledge it , pay homage to Prabhakaran and proceed from there.

The others want to deny it and perpetuate the myth that the LTTE leader is alive. Elaborate efforts are on to circulate doctored images of Prabhakaran and also audio cassettes. The idea is to project an impression that Prabhakaran is safe in the north-eastern jungles leading a guerilla campaign with the participation of remaining cadres.

It remains to be seen as to how this charade will be played out in the future. At the heart of this diaspora dilemma is the fact that fund-raising will dwindle if the people realize that Prabhakaran is dead. Also there are many money-making concerns run by “front” persons on behalf of the enemy. Let us also remember that the “Mafia” had its roots in the freedom movement of Sicily.

Furthermore there is also the “cold war” going on between LTTE factions. The overseas branch officials are the loyalists of Castro who was in charge of Overseas administration. They resent the appointment of Selvarasa Pathmanathan alias KP as the new global tiger chief.

In addition the intelligence chief Pottu Amman has also established his own network of operatives and spies. At present the Castro and Pottu factions are ganging up to dislodge and undermine KP whose “strength” was his closeness to Prabhakaran.

While these sinister games are on the departed LTTE leader is being denied his due after death. Given the sycophantic praise showered on Prabhakaran by diaspora and Tamil Nadu acolytes during his lifetime one would expect a series of ceremonies worldwide to honour the memory of the man who fought for his cause for more than 30 years. But with the tiger camp divided there seems to be no indication about any of his supporters trying to write or talk about Prabhakaran’s death let alone paying tribute .

It is against this backdrop that I write this piece.

It is neither a biography nor an eulogy. It is not even a critique or analysis. What I hope to do is to try and shed some light at least on the circumstances leading to Prabhakaran’s death.

I have attempted to piece together the events preceding his demise and compile a brief account of his last days from various “informed” sources on either side of the ethnic divide.

ASSESSMENT

It appears that Prabhakaran and the LTTE had not been unduly concerned about the advancing Armed forces for quite a while. The tigers were confident that the army would not be able to proceed beyond a certain point.

This assessment got skewered after the fall of Paranthan which was a major turning point. Paranthan was followed by Kilinochchi and then Elephant pass.

The hasty evacuation of cadres trapped in the peninsula through a “mini-Dunkirk” type of operation indicated that the tigers were indeed caught napping.

Even after losing the Jaffna-Kandy road or A-9 highway and all areas to its west the LTTE was yet confident of withstanding the army for a much longer period in areas east of the A-9 highway.

The final option was to “carve” out an area of about 350-450 sq km in Mullaitheevvu district with access to the coast and then defend it strenuously.

But the rapid progress of the Army during this phase took the LTTE by surprise. Within a relatively quick period the various military divisions and task forces had made sweeping strides into tiger territory.

As a result the LTTE and hundreds of thousands of civilians were boxed into a small space that kept on shrinking as the army began advancing.

MISCALCULATIONS

It was then that the alarm bells began ringing. The civilian casualty toll also started rising as more and more people were crammed into less and less land while the armed forces intensified operations.

Now the diaspora got into the act. Tamils began engaging in world-wide protests and demonstrations. There was a powerful intensity to these.Tamil Nadu too started boiling. New Delhi was under pressure.

It was here that Prabhakaran made four grave miscalculations. Underestimating in two and overestimating in two.

He overestimated the impact and influence of the diaspora in the west and the pro-tiger lobby in Tamil Nadu. The unfolding civilian catastrophe was his trump card.

Prabhakaran thought the western nations could be made to exert adequate pressure on Colombo and make it call off the war. Likewise he thought the passionate emotions of Tamil Nadu could sway New Delhi into moving against the war.

If these were overestimation errors , he also underestimated badly the Rajapakse regime as well as the armed forces.

Prabhakaran did not expect the armed forces to keep on progressing relentlessly as they did.But despite heavy losses the military juggernaut kept on rolling forward.

More importantly he expected President Mahinda Rajapakse would cave into pressure and call it quits. Then again Rajapakse too did not succumb and went ahead with the military campaign.

BLUNDER

But the biggest blunder of all was to believe wrongly that the LTTE could at some point deliver a crippling blow on the battlefront and exact a heavy casualty toll. This would demoralize the army and help reverse the process , he surmised.

The politico-military situation deteriorated but Prabhakaran living in a fool’s paradise was pretty sure that at some point the military drive would come to a halt. Thus he continued to stay put.

If Prabhakaran was so inclined he could have either relocated clandestinely to the Wanni or Weli-Oya/Manal Aaru jungles or escaped by sea to South-east Asia. But he did not do so.

Apparently he was relying very much on the massive counter-offensive being planned to destroy army defences in the Puthukkudiyiruppu region. But the debacle at Aanandapuram resulting in the deaths of 623 cadres including his northern force commander “Col” Theepan soured those plans.

Even as the army drew closer and closer to the beleaguered tigers the senior deputies began entreating Prabhakaran to withdraw from the war zone. But Prabhakaran , stubborn and obstinate, would not listen.

As the situation became increasingly perilous Prabhakaran’s point man overseas KP tried to salvage the situation. KP the LTTE’s former chief arms procurer proclaimed as wanted by Interpol was now the global tiger chief.

CONTACTS

Using perhaps the wheeler-dealer techniques learnt through hands on experience in the arms bazaars of the world the talented Mr. Pathmanathan tapped into his vast reservoir of contacts . In a remarkably short time span KP was interacting with many influential people.

The diplomats of at least four western nations, UN functionaries in Geneva and New York,a foreign cabinet minister, a few prominent western journalists were all in touch with KP.

A tentative plan was conceived. Basically it envisaged the LTTE surrendering to a third party namely the UN but with firm guarantees from two powerful nations in the Western hemisphere. The possibility of troops from those countries landing in Mullaitheevu to supervise the “surrender” was also not ruled out

A three-tiered formula regarding the future of LTTE leaders and cadres was also mooted. The top leaders not exceeding fifty along with families were to be given safe passage outside Sri Lanka to a secret destination.

The middle-level functionaries were to face trial in Sri Lanka and be given comparatively light sentences. They were to be rehabilitated after being given some vocational training.

The low-level cadres particularly the new conscripts were to be given a general amnesty. They would be on parole for a period of time and be subject to monitoring.

There was a simple rationale behind this plan strongly backed by a very powerful country . The prevailing situation was seen as a “hostage” situation. The LTTE was seen as a ruthless group holding their own people as hostages.

NEGOTIATION

So some form of negotiation was required where a bargain had to be struck in order to get the tigers to let the people go. This necessitated some “time and space “for protracted talks. Hence the request for an extended ceasefire known as the “humanitarian pause”.There was no plan to declare a permanent ceasefire.

Needless to say this project was shot down while in its conceptual stage. The defence establishment on the verge of military victory was not going to let the tigers off the hook under any circumstances. This reaction was predictable.

But what surprised some western diplomats involved in the project was the LTTE attitude. Apparently Prabhakaran was infuriated with KP. Prabhakaran rejected the very idea of surrender and reprimanded KP saying “Unakkum Porattatm vellum endru Nambikkai Illaiyaa ?” (Do you also not have faith that the struggle will succeed)

That was that!

But with parliamentary elections drawing near in India another opportunity arose. The emotional climate in Tamil Nadu and incessant propaganda by the tiger lobby made many candidates of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (DMK) and Congress jittery. Jayalalitha Jayaram’s new found love for Eelam was another cause for worry.

OPPORTUNITY

The DMK and Congress contesting as allies were depicted as traitors to Tamils as they were not concerned about civilians getting killed and injured in Sri Lanka by the tiger lobby . Some newspapers predicted a clean sweep for the opposition.

This resulted in a senior central govt minister from Tamil Nadu initiating a fresh attempt for a ceasefire in Sri Lanka. He even persuaded Sonia Gandhi to go along with the plan.

The LTTE was asked to issue a declaration that it was prepared to lay down its arms pending negotiations. Even the tiger declaration was drafted for LTTE approval.The Sri Lankan govt was also asked to proclaim a unilateral ceasefire.

But the LTTE failed to utilize the opportunity. The tigers consulted their chief supporters in Tamil Nadu like P. Nedumaran and Vaiko. Unwilling to let the Congress and DMK gain credit the duo advised the LTTE to reject the offer.So the LTTE said “illai” (no)

These moves were on with the concurrence of Muttuvel Karunanidhi the Tamil Nadu chief minister. The octogenarian leader, on a sudden whim, went on an indefinite fast.The situation was volatile.

A frantic New Delhi appealed to Colombo. Appreciating India’s concerns the presidential secretariat issued a statement that combat operations had ended and that heavy artillery or aerial attacks would cease.

Indian Home minister P. Chidamparam ran to Karunanidhi and “convinced” him that a ceasefire was on. “Kalaingar” as he is known created a world record by calling off his fast after 5 hours.

The crisis was managed. The war however continued in Sri Lanka.

FIGHTING

Meanwhile the Sri Lankan govt had also declared two limited ceasefires. One was for three days from February 1st to 3rd. The other was for two days on April 3th and 14th. The purpose was to facilitate civilians moving out from the war zone.

But the LTTE imposed further restrictions and the number of civilians coming out dropped during ceasefire days. But the LTTE exploited the ceasefire in february to mount a very effective counter strike on Feb 4th. The april ceasefire was used to construct several new “trench cum bund” defences.

Time was running out. The govt resolved to get really tough. Brig. Prasanna de Silva commanding the 55 division was “transferred” to the 59 division stationed in the south of the “war zone”.

A three-pronged drive commenced with the 58 led by Brig. Shavendra Silva proceeding north to south, the 59 moving from south to north and the 53 commanded by Gen. Kamal Gunaratne proceeding from west to east

After intense fighting resulting in thousands of civilians being killed and injured the 55 and 58 linked up along the Indian ocean coast. The 53 hugged the lagoon banks and moved inwards. The people and tigers were trapped and boxed in.

In a fresh development there was heavy internal pressure on Prabhakaran. The 2002 ceasefire had seen a lot of cadres marrying. Most marriages were between male and female cadres. Many of these families had two or three young children.

The intensive shelling had resulted in a lot of deaths. Apart from those more than 800 tigers were seriously injured. Around 2000 family members were also injured. The LTTE leader had to do something.

There was also the very high levels of civilian casualties. The govt had stopped the ICRC ships from fetching the injured. The makeshift hospital was under attack and medical staff hiding in bunkers. The intensive shelling had caused much harm. Thousands had died. Thousands of injured people were dying without medical attention. There was a severe shortage of food and drinking water.

The LTTE had brought the civilians to this state promising protection. The tigers had also restrained the civilians from fleeing through force. The LTTE had to do something to save the lives of cadres and civilians. Even the kith and kin of tiger cadres were civilians in every sense of the word.

So Prabhakaran changed his mind again and asked KP to negotiate the surrender to a third party. But it was too late. The defence establishment poised to destroy the LTTE was not going to let that opportunity slip. Colombo stood firm.

TRIPARTITE

So KP was informed that there could be no third party surrender. The LTTE had to surrender “individually” to the Army. KP’s statement of being ready to “silence their arms” and enter negotiations was of no avail.

When told of the situation, Prabhakaran was furious.KP was berated. Prabhakaran and the senior tigers went into a brain-storming session. A decision was reached to launch a tripartite venture.

One group of tigers including Prabhakaran was to break out from trapped positions and cross the lagoon and Paranthan-Mullaitheevu road or A-35 highway.. Thereafter the tigers would move into the vast Wanni jungles and operate . Some would move to the East.

A second group of tigers would contact the army and negotiate terms of surrender. The main objective was to obtain urgently needed medical treatment for injured cadres, family members and civilians.

The third group was to engage in fierce rear guard action. There was an impression among the tigers that the 58 commander Shavendra Silva was more “humane” than new 59 commander Prasanna Silva. The LTTE wanted to delay the 59 as far as possible to gain time to negotiate with 58.

The tiger contingent tasked to fight to the last was led by none other than Charles Anthony the eldest son of Prabhakaran. He was to be assisted by special commander from the east ,Ramesh.

Since Prabhakaran had often been accused of letting other people’s children die while cherishing his own, the LTTE leader’s first born was to be sacrificed. Incidently Charles born in 1985 had cut his teeth in active combat during the recent fighting. Earlier he was involved with the LTTE air wing and computer division.

The negotiation attempt was to be conducted by political commissar Nadesan and peace secretariat director Pulidevan. KP in Europe had interacted with several officials and diplomats. They in turn had been in touch with Colombo.

A Tamil National alliance (TNA) parliamentarian from the East Chandranehru Chandrakanthan had also contacted both the President and defence secretary in this regard. The LTTE was told explicitly to come out with white flags raised high.

SURRENDER

Meanwhile the LTTE also released seven security personnel in their custody. Four were from the Navy captured by tigers off the Point Pedro coast in 2006 November when two Dvora gun boats were attacked. Three were soldiers taken prisoner on separate occasions in Muhamaalai and Paranthan last year.

The seven servicemen turned themselves in to the 59 and informed them of the tiger offer to surrender. They were advised to return and bring the tiger political leaders.

So Nadesan, Pulidevan and Vijitha the Sinhala wife of Nadesan came out with the released prisoners, carrying white flags.The idea was to negotiate terms of surrender with the army.

Subsequently all three were found dead in mysterious circumstances. The LTTE has charged that both were shot dead in cold blood. A Tamil website says that Nadesan’s wife an ex-police constable hailing from Matara district had remonstrated with the army to save her husband and got shot. She had come along for interpreting.

It is alleged that 35 tigers were following Nadesan a little behind to surrender. They too were shot dead.

But foreign secretary Palitha Kohona has said that some tigers who disapproved of surrendering to the Army had fired and killed Nadesan and Pulidevan.

The truth is yet to be revealed. Also unclear is the fate of those injured cadres and family members and other civilians who intended surrendering to the army.

ATTACK

While these moves were on the LTTE launched a massive attack on the armed forces shortly after midnight on Sunday. This was because of numerology as Sunday was the 17. Once midnight passed it was Monday 18th. There was a time when the LTTE would not engage in major operations on the 8th, 17th or 26th. Because No 8 was considered unlucky.Subsequently these superstitions became irrelevant but at this critical juncture the “Eight” phobia was on.

The attack was in three directions but mainly directed towards the Nandhikkadal lagoon area held by the 53 division. After fierce fighting led by Bhanu, the three tiger contingents broke through.

One was led by Jeyam, one by Pottu Amman and one by Soosai. The three contingents together numbered about 250-300.Almost all military leaders were part of the three groups trying to break out while the bulk of the political wing stayed behind to surrender.

FAILURE

A very large number of black tigers died in the assault as explosive-strapped boys and girls jumped on army positions and blew themselves up . This created the “gaps” for other tigers to penetrate the military cordon.

Though tigers breached the 53 division defences, the soldiers began an intensive artillery barrage in which many died. Also the army had set up layers of defence with more personnel at the back. The LTTE cadres who broke through were to some extent sandwiched later and cut down.

With the assault resulting in failure and many tigers being encircled several lTTE cadres began consuming cyanide. Similiary the tiger “defenders” led by Charles Anthony were also routed and several survivors swallowed cyanide to avoid capture. Charles Anthony was found dead with bullet injuries.The photograph being given wide publicity as that of being Charles Anthony is not his.

The group led by Soosai was initially successful in breaking out. Prabhakaran, wife Madhivadhani Erambu , daughter Duvaraga (23) and younger son Balachandran (11) were also part of the contingent led by Soosai who remained faithful to his leader until the last.

Duvaraga, an exceptionally beautiful girl and accomplished dancer had for a short time been a student abroad. She had returned after a while to be with her family and people. Duvaraga had been a member of the Malathy women’s brigade and had fought in recent battles.

The Prabhakaran family of four and forty-seven others managed to penetrate Nandhikkadal defence ring and move north to the Puthumaatalan area. A message sent on behalf of Prabhakaran to the remaining cadres in Mullivaaikkal stated “udaithukondu poyitram” (we’ve broken through and gone).

BODYGUARDS

This message in turn was conveyed to KP in Europe who was naturally elated. It was expected that the 51 person group would take cover in shrub jungle during day and then move through the night to safety in the jungles. Once this message was sent Prabhakaran and the rest went silent. This was to be expected. Unfortunately this message gave false hopes to KP about the leader being safe.

Though Prabhakaran had at one time hundreds of cadres as bodyguards only 18 elite fighters accompanied him on the flight from Mullivaaikkaal.It has also been said that one bodyguard had a can of gasoline with him to burn the tiger leader’s body if ever he was killed or committed suicide. This was to prevent the enemy seizing his body.

But all these expectations were belied on that fateful day. Prabhakaran’s body was discovered before dawn on Tuesday May 19th lying on the Nanthikkadal bank. Soldiers of the 4th Vijayabahu infantry regiment led by Lt.Col Rohitha Aluvihare claimed to have found it.

[Charles Anthony, Madhivadhany, Duvaaraga and Prabhakaran-undated file pic]

Prabhakaran had been shot at point blank range. Four of his bodyguards were lying dead in the vicinity. Later on it was claimed that the bodies of Madhivadhany, Duvaaraga and Balachandran were found in a bushy patch about 600 metres way from where Prabhakaran’s body was found. Charles Anthony’s body was found elsewhere earlier. The entire family had been wiped out.

After news of Prabhakaran’s family being killed got media publicity an issue was raised in human rights activist circles about a “war crime” being committed. The killing of Madhivathany Prabhakaran and eleven year old Balachandran could not be justified in any way. So some sections of the defence establishment are trying to hide the truth behind the death of the family.

Also the bodies of many senior leaders and commanders too were discovered in stages. More than 350 bodies were found. The LTTE was virtually demolished.

The army announced that the bodies of people like Soosai, Bhanu, Lawrence, Pappa, Laxmanan, etc were found. There is some doubt as to whether the body of Pottu Amman or those of his family were discovered.

Expectations (shared by this writer too) that the LTTE leader’s body would never be discovered or found intact, were proved wrong. Pictures released by the Army and defence ministry showed him in uniform and later in his underwear. He was wounded in the head and forehead. The Army says he was not carrying the cyanide capsule (I doubt the army in this). In one picture Prabhakaran’s open eyes indicated that he was “startled” at the time of his death.

There is much controversy about the death of Prabhakaran. While some Tamil circles argue that Prabhakaran is not dead others are speculating about how he died. Many have raised doubts about the army version.

Some say the family was surrounded and therefore surrendered to the army and were later executed in cold blood. Others say Prabhakaran himself shot his family and then killed himself after being surrounded. The Army later put a “spin” to this reality, they allege.

CONFUSION

Adding to the confusion was premature news about his death. It was anticipated on Saturday May 16th itself when the military intelligence received information that Prabhakaran and Pottu Amman had either been killed in shelling or taken their own lives. Both going “silent” during the week-end increased this suspicion.

There had also been speculation that the Army had killed Prabhakaran and other top tigers by Saturday May 16th itself. It was said that news of the killing was being withheld for President Rajapakse to return from Jordan and make the announcement himself (This writer too wrote about this).

But Rajapakse who returned on Sunday (May 17th) addressed the nation on Tuesday (May 19th) and as expected Wednesday (May 20th) a national holiday.Interestingly when President Rajapakse delivered his address the death of Prabhakaran had not been confirmed and so there was no reference to it.It was after the address that the news was confirmed.

Then on Monday May 18th there was news about three persons trying to get away in an ambulance. The vehicle was destroyed by the army and the charred body of one person was supposedly that of Prabhakaran’s. Sections of the media went to town with the news that Prabhakaran’s body had been found.

But that was wrong and it was only the next morning that the body was discovered. But news had been published already that it had been found. The subsequent discovery of his body on Tuesday does not take away the fact that the earlier news was wrong.

On Tuesday former eastern LTTE leader “Col” Karuna and ex-tiger spokesperson Daya master identified the body.Some journalists and army officers also confirmed it.

But KP created confusion by claiming that Prabhakaran was safe and alive. Presumably KP was relying on his earlier information that the tiger leader had broken through.This fuelled much controversy about the death.

Ultimately Gen. Sarath Fonseka made an official pronouncement that the LTTE leader was dead. Later President Rajapakse himself informed visiting Indian national security adviser MK Narayanan and Foreign secretary Shivshankar Menon that Prabhakaran was dead. India was told a death certificate would be provided.

If Prabhakaran is really alive as some allege and he turns up in the future the President and Army commander’s credibility will be severely eroded.President Rajapakse and Gen. Fonseka cannot be unaware of this and therefore must have been very certain indeed that Prabhakaran was dead.

The onus now is on KP to either admit the LTTE leader’s death or furnish proof that he is still alive. Meanwhile many Tamils will continue to believe that Praba lives.The myth will be perpetuated due to an emotional inability to accept reality and because of vested interests who cannot let the goose laying golden eggs simply “die”.

What is pathetic about the pro-tiger Tamil diaspora is that they are not only denying their departed leader tribute and homage but also depriving all the other senior tiger leaders due recongnition after death. The LTTE that made a fetish out of commemorating their dead (great heroes) is being denied any form of recognition let alone glorification after such mass death.

IMPERATIVE

It is however imperative that the Government issue a comprehensive statement explaining the deaths of Prabhakaran and his family. Otherwise a dead Prabhakaran will be as controversial as a Prabhakaran living. A dead Prabhakaran projected as being alive can be even more troubling.

The Government must also be held accountable for the massive scale of human rights violations and alleged war crimes perpetrated.

The Govt must reveal how many civilians were killed or died in ths cruel inhuman war and under what circumstances.

The Govt must disclose the fate of those injured tiger cadres and civilians related to them.

The Govt must reveal the truth whether a number of LTTE members who surrendred or tried to negotiate surrender were executed in cold blood or not.

The Govt must disclose the exact number of tiger cadres or ex-tiger cadres in their custody and where they are and how they are being treated.

More importantly the Govt must shed its secretiveness about the hundreds of thousands of displaced civilians in IDP camps and allow access to them.

Prabhakaran who commenced his militant career with a single pistol had over the years built up the LTTE into a powerful movement running a shadow state and acquired the status of being “Tamil national leader” (Thesiyath Thalaiver)

Yet his inability or unwillingness to be flexible had resulted in Prabhakaran losing his movement, family and above all his life in a pathetic manner.

What illustrates the poignant irony of this situation was the sight of his former deputy “col” Karuna now a cabinet minister standing with army officers and looking down upon his former leader lying semi-naked in the sand.

D.B.S.Jeyaraj can be reached at djeyaraj2005@yahoo.com

DBS Jeyaraj….. May 21st 2009

558 Comments

  1. Rajaratnam S says:

    A very comprehensive account DBS. So VP is gone.I have mixed feelings, sad and relieved.

  2. P. Thiyagarajah says:

    Mr. Jeyaraj

    Thank You for this vivid write – up. Please take time later and write about Prabhakaran’s life

  3. Priyantha says:

    That he died is known. But how he died is unknown

  4. Kumar Sriskanda says:

    Dear DBSJ
    I have not read the article above yet.
    Before reading it, let me say a big Thank you for dispelling all the doubts surrounded all these time.
    This is long over due, I mean the article also
    Thank you Thank you

  5. Dharinie says:

    Excellant account of the last days.. Its heart breaking to think that our strong hold is no more…

  6. Arosha says:

    Your account of the end game in this war is certainly plausible. I doubt there will be any confirmation of what truly happened for a long time to come.

    The imperatives you list are laudable and I would hope the government implement at least some of them. Unfortunately I don’t think there will be any accountability in the forseeable future. It is possible that any concerted effort to hold the government accountable for their actions will be counterproductive to all concerned. Unseating the President and his administration, or undermining his position amongst the southern people at this time might prevent any meaningful political solution for the Tamil people for many years to come.

    It is more likely that the true account of the past months will have to be pieced together by historians in 50 years time – like the Soviet atrocities against the Poles in WW2, speculated upon but never officially acknowledged at the time.

    The solution to this dilemma will have to be devised by wiser minds than mine. I only hope that the people of Sri Lanka, be they Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim or Burgher, don’t have to suffer any futher.

  7. sean says:

    Whatever the circumstance were of Mr P’s death, govt had very little choice to but kill him. Would the US be any different if a similar situation arises with Osama Bin Laden? No doubt govt didn’t confirm strictly to human rights principles, but neither would have any one else including western nations under the same circumstances where a man responsible for 80000 deaths and a suffering of a generation is within their range. As much as I hate the violence I can’t blame the government. Good ridance.

  8. Anbu says:

    It is very interesting. If you are right this war is over. If you are not we dont have peace. Lets wait and see

  9. Kumar Sriskanda says:

    It is really interesting. What a shame!
    Vaiko’s and Nedumaran’s priorities in life and many more to discuss.
    I have one question at this time.
    I am sure and I have seen pictures of VP taken in 2002 and little before that where VP does not have his middle finger in one of his arms. But in all these recent photos there is no missing finger. Even a plastic surgery would have fallen out during this time.

  10. Geethal Withanachchi says:

    Nice piece Mr. DBS Jeyaraj. Hope all Sri Lankan citizens may able to live in peace and build a prosperous country even though it might take like a decade.

  11. Selva says:

    Thiyagarajah,

    About VP is on Kumudam, still going on. Go and read there. It is in TAMIL.

  12. Stephen Jones says:

    What’s missing is comparison with the timeline of the civilian escapes.

  13. leo says:

    Enter the Lion……..Exit the Tiger…….. Two sides of the same coin

  14. Deshapaluwa says:

    People like DBSJ are just one step below terrorism by advocating separatism.

    ???????????????????????????????????………………………….DBSJ

  15. Sen says:

    Hi Jeyaraj, are not contradicting your earlier article “Has LTTE leader Prabhakaran embraced death?”. which is true?

    No I am not. That was the question.This is the Answer………………….DBSJ

  16. yogi says:

    DBSJ
    Please stop writing about how & when he was killed.Start writing about how we go forward in winning freedom ,respect,equalty ,democracy, equal opportunies.We don’t want failed BC pac.,DS pac , JRs APCs etc.

    This shows you have not read my past writings at all. Go and read them if you are really interested.Otherwise please dont post comments like this here.By the way I write what interests me or what I think is important. Please keep that in mind. How sad to see people like you wanting to simply dismiss VP like that……………….DBSJ

  17. Sen says:

    Hi Jeyaraj, are you not contradicting your earlier article “Has LTTE leader Prabhakaran embraced death?”. which is true?- is this another speculation too.

    Asked and answered. Are you really unable to differentiate between articles?…………DBSJ

  18. duminda Kumarasiri says:

    I feel sorry for his unfortunate wife and three children, specially youngest son and the daughter. They dont deserve to die.

    They are most unfortunate wife and children on earth.

    Prabha could have died alone, but taking his family with him shows how selfish man he is.

  19. raju says:

    DELETED

    PLEASE DONT POST SUCH ITEMS HERE

  20. leo says:

    DSBJ,
    Towards the end of the article you had posed some thoughts as to what the government should do and the questions the government should answer.

    This is the end of an era a bloody era to forget. If US did not bomb Hiroshima (I do not know how many innocent died) the second world war would still be raging, possibly. So the few who died in SL in fact stopped the war and prevented many more from dying.

    I beleive that government should not answer anyone or hold accountable to anyone

    During War all Laws are silent……..So let it be .

    No not quite.The Govt cannot shirk accountability or responsibility…………DBSJ

  21. Ravi says:

    Thank you DBS… I was reading the whole account as if i was holding all my breath. It was like a suspense movie-it was like reading Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth.
    I have the respect for those who fought bravely believing in their cause (like Theepan etc) not for those who tried to escape cowardly. It is very unfortunate that those who promised a promised land had left innocent civilians to go through immense hardships. Well ultimately KP has given a hope for our brain washed Diaspora youngsters who lost straight thinking, who lost balanced view, who believe everything (A to Z) what all the radio stations, newspapers preach. They were given every single hope-wait until SLA was surrounded -wait until BJP would come to power-wait until Vaiko brings his TN brethren-wait until US sends a war ship from Diego Garcia. They believe in each every analysis provided to them. They believe in edited photos in which Thalaivar was shown watching his own obituary notices. This is an unhealthy trend.
    Again Thanks DBS for your account. I have been waiting for this account. peace

  22. Kith says:

    DBS

    Actualy what hapen to PottuAmman? No one say anything about him ?? do you have any idea of what happen to him??

    Not yet. But there are many rumours…………………….DBSJ

  23. Sabari says:

    Hello DBSJ,

    What did the Tamil community do to itself in the past 30 years………we have lost everything, and now being look down by the whole world as refuges and terrorist.

    I am so disgusted when I see these youngsters behaving foolishly. Hope these guys do not lose focus on their education….it is the key success factor for us to re-establish the ?lost? dignity and pride.

    Hope you agree with me.

    Yes. I do………….DBSJ

  24. kumar says:

    An excellant storey. That is all. Many people want to see this as the true storey. Even SL government don’ t confirm the death of mathivani and other two children. I can understand writer’s intension.
    Time will speak.
    Kumar.

  25. Mahesan says:

    Thank you for this account.

    I hope this gives all closure. Perhaps, in some distant day, history will judge him kindly if not for anything, for putting his ideology of a free, self governing Tamil state above survival of his own family.

    That, family and fighters would be loyal to him to the last illustrate how truly committed he must have been to Tamil freedom. Irrespective of all the means taken to achieve the end that never came yet, we must appreciate.

    I guess in the end it was over confidence in ones ability that sowed the final seeds of this tragedy.

    Us Tamils must come together with a new vision and strategy to go forward. We cannot afford to dismiss any suggestion made. We must pick up ourselves and take care of those still suffering back home.

    This is the lowest point for us. Lets engage anyone who will help, any idea that has promise. We should even encourage debate.

    The passion that has been whipped up in the last few weeks I believe can still be useful. All must engage in their diasporic lands’ politics. Use the newfound assertiveness.

    Do we have anything further to lose if we try?

  26. Vinoth says:

    DBS
    Thanks for the clarification. I read few articles on other websites which says that Prabha is still alive and I was thinking that the army was lying till now. Thanks for putting down all these speculations. However I have 2 questions:
    If Prabha’s wife and kids are dead, do you have any idea why isn’t the sinhalese army saying that. Why are they not mentioning anything about the death of his family ?

    Second question: There is no word of Pottu Amman’s dead body. I haven’t seen any photo of his dead body. Does that mean that he has survived/escaped?. And the samething about Charles Antony – the photo they show is not of Charles Antony. Is there any chance that these both have survived the war since their photos are not there?

  27. confused confucius says:

    All’s well that ends well………..
    Jayawewa for Velupillai, for transforming a sorry SL defence force into a glorious triumphant force
    Jayawewa for Velupillai for creating a massive diaspora – A source of good foreign remittance
    Jayawewa for Velupillai for creating a mass exodus of refugees
    Jayawewa for Velupillai for leaving behind large amounts of arms and ammunition for the SLDF use
    Jayawewa for Velupillai for making sure that 1000′s of his cadres are slaughtered by consuming cyanide, war or by execution
    Jayawewa for Velupillai for making sure that he didn’t leave any DNA for procreation – let alone for DNA matching
    Jayawewa for Velupillai for making sure that all his colleagues and family, did not live to see the month of June 2009
    Jayawewa for Velupillai for electing Mahinda Rajapakse
    Jayawewa for Velupillai for making Karuna Amman a legend
    Finally
    Jayawewa for Velupillai for creating a set of disturbed morons in the diaspora

  28. Bandara says:

    Can you please answer just one question that I have,
    Why the government fail to do DNA test to confirm the body before burning it?

  29. Venugopal says:

    As always, DBS is credible, impartial, and brilliant. It speaks volumes of the state of the media in Sri Lanka that its finest member, who continues week after week to produce the most vivid, original, and authoritative journalism on the conflict, actually sits thousands of miles away.

    My hands are shaking as I read this stunning account of the final battle, and to imagine the terrible and desperate situation that must have transpired. Like many others, I cannot mourn the death of this man, yet I find it impossible to celebrate it either.

    BTW, there are rumours in military blogs that Nadesan and Puleedevan came out with a white flag and begged for their lives, but that the special forces were in no mood to be forgiving: i.e. that they were summarily executed after surrendering. The UK’s Daily Telegraph also describes emails from Miliband to Kohona and vice versa that gave instructions on how Nadesan was to proceed with surrendering.

  30. human says:

    Did LTTE let all civilians to leave the no fire zone in the end?

    What happened to the LTTE cadre’s children and the children in orphanage, – babies and toddlers

    comment about Drs-
    One of three doctors is well known for criticising LTTE’s actions even before vanni war. He only stayed back in vanni even after his family left fire zone to treat people. All doctors told the truth, stood by civilians. All three of them should have been awarded for their selfless service. They have saved so many lives and will be in hearts and minds of people. no one can takeaway their pride and great job satisfaction from them. They are from vanni, studied on taxpayers money and paid back to their own people, unlike other drs who study on tax payers money and leave the country without serving to their people.

    Karuna has admitted in the recent interview that most civilians were killed by shelling. What punishment is he going to receive from MR regime.

    Final note: We should not be distracted by priaphaharan’s story and concentrate on IDPs

  31. padusa says:

    I’m a sinhalese. i read this. it is good. only thing i want to tell here is, think about 30 years’ suffered ppl living there.. have them to start their life with their families again.. there is no special freedom or anything for tamils/sinhaleese.. all are Sri Lankans and help to develop the country and live happily and peacefully.. that is what a human being needs… guys, start funding to restore the life in north and east ..

  32. kc says:

    Please tell us what we can do to bring war crime charges against he GOSL?

    In the name killing the “LTTE terrorists” the GOSL has behaved 100 times worse than “LTTE terrorists”.

    I note 7 Sri Lankan soldiers had been released unharmed whereas the surrendered LTTE cadres have been butchered by Mahinda’s regime – I feel sick and sad.

  33. Kris Saravanan says:

    Prabaharan called his commanders and made a heroic speech ?

    Important Countries are asking us to surrender and hand over vapons. This is letting down thousands and thousands of those died in the course of Eelam. We as an organisation have policies, regulations, decipline and we abide by it. We will abide by it even now.

    I am worried about the people who trusted and followed us and stayed with us. I am sadden by the fact we have to hand over them to the enemy! Our people have suffered a lot.

    As freedom fighters let us fight and die with dignity and honour. Today may not belong to us, future will be ours.The fact that LTTE fought with great determination, bravery and honestly will be a driving force for the liberation strugle of our people, for several years to come.

    Rev Father Jegath Gaspar in Nakeeran Magazine Magazine 29.04.2009

  34. Kris Saravanan says:

    Leader ship and leader should suvive and escape to carry on the struggle.

    Support what ever the enemy oppose and oppose what ever the enemy supports.

    Enemy wants to distroy the ledership , sabotage this wish of enemy is good tactics, must sacrifice policys for sake of tactics under certain circumstances.

  35. Kris Saravanan says:

    Sri Lanka’s way forward now must be to win the peace with ordinary Tamils. Also, as long as Prabhakaran remains alive, there is the danger that the Tigers will regroup and return, with the help of money from the huge Tamil diaspora.

    There are also fears that while the Tigers may have suffered a territorial rout, the remaining few may go underground and resurface to wage a new type of guerrilla war in places such as the capital, Colombo.

    Against this backdrop, it is all the more important that after winning the territorial war, the Sri Lankan government realises winning the peace means regaining the trust of a bloodied Tamil community.

  36. Dinesh Gopalapillai says:

    His was a life of genius. Even his end resembled this; it took 150,000 soldiers, the resources of nuclear India, and a lucky break in the ranks (Karuna defection, along with the loss of 20,000 Eastern cadres), to reach him. During the 30 years that he assumed the position of LTTE head, the Maestro was untouchable… against all odds, he fought on and achieved every possible success save the only one that really mattered: the formation of an independent Tamil State. His creativity and innovation are unparalleled… one must go back to Ramayanam to find such a fine specimen of fighting material that touched upon the shores of Taprobane. In another time and place, he would easily have been a CEO or perhaps a politician. Indeed, the small organization that he began has taken on global proportions. Its name is spoken in the halls of every great Capital, from East to West.

    He will go down as a legend among the Tamils; perhaps the finest Jaffna Tamil of the millennium and past century. Though his enemy desecrated his remains, they did so with the full knowledge that their side would never produce a man of such high caliber. Most of all, even his enemies paid the ultimate tribute: by admitting that the battle was not over till he himself was captured, even they saw how his superior talents and vision transcended the battlefield.

    The cause for which he gave his life so selflessly shall never be forgotten. It shall go on, with new leaders who draw upon the inspiration of the Leader. The Spirit of the Leader shall empower another generation to take on his work, the work which has not ended, but just begun: the noble struggle for Tamil Eelam.

    As Tamils, our only wish is that the Leader died knowing his was not the last death.

    May he rest in peace!

  37. Vijayaraghavan says:

    Much as I loath VP’s approach to Tamil aspirations and the needless vast destruction brought by him, I salute the courage, dedication and self-sacrifice of the LTTE men and women generally. I hope the Tamil youth channelise such energies and detrmination to something truly productive and creative wherever they live

    Vijayaraghavan

  38. Liyanage says:

    Thank you Mr Jeyaraj. I was impatiently waiting for this article due to the mystery surrounding Prabhakaran’s death and I guess it still remains a mystery as to exactly how he was killed. Was it number 8 or 9 as usual the unlucky number?. He was born on 1954 and he was 54 when he died. He launched is campaign in 1972 and he died presumably on the 18th. Addition of last two digits reveals that “9″ may have been a factor too.

    No terror leader in the history had more opportunities presented to him than it was to Prabhakaran. During CBK’s government he was offered to rule the north for 10 years without any elections. When Mr Rajapakse came in to the office, Prabhakaran was asked to lay down arms on a number of occassions. But he mocked the president by saying that Killinochi will never be captured by the SL army. In every opportunity he was encountered, his shear arrogance got the better of him and paid the ultimate price in the end.

    I’m afraid to say that I have no sympathy for his family. When his troops massacred innocent villagers, many toddlers were killed in front of their parents by smashing on the walls or the ground. They had been ordered not to waste any bullets. At least in the last hour he must have realised the pain and suffering of other parents who witnessed their children being killed in front of them and who cried when their children were forcibly taken away and when they were handed out cyanide capsules. When I see a video of an innocent tamil father carrying the body of his son (shot by LTTE) while fleeing, I do not wish for a second to mourn for the family of Prabhakaran the megalomaniac.

  39. RAJA says:

    I am unable to believe your version of events. What would you write if he comes alive?
    e mail me. I can shed more info

  40. Wasantha Ranagala says:

    I have nothing to add but you beat all the war correspondents from the west in reporting and unbaised at that.

    Regards

    Wasantha Ranagala

  41. Gamini says:

    DBS
    How many times in the months following the government taking Killi did the SLK goverment ask for the tigers to surrender withiout conditions ?
    Have look at the tiger websites, each time this request was met with a resolute NO, each time the words “TIGERS WILL NEVER SURRENDER’ were repeated by Nadesan et al.

    now as you describe in the final hours of battle we are expected to believe that the tigers had some change of heart and some sections of the leadership wanted to surrender while at the same time scores of them were as you say in this article landing on army positions WITH BOMBS STRAPPED TO THEIR BODIES AND BLOWING THEMSELVES UP.

    can you not see the irony in this, the army is being asked to believe that some of the tigers are coming to surrender while some others wearing the same uniforms and coming from the same area are blowing themselves up !

    The message was relayed back to these guys from high levels of the civilian government that the accepted method for surrender was to leave the guns behind a and hold out clear visible white flag, all indication here are this did not happen.

  42. Arthur Ramesh says:

    It is sad to see the end of prabhakaran. Even though I did not like his violent approach to life, I admire the fact that he gave his life and his families life in what he believed in.

    A living prabhakaran could not bring peace and justice for the Tamil people. Let us hope and pray that atleast in his death there will be peace and justice for the srilankan tamils.

    Let us hope that Rajapakshe will lead his sinhalese people in giving an honorable solution to the tamils.

    Thanks DBSJ for the all the articles you had written about the conflict. By god’s grace you survived from both sides violence.

  43. Expatriate says:

    DBSJ,

    There was the issue of an estimated 50,000–60,000 civilians in that area just two days before it was claimed to have ended; we heard that it was all over within two days suddenly. Any info on what happened to all those civilians in the last two days of the war? Any info on what the GoSL is doing to the 3 or 4 doctors who served in the makeshift hospitals?

    There are reports that the US Geospatial Intelligence Agency has got high resolution satellite imagery that would be used to show war crimes by the GoSL.

    I hope they have not just static imagery obtained after the fact, but real-time intelligence while everything was going on. That will help silence immoral, axis-of-evil countries like China and Russia, even India.

    India has unjustly decided to support the SL claim of sovereignty at the latest UN Human Rights Council hearings. Those of us who had looked up to India to do the right thing to save Tamil civilian lives were greatly disappointed, and this new support to the GoSL at the HRC only adds insult to our injury. Tamils must be clear once and for all that they cannot expect any justice from India, that India is just as immoral as China when it comes to denying individual human rights. We cannot expect any help from the joker politicians in Tamil Nadu either.

    Those of us who have some influence with Western policymakers should keep this in mind for a long time and make sure that Indian duplicity in this affair is appropriately exposed at every opportunity.

  44. Sinha Weera says:

    Hi DBSJ,

    Read your accounts of the whole thing with much interest. Being a blogger my self I had few sources direct from the front relaying details of the events similar to you. Some were wrong but the others are emerging to make sense. In that regards your details are close to some of them. But in the end I think we will never know for sure what exactly happened. Isn’t this the case in any war situation. But looking at the positive, I can say the blood bath of innocent civilians in the final battle, predicted by the western media didn’t happen. Yes I agree many died, but a better portion managed to escape.

    It’s ironic when you think about it, and as you mentioned that the diaspora cannot pay homage to their leaders, as the LTTE wants to keep at least his name alive and kicking, for obvious reasons like making money. Don’t you think this catch 22 situation may have been used by the GOSL to their advantage? I mean this could be the reason why the story of him dying different deaths could have emerged during the last days. In the end I think evidence of his death was the right thing to do, for all parties. But the mysteries and conspiracy theories will continue to pour in.

    To deshapaluwa: I think you should have read DBSJ’s previous entries before posting that comment. He is one of the sane voices in this sad situation and he has paid his dues for standing for what is right!

  45. Daniel M. Asaipillai says:

    Thanks for this article.

    One simple question? My time spent during the aftermath of Sunami clearing bodies by the sea showed that dead bodies blacken and bloat within 16 – 24 hours beyond recognistion. Hence the need to use DNA identifcation.

    VP’s body was found next to Nanthikadal in the open. If I am to consider what you have said how come VP’s body was found a day later and his facial features can be recognised and little or no aparent bloating?

    Frankly, I have no doubt that VP is dead. But are these photos really of VP? or is it similar to Charles Anthony’s photos?

  46. jj says:

    This is like providing a cricket commentory watching through TV

  47. Rus says:

    Dear DBS,

    Thank you for coming out with some fantastic articles.
    Now that a major obstacle to peace has been removed .People from both divides should try to every means of reconciliation and develop Srilanka.

    Hope your unbiased articles and insights will contribute towards it.

  48. Expatriate says:

    More than sixty years of ‘independence’ sucessive governments have not served our counrty well. With all it’s resources the citizens are still poor and English educated and western oriented class ruled our country and enjoyed their life in five star hotels in the island and abroad.
    LTTE and JVP gave voice to the sufferings but both got corrupted. It’s the absence of Rule of Law and lack of vision.
    This will continue until.
    Thank you
    Crista

  49. Hemantha says:

    Hello Jeyaraj,
    I think this is your third article I have read. First of all I should assert that you are a great writer when considered with writing skill. But content echoes a mild racialist tone. I am Sinhalese by birth certificate. But I hate to belong to a race or tribe. I do believe I belong to human race. So I’ ve been dreaming of the day when we all human beings would be able to think we are all same irrespective of color, creed, language and other various self-assigned differences. You , born writers are the ones who are capable of advocating pluralism to promote such global human-coexistence beyond Utopian boundaries.
    Thank you.

  50. ram says:

    DBS I have read most of the article you have written and belive all the things you said are atleast 80% right.
    Talking about the death of praba s wife and young son I feel sad but praba too killed his enemies and while doing that he killed others who were innocent by-standers.
    We all saw what we reep. Karma plays a big part.
    Ram ( Keep ypur good work)

  51. Sanath Arrachchideva says:

    As a Sinhalese, I do understand that there are Tamil problems in the country.. These problems led to the growth of LTTE.

    However, if Tiger diaspora takes the path of Tigers, winning the rights would be impossible. I do agree that Mahinda govt has no concern for Tamils. However, its not about begging for govt to give Tamils rights but forcing the government using various local and international factors..

    I echo the thoughts of great black human rights activist leader MLK on this.. However, as arrogant the diaspora is, the more impossible winning the rights would be.

    I think a big step for Tamil moderates is to unite Sinhala moderates who supports Tamil devolution. I was not a big fan of CBK but CBK time was the best time that Tamils could had got their autonomy rights in NorthEast. Today, these great people like Neelan Thiruchelvan, Logeshwrn, Kadir will be a great miss to Tamils.

    In this way, Tamil Tigers had more damage than the governemnt of Sri Lanka for the struggle of devolution..

    I have no faith in government but I have faith in Tamil and Sinhala moderates. I hope they will become a major force…. ( Do not forget that last wave of SInhala nationalism came birth during 2003-2009 and especially after the CFA. Tigers had a big hand in polorizing Sinhala moderates)

    What do you think of this sir? You are an unbias journalist and you too will have to play a role for this, albiet from Canada.

    Sanath
    Former LSSP, Homagama
    NY

  52. Nissanka says:

    Great article Mr. DBSJ. Now the diaspora should send money to build North and East , not to destroy. Visit those areas and help your relatives without damaging your image anymore. I reckon the tamils are more intelligent
    than they way behave. Enough damage was done by the LTTE for your community.

    God bless all.

  53. Susantha says:

    Dear DBSJ,

    The army cannot be blamed for war crimes dealing with ruthless terrorists. If LTTE’s familly members did not use weapons, there deaths are collateral damages. There was no way to identify a suicide bomber from a civilian. They kept sending human bombs near to the solders and I don’t think solders should take much risk, because we saw this kind of suicide attacks earlier(even sending small gilrs with bomb jackets). We need to understand the ground reality of the LTTE before blaming the forces for killing civilian LTTE cadres. It seems true that SL forces used deadliest force to destroy deadly LTTE. (poison kills posion). But any forces around globe would not fight this war better than SL forces.

    Anyway any kind of war is a crime since it kills people. I believe people should not be killed for any reason. Humans should be able to solve problems without taking arms. On the other hand, if someone takes arms and tries to solve problems by killing people, then the security forces should stop him saving their own lives at the same time.

  54. AF says:

    Pottu has been captured alive and grilled by the Army inteligence Unit. Soon someone will find his body too .. ofcourse after getting all the information required. This is the latest roumor within the army.

  55. Rajram says:

    DBS- First let me say that you do have insight of the conflict that very few people have. However, there are several flaws in this article that I feel need to be looked at closely. I hope that as a journalist you have the intellectual honesty to publish my comments although they are critical in its entirety of your article.

    Your article begins with a supposed factual statement that Prabakaran is dead. Then towards the end you contradict that statement by leaving open the possibility that President Rajapakse and the Army Commander’s claims coud be proved wrong if Prabakaran shows up alive. Surely, that is not possible if Prabakaran is really dead as you claim at the start of the article.

    Furthermore, you also state that the LTTE spokesman must prove that either Prabakran is alive or else admit to his death. I sense that you are leaving open the possibility for the LTTE spokesman to be proved correct. If as you state at the top of your article that Prabakran is dead then you must stand by that statement, if not along with the Sri Lankan government and the maybe gullible international and Sri Lankan press, your credibility is also at stake.

    Also, the army spokesman has admitted today that no DNA testing was done on the purported body of Prabakaran to prove his identity. They soley relied physical identification. This is contrary to their previous claim of having performed DNA analysis, and that too in a few short hours.

    That claim of performing the DNA analysis, now retracted by the army spokesman Nanayakara is a scientific impossibility for a conclusive finding with regard to DNA with or without a previously stored baseline DNA. The time frame is just to short. There is no sceientific rigor, none whatsoever.

    All you have is the Govenment relased video, and pictures along with Karuna’s and other of your sources claming Prabakaran’s death. Throw that little with the denial access to the media, quick diposal of the purported body, and an offer to India for a submission of a death certificate. A death certificate means nothing except that the Sri Lanakn government is putting it in writting, what they calim to be true without any scientific backing for that calim. Also, as always we will never know whether such a certificate will ever be issued, and whether India will have the confidence to use that to close the Gandhi case.

    I am regret sir that your article appears to take the Sri Lankan government’s version at face value (no pun intended) and verges on rank specualtation unsupported by scientific facts with regard to Prabakaran’s death.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:
    Your “comment” is posted here in the same way that others are posted. That’s all.Posting a comment of your type is NOT an indication of my “intellectual honesty” as you put it. Neither is it an indicator of my “intellectual dishonesty” if I did not post it. Allowing, disallowing, deleting and editing is my RIGHT and PREROGATIVE. My so called “intellectual” honesty or dishonesty cannot be measured by the criteria you have outlined.

    You seem to have formed an opinion of your own about my sources. All I want to say is you are sadly mistaken

    By the way I would humbly suggest that you read this article again with an open mind. You may find the answers to some of your doubts. Also you may discover certain nuances and fresh insights

  56. Kurudan says:

    I agree with you KP or others from the LTTE side should accept that VP is dead. Most of the senior leaders are dead too.

    Even if they are alive and escaped, none of them are physically fit to live and operate in the jungles.

    When I heard that VP and KP are “talking” directly using a sattelite phone, I knew game over…Sattellite phones in modern combat zones… not a smart idea……

    The cover page of J.N.Dixit’s “Assignment Colombo” clearly showed the reality of the problem.
    SINHALA ONLY vs EELAM or BUST.

    Well the “BUST” happened, in the last five hundred year history of Tamil people tamils did.. a lot of thing…
    They become coolies..Hillcountry, Guyana, South Africa…..

    Tamils do not need to be embarrassed about what happened in the battlefield.

    Last Tamil king from Jaffna was arrested and executed…

    It took assistance from India, Pakistan, China, EU, US, UK , Russia and “moderate tamils” to bring down a
    military machine built by an 8th grader..

    The “idea” of a state for tamils have not been defeated.. The only man who “could have” (in theory) agreed for some other compromise is no more.

  57. Hela says:

    The brutality of war in it’s full colours was on display during the last few weeks.

    Thanks DBSJ for the contributions made towards highlighting the cruelity of war.

    It is a good lesson for those who cheered at the body counts announced like cricket scores in the past. Hopefully, the pain they feel now would make them realise the amount of pain others felt before, due to the concious choice made to support and fund a futile war.

    I could not remember seeing any human rights concerns when the so called border villages were attacked and the civilians were massacred (I have been to the area soon after Kokilai & Nayaru massacres and seen the civilian agony in my own eyes. In fact when we got down from the vehicle, the people who saw us ran away towards the jungle thinking we were from the LTTE). No human rights were allowed to people who died in busses, trains, shopping centres, market places (The Pettah bust stand bomb went off in front of my own eyes and a school mate of mine was blown there. I saw human flesh being collected in shawals). Same was the case at Sri Maha Bodhi massacre (I have seen video), Kathankudi mosque massacre or the massacre of 30 buddhist monks at Arantalawa (imagine the reaction if they were Tamil Catholic priests!).

    While, above is no justification for killing civilians in Mullaitivu, the major blame should be placed with the people who took the civilians as a shield. The marked difference between the number of civilian deaths between earlier phases of the military campaign and the last weeks amply demonstrates that the major causes of civilian deaths were due to the human shield strategy and the futile prolongation of the conflict in the face of defeat without surrender.

    The West who are clamouring for investigations certainly do not possess any moral capacity to be the judges & the prosecutors.

    As suggested by someone here, the best course of action would be to take the path of healing and not revenge/recrimination.

  58. una says:

    to mr jeraj.
    i am a sinhalese. but i want you to know that i really enjoy your perspective of anything you write. you are extremely smart. i often think you must have qualities of tamils that our parents use to talk about. smart, honest and well thoughtout and all together. i am not just saying this. i really believe it. please keep up the good work.

  59. Crazyoldmansl says:

    A sad end, sad because the lives, the hopes, suffering, death and destruction and the money and resources of so many people has all been in vain. The root of this defeat is the arrogance of Piraphakaran that pervaded his LTTE and that arose from the inherent feeling of superiority that is native to us all. It is this arrogance that prevented him from falling in line with India and later prevented him from falling in line with the west.

    It is this arrogance that makes us blind to the fact that a separate Tamil state on Sri Lanka or elsewhere will attract the loyalties of the well over hundred million Tamils scattered all over the world – with all its implications for India.

    It is this arrogance that makes it so easy for us to learn English, French, German and a host of other languages when we deem it to be in our interests to do so, but refuse to learn Sinhala.

    It is this arrogance that when asked how it was possible to take on a state without material support from other states gave rise to the answer “What can they do to us?”.

    They have done what they can.

    I hope we are all the wiser for what happened, and that this hard earned wisdom will ensure that never again do we trust ourselves to any organization that is based not on due democratic process but on the power of arms and the whims of a single person.

  60. Jeyan says:

    DBSJ
    “What illustrates the poignant irony of this situation was the sight of his former deputy “col” Karuna now a cabinet minister standing with army officers and looking down upon his former leader lying semi-naked in the sand.”

    I don’t support any side, but think about hundreds of innocent eastern caders killed by northern when karuna departed ltte. Did you called that was poignant irony that time.?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    In the first place you haven’t understood what I mean by the poignant irony of this situation.

    Secondly you are totally ignorant of all what I have written about the entire Karuna episode and all what transpired. You seem not to know about how I was attacked by LTTE media for my stance then.

    The fact that you are asking me this question without even having read me shows you are an ignoronat moron with a parochial mindset.

    I try hard not to be harsh and rude in responding nowadays. But when people like you make such comments I do have to retort this way.

    So I tell you again.

    You are an ignorant moron with a parochial mindset who accuses journalists of an alleged past “offence” without even reading past writings.

  61. C de Alwis says:

    This was due to a gross miscalculation of course. First and foremostly LTTE could not hoodwink the GoSL in the way they had done in the past. They miscalculated what this GoSL is made of. The unholy trinity of Miliband,Kouchner and that fellow from Norway couldn’t do a rats arse.
    Good riddence of bad rubbish.

  62. Anthony says:

    I’m a Sinhalese but appreciate your writing. Your accounts of events seem to be fairly accurate though not always agree with you. I used to read your column on Nation before you left. So here is my question:

    Why did KP refused to surrender? In his interview to Channel 4, he repeated several times that, LTTE only lay down arms not surrender. What they were hoping for? If you remember, government asked numerous times LTTE to surrender and let civilians go. LTTE never accepted that. Why waited last minute to surrender? It seems like VP surrendered and got killed. He has only injuries in his forehead which suggests as you said point blank shot. Do you’ve any more info on his and his family’s death. Thank you.

  63. Tharaka says:

    I neither feel happy nor sad. This proves karma does exist. He made other peoples lives miserable both his his own tamils and other sri lankans(sinhala,muslim). Now it had come back to him.

  64. Rus says:

    DBS

    Thanks for your articles. I always look for your articles.

    Why not write about the rumours of Pottu Amman. Is he going to surface with his loyal diaspora as the next leader ???

  65. ??? says:

    DBS

    Did pottu also killed? So far no sign of his body but statement only per SLA

    What happen to the Infamous Castro ?

    I know the remnant of LTTE are split and playing, I think it best to announce KP

    It was justifiable to believe in his force to bounce back after the fall of Killinochi but, VP and Nadesan failed to read the signs of IC when they said to lay down arms after the fall of Puthukudiyorupu.

    VP has a tendency to go ballistic under Duress, and often some other leaders make the decision to calm him down, but I guess, no one there to give the right picture when KP was reprimanded.

    This left with Col Ram and Col Nagulan of the east as the fighting force for the LTTE again in the East.

    DBS, could you verify the claims of 3000+ injured cadres were massacred in cold blooded style and tanks were use to bulldoze the last patch of land ( which is why the ICRC was not allowed to this point.)

  66. Tamil Victim says:

    Jeyawewa for MR! With the demise of LTTE, UN interference in SL is already started. This is the beginning of the separation of SL.

  67. Shan Bharath says:

    Great Article DBS
    You are one of the best journalists in South Asia

    I admire your writings sir. You are very honest

    You are not biased . You are neutral

    LTTE murdered many valuable Tamil leaders like Amirthalingam .
    It is shame LTTE killed this man who is the greatest asset for tamils They also killed former MP for Jaffana
    Who gave the rights to LTTE to kill people who do not agree wit them

    I want to know who is going to punish MR brohers for their crime

    God These people murdered so many many tamils
    Thamils were slaughtered
    It is beyond imagination

    Part 1 is done ( LTTE is gone)

    Now we have to wait for part 2 which is about to begin

    There will be a world Tribunal and MR brothers along with Army , Navy who ever commited crime will be taken to tribunal They will live their rest of their lives there along with former Serbian , Haitian ,Congo Somali Leaders
    I am waiting to see the part2 , I have a feeling that will happen .
    World is having a very bad opinion of Current Lankan leaders

  68. Ranjan says:

    DBS,
    This reads like a novel. I hope one day in not too distant future, you will be able to collect all of your writing in to a book which will be the definite account of the LTTE struggle in the last 30 years.

    As for Dinesh’s (#30) contention that he was untouchable for 30 years, not true. If not for India, he and LTTE would have been gone long time ago. Vadamarachhi operation and the Indian Airforce parippu drop in 1986 is just one example.

    Many people have commented on how brilliant he was. Again not true. Most of his early success was mainly due to the incompetence of the various governments that refused to deal with the LTTE as they should have. In the face of a determined and a properly led army, the LTTE collapsed liked a house of cards. VP is a man who over the years made some monumental blunders. Rajiv Gandhi killing, refusal to accept CBK offer of 10 years of uninterrupted rule, Walking off the negotiating table and refusing to accept the 4 billion dollars of aid promised by the International Donor’s Group in 2003, Making sure that Ranil would be defeated in 2005 presidential election by forcing the Tamils in NE to boycott the elections, and finally forcing the government to act by repeated provocations in 2005/2006 period. Even in the last few months, the military decisions that he took make no sense. For a guy who is suppose to be one of the pre-eminent experts in guerrilla warfare, the decision to withdraw all of his forces in the face of the army assault without leaving small bands of guerrilla fighters who could have hit the army supply lines behind the front line defies military logic. All of this points to a person so arrogant and out of touch with the reality that he simply refused to believe that the GOSL forces could be better led and equipped and could consist of solders who would outfight his cadres in all aspects. I suppose he truly believed that famous Tamil saying “Singhalaya modaya, kavum kanna sooraya”.

    One question to you DBS, what happened to his body? You did not write about that part of this story.

  69. R.Sivapatham says:

    As always, you have good imagination about what happened. The bit about imperative-can we really expect ‘justice’ on the treatment of Prabhakaran, Pottu Amman and Soosai? Did they thesmselves expect to receive justice?
    Reality is that they committed dastardly murders of Tamils (my relatives) and they deserve what they got.
    Tamil liberation will happen without them.
    Thanks

  70. Bala says:

    Let’s put the unfortunate episode behind us and envision for political stability and equality. I think both communities have learned a lot during the past few years and will try their best to co-exist with peace and harmony. Every one of us should endeavour to achieve this goal. Yes we can!!

  71. Nitharshan says:

    Although the LTTE committed many atrocities, do you not agree that they were freedom fighters when they engaged in combat with the SL Armed Forces?

    Also, the body shown on TV seems to be a bit young compared to earlier photos, I’m not a victim to propaganda but do you thing there is a remote chance of the LTTE leader’s survival?

    The killing of individuals who surrendered is essentially a war crime. There should be an independent probe to determine Sri Lanka’s guilt in a long list of war crimes allegations. Economic and military sanctions should be utilized if Sri Lanka exhibits uncooperative behavior.

  72. raj says:

    VP is alive. Before next maaverar naal the LTTE will prove its presense with a high profile assasination and VP will make the usual speech on the 27th.

  73. Sugomi says:

    Dear DBJ,

    I’m glad you have left SL (as I did!) but still doing what you are best at ;writing objectively drawing from multiple sources but giving a balanced perspectives unlike many Western journos, particulalrly BBC fellows writing from Colombo!

    What you had written is a very good and a balanced account and I value your questions to the Government.

    There are some other important questions to be addressed:

    (1) When is Mr MR and his team going to establish the Rule of Law as the war is over now!
    (2) When he and his autocratoic BROTHERS give back the freedom of writing/speaking to people!

    There are other important issues such as the issue of LTTE’s Child Recruitment and providing an independent(non NGO and beyond Government propagandist) perspectives and ABOVE ALL an objective history of the emergence and the demise of LTTE.

    You MUST WRITE a book and you are one of the few who could provide a real Tamil and objective perspective.

    Similary a good Sinhala Buddhist should write the Buddhist violence of SL since 1971!

    For the public record, like you I am trained journalist from SL but never practised it as a profession and born as a Sinhalese Buddhist and still a Buddhist Down Under!

    Thank you but my curiosity is aroused as you are a journalist from SL. Do you think you can send me an e – mail at dbsjeyaraj@yahoo.com ?………………DBSJ

  74. roshan says:

    | can’t believe this. People still read your stories. I am making a movie. can you write a story please.

    I think I know the title of your movie “Naan Innum Saahavillai” (I am still not dead)………..DBSJ

  75. Ken Leclair says:

    ‘ The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and contraversy’
    (………….)

    HE ALWAYS stood for HIS mother land, HIS Nationality and HIS People’s right for self determination untill HIS ‘reported death’

    For HIS people I have a few words( not my own)

    Your greatest glory is not in never falling,
    but in rising every time you fall.
    (…………)

    Ken

  76. Sam says:

    The Singalese had this man, after he died, had his naked body covered in mud, and with a “KOVANAM”. This is how a Singalese treat a dead man, regardless whether the man was a coward or not. He is dead but the dream lives on!

  77. war monger says:

    The war is over.

    Now I will switch my attention to Afghan Pak borders.

    But it is not interesting with less drama there.

    I am a common man.

  78. Sam says:

    Pottu is the man who betraid VP

    He’s a PARIAn indeed!!

  79. ravi says:

    Hi DPS.
    If you write your articles straight and clear, people will understand easily. you don’t have to tell your readers read it again. don’t make us confuse. stick with one decision, that VP is dead or alive.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Do you think that a person like you who addresses me wrongly as “DPS” when my initials are “DBS” is capable of understanding even “straight and clear” writing? Is not my by-line “DBS Jeyaraj” straight and clear? Dont you know the difference between a “B’ and a “P” ?

    Dont worry I wont even ask you to read my articles again. It will be too much for you!

  80. Lucky Aponso says:

    You seem to show you are unbiased and independent journalist, sadly you are not.

  81. Upul says:

    UPUL

    If I post your comment I will have to respond also. Such types of comments deserve answers in the same vein.In order to avoid that I am simply deleting your comment and informing you why I am doing so. So dont be “appalled”.

  82. Sirimevan says:

    Jeyaj is a Tamil journalist who has an amazing capaciy to tell a story. It appears that Jeyaraj had been the only Tamil Journalist who had been well informed of all what had been going in the Vanni for the last few months. I have not seen any of Jeyraj ‘s up todate comments, whilst the humanitarian mission of the GOSL had been carried out to liberate the Tamils , at least since the fall of Killinochchi. Jeyaraj shows his capability of making a convincing story out of all the speculation floating around.

    (EDITED)

    Jeyaraj, loves Singhala Cinema which is much more advanced than Tamil Nadu cinema. However I didn’t buy his claim that Lester James Peiris’s master piece “Nidhanaya” was among the best one hundred films of the world all time.

    It was not I who placed “Nidhanaya”as one of the world’s 100 great films………….DBSK

  83. Ananthy says:

    I think u r trying to bring out the last minutes of the war zone. Unbelivale decision taking in his elem war 4 makesus embraced too. Seems to be like we dont have diplomats to advise or carry out .

    Pray for every body. Hope begiinning of ending.

  84. shehan says:

    Hi DBS

    Great one sir!
    Whilst admitting circumstances surrounding VP’s death is shrouded in mystrey, I doubt the truth will ever come out. I think it is time to move on for everyone…towards a peaceful Sri Lanka where tamils, muslims and singhalese will live in harmony like brothers and sisters. I for one is very hopeful that day is just months away…Your thougts DBS?

  85. John says:

    Thanks for the great article. I hope your facts are correct.

    Some Interesting facts that differentiate VP from past Tamil leaders.

    - His daughter was a trained fighter. Our former leaders would have sent them abroad and got them married to a rich guy.

    - Even when his own life was at stake he stuck to his guns. He could have escaped to safety in some European country (probably Norway) if he wanted to but didn’t do it.

    - He could have sent his wife and kids abroad like most others, but didn’t

    Also he was treated by the SL army, the same way he treated the TELO leaders. He showed no mercy, and received no mercy at the point of death.

    Overall, he is a very a-typical Tamil leader, and I doubt we will see another one like him again.

    To all Tamils out there: Remember the Mission Accomplished stunt by Bush. When Saddam and his hench men were caught everyone thought the resistance was over. My feeling is the same thing will happen here in Sri Lanka. We will have a window of low violence.
    To all Sinhalese out there: If you don’t use this opportunity to make lasting changes to the political structure of Sri Lanka with a two state federation, the problem will re-start, and the next time, it will be worse.
    Remember: If we create TWO STATES – we will have ONE COUNTRY; If you want to hold one to ONE STATE we will end up with TWO COUNTRIES.

  86. Rajram says:

    DBS- I read your response and as to your perogative as the content editor, it is unquestioned , as this is your forum.

    However, I can sense that you have gulped the Sri Lankan obufuscations of the truth about the body, and its identity. No DNA test means it is only a visual identification, unreliable at best.

    How many stories can the Sri Lankan government concoct about the body? Found it says in an ambulance, then no, it is in a lagoon and clean shaven with a clear face so that the masses can sleep in contentment having seen the slain dragon.

    As for the DNA , they say it was done and conclusive, now it is said by the Army spokesman that it is not required because Karuna identified it and they also have a video. This is hillarious comedy at its best. All it takes is for Karuna the DNA specialist to vouch for the veracity of the body and we have confirmation of the kill.

    They are trying to kill a man through fiction that they failed in reality. Sir, for you to swallow this line is not very smart journalism.

    I have never claimed that I am “smart” let alone being a “smart journalist”. VP is no more but you can go on believing what you want to believe. Good luck to you……………..DBSJ

  87. Lal Jay says:

    Sri Lankan government should not be judged on the fate of VP and family. If any other regime on the face ofthe earth was put in the same position as SL government were in, they would have done the exact thing or worst. Without eliminating all of them the war would not be ended effectively and all the sacrifices the country did would be in vain. Further it was essential to strip the “Sun God ” and soak him in mud to show that he is also mortal to psychologically defeat the insane pro Ealam lobby.
    But the SL government should be judged on how they treat here onwards the Tamil people as a whole and the IDPs in particular. There may be short commings but it is aparent that the IDPs are being treated far more than the expectations within the capacities of the poor SL government. DBS you must be knowing better and hope you will write about this too soon. If they are resettled as soon as possible (probably within the year as Basil R says) in their original homes the govenment should get an “A” pass. We have to wait and see.
    Please dont waste valuable web space on the charges of human right violations and possible war crime tribunals ………….. they can be started in the sequence, once all other previous such crimes in the world are dealt with. Where do we start ? Probably from Hiroshima and Nagasaki……….

  88. war monger says:

    One has to count Srilanka so foolish to allow any re-emerging of armed struggle in the foreseeable future.

    ” I was looking high for the fall of stars from sky
    not knowing behind me the bull dozer
    was sweeping my little hut
    still my gaze was on stars
    one day it will fall.”

  89. de silva says:

    Hi how can I reach you on a personal email

    At dbsjeyaraj@yahoo.com

  90. Suresh ratnam says:

    DBS,
    Is it possible that VP surrendered to the army and was executed?

    No! He never surrendered………DBSJ

  91. Jey says:

    Great script. Mani Rathinam, here you go!
    You can make a blcokbuster

    Nopes! Seeman, Ameer or Bharathyrajah are better for this no?……………DBSJ

  92. R Maran says:

    To sum up the down fall of VP

    Tamil proverb “Kedukudi Soll Kelathu” (Those fated to decline will not heed advice)

    R Maran

  93. Jayasinghe says:

    Thank u for balance and fare news,
    I think it is time for Tamil diaspora to forget ,forgive, and be more realistic now on.
    Don’t forget over 6000 SL defence force personel lost their lives and more than 30000 injued during the last 3 year.
    Both side lost so many. Always one side win. It’s the name of the game. We ( sinhala) lost last 30 year . This is your time.
    Diaspora tamils must help their poor relatives back home instead of pouring hard earning money into LTTE agents now on.
    Sinhales peoples are not bad as you( Tamil) think.
    Move on . Hatret not good for personel health too.

  94. war monger says:

    It looks GOSL was prepared with photographs and hired people to shoot the final drama in the battleground.

    Possibly some tigers are in custody for interrogation and will be executed later.

    For avoiding questions and inconvenience dupes were used and images were manipulated to show these people’s (still in custody) death to the world.

    Prabhakaran was killed fearing any attempts by foreign countries including India for his deportation.

    President Rajapakse was lying between his teeth when said that he wished capture of Prabhakaran alive to be handed over to India. In fact he knew it very well that prabhakaran will be secured once in Indian hands. How can he take such chance?

    Pottu Amman’s and Charls Antony’s fate – still uncertain and will live longer in Army custody till they sing the full song.

  95. Sam says:

    Pottu is the man who betraid VP

    He’s a PARIAn indeed!!

    You must write about this traytor

  96. Jey says:

    Dear DBS,
    I am an old boy of JC. I have enjoyed your writing for many years from the days of ‘Behind the Cajan Curtains. Your last write up appealing to GOSL to act on Tamil greviences was great. Keep going on that path. It’s the duty of a good journalist to bring goodness to the society that has seen destruction for years.
    God bless

    Thanks. Could you e-mail me at dbsjeyaraj@yahoo.com Please?……………DBSJ

  97. C de Alwis says:

    In Iraq Americans captured only the top ranking people in the Saddam Hussein regime. What did the middle and lower cadres do? Wage a guerrilla war afterwords.Sri Lankan Army must never repeat this mistake.Therefore the most logical thing to do is to eliminate all LTTE cadres who are captured or surrendered.These elements are brainwashed by LTTE to such an extent they are beyond rehabilitation. In light of these circumstances GoSL must do what is best for the long term security of Sri Lanka.As far as the GoSL is concerned either you get rid of them now or wait until they resort to guerrilla tactics and then eliminate them which will be more expensive in terms of economics and human resources.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    A very large number of young boys and girls were conscripted by the LTTE. They were sent to the frontline without proper training or experience. Many of them perished. Many parents of the survivors have managed to bring them along to Vavuniya. There were some parents who continued to stay on in the LTTE territory only because they wanted to somehow save their children.The Govt and armed forces have generally been sympathetic to this pathetic plight of Tamil civilians and tiger conscripts.

    But you appear to be a cold – blooded, bloodthirsty person devoid of humane thoughts. For you these are not humans. You are like the whites who conquered North America killing the native indians. “Only good injun is a dead injun” . Thank god you are an aberration and do not personify in anyway the vast number of Sinhala people .

  98. Aj says:

    Point 1. We should say “Never Again” like the jews. They said that or concentration camps. I believe we should say that or an armed struggle!!. Lets learn from others. Do you agree DBSJ ?

    Point 2: This tamil homeland idea belongs to the 50′s and 60′s. It is outdated in the current global reality. World over cultures and societies that embraced multi-culturalism and immigration are the ones that are vibrant & progressive in an ever inter connected world. The stark examples are US & Japan. We should embrace Singhalese & Muslims into the North & East. I guess my idea he is a bit too radical probably for the current generation. Do you agree DBSJ ?.

    Point 3: In todays world a community only thrives when it integrates with the world not when it separates, when it developes inclusive leadership and not exclusive leadership, thrives in interdependency not independence. This is the 21st century of global trade and countries like Singapore, Malaysia have proved that if you dont embrace this change one will fail. Yet LTTE and the tamil community never changed to take 1977 economic change in Sri Lanka onboard to change their stragies. Do you agree DBSJ to this point ?.

    Point 4: The reason I am promoting singhalese to migrate to the North & South is in the future the Sri Lankan govt cannot put an embargo against people of one area, neither will they be able to use air power to create phenomon destruction. So the tamils in the North & East would be using the singhalese as human shield if they also integrate them into their society. Also when it comes to infrastructure spending the colombo govt will be forced to spend money in the North & East cos now we would be a multi-ethnic society and not a monolothic one. We would be able to use the singhalese as a lobby group too.

    I really like your articles and would like your thoughts on these points. Thanks.

    I have lived in London, US, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and Shanghai. In Sri Lanka in Colombo and Jaffna. So probably I am looking from a global perspective which might not be relevant when people have lived in their own land and facing crimes against humanity commited against them. But if the Tamil Diaspora is to be effective I feel we need to see how we move to adjust with the world and not expect the world to adjust with us.

    Look forward to your reply.

    Regards

    Ajith

    Why dont you write these ideas as an article and send it to me please?…………..DBSJ

  99. Aj says:

    Why doesnt a talented guy like KP move on and shed the baggage of the LTTE off. Why doesnt he join or create another organisation that is not banned allowing him and that organisation to take on the Sri Lankan govt better ???. I dont get these people at times. They tend to surf a tsunami rather than run from it.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    KP came out of “retirement” only to help the LTTE at its hour of need. He did it out of a sense of loyalty to Praba. KP like Anton Balasingham was wise enough to see that the writing was on the wall. That is why he tried to arrange for a surrender to a third party and salvage the situation. But Prabhakaran turned it down and even scolded KP

    Now some of these diaspora elements are slandering KP as a traitor. Since KP derived his “clout” only from Prabhakaran he is rather vulnerable. I cant see KP continuing with these people any more. I wont be surprised if KP simply fades away from the scene quietly

  100. Nakeeb M Issadeen says:

    DBSJ,
    The body language of MR when he landed in Sri Lanka on 17th tells that he was positively informed by the military that VP was dead and the hugging and garlenting at the airport were the sure sign of that war was virtually over after the death of VP.

    There was a media report on 17th that 300 LTTE carders were killed and ONE body was airlifted to Colombo. Unconfirmed defense official reports were that the messages of VP?s death will be announced by the president.

    Suddenly, the official version of the military was changed and they were searching for VP?s body. By the time VP?s body was revealed to the media the face looked fresh as if it was cosmetically modified, his head was swerving around his neck and the eyes were open.

    My conclusion is that his body was found much earlier, probably in an unidentifiable state then it was modified by GOSL to give a more authentic look and brought back to the war zone for media publicity.

    It could very well be that your earlier account of his death was correct

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    You are entitled to your own opinion.

    But just for the record, I have not written an “earlier account of his death” as you state. It was what we journalists call a “speculative piece” and the heading was a question not a statement. I also took pains to make a note after each comment that the news was yet to be confirmed. I gave up doing so when I found the volume too much.

    As I said earlier you are entitled to your own opinion.

  101. Indra says:

    Dear Jeyaraj,

    What you have written is interesting. After all all citizens of this country should be happy that the war is over. Sinhalese and Tamils have very similar cultures and share same values. We are much closer than ourselves to other people. It is sad what happened in the past. It is time that all Tamils also understand Sri Lanka is their country as well and their motherland. Their country is not India. They should wave flags with Sri Lankans when there is a match with India. This country has lost too much blood unnecessarily because some were brainwashed.

    Let the hunter be hunted. Let others work together for a better future for all of us. Let us show the world what humans can do when they are together.

  102. Lucky Aponso says:

    Jeya,
    I knew you have had no guts to publish my full comments. That’s ok. ha ha ha

    One does not need “guts” to delete racist garbage. ho, ho, ho,ho!……….DBSJ

  103. shankar says:

    dbs

    what is puzzling me is that magistrate chamari danansuriya asked police to arrange DNA and other forensic tests on prabakarans and other corpses. now the army says DNA tests were not done and the body has been cremated. the death certificate that they aregoing to give the indians to close the rajiv case wont be worth the piece of paper. the explanation by the govt that DNA tests are not necessary is mocking the legal system.

  104. Pramod says:

    One corner within me is sad when I rejoice the death of Prabhakaran.

    Prabhakaran would have secured a seat in Brave hearts’ gallery in history had he not used civilians in his war against the official war machinery of Srilanka.

    Civilian shield was not conveniently introduced in this war but has been a war strategy of LTTE since its inception. But it was quite different when the war was fought with a Guerrilla style. Every civilian causality proportionally exaggerated was a political tool to gain mileage , sympathy and money .

    This time all calculations went wrong when the fight was turned into a conventional method at the same time the burden of herding people one place to another.

    I rejoice because he was the cause of destruction and misery to those who followed him. He ultimately proved to become a liberator of Tamil souls from their physical body.

    A bit of me is sad in his death, because a dream of a determined , dedicated and die hard person is perished …….task unfinished. Whether it was good /bad or practical or not.

    Hope no one else will dare to march the herd promising a fool’s paradise in the future.

  105. Chinthaka Kulatunga says:

    Dear DBS,

    Thank you for the article. I was waiting for it from Tuesday. However I understand that you had to wait for Saturday’s dailymirror.

    The questions surrounding VP’s death will always remain. However one thing is cleat. His body does not have any scalding wounds. Nor is there any (unless proven by judicial medical evidence) blackening around the gun shot wounds. If there was blackening then it is clear that he was shot at point blank range. The forehead does not suggest any. These are all speculations.

  106. Indra says:

    Dear DBS,

    I have a question that no one raised or answered. What happened to all the money LTTE collected ? who is controlling the accounts now? Has the GOSL found businessmen that funded LTTE?

  107. Amrit says:

    Mr Jeyaraj, congratulations on another good piece.

    There are enough people on this page gloating over VP’s death and expressing satisfaction at the way he died. I will only ask this.

    First of all, those people referring to the bloody era that VP brought in, let us not forget that it was the GOSL that actually set in train the course that had brought us all to where we now are – 58 and then 83. The LTTE in the minds of many will have got its just deserts but the GOSL which set the trajectory has never been brought to book.

    Whatever one thinks about VP and his methods, even the Nazis and the Japanese received the benefit of due judicial process. To cold bloodedly shoot him and his entirely family, if this happened after terms were negotiated, can only horrify all decent right thinking people and will only re-enforce in the minds of Tamils that the GOSL is not only thoroughly brutal and malevolent but can never be trusted to keep promises. That will also come home to an undoubtedly furious UK government to whom undertakings were also breached. I doubt that the UK government will just sit down and take the humiliation. What may follow I think is obvious.

    The early evidence allows for a clear case for war crimes trials for the GOSL and SLA leaders. That the President says that he does not care if he goes to the gallows indicates that at least he realizes that what he has done merits this. As a lawyer, he of course should know this – and know fully the fate of Slobodan Milosevic, the other contemporary leader that resembles him. That I guess is a sword of Damocles that will hang over the SL President for the rest of his life even if he is never brought to book.

    We must also not forget that the modern SL state has devoured enormous numbers of its own people both Sinhala and Tamil and is truly a Moloch Baal among states demanding a never ending stream of sacrifices of its own people. That a gruesome being such as this still stands among the nations of the world unanswerable for its actions is an indictment on the community of nations. If the perpetrators are to be brought to trial, fairness and justice require a complete reckoning that goes not just the events of the last two years but the last three decades. This much is required to bring closure and move forward.

    Mr Jeyaraj, do you think that a South African style Truth and Reconciliation Commission could be a substitute for the way in which justice would otherwise need to operate? Like in South Africa, there are probably far too many people to put through judicial process at all levels of the State apparatus.

  108. Seelan-Batti says:

    Dear DBSJ, Can you tell us what you meant by ?the poignant irony of this situation?.

    Does it meant
    1. Karuna has adopted right methods and Prabha didn?t. So K is a minister and P is not. Or
    2. You / people can not bear the fact that Karuna is a minister and Prabha is a dead body.

    Pls explain.

    Why restrict “poignant irony” only to the above two prejudiced statements and then seek an “explanation” within those parameters?…………………..DBSJ

  109. Dassa says:

    Hi DBSJ:

    People can have their own openions and versions. What is needed is open dialogue, let people to express ideas.

    (EDITED)

    Cheers! Dassa

  110. confused confucius says:

    THE CONCENTRATION CAMPS – THE LAUGH
    —————————————————————
    I think the “CONCENTRATION CAMP” is some kind of a euphemism used by the LTTE RANSOM COLLECTORS.
    They use this to drain the last bit of money from the DISTURBED MORONS of the diaspora (not everyone).
    If they are using the word without knowing what it is, I have to remind them to GOOGLE THE WORD Auschwitz, so they will understand what a concentration camp is.

    I do agree these temporary camps are an indignity to the respectable people of Vanni but it is the only way to flush / filter the HARDCORE, SUICIDE BOMBING, Terrorists.

    I should remind that there are people who were expelled from vanni, still living in similar camps for the past decade or more.

    That’s how things happen in Sri Lanka, whether it is MR, JR, Premadasa, CBK or Ranil Wickramasinghe; or I wonder even if it’s DBSJ (lol)

  111. TK says:

    DBS,

    One fact that I want to make it clear to all the human beings is there was (is) a third nation, which wants to keep Srilanka in trouble for their own socio cum political advantage. which has to idetified (not required for me, even to DBS too I beleive) and elimiated. This is the only time that Srilankans can do it. “Make hay while the sun shines”.

    Few of us seems to be blaming Mr VP for the dead of all the Srilankan civilans. I would say not even the Srilanka government is blamable for this.

    DBS, this is your duty to bring this news (at least this comment) to the whole world. Let them be Sinhalease or Tamils or Muslims or any human being.

  112. kuthbuddin says:

    as all ways impartial journalism being bread born in Colombo .your article give me too see the picture of human nature.i have one request my jeyaraj can you write a article of yogi.as he famously called.

  113. shanthi krish says:

    this is a fantastic article that sheds much light on what happened.

    It’s now clear that Vaiko, karunanidhi & Nedumaran virtually executed vellupillai without firing a single shot . he was sacrificed at the altar of Indian politics.

    I would like to make some additional comments.

    Another grave underestimation of vellupillai was the seemingly resigned attitude of the Gandhi family towards rajiv’s death. It’s now obvious that although the Gandhis did not demonstrate in public or scream of revenge for their father’s death (because of the sensitive Tamil political alliance with the congress), they had cold bloodedly & calculatedly awaited vellupillai’s gruesome execution. The sri lankan government will issue the death certificate to the indian government aka the gandhi family.

    In fact the gandhis may have had an indirect hand in it thru RAW. They must have been a very happy family & felt vindicated when they placed wreaths on rajiv’s memorial a few days ago. I am sure the Rajapakse clan’s standing with the Gandhi dynasty have gone up by several notches after vellupillai’s brutal execution. The Gandhi’s may not show it, but it definitely is the case. Soon it may be exhibited openly in ways such as economic & other assistance to sri lanka. So the future looks brighter for GOSL with china, India, Pakistan, Iran, Japan & Russia in its favour.

    These are the emerging world powers & creditor nations. While the west including USA has consumed itself to death on credit & is in a deep debt hole, the Chinese, Indians, Japanese, Iranians & russians have produced & saved. Under this debt pressure soon the US $ will crash & lose its status as the world currency. The wealth & power will shift from the west to the east slowly but surely. Most of the western countries will lose their economic clout. Only producers like Germany, Canada & Norway will be spared. So the LTTE Diaspora who are essentially pro western will lose much of their clout.

    Although the Indian congress may have gone thru the motions of helping the LTTE for political benefits everything points to the fact that they endorsed Vellupillai’s death. The way channels like NDTV telecast the whole hostage situation & vellupillai’s death proves this. They were in sharp contrast to western media who made a big issue condemning GOSL & LTTE both. We do not hear the Indians talking about GOSL war crimes.

    The shock, sadness & the insult of rajiv’s cold blooded murder & the way he died like an animal on a pavement in nadu was obviously roaring & boiling in the minds of the top Indian political dynasty. After all he was their father & wife. The democratically elected PM of India. Above all he was a Gandhi. No criminal can ever kill a Gandhi, live in comfort close to india & nonchalantly expect a pardon. he pays for it with his life sooner or later. It ‘s only a matter of time. A Gandhi will always be a Gandhi. Blood will always be thicker than water.

    Vellupillai never had any regard for human life. He expected the first family of India to behave like zombies without any emotion. When rajiv’s daughter visited one of his killers in prison vellupillai must have been further reassured that the gandhis were zombie.

    He was wrong.

    Dead wrong. Pardon the pun.

    BTW vellupillai’s family should never have exposed themselves to the SLA which lost a lot of commanders & was at the receiving end of LTTE suicide bombings for 30 years. another terrible decision by vellupillai. attempts on sarath’s & gota’s life & the cruel hacking of sinhala civilians to death for 30 long years does not make matters better for a pardon. it’s no wonder most of the SLA recruits are from these so called border villages. they may have lost a lot of relatives. even their parents, brothers & sisters to LTTE . this is the enemy that vellupillai trusted his family’s safety with. there seems to be no end to the bad desicions by this mad man. i strongly suspect he may have been on powerful drugs towards the end. this is the only explanation to the numbness of his brain activity

    people who live by brutal vioence & scarifice others mercilessly to achieve their selfish aims should expect no mercy. none. if he had any self respect vellupillai should have never planned on living. he should have bitten cyanide like he preached his clueless cadres.

    pottu amman may still be under army intelligence being interrogated. if that’s the case it could turn out to be very revealing.

  114. Laksman says:

    #106 Indra asked a good question

    Dear DBS,

    I have a question that no one raised or answered. What happened to all the money LTTE collected ? who is controlling the accounts now? Has the GOSL found businessmen that funded LTTE?

    Nobody is controlling anything now.Earlier all accounts were forwarded to the Vanni headquarters for auditing and cheaters were recalled to Vanni for punishment by VP.

    Now VP is not there to check accounts.No proper accounting,auditing or accountability. Local leaders and their collectors are in charge now. It’s up to them to publish the figures if they feel so.

    Just imagine the diaspora outside Sri Lanka is about 1 million. At least if 700,000 of this contribute 10US$ permonth it would be a staggering 7 million Dollars per month.

    7Million x12months would be a colossal 70million or 7 Croes per year.

    Actually the real contributions are more than 10us$ per month. With no proper accounting or accountability this is a money spinner during this credit crunch.

    That is why it is extremely important and essential to make sure to let everybody know Piripaharan is still alive. As long as everybody believes that he is still alive, the contributions will keep on flowing.

  115. Lucky Aponso says:

    DELETED

  116. mathanakumar@yahoo.com says:

    You should be LTTE member, Otherwise how do you know the last conversation with KP.
    You should be arrested first. Scape goat?

    Can you explain what you mean by scapegoat please………………..DBSJ

  117. belle says:

    DBSJ,
    Thank you for your article. It gives a clear picture of how things could have occurred. But given that nobody can confirm that he is really dead, I just wondered if anyone has tried checking with a professional astrologer. As an amateur astrologer, I can tell you that nobody dies without it showing in their stars. What do we have to lose by checking?

    I looked at his stars for May 17 and 18. It is true that since this month, major planets Jupiter, Neptune and Chiron, have been together at exactly the same spot–26 degrees Aquarius. Prabhakaran’s Pluto is directly opposite this spot. We can thus expect that he is facing extreme trouble. On May 17, the sun (which is a timer for events) was at 27 degrees Taurus, at a very bad exact angle to these formations. This could indeed have led to his death.

    However, Prabhakaran’s birth chart shows that he is an escape artist–his planet Neptune (planet of deception) is at a good angle to Pluto, the planet of power and conflict, and with Uranus (the planet of surprise). All are at 26/27 degrees in various zodiac signs. This means that at any one moment, when he has a bad transit of a planet, it will form a good angle to other transits. So it is entirely possible that he escaped. His chart shows that deception and surprise elements would have helped him.

    There were no bad transits to Prabhakaran’s Mars and Sun. When death strikes, these are usually activated. Not so in P’s case on May 17 or 18. Especially if it is a violent death, it will show very clearly.

    He should also have had bad transits on his last birthday. Again, he had no such significant transits.

    When I look at his charts, I see him dying about five years from now–not this year.

  118. Citizen says:

    Thank you Mr.Jeyaraj for a vivid account of VP’s last days

  119. Jman says:

    Four words for the author and others who cry about civilian deaths occurred during elimination of this brutal barbarian. If you support brutal leaders you die with them. Obama is blind about his own countries’ wars and civilian death. What else do you expect from somebody who got votes from Tamils for Obama.

    US civil war=600000. civilian deaths

    Hiroshima=70000 civilian deaths

    Iraq=100546

    Afghanistan >7,589

    Go study those before crying about civilians kept as hostages by LTTE. During the two day ceasefire in April New Year I was in Sri Lanka visiting my family. Why did not LTTE let the innocent civilians escape??????????????????????????

    So you are comparing Sri Lanka to the USA which nuked Hiroshima and Nagasaki?………DBSJ

  120. SMG says:

    Death of these stupid guys were mastered by Norway ( Mr Solhaim) and UK (Mr Maliband). UK and Norway give the impression that they are able to stop the war at least last moment. VP act according to this adamant impression. Thank you, Mr Solhaim and MR Malibond.I wish both these men be safe as VP already gone. Unless both Mr Solhaim and Mr Miliband will face same trail as Mr Rajive Gahndi, if VP survived. I think both Mr Solhaim and Mr Maliband must give big thank to Mr Mahinda Rajapaksha.

  121. Banda says:

    The figures of dead and wounded in this war seems to be highly exagerated from both sides. for 25-30 years did the LTTE had the least consideration for the human rights of the general public of Sri Lanka. There is no human rights in a war whether it is Terorists or Government forces. Only tit for tat combat can bring an end to a war. We have to see all these under the realities of the Ground Situation. Kill or get killed was the ground situation and no respect whatsoever for the rules of combat even pregnent women are killed whether they are innocent civilians( Tamil or Sinhalese or Muslim ) or Suicide Bombers( LTTE) or Combatants (SLA or LTTE).

  122. Pramod says:

    I am quite impressed by the comments of Aj #98.

    It proves you get a gem out of craps if you are ready to spend time.

    Mr.Ajith has presented very valuable points for deep understanding.

  123. cedric says:

    Mahinda Rajapakse has won the military battle against the LTTE , but his real battle starts now trying to stop the Jathika Hela Uramaya from raising its ugly head !.

  124. Bagi says:

    DBS, Very well analyzed and written article. Do you have any theory as to why Prabha would carry his LTTE Identity Card as shown by the government TV footage or was it a ploy by the government to show the ID card which would have recovered from one of Prabha’s earlier hideouts, just to satisfy the local population ?

  125. rajini says:

    Reading between your lines I can understand you know the same events I have known.But you give a title as a conclusion He dead.

    Srilankan Government presented it as a news.They dont want to prove it.To identify a body a lot of things have to be done.Evidences appeared in media(karuna and Daya for identification) (scientifically)are not conclusive.The questions arise regarding the body are reasonable.we have to wait to see the other side of the coin.

    Like God presence ,He is alive for those who want Prabha alive. He is dead for those who want him dead.

  126. shankar says:

    the LTTE has formally changed its name. it is now ………………………

  127. Iraniyan says:

    Whatever it is..We have to wait till November 27,2009. If he makes his speach, then he is confirmed alive. Until then, we should not be believing in vague GOSL propagandae.

  128. Malali says:

    can you confirm whether pottu was with VP in the last few days? there were rumours that he defected to the government a few months back.

  129. Pearl Thevanayagam says:

    This is indeed an explanation and conjecture. But in the absence of reliable eye-witnesses, I presume , this is pure speculation apart from Prabakaran’s past history

  130. Tony says:

    Sri Lankan goverment has to rebuild the war torn north, that’s all what needed!

  131. senaratne says:

    Writer is absolutely clueless! This whole article is mere speculation, even at it’s best ! I only wish he knew the truth as to who’s dead and who’s alive and who gave up whom and for what! Long live sri lanka! One nation under one flag with the world’s best protecting her!

  132. dayan jayatilleka says:

    DBSJ has once again proven himsdelf to be a first rate reporter and has produced the best account I have so fa read of the closing campaign. However the last part entitled “imperative” goes beyond the repertorial remit…except for the brilliant closing sentence.

    Thank you Dayan . Yes it is beyonf “repertorial remit” but it had to be raised ……….DBSJ

  133. Asela says:

    Prabakaran the ruthless pig, the Tamil Diaspora didn’t want to believe that he was dead, was captured alive along with his family, but later tried to flee in an ambulance, and failed.

  134. kesaa says:

    your are a mother fucker

  135. senake Colombamudalige says:

    Dear DBS,

    If any political movement going without proper political concept (philosophy) and democratic party structure (decision taking mechanism), definitely it destroy itself. I would like to state that Sri Lanka has socio economic problems but creating divisions is not the answer for that. Colonial puppets and imperialism has created deeper crisis in our country, therefore these crisis have to resolve through uprising of progressive people of Sri Lanka. That is why we have to build unity among the communities.

    Prabha was not believe any of those, he only believes armed struggle and overnight separation from Sri Lanka, this will be never happened but if we fight for common goal as a one nation it will be success.

  136. N. Siva says:

    I believe nobody wants to look beyond VP. Majority Sinhalese want him dead and majority of the Tamils want him alive.

    If either one is valid that group of people are happy like they won a pot of god. But where does that leave all the families who are truly affected by the war, the IDP’s.

    The country needs to shift way from lets get revenge from both sides and try to go on a neutral stand.

    The Sinhalese people should challenge their government because its not even in the interest of them. They supposedly wiped out the LTTE like they promised. But have they invested in the people to boost their economies or infrastructure? It’s all going more and more foreign. The goverment is all about business not any type of people.

    Its not just a Tamil issue but an issue for all people living in lower castes and not well connected to the people in power.

  137. David says:

    DBS Jayaraj at his best. brilliant article, nothing less that what i’ve come to expect from you over the years.

  138. VRKA Muragedera says:

    DBSJ,… How do you do it?.. Come on.. atleast give us an indication… you dont have to give us names but just give us some insight into the quality of your sources. For example.. do you have military sources? How high up in rank? Come on DBSJ… humour us!

    You dont need to be humoured.Already you are in good humour………….DBSJ

  139. Scott says:

    Tamils always love to watch films with unrealistic fabricated beautiful stories not only one time but also 15 times. So now they are watching beautiful story ” Prabakaran Alive”. Watch it few years. Please don’t harm sinhala businesses in other countries, if you want take a ticket and go to Sri Lanka and fight with Sri Lankan Army. Diaspora have shown whole world that they are silly stupids, so try to be gentlemen and do some good thing to Tamils in Sri Lanka. Don’t think that you are minority, you get discrimination from sinhalese, and understand tamils are 12%, come to the reality. See muslims the are very low minority, but they never undermine themselves, they do businesses, and their customers are sinhalese. Be like that.

  140. Asela says:

    What does it matter how this animal died, who cares if he he was captured alive and shot dead at oint blank range in cold blood, either it’s cold blooded murder or hot blood, he is dead. the ruthless animal is dead. The way he was killed is too sweet and comfortable, I was expecting that a very slow death and wanted to skin this monster alive. Our armed forces did a great, extra ordinary job. Million thanx to our president and our armed forces. Have we forgottten about thousands of innocent people were killed in suicide bombings in colombo and suburbs? just because of this animal and his followers? burn in hell prabakaran animal.

  141. Kumara says:

    Dear DBSJ

    Good artical. But so called Tamil diaspors still belive VP still live and come out when time is right.Also they have vowed to continue struggle. Non of them want to help displced poor Tamil people in camps.They might think GOSL made this happrn and it is GOSL’s responsibility to
    lookafter those people. Only poor Sinhala people from south help as much as they can and one day people in camps will say their own people did not help them.Can you make a request to the Tamil diaspora regarding this.May be they will listen to you. I don’t think any of them or their western educated and grown second genaration ever come back to Sri lanka to help their relatives.

  142. M.B.Selvakumar says:

    Thanks for the article.

    Why didn’t you answer the question about the DNA test? if VP is one of the wanted terrorist in the world who had assassinated two head of state and many more politicians, how come the government didn’t carry out DNA test to be 100% sure? What are your sources saying?

    Sorry but I am not a govt spokesperson to state its position……….DBSJ

  143. asangaw says:

    DBSJ,

    Another great piece. You seem to have stitched together the disparate incidents as reported in the media to come up with a coherent account of what transpired, using your sources as the glue. However, what still surprises me is the immaculate form of Prabha’s body – clean shaven, unbloated, and no mud on a dry uniform; not the expected characteristics of a body that has languished in a lagoon for 2 days. There is also the question of Pottu Amman. Did he betray Prabha for his survival? Maybe we will get to know the truth one day. One point you may have left out in this article is that Prabha also grossly underestimated the determination and ruthlessness of his opponents in the ruling troika (the brothers Rajapaksa).

    I sincerely hope that this is the end of Tamil extremism. Now, it’s the duty of both Sinhalese and Tamil moderates to rid the country of Sinhalese extremism. They should have no voice in the governing of the state. The sad fact is that the despot in Prabhakaran assassinated some of the most moderate, brilliant, and articulate politicians on both sides of the divide. These include the likes of Lalith Athulathmudali, Gamini Dissanayake, Amirthalingam, Dr. Neelan Tiruchelvam, and Lakshman Kadirgamar. The latter two were by far the greatest loss to the nation -their insight and brilliant eloquence will remain unmatched in the years to come. What is now left is a great void that is going to be hard to fill. This is where I just don’t understand the unrelenting support given in life (and now death) to man who has created such havoc.

    As for war crimes, I am reminded of the death of the JVP leader, Rohana Wijeweera, under mysterious circumstances. He appeared on TV with an impassioned plea for his cadres to surrender and then died “while trying to escape”. To this date, the truth has not come out, though rumors are many. There was no call by the IC at that time for a war crimes tribunal on his behalf, and I suspect the call this time will be muted. The fact is that no one wants to identify themselves as supporting a group that has committed immeasurable human suffering.

  144. Kamal says:

    LTTE brutality did not spare any one – thousands of innocent civilians comprising of Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims, Burghers, babies, infants, kids, students, clergy, mothers, fathers, sons daughters, senior citizens were brutally killed wounded and or disabled for 30 long years by the Band of LTTE barbarians in schools, temples, busses, trains and all kinds of places – mostly not in the battlefield.

    EVEN My best friend was killed by LTTE having done no harm to any tamil in his life. Can that life be brought back today? Answer is NO>

    Therefore I really dont care how the LTTE or VP were wiped out BUT the fact remains that, no civilian life including those of Tamils are at lesser risk of death in public places because there is no LTTE anymore.

    That is restoring a basic human right to all Sri Lankans. Unless all communities learn to live together in this beautiful island peacefully – It can be made a hell for everyone once again.

    Choice is ours dear Sri lankans. Let us put all our differences and move forward together.

    We were born as humans before we became Sinhalese, Tamils Buddihists or Hindus.

    All these factions only divide us.

    Hunger, pain, disease, poverty and the rest is no different just because you are a tamil or sinhalese.

    Hope all Sri Lankans will realise this reality.

  145. Tamilan says:

    Tharmam Thalai Kakum(Virtue saves your head). VP failed on this as being head of LTTE. He now lost his head and paid the ultimate price. This simple principle applies to any individual or organisation. Next is Mahinda & Co.

  146. SURANGA DISSANAYAKE says:

    Dear Mr Jeyaraj,

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE SERVICE;

    I must say you are the best SRI LANKAN writer i ‘ve met so far , because been a tamil & Sri lanka, you have done your job .. you can see the truth than feelings…thats what makes you a great writer,

    please keep us informed,

    Best Regards,

  147. Manjula says:

    DBS ,

    Much awaited report . Final hours of VP are similar to that of Wijeweera , a super mystery. It’ll take ages to get the real story out , perhaps not at all .

    Thanks so much for the updates , analysis and commenteries over this period. You are much informed than those professional defence correspondents back in Colombo . Please continue your good work

  148. SP says:

    Quite well writen.
    What I don’t understand is the need the Europe,UN & Human Rights Org. has to bring the GoSL to a war crimes tribunal?
    Can they also bring the Govt of Israel,US, UK and the rest of Coalition of the Willing to ware crimes tribunals for what did and continue to do in the West Bank & Gaza, Iraq, Afghansitan and Pakistan?
    The double standard is because of a block of a votes in Europe.
    How unfair and pathetic the West is?
    They keep forgetting in the UK specially, the Queen and the Royal Family don’t get to all dressed up and attend “VJ Day & VE Day” celebrations for shooting Clay Pigeons to win te World War II. Allied forces bombed and destroy the enemy completely and along the way lots of innocenet civilians got killed. Anyone remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
    It is about time for the West to get down from their high horse. Also to stop aiding LTTE terror supporters in
    their countires. They can’t ask Afghanistan and Pakistan to get rid of Al-Queda and Taliban at any cost and GoSL to stop doing the same to LTTE.

  149. Ravi says:

    Sure, you were there to give a full account on the entire incident. There were witnesses left give the full story other than the Army.

    How come the way terrorists died is a “war crime”? Are you mad? Tamil must be glad that this is over. This may be the end of “harassment” if they stay away from terrorism.

  150. Kiri says:

    I fully agree with Ajith’s comment (numer 98).
    If we (tamils) want to live (or adopt) in the new world order, our thinking should change.
    I am pleased to see some of us have started thinkig positively.

  151. Pahalavan says:

    Hey DBS,

    What do you think of yourself?

    (EDITED)

    We know that peoples like you write some useless article to become a famous writer.

  152. Kingsley says:

    It does not matter whether VP is alive or dead.
    Since Eternal is ever present in sacrifice, it is in sacrifice and there alone that one can commune with it. Sri Krishna asks Arjuna to engage himself in action that is Sacrifice. Now the real meaning of sacrifice is to be a witness to.(in Krukshetra) Action that is Sacrifice thus means an action to which one is a witness. to be witness to one’s own action- this verily the injunction of the Teacher to His desciple. Action that is sacrifice can come into being only when the actor ceases to exist. Says the Gita “THE RIGHTEOUS WHO EAT THE REMAINS OF SACRIFICE ARE FREED FROM ALL SINS, BUT THE IMPIOUS WHO PREPARE FOOD FOR THEIR OWN SAKE-VERILY EAT SIN.”

    My own perception is that VP and his couterpart MR are eaters of sin. It appears that one has come to the end of the road and the other is on his way eating sin. These are realities of ‘Kali Yuga’ that had been predicted thousands of years ago.

    VP like the asuras of yore thought that he could live for ever ordering death of people. He thought that he could not survive in that position if peace is restored in Lanka. He double-crossed Ranil by making MR the President in the process. He had met his match! The irony is that MR himself is in the same track cherishing thoughts of not only becoming the next President, but also passing thoughts of becoming a King no less given the euphoria!

    As it is, only a person cool and collected like Ranil could save this country!

  153. sarath says:

    I feel sorry about innocent people those who killed during this conflict. They sacrifice their lives for no cause. Weather we are tamil or sinhalese we should honored them as they laid their lives for the present crisis. We must convert their sacrifice to a power that build up strong Sri Lankan nation.
    At this moment, expatriate sinhala and tamil commuinities distancing from each other due to delberate or emmotional reactions of some sections of tamil community. As humans, we understand that people who sympathsis for LTTE has justifiable reason for having negative thoughts, but these may lead to another eelam war in expatriate communities. This is not good for Sri lankans as a whole and specially tamil community which loses credibility among local population during past few months.

  154. Charlie says:

    DBSJ, Thanks for your article. Now as a good writer, you can do more for reconciliation and give some guidence to young Tamil generation in Canada, UK…etc. Ealam is over and never will be. Find some way to help IDPs and their resetlements. Please let your LTTE reader know that there is no point of collecting money for future purchase of weapons.

  155. Navin says:

    kc:

    32. kc | May 22nd, 2009 at 7:00 pm
    Please tell us what we can do to bring war crime charges against he GOSL?

    In the name killing the LTTE terrorists the GOSL has behaved 100 times worse than LTTE terrorists.

    I note 7 Sri Lankan soldiers had been released unharmed whereas the surrendered LTTE cadres have been butchered by Mahindas regime – I feel sick and sad.

    One question, does your memory not go back beyond 18th May 2009?

    What about those 800 police men in the east that were first ask to dig their graves and then shot in the head by the LTTE after they surrendered. Did LTTE have any remose for them?

    What about those count less villages, monks, commuters, women children litterally hacked to their deadths by the LTTE who never fired a single bullet at them? Did LTTE have any remose for
    these people? It is reported that LTTE actually shot at
    the injured passengers who came out of the bus after
    they blasted it with clamore mines both at cabithigolawa
    and in uva province. What kind of inhumane beasts would shoot at the injured? Aren’t those crimes qualify for war crimes? Or do we need some white man from
    the west to come and conduct a lengthy investigation before you call them cimes against humanity?

    Were not those crimes committed by these cherished leaders of yours? There is no punishment on earth that could be used to make them repay for the henious crimes they have done. There is no need whatsoever to hold GOSL accountable for anything here. The soldiers were acting under extremely pressing circumstances with little facilities and there is only so much that one can expect from them. As for the LTTE leadership they really didn’t get what they deserve. As for prabakaran’s famility, how can soldiers identify between Praba’s wife and his yonger son from some suicide cader? I expect better from DBSJ if you really are objective that is. Besides, if they so wished, they could have not stayed with the VP and come out with other civilians? DBSJ is surprisinly so quick to find fault with GOSL for not ending the war in a picture perfect manner– this is nothing but rediculous. Its a war not a court room where you have time to argue and do DNA tests to find who is the real culprint. This is place where either you shoot first or he shoots and kills you before that. That is why GOSL never wanted this war. It was all LTTE’s grand design to satisfy their own greed to grab all the land they wanted from the Sinhalese. So please put the blame where it belongs.

    I was really amused to read the surrender offer of KP where all 50 top leadership of LTTE is allowed to go to a secret location scot free under the auspices of either USA or UK. Whoever drafted this must have had his ego so high up in the sky that he must have been thinking the GOSL must be down right morons to accept such
    a thing.

    As for Pottu Amman and also perhaps Charles Anthony. If the man is alive, which is quite possible given his capabilities, hopefully government will be able to catch him before he can bring more mayhem to this country.

    Even now, the ego of tamil leadership is very clear. They would not talk to the sinhalese leadership but rather
    would talk to every tom, dick and harry in the west and elsewhere to mount pressure on the sinhala people to make them give in… unless you loose this ego and recognise that sinhala people are the majority community in the country and have a 2000 year old history on this soil, and start treating them like that, we will never prosper. The most intriguing aspect is tamils have no problem recognising that india is the reagional power but cannot see sinhala are more powerful in sri lanka than them.

  156. April says:

    Per general Ponseka, both Pottaman and Mrs. Prabaharan were never been Identified.

    There is little Doubt whether VP was alive or dead but still not sure of some of his Top aids.

  157. Thangavelu says:

    Prabha is not suitable for our leader and he made lots of money and had a luxury life with his family and kept other poor peoples lives in danger. Personally as a TAMIL guy
    I really like that Prabha (ass H–E) s death body. If any body is saying that I am the LTTE leader and I am the saviouer of tamils, All of they are LIERS. I don’t believe any body.No body give us money to live. We must work hard to live in this world. I am telling to all the tamils in the world.” Please forget about the LTTE and do not fight and kill anybody. Mind your own businesses Selvarasa Pathmanathan alias KP is a mother fucker. Do not believe him.
    thank you

  158. Navin says:

    just wanted to add one more thing. for those who blame gosl for indiscriminate shelling, what do you make of US black waters mercinaries or private security agents as they are called, who shot and killed 30 civilians in Iraq in the not so distant past, because some of them threw stones… has there been a proper investigation by an independent third party into the incident and guilty punished? Or is it that anything is fair game when it is committed by USA but not by GOSL? I ask this question since Tamils seem to look at usa as their savior and the model citizen of the world! If those are considered collateral damage, then why not what happened in Wanni?

  159. banu says:

    LTTE tax collectors will have the diaspora believing that VP is still alive and well otherwise no money for them to enjoy life!!!!

  160. Puma says:

    Surprised, Confused, Saddened, Angered, Pitied
    but
    mostly
    Relieved

  161. Wikum Sri says:

    I think ths is the best account yet of what might have happened that I have seen. A good piece of investigative journalism. Good work! Hopefully we will know more as the dust settles.

    Just curious on one statment. You wrote, “they were advised to return and bring the tiger political leaders”. Does this mean that the POWs went back to tiger territory to accompany tiger political leaders? One would think that the POWs state of mind would have been to get the hell out of the combat zone.

  162. Ragu says:

    Dear, Jeyaraj

    Thank you very much for your informative long article.
    Piripaharan is death and army commander Sarath Fonseka announced the death officially at 12.15 pm on the 19th.The UK Tamil diaspora denial of the death of his leader and asked Tamil community to collecting money to founed few parliamentarians in British parliament. We have clear pictures of all organisers and organisations.However, we are concerned for the current issues and well-being of Sri Lankan Tamils we will stop all contributions to UK Tamil diaspora.

    Cheers! Ragu, Lonodn

  163. pragmatist says:

    This story is far from over. Wait a few weeks and we will all get to know the details of the various actors and manipulators behind this conflict, who profitted from it. No wonder some of the key powers in the world wanted a ceasefire to prevent evidence of all this coming to light. No they are all scrambling to do damage control. Meanwhile, very quietly China won a great victory in Asia, by backing the right horse!

  164. Karuna says:

    DBS….you will be soon proved wrong….

  165. Karuna says:

    I can cleary undesranstand DBS intention. Time will prove the bad intetions of all those so called political analyst …

    (EDITED)

  166. Vic says:

    Write an artical how the properties , Temples, Shops own by our little tigers ( Talk without action) can be turn in to registerd charity to help our tamil pepole affected. These people should give the properties to common charity to run for our people. I knew when VP Kill other groups when I was in Jaffna That is rthe end of our own state. First we have to learn how to live togeather (within tamils) prior to ask for home land. Now what we have disabilty children and dead Young boys and girls. First you must have some educated pepole to talk to world leaders Not our late Thamil celvan and KP OR VP. But what to do LTTE changed from frrdom movement to Corporate world as money making machine for their own. I admire VP for brought the issues to the world but he made the worst moves because lake of educated pepole to guide him in political things and he never allowed them to live. Now I am tired of this stupid fight try to live with each other and finish this. If you want home state come to Canada and get a land (there is no limit ) in north pole and develop with all the money and learn from Canada how to live a good life beyound this fens fight and class fight. We tamils should wake up and live for our children not making their lives worse.

  167. uoflanka says:

    No need to know how of this killer got killed. Then why not the past of those whom he killed. His karma makes him to die in severe way. The GOSL did 90% people approved, they all wanted to kill this killer. What human rights for these inhumans, they should be hanged to death with sever punishment. That is the only way to stop these criminals rise up again.

  168. shan -rajahshanmuga@yahoo.com says:

    DBS, becuase of the people like you, tamils have the sufferings. I want the people like you to be killed

    Why dont you try and do it yourself if you have the guts ?…………….DBSJ

  169. Laksman says:

    testing

  170. Lucky Aponso says:

    DELETED

  171. laksman says:

    I have a question that no one raised or answered. What happened to all the money LTTE collected ? who is controlling the accounts now? Has the GOSL found businessmen that funded LTTE?

    Nobody is controlling anything now.Earlier all accounts were forwarded to the Vanni headquarters for auditing and cheaters were recalled to Vanni for punishment by VP.

    Now VP is not there to check accounts.No proper accounting,auditing or accountability. Local leaders and their collectors are in charge now. It’s up to them to publish the figures if they feel so.

    Just imagine the diaspora outside Sri Lanka is about 1 million. At least if 700,000 of this contribute 10US$ permonth it would be a staggering 7 million Dollars per month.

    7Million x12months would be a colossal 70million or 7 Croes per year.

    Actually the real contributions are more than 10us$ per month. With no proper accounting or accountability this is a money spinner during this credit crunch.

    That is why it is extremely important and essential to make sure to let everybody know Piripaharan is still alive. As long as everybody believes that he is still alive, the contributions will keep on flowing

  172. Aj says:

    It is a great write up. I think you should write another article on how he lived- not how he died. Prabha destroyed our lives for 30 years

  173. Confused says:

    My question is why the SL govt is hesistant to perform DNA test?

  174. sllion says:

    IT IS OVER…GET OVER it….there will be no more LTTE in Our motherland Sri Lanka. GOSL did not geniside Tamil people they genoside LTTE !!!! I think it is time to move on and find somewhere else to create you tamil eelam!! I Suggest Tamil Nadu or Malaysia since there majority is tamil.

    Good Luck with your Eelam!

  175. Maravan says:

    Yo don’t want to write anything about the concentration camps?

    Do you agree the popular claim that the SL govt committed war crimes?

  176. sllion says:

    IT IS OVER…GET OVER it….there will be no more LTTE in Our motherland Sri Lanka. GOSL did not geniside Tamil people they genoside LTTE !!!! I think it is time to move on and find somewhere else to create your tamil eelam!! I Suggest Tamil Nadu or Malaysia since there majority is tamil.

    Good Luck with your Eelam!

  177. David says:

    Thanks DBS for this post. As always you have provided a very informative article.

    As for the questions that you have posted at the end of the article what I can say is that these are valid questions. However, I hope you will not dwell much of your time concentrating to uncover the truth. Leave that to others.

    Sri Lanka and all its people including Tamils will be served much much more if you try to be a voice in the final solution to the ethnic problem. Your balanced view on the whole affair is well suited for that.

    May the peoples of the country be able to find the solution that represents all communities in the country and that repects all of them. However, optimistic or worse, unreal, it sounds, that’s my hope. We have a long way to go.

    Some people are talking about something less than the 13th ammendment, some others about the 13th ammendment itself, even others something better than that, and Mahinda rajapakse is talking about a home-grown solution, that we don’t know yet. This should address the root cause for a section of the Tamil people taking up arms. Everyone is castigating Prabhakaran for the current sad plight of the innocent Tamils. But, they conveiently forget that apart from LTTE, many other Tamil organizations; apart from Prabhakaran, many other Tamils (that includes Devananda and Karuna), took up arms. Can all of them be wrong; they may probably be wrong in some aspects, but as a whole, there should be a problem for so many people to believe in the gun rather than the ballot.

    I sincerely believe you can be a bridge to close the gap between the divided people.

    Just one aspect in that regard; what’s going in around the world in attacking Sinhalese establishments and Buddhist places of worship will be adding fuel to the racially-minded Sinhalese. Is that what’s expected by these attackers? It will serve everyone better if this stupidity stops altogether.

    To deshapaluwa and C de Alwis: deshapaluwa has said that DBSJ is a little below a terrorist and C de Alwis is spreading hatred. Both of you are a shame to the Sinhalese and you are a little below the humanity.

  178. de mortius nil nisi bonum dicendum est;let us accept the fact that he is no more,celeberate his life and move on.

  179. Confused says:

    As Sri lankans we are not to bother about prabakaran and his family’s death. We don’t care how it happened we only care about our country and the future of our nation. As our president’s word saying that there are only two kinds left in our country who love the country and who doesn’t. And It is good to have the end of the war by killing the evidences, not only for our country also for the world.

  180. Sri says:

    Dear Anna,
    I have been a reader of your articles for a while. I agreed and disagreed on several of your articles. But I always salute your journalism. I am shocked and distressed as many more Tamils around the world. Whether we liked it or not, the LTTE took control of our struggle for the most part of 30 years. Are the LTTE freedom fighters or terrorists? That’s up to the people to decide. But I can’t deny the fact that the tousands who died beleiving in the cause, are martyrs.
    Now Anna, What is going to be our next move as TAMILS? As you have raised the issues of the IDPs, surrendered families, combatants, what is the future for them? Do you believe there is truly a “SOLUTION” in a united Sri Lanka? Do you think the TAMILS’ wound will heal so fast? What is the role of the Diaspora in moving forward? Anna, please shed some light on these issues.
    Ending with tears and sorrow on the condition of our People in the north and east.

  181. Kannamma says:

    DBS,
    i feel that you have created a fiction, which is certainly interesting to read.
    good job.

    Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, Kannamma…………DBSJ

  182. Rochana says:

    As Sri lankans we are not to bother about prabakaran and his family’s death. We don’t care how it happened we only care about our country and the future of our nation. As our president’s word saying that there are only two kinds left in our country who love the country and who doesn’t. And It is good to have the end of the war by killing the evidences, not only for our country also for the world.

  183. Hero says:

    Dear DBS…what do you think of the below:

    “Sri Lankan military spokesman Brig Udaya Nanayakkara told mediapersons in Colombo on Thursday that the report on Prabakaran’s wife and son was not correct.

    When asked to confirm reports that the bodies of Mathivathani and Bala?chandran, wife and second son of the LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran, had been found and identified, Nanayakkara said that the reports were ?not correct?. ”

    Nanayakkara has also said no civilians were killed by the army. What do you think? …………DBSJ

  184. Bennet G says:

    Intersting story. It is history now,
    Let’s talk about future of the country.
    Positive critisism will help to develop the devided nation. Need your help in this regard.

  185. Bennet G says:

    Intersting Story. But It’s in history now.
    Let’s talk about the future of Sri Lanka.
    Unbias critisism will help to unite devided nation.
    As a repoter, You can do a lot in this regard.

  186. satheesh says:

    You may find you in yourself including you Mr. DBS.

  187. Ghandhi says:

    This is simply the reproduction of govt version of the story on a different flavor. That’s it.

  188. Ghandhi says:

    chrk the last end of article

  189. test says:

    this is a fantastic article that sheds much light on what happened.

    It’s now clear that Vaiko, karunanidhi & Nedumaran virtually executed vellupillai without firing a single shot . he was sacrificed at the altar of Indian politics.

    I would like to make some additional comments.

    Another grave underestimation of vellupillai was the seemingly resigned attitude of the Gandhi family towards rajiv’s death. It’s now obvious that although the Gandhis did not demonstrate in public or scream of revenge for their father’s death (because of the sensitive Tamil political alliance with the congress), they had cold bloodedly & calculatedly awaited vellupillai’s gruesome execution. The sri lankan government will issue the death certificate to the indian government aka the gandhi family.

    In fact the gandhis may have had an indirect hand in it thru RAW. They must have been a very happy family & felt vindicated when they placed wreaths on rajiv’s memorial a few days ago. I am sure the Rajapakse clan’s standing with the Gandhi dynasty have gone up by several notches after vellupillai’s brutal execution. The Gandhi’s may not show it, but it definitely is the case. Soon it may be exhibited openly in ways such as economic & other assistance to sri lanka. So the future looks brighter for GOSL with china, India, Pakistan, Iran, Japan & Russia in its favour.

    These are the emerging world powers & creditor nations. While the west including USA has consumed itself to death on credit & is in a deep debt hole, the Chinese, Indians, Japanese, Iranians & russians have produced & saved. Under this debt pressure soon the US $ will crash & lose its status as the world currency. The wealth & power will shift from the west to the east slowly but surely. Most of the western countries will lose their economic clout. Only producers like Germany, Canada & Norway will be spared. So the LTTE Diaspora who are essentially pro western will lose much of their clout.

    Although the Indian congress may have gone thru the motions of helping the LTTE for political benefits everything points to the fact that they endorsed Vellupillai’s death. The way channels like NDTV telecast the whole hostage situation & vellupillai’s death proves this. They were in sharp contrast to western media who made a big issue condemning GOSL & LTTE both. We do not hear the Indians talking about GOSL war crimes.

    The shock, sadness & the insult of rajiv’s cold blooded murder & the way he died like an animal on a pavement in nadu was obviously roaring & boiling in the minds of the top Indian political dynasty. After all he was their father & wife. The democratically elected PM of India. Above all he was a Gandhi. No criminal can ever kill a Gandhi, live in comfort close to india & nonchalantly expect a pardon. he pays for it with his life sooner or later. It ‘s only a matter of time. A Gandhi will always be a Gandhi. Blood will always be thicker than water.

    Vellupillai never had any regard for human life. He expected the first family of India to behave like zombies without any emotion. When rajiv’s daughter visited one of his killers in prison vellupillai must have been further reassured that the gandhis were zombie.

    He was wrong.

    Dead wrong. Pardon the pun.

    BTW vellupillai’s family should never have exposed themselves to the SLA which lost a lot of commanders & was at the receiving end of LTTE suicide bombings for 30 years. another terrible decision by vellupillai. attempts on sarath’s & gota’s life & the cruel hacking of sinhala civilians to death for 30 long years does not make matters better for a pardon. it’s no wonder most of the SLA recruits are from these so called border villages. they may have lost a lot of relatives. even their parents, brothers & sisters to LTTE . this is the enemy that vellupillai trusted his family’s safety with. there seems to be no end to the bad desicions by this mad man. i strongly suspect he may have been on powerful drugs towards the end. this is the only explanation to the numbness of his brain activity

    people who live by brutal vioence & scarifice others mercilessly to achieve their selfish aims should expect no mercy. none. if he had any self respect vellupillai should have never planned on living. he should have bitten cyanide like he preached his clueless cadres.

    pottu amman may still be under army intelligence being interrogated. if that’s the case it could turn out to be very revealing.

  190. Udugampola Mrs. says:

    DELETED.

  191. sunil says:

    DNA test ? what nonsense ? No right thinking person will expect a legitimate govt. to waste time & money doing a DNA for a joker like Parippuharan. Now the latest is these wadai nattami coolies are going to demand a separate state in hell.They have been a curse where ever they went.So the hell will be no exception.

    For your comments DBS?

    what response to your crap. Be happy it got posted here…………..DBSJ

  192. Sinhaputhiran says:

    DBSJ,
    I too believe he is dead, but it is only a belief based on my doubt that such a boxed in person could have been allowed to get out.

    EDITED

  193. Sinhaputhiran says:

    DELETED

  194. Sellam says:

    NIcely narrated but there a few loopholes. Of course DBS cannot fill them because he was not htere.
    There are many imperatives DBS has asked that of the government. The Government fought the LTTE and not the Tamils although many Tamils supported the Tigers. It was a war and one cannot expect everything from the government. Could we as Tamils were able to ask anything from Prabaharan. No, we were slaves.

  195. Wimal says:

    I appreciate your attempt to discribe the last moments of Prabhakaran, the terror leader. The part you discuss under imperatives is what I cannot appreciate, If you remember the JVP, that was also a youth movement started against the then government against discrimination and went out of its course after killing many innocent people. Finally they also ended up and that end is somewhat similar to the LTTE’s end.
    Was there any international voice talking about human rights, asking to disclose how they finished up the leadership or anything. No nobody cared. I assume that it was it because they were not part of the humans, Yes, went went against the civilains by taking the law into their hand and killing them. The government has the respiosibility to stop that human suffering and the government did it.
    Silmilarly, Sri Lankans will not care about how the LTTE leadership came to an end. All they care is now they have no fear to go on a bus, train to the market or even to the office. They can have a life. LTTE is far more fearful than the JVP. No body could recognize a suicide bomber from an innocent civilian. But the Sri Lankan government did a fantastic job by eliminating a crowd which was difficult to recognize from the normal civilians and in that course, I am proud that the government did not discriminate against Tamils. Even a blind can see that part.

  196. R Maran says:

    Apparently, anti KP campaign already begun.

    He is being blamed for everything now. Power hungry Castro’s and Pottu’s henchmen actively spreading rumours. Rumour mills are in full swing operation.

    VP and other leader’s satellite phones are being thoroughly examined by the Military intelligence. This would possibly put KP in danger.KP silence confirms this.

    I am sure GOSL would be able locate him which is always mystery. Who knows, someone within LTTE may betray him.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if I hear KP has been arrested. If not, as DBSJ says KP will slowly and surely fade away from the scene.

    KP such a talented man with legendary history behind him would disappear without any recognition from Tamils for his tireless contribution.

    Sad reality. I always wonder why we are like this.

  197. concern person says:

    i dont know what to say.but all what you have written is asummtions not true facts.i dont try to blame you sir,but who is truly on the side of the innocent only will win.many times we have seen bad people win but finally who is on the course of just will win .we will wait and see.patience bear fruit.good luck on your work

  198. Kosala says:

    Can we now expect to see the remnants or LTTE in Sri Lanka removed, based in the MI collected from those who surrendered/captured ? Will GoSL pursue overseas targets ?

  199. Kosala says:

    Can we now expect to see the remnants of LTTE in Sri Lanka removed, based in the MI collected from those who surrendered/captured ? Will GoSL pursue overseas targets ?

  200. Robert Biley says:

    Clearly he was executed along with his family and all those who surrended. But some senior LTTE’es are still being held for information. That’s how LTTE’ers were cornered and killed the very next day in B’caloa. MR made a freudian slip yesterday saying he wish that he had caught VP alive then he couldhave made it India’s problem. The issue is a captured alive VP is a problem for Sri Lanka not just India so he kiled him and the evidence in the form of his family.

  201. Anbu says:

    Are you absolutely sure he died. What if he returns. I am not insulting your ability to secure information. What if your sources were wrong how will you respond to that ?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank you for your “anbu” anbu.
    read our Avvaiyaar -

    Aandaandu Thorum Alithu Purandaalum
    Maandaar Varuvaro Maanilathey – Venda

  202. UK says:

    very good artical.Thank you.
    Is it possible to read your artcal in tamil,so i can recommend to some of my friends who can not read English?

  203. Athua Abeyratne says:

    Thank you very much for the write up. I have one question. At one time people belived the VP had one leg amputated due to bombing. But the dead man ‘VP’ had both legs. Am I mistaken.

  204. Fran says:

    If one thinks any means justifiable to end a dissent or rebellion, then we are getting into a dangerus territory. Israel can solve palestine issue it in probably in 3 days by chemical bombs. Pakistan help palestine to solve Israel issue in one day-nuke it. israel can solve dissenting mid east neighbors in a few days -nuke them. Iran is very irritant to USA -nuke it. it goes on. Internal and external problems in the world is easy to solve by disposal of any means. but people who advocates jingoism and total disregard to civilian suffering should think that what goes around comes around.
    Sri lanka is very bad example how to crush an insurgency. We knew the carnage in spite the war was waged without witness, just imagine if cameras were rolling. In my opinion war crime tribunal is very important to punish all the culprits to prevent another repeat in the world.
    People point out examples of many other civil wars and justify the huge civilian casualties, should realize they themselves may end up as a number.
    Two wrongs will not make one right.

  205. Chinthaka -wasgamuwa123@yahoo.com says:

    DBS,
    Please keep on encouraging LTTE and its sympathisers. Also, more glorifications about LTTE.

    According to this bullshitter DBS, it’s always LTTE’s helpless situation that brought them loss, not army’s smartness over LTTE.

    DBS, you are a systematic racist basterd of tamils and should hv been wiped out like LTTE. Don’t ever hope coming back to SL; We will keep watching you.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Machang Wasgamua, umba hari wasabadu thamail. Now who are the “WE” watching me machang? And what makes you think I am not in Sri Lanka already wassa?

  206. Jacob says:

    I first thought he is dead on Sunday whne they spoke about DNA test.
    But latter nothing happen. When all know Praba had a double, so it was important to do a DNA test.
    Nanthikadal attack was a failiure??Can you write more info about that attack if you know.
    There are still lots of Q to be asked before confirming he is dead.
    1.Why his body was not brought to Colombo, when its easy to fly his body to Colombo than taking Karuna who said he just went ONLY to Prabas body.
    2.Why DNA test was not done to make sure 100% he is dead, bc he is not just a man, he was a leader.
    3.Bringing him to Colombo would have been the best way to celeberate the joy for sinhala people, why he was burried in the same place
    4.Why did the SLA put mud in his chest, did he have hair on his chest or not?
    5.Does the body Hight matches prabs?
    6.where is the watch he wears?
    7.why only 2 state media covered the story?
    8.Why so many diffrent stories even after his dead for the govt side?
    9.Where are the pic of his family
    10.Charles Anthony looks same as praba, why cant he be made as praba?
    11. Sea tiger Charels dead body was shown as CA?
    12.Why it took time for mahinda to say he is dead, and let other sarath fonseka PM to talk about his death.
    13.Why his head was covered even his body was made naked for having fun?
    many Q?
    any answers for few can make me believe me AGAIN he is dead.

  207. Tamil Victim says:

    Comment #93: Here you go again, even after the horrible war you are only thinking about “only Sinhala” soldiers family. How about the Tamils who are limbless, traumatized living in concentration camps with missing family members. At least 1) You have a government to take care of your people. 2) All the foreign money from allover the world including China and India are funneled only to your people in Billions of dollars. We have no one to take care of our selves. We will be in concentration camp for ever.

    Comment #98: The Tamils did not promote north and east homeland. It is the government which promoted unicultural N.E. homeland because 1) Tamils were identified as “Tamils” and attacked by Sinhala mobs, killed and the remaining we were shipped back to North east in the past. 2) There is no economical development in N.E. As aresult very little sinhala population is settled in N.E. The government only try to colonize Tamils property by force. Multiculturalism should be due jobs, prosperity etc and not by force bringing criminals and hooligan landing on our back yard.

  208. Chinthaka -wasgamuwa123@yahoo.com says:

    See the photograph of VP that this idiot has used. I think DBS thought this nice looking photo of old prabha will help us erasing murderous image about him within us.

    Go and fly a kite you gambler…

    I thought this was picture perfect.Isn’t Prabhakaran handsome? Machang wasgamuwe , if you send me your picture I’ll post that too. Even if your face is as ugly as your soul…………DBSJ

  209. mark says:

    excellent article DBSJ – the first believable account of the last moments of the LTTE and VP. Karuna and Daya Master’s faces showed the reality of VP’s death, so it’s pretty believable – Daya Master’s face was particularly transparent in his emotions. But I think there are a few more ‘twists’ in the ‘last moments story’ to come. Did Pottu betray VP to save his skin ? (Pottu’s body still not shown?). Why did VP and his entourage not bite their cyanide capsules before capture – or did they not carry them ? If so, wasn’t that a great betrayal of the Tamil armed struggle principle laid down by VP himself – not to be captured alive by the enemy ? What does that tell Tamils about VP ?? Why didn’t VP escape earlier to the Vanni-Weli Oya jungles and escape by sea and thereby saving thousands of civilians and cadres lives. Or was it ‘Karma’ that VP got betrayed or was given false assurances so that he got caught and was executed ? Rumours still abound that VP betrayed other popular Tigers in the past from Seelan to Kittu to SP Thamilchelvan etc when they got too ‘big’ for their boots.

  210. NoOneat says:

    DBSJ

    Please write what MR will do , He will unite the Nation, So called dispora cant stop it

  211. sanbthi says:

    Praba may have died but he would never have made his body available to the enimies. t

  212. sanbthi says:

    Praba may have died but he would never have made his body available to the enimies.

    May be he had no choice in the matter……………DBSJ

  213. Jude says:

    An excellent account of the last few days. I like so many others were monitoring the web closely for more info.

    I was brought up in Colombo and till today have absolute no problem with sinhalese people. I think the issue lie with the Tamils more than the Sinhalese. As a race we seem to be more wanting and more demanding. Praba could have got a lot for the tamils, but his sense of greed and non-negotiation was his big down fall. He had a huge loss with both Karuna and Anton Balasingham parting his company. I felt he was on a ship without a rudder. Karuna has made great strides and he could have done so and managed to get more for the Tamils.
    Tamil Nadu is the home for the tamils not the North east of Sri Lanka, so I cannot for the life of me, think what he fighting for.
    We have ended up with a generation of fighters, murderers and troubled folk. Who otherwise would have been scientist, accountants and artists… Tamil society has gone back 100 years with this war.
    We have a generation of troubled and injured folk on both sides. Lets as Sri Lankans and not tamils and sinhalese start to mend these broken bridges.
    It can start now with Sinhalese helping to rebuild the lives of tamils.
    Tamils Diaspora from overseas funding the rehabilitation of the displaced folk!!!
    Apart from the tamils wounded and injured, we cannot forget the soldiers, who have left wives, mothers and children, or simply left without limbs and eyes…

    Sri Lankans it is now time to forgive and hold hands..
    Anger and hurt will only destroy us!!!

  214. George Gunasekera says:

    Concerning war crimes the Sri Lankan Army cannot be blamed. The President requested the LTTE to surrender many times even a few weeks before their end and wanted them to enter into the democratic stream to fight for their cause.He even asked them to consider Karuna Amman’s case, how he was given a ministerial post as he gave up terrorism. In the latter stages therewas a suggestion to offer ministerial posts to Daya Master and George Master.The President was deeply concerned of the lives of the sinhalease soldiers, the tamil fighters and the civiliansof both races who were being killed because of the war.The President was genuinely concerned of saving lives. But B.Nadesan did not want to lay down the arms being concerned of their pride. Sending a batch of suicide carders to destroy the front lines in the battle field and following them with white flags is not the sincere way to surrender. How can the soldiers save two men surrendering in the midst of siuicde caders exploding themselves at the same time.Nadasen’s last moment trick did not work. Any person who’d serious study history of tamil struggle will see the genuine concerns of the Sri Lankan authorities taken to arrive at a solution to their problem solely for the sake of having peace but the ruthless and blood thirsty Prabakaran never agreed for any settlement due to ignorance,vengeance and devillish cruelty that was inborn in him. All those of the same cult in the western world who are trying to concoct war crimes against Sri Lanka will soon find their countries engulfed in mysterious miseries.

  215. Rifi says:

    Insightful article,DBSJ..well written, like our pal iqbal athas of sunday times who has gone MIA last couple of months..

    Anyways, killing of Prabha and his daughter execution-style is more convenient and efficient rather than subjecting them to trials..war-criminals should be knocked out at the first opportunity so that the sight of them living does not cause agony to those who have been subjected to their(Praba”s) atrocities..however,killing of wife and small kid is not acceptable in my view IF it was done in cold blood..

  216. sima921@yahoo.com says:

    DBS,

    I think you are really intellegent person!

    please keep on writing.

  217. Jo says:

    Dear Mr. Jeyaraj,
    Your article like a “Upakathai” short story and I am very much impressed on your anlysies & the way of telling the events. Now, the game is over, the team lost the match must accept their debacle and the Tamil diaspora contributed for this disaster also must bear their commitmet. At least now, they must come foreward to work with peace loving non-violent Tamils in- and out-side Sri-Lanka to find a permanent and acceptable solution for all Sri-Lankans.

  218. gigihan says:

    Good article DBS. Hope peace will return to our beautiful island, so we all can return and live in harmony, But the dispora must stop providing money which will only be used to buy BMWs and luxury houses for their families

  219. Raj says:

    Hi DBS,
    Thanks for a very interesting article. Would u agree that after ordering so many of his followers to commit suicide, VP tried his best to save himself at the end?

  220. warriorking says:

    Well done Mr. jeyaraj.. my father(an Engineer attached to RDA had a very close friend called Jeyaraj and u remind me of him all the time ) we need more moderate, rationally thinking tamils in Sri Lanka. you’ve understand the impotence of unity and equality , and most of all the ” Sri Lankaness” keep on writing and enlighten the rest of our battered society .Tell them to leave the scars of racial hatred behind and look forward to the 21st century as Sri lankans..not as sinhalese or tamils or what ever the ethnicity named us.. now the LTTE is gone.. all sinhalese have a morale obligation to look after the IDP’s.. write about that too..

    pr

  221. Roy says:

    Very good account for people to figure out the event that was unfolding. Why did you fail to comment the way military handled the body of Prabhakaran? I refer to the exhibition of the naked body with mud thrown on it.

    There are many things to be written about in the future.Nothing is final…………..DBSJ

  222. Diaspora says:

    Why do you guys, incuding the author, nervous about the unity and solidarity of the Tamils diaspora for our cause??

    is the diaspora united in at least paying homage to departed LTTE including VP?………….DBSJ

  223. rajiv says:

    VP was no military or political genius. His successes were due to the dedication of his followers who didn’t hesitate to lay down their lives for HIS cause. Now that he is gone, what concerns me most is that Pottu Amman might have escaped and could regroup/lead the remnants of the LTTE. He is the least principled person in the LTTE hierarchy. The dead-ender that he is now could pose a serious problem to any national reconciliation effort.

  224. ismail says:

    are you a tamil? Hey! what you are writting ?You don’t get shame on you? This is not a time to analyse VP’s Death.If you are a real tamil write about the government’s bruetel killing of innocent people in vanni.Don’t thing this “modaya” sinhalees will enjoy you writting .Keep in your mind oneday you also will be killed by government as a street dog.

    Why are you pretending to be “Ismail” when you are really__________ ……………..DBSJ

  225. Surya says:

    DBSJ
    it’s all over for the LTTE and it’s supporters. Analyzing about LTTE leadership death and it’s effects on the SL ethnic problem gives no real value.
    We should focus more on what we Tamils want from the future. We are reduced to rambles and much weaker position than even early 1980′s when the war started. The demised leadership of the LTTE made Tamils seen as enemies even in India.
    We need leaders who can be long term thinking and dealing problem in democratic ways. We need more friends in world arena. Tamil diaspora who support a continued struggle in Sri Lanka is out of touch with their keith and kin in Sri Lanka. I wish more Tamil diaspora start to think and act than just follow like sheeps.

  226. RS Wickramasinghe says:

    How serious is the International community’s call to pursue this regime for war crimes?

  227. RS Wickramasinghe says:

    I have always cherished the idea of being able to travel to the North and the East without fear of losing life or limb.
    Two years after the ”liberation” of the Eastern Province tis remains completely off grounds for Sinhalese and tourists alike. In fact areas previously accessible such as Yala, during the halcyon days of the LTTE, have become even less so. How long do people think it will take for SL to be ”united” now that the war is ”over”

  228. Nissanka says:

    DBSJ please ignore personal abusive comments.
    People use abusive language ,because they cannot
    express themselves in a decent way. I have already noticed that you have deleted certain comments.
    Good on you. I have also noticed that most comments are rational and decent, which shows that people who visit your website are pretty intelligent. If someone is saying
    that he is waiting till you come to SL, that sthis countrhows the mentality of this person. These sort of people are the ones
    who created VP and brought y into this miserable state.

    God bless all.

  229. Chinthaka -wasgamuwa123@yahoo.com says:

    “Isn’t Prabhakaran handsome?”

    Yes he’s handsome………..

  230. G says:

    LTTE hacked to death innocent pregnant mothers ,todlers,elderly men and women .

    Sl govt bombed and shelled innocent pregnant mothers,todlers,elderly men and women.

  231. rajini says:

    the word “Prabhaharan ” means “Sooriyadevan”. His Father gave this name to him.He have not raised to that stage.

  232. reader says:

    Mr Jeyraj
    Your analysis is very good.
    It seems like KP fell out of favor at the last minute. (How do you know that?)
    The blunders section was great analysis.
    Also Prabha’s family massacre sounds fishy…
    The details around that will be interesting…
    Maybe if you can talk to the people on the ground and construct the last days of this life.
    One more suggestion, i am not very familiar with the various places and road routes as suggested in your articles. Maybe a simple map will help your readership
    Thanks

    I made it clear that I was not writing an analysis. Yet you are saying “analysis”………DBSJ

  233. shankar says:

    comment 118-belle

    iam also an amateur astrologer and you are wrong. i can see that he actually landed in jupiter.now he is travelling through neptune, saturn and pluto. he seems to be keenly looking at these, but eventually hopes to land in mars, after his round the space trip.

  234. Gamini says:

    Thank you for the detailed account of last hours of the LTTE and Prabakaran. You have said Praba has made 4 grave mistakes. Yea I agree and it was nothing but his ego that led to the fall of entire LTTE.

    I think the Tamil Diaspora must take the total responibility of his death and the fall of the LTTE for fine tuninig his ego as they kept on singing that the ultimate solution is the Ealam and nothing less. They never wanted to Prabakaran to take any steps toward the political stream within a single country.

    If these fellows really understtod the reality that a separate country cannot be established in SL the tragedy which we see today would not have happened. They are not the people who love thir own Tamils, which they showed very clearly in their demos to protect LTTE and not the fellow brothers and sisters who suffered immensely under the custody of LTTE.

    My appeal to Tamil doasora is that not to send any more young people to war again by giving arms to their hands while sending your sons and daugthrs to good schools and occassionally to public demonstartions for a change.

    PS; I am writing from Down Under and I used to read your column in the Island regularly with so much of interest. Thanks once again.

  235. Marius says:

    To all,

    My comment migt sound bias, but I write it with the best intention. I get lots of stick from my sinhalese friends for talking for the tamil community and it’s present plight.

    But let me say one thing. Until the pro ltte diaspora stop hailing VP and his activities in the past (specially last few months) this conflict will not come to an end.

    Yes, it might be true what Jeyaraj has written. I’ve heard that he was captured as well. But what ever the side of the story remember this is what VP did to all who was against him. It was only MR who’s life was not attempted to date. So all the others had the anger to do what is said to have happened.

    I totaly agree that if it happened the way it’s rumoured to have, then the gov has blood on it’s hands. But don’t forget that’s the way VP designed it, the only difference was this time it was him.

    May all those who have lost their lives Rest In Peace, Innocent civilians, Army or even brainwashed Ltte carders. And we should pray for the injured and suffering. But lets hope this doesn’t happen again.

  236. N Guruge says:

    What Sri Lanka needs is people like Jude who has commented on this article. Whether Praba is dead or alive is not the question. Question is, why has this disaster happened to our country, our people? People living overseas, (irrespective of Sinahal or Tamil) have to leave behind their differences and find a way to heal these wounds and move on from here. People living overseas have created the problem, left the innocent to suffer and added more fuel to this disaster. Still they have not given up the stupid idea of having a state of EElam, which will never be viable in Sri Lanka. I still do not know what Praba fought for because there were so many opportunities for him to save his people but he rejected them all. People who still want to follow his path, open your eyes, just look back as to whether you have achieved anything for the past 30 years. Achieve your struggle through non violence – that is the way to go.

  237. shan -rajahshanmuga@yahoo.com says:

    Don’t worry, you will get it soon just like the telo, prlf and singalam farmers I killed with my own hands.

    Oh. Are you confessing to your crimes against humanity now?……………..DBSJ

  238. Thushara says:

    I think it is a good article and gives us very good idea what happned there that day. I think thats what happend that day too. I am not surprised. To have a undivided one nation we need to eliminate every eliment which is against it. regardless human rights what ever the obstucle we need to fight aganst it.
    I don’t think one of those high ranked ltte leaders or associates deserved a second chance. I remember the way they shot innocent at Sri Maha Bodhiya and those surrended sri lankan police officers(700?). no need talk about that hystory.
    we need to talk about how to rebuild sri lanka. now it is in safe hands and sri lankan tamils are also in safe hands as long as they think they are sri lankans.

  239. shankar says:

    comment 174 -confused

    dear confused

    the answer my friend is obvious. they did it and found it was negative. now are they going to say it was negetive. if you were in their shoes what would you do. you will say DNA tests are not necessary and quickly cremate wont you.

  240. Sanjane says:

    I hope you publish this.

    This is the first time I’m reading your blog.

    The large scale casualties. All your sources in regards to casualties and causality figures came from the Tigers themselves. Don’t be so sure about the shelling of the hospitals just yet. Wait till you are certain. I noticed you have written a lot about the death of so many Tamils due to intense shelling on hospitals. These words may come to haunt you as the days press on.

    Prabhakaran didn’t change his mind and agree to surrender to a 3rd party because of the civilian casualties either.

    His fighting force had dwindled significantly and with the Army attacking on several fronts, he was losing control of the civilian shield which offered him protection.

    His hiding location was revealed when a doctor who treated him was interrogated by the Army. He didn’t have a place to hide. The smoke screen created exploding the weapons dumps was the only cover from the eye in the sky, the UAVs,

    The LTTE never released the Army POWs. The POW statements point to the fact that the Tigers were caught unaware when Commandos ambushed the defence lines and made their way inwards in the darkness of the night.

    Only Tamilnet says they ‘released.’ Don’t fall for that gesture of ‘compassion.’

    Kohona had sent an SMS to a high ranking ICRC official informing the Tiger leaders to arrive waving a white flag. He never heard back from anyone what the final plan was to be. Regardless, if they came with a white flag an unarmed, they would have received safe passage as Daya Master and his family, George master and his family and Soosai’s family had been given.

    They were armed and trigger happy, they had suicide cadres (black tigers) amongst them. They were fully armed the number of weapons recovered shows they came for a fight or were prepared for one. Something triggered the first shot and both sides traded fire.

    You speak of battlefield events as if you were present. How would you know if some of the Tigers attacking the 53rd Division took cyanide and committed suicide? Close to 100 cadres from that encounter survived and are under SLA custody.

    They only managed to get 200 meters close to the 53rd’s front line. That is where Charles Anthony perished. 53rd Div’s sniper teams armed with night vision took them out one by one. Thats why you see Charles Anthony with a clean bullet would beneath the eye and no other injuries.

    The SLA had well established front lines with swathes of open space. The Tigers would be sighted miles ahead when they began their conventional 90′s style attack. They were just outdone by a much sophisticated army. The Unmanned Ariel Vehicles are also armed with thermal and night vision. They saw things miles ahead. Everything the Tigers did was visible from the sky even in the cover of darkness.

    Essentially in the past nightfall was the Tigers’ preferred time to attack. This is because the SLA had no aircraft that could fly at night and had not invested in any night vision equipment.

    The photograph on the Defence Ministry website is Charles Anthony.

    Prabhakaran was not shot at point blank range. He was shot with a high calibre weapon from a distance. This is why the back of his head blew open. Point blank range would create a clean entry/exit wound.

    He has not been wearing a cyanide capsule for several years now.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    welcome Sanjane and I hope you will keep on reading.

    Your comment is released in full. There are many points to be disputed. But I am not going to spend time and energy doing that right now. However just three points.

    1. If the three doctors detained by the govt are set free and allowed to go abroad with their families , we can have an international press conference organized by Human Rights watch or Amnesty International, then we will know the exact truth.

    2. If the govt has nothing to hide it MUST allow the UN full, free, unfettered access to the war zone IMMEDIATELY. We may then KNOW the full story about the thousands of civilians killed and injured.

    3. If the govt had held a public inquest with the foreign media in attendance we MAY have come to KNOW about how Prabhakaran had either shot himself or been shot and was lying injured but died after being bludgeoned on the head by soldiers of 53 division. By the way Brig. Shavendra Silva was quoted by the Indian media about VP being shot at point blank range.

    Do you think the Army will hold at least an internal disciplinary inquiry and penalise any of its officers and personnel for any offence?

  241. Nalini says:

    Whatever it is.. all the world cheated us.. Mr. Jeyaraj, I think this not the time to talk about old stories. As a Tamil, as a human being, think about more than 200,000 tamil people in the open prison without any help. They’ve already lost everything. Help them.
    Do we stll have to live as slave? With your media power or something ask the world to help the helpless.. Prove the Genocide is going on in Srilanka.. send the media and NGO group to the warzone.

    Pirabaharan struggled for us. He gave his life to us. He wanted the freedom for Tamils. He will live in Tamils’ heart forever.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Nalini , before advising me why dont you tell the diaspora LTTE supporters to at least acknowledge Thamby’s death and say “aathmaa Saanthi Adaivathaaha”.

    When he was alive they called him “thesiyathalaivar” and “sooriyathevan” and “antha muruganukke nigaraanavan”.

    But now not even ONE word about the man who dedicated his life to the Tamil cause.

    WHY ?

  242. Chinthaka says:

    Irrespective of the obligation sinhalese will look after Tamil IDP’s like they showed their concern during tsunami. At the same time sinhalese should give even priority to look after soldiers’ died families and became disable by fighting terrorism.

    Sinhalese majority and other peace loving public are already taking the burden of Nation Building Tax that is imposed on them to build up the country destroyed by tamil terrorists.

    Tamils should keep in mind that it is LTTE which destroyed their lives and ours, and it is us – sinhalese who got destroyed our lives for their liberation struggle and now again have the burden of restoring your lives that your liberation struggle destroyed.

    We, sinhalese are double punished in the process; doesn’t matter, we’ll take care of our tamil brothers & sisters; but don’t make it a point to demand too many things from us while you hv got screwed by your own liberators at the END.

  243. Chinthaka - wasgamuwa123@yahoo.com says:

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  244. Easwary says:

    I have many doubts. If VP is dead, why cremate in a hurry? Why present different photos of dead bodies? Why not answer Kumar Sriskantha’s comment, his middlefinger missing? If VP found in the lagoon, how his uniform intact? Did the government respected him by providing clean clothes?

    May be he is dead. I have an internal feeling that says even if VP is dead, the Sri Lanka Government did not have the right corps. If family died, why no photos provided?

    If VP is dead, why hold innocent Tamil civilians in the camps and not allow the NGOs and relatives to communicate with them? What did the innocent civilians do to the chauvinists?

    Even if foreign countries provide help, is the government going to use them for these poor people in distress?

  245. Chinthaka -wasgamuwa123@yahoo.com says:

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  246. victor says:

    you are our new maniratnam/shankar

    why dont you start directing bolywood movies?

    And give up writing and journalism ? no way Victor but thanks for trying……….DBSJ

  247. Confused says:

    comment on 204 – shankar

    You are right….

  248. Easwary says:

    I have many doubts. If VP is dead, why cremate in a hurry? Why present different photos of dead bodies? Why not answer Kumar Sriskantha’s comment, his middlefinger missing? If VP found in the lagoon, how his uniform intact? Did the government respect him by providing clean clothes?

    May be he is dead. I have an internal feeling that says even if VP is dead, the Sri Lanka Government did not have the right corps. If family died, why no photos provided?

    I know you DBS that you have personal differences with LTTE. Also I know that you are a very good writer and editor. A writer can create and destroy anything and anyone with his/her pen!

    If VP is dead, why hold innocent Tamil civilians in the camps and not allow the NGOs and relatives to communicate with them? What did the innocent civilians do to the chauvinists?

    Even if foreign countries provide help, is the government going to use them for these poor people in distress?

  249. Rahulan says:

    I have to applaud you for the sense of humour that you pump in when replying to some “unwanted” comments. The one below was a classic example which I’m sure made allot of us lol.

    “Jeya,
    I knew you have had no guts to publish my full comments. That’s ok. ha ha ha
    ==========
    One does not need “guts” to delete racist garbage. ho, ho, ho,ho!……….DBSJ”

    We certainly welcome such humorous replies from your rather than some very harsh ones. Nevertheless I understand, it certainly is tough to be in your shoes and going through piles of “nuisance mails” so by the end of the day, your sense of humour will be virtually dried out.

    By the way, my sincere appreciation to you on your balanced articles. Looking forward to more.

  250. dearenemy69@hotmail.com says:

    your story might win best fiction of the year , I have a strong feeling… moments of the stories and and the (facts) you write are unbelievable. why dont you start writing fiction stories or cartoons of superheroes.
    please try to understand this: you are a tamil too, do you think you will never get descriminated if you walk a life like an ordinary tamil citizen.

    I cant draw, so cartoons are out. But about writing , maybe I’ll think about it……….DBSJ

  251. to the fiction writer says:

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  252. shan -rajahshanmuga@yahoo.com says:

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  253. KK says:

    how do you know all those inside details in particular the escape strategies of vp and other two groups

    From informed sources……………….DBSJ

  254. anthony says:

    Good account. I have been reading your column for the past 6 – 7 years from the time you were righting to the Sunday Leader. Although I now do not reside in SL, I am a Sinhalese who grew up in Colombo during the height of the ethnic war. As somebody who’s best friends growing up were tamil, I refuse to believe that the two communities cannot peacefully co-exist. I believe no problem exist at the level of the common peoplebut this problem has been fuelled by political aspirants and extremist on both sides of the ethnic divide.

    I view the destruction of the LTTE as a very positive development. As long as they existed in their militant form, not peace would be possible. However I empathise with the tamil cause, and sincerely hope that the govt will come good on its devolution pledges ( I have my doubts) What is your take on this.

    One one hand, M Rajapakse may seek to consolidate his support base amongst Sinhalese “Nationalist” ( which unfortunately include some – not all – hypocritical extremist).

    On the other hand as a quid pro quo for India’s tacit support in the war, he may be compelled by our more influential neighbor to keep his end of the bargain and implement the 13th amendment in its most extensive form. He has the executive power to do so and cannot hide behind the age old excuse of the lack of a “Southern Consensus” to do so.

    What are your thoughts ?

    Yes. we have to assist Mahinda to move to the middle………….DBSJ

  255. Jude says:

    Thank you for this article

    I pray there will be peace between sri lankans and the tamils. The civil war has gone on far enough and too many people have died.

    But I stick by my word that Sri Lankan Army and government has done far more worse than what LTTE have done!

    It is now estimated 100,000 tamil civilians have died during the conflict.

    Already there are thousands reported missing, abducted! Children are newly orphan and womens turned into widows! And the mistreatment by the armies of women and children! A video has been released on facebook of the armies raping tamil womens and naked womens left in pits, all murdered!

    Sure if the war is over, tell me this, are the tamis are going to get equal rights. Are they going to be able to be allowed to vote for their tamil MPs without being killed! Are they able to get equal rights in jobs and university/college attendances! Because new war will break out again if Tamils dont get equal rights!! This is the problem that started the civil war 30 years ago!! This is the problem why LTTE was formed!! It was all because of mistreatment of Tamils!!

    ALL i can say, dead or alive, Prabhakaran has took the leadership to fight for his eelam land and for tamils equals right where we all followed him to our deaths!!!

    He is God to all of us, dead or alive!!! And one day, he will get the recognition he deserves and the title of terrorist will be removed!

    Come on, who is the real terrorist. Please answer me this. After watching the video of the singhalese army raping tamil womens, taking video of their naked body, and making fun of the naked ladies as well as bombing innocent tamil civilians, I know deep down who is the real terrorist.

    Anyway I pray all this will be stopped for once and for all! Because enough is enough!!

    But Rajapaska must be warned, if there are no changes, LTTE will fight back!!

  256. Jude says:

    Reasons to doubt why VP is not dead!

    - where is the missin finger?
    - look at the difference bween the face of last pic taken when he was alive and the pic of him dead
    - why does his skin look clear and fair ( VP is alot darker )
    - why did they claim VP died when ambulance he was in was bombed
    - why did they say his body was burnt beyond recognition
    - why did they not do DNA as soon as possible ( They are govenment and they couldnt have done the DNA within minutes )
    - Why did they burn the body so quickly before anyone could get to the body
    - Why did they say his wife, daughter and younger son is dead
    - where is the proof of their bodies if they caught them

    Alot jus not make sense!!!!!

    And indian magazine needs to stop making fake pictures to boost sales of their magazine that prabhakaran is alive ( one of him watching the TV ) we all not stupid and we know it has been edited!

    But again we all know there is a big chance Prabhakaran is alive!!!

    Thamby is no more. But you will believe what you want to believe. …………….DBSJ

  257. Ranjan says:

    DBS,
    Few months ago a hot rumor in Toronto’s Sri Lankan circles was that LTTE supporters in Canada had collected almost 100 million dollars in cash. And because of the Canadian electronic money trasfer restrictions on LTTE, this money which could not be made available to the LTTE was being held by few individuals. If this is true, few peple in Toronto will get very rich, as most of the LTTE records in Sri Lanka was destroyed. any comments?

    The other point that came to my mind several times when I read your very detailed articles is, do you have Iqbal Athas hiding in your basement? You and he appear to have the same high quality contacts within the GOSL forces.

    Any comments on the recent arson attacks on Singhalese establishments in Toronto?

    Ranjan, my condo doesn’t have a basement………………DBSJ

  258. sunil says:

    Satan is running round in circles in hell as all these butchers are knocking at his door one after the other. His main fear is that Tamil eelamists will soon ask for a separate state in hell as they have done in every country these stateless jokers went. All these years all sinners have lived in harmony. Even hell is not a safe place any longer.

  259. Anotny says:

    According to you Prabakaran family is dead. But note this was denied by army now?

    You can believe the Army or whatever you want to believe………….DBSJ

  260. DfofSL says:

    DBSJ, thanks for the long awaited article.

    The plight of those who were holed up and bearing arms with VP at the last days was a forgone conclusion, they were set to meet their maker, and they knew it. I hope you don’t dispute that truth.

    BUT, the talk of the town all around is the plight that the ‘innocent’ group with ‘white flags’ faced !! How naive…..VP must have had the last laugh.

    I hope those who are still in denial,with veiled eyes, on what really happened would read in between the lines of your article and see the truth. But I am disappointed with you for NOT simply putting in that truth. VP HAD NO HESITATION IN SACRIFICING HIS PALS IN ARMS FOR HIS OWN ESCAPE ATTEMPT !! That I believe is the bitter truth.

    He used the ‘white flag’ ruse, at the dead of the night to attempt a daring escape. Remember, the groups that planned to ‘attack’ and to ‘white flag surrender’ were not 10s of miles apart, but may be just few 100s of meters apart at most (dispute that?) And now the ‘independents’ like Marie Colvin cries croc tears of what happened to the innocents with ‘white flags’. Even at his death VP seems to have managed to cause a PR crisis for the SL gov, again he must be having the last laugh !! But he forgot, as always, that there are wiser minds who could do a 2+2=?.

    Anyways, all i wonder is why VP and the worrier clan could not bid a brave good bye and made the mad dash on their own after instructing the poor ‘white flagged’ souls to stay put where they were, wait till the well lit noon hour and then walk the peace walk.

    May be I am too naive to think that should have been the obvious, may be I am alone to think it that way…….may be NOT , cos after all 2+2 is not as hard as 2×2, isn’t it?

  261. Rajah says:

    Dear DBSJ
    Your convincing article shows clearly,even at the
    last moment they haven’t acted sincerely.Their
    motives were terrible.As a result their end of this type
    is not avoidable.People have got to be just,calm,
    reasonable and sincere.

  262. Ravi says:

    You may be a good writer, but being a Tamil, on what grounds you are writing ths article. If anything hapened to your family members by the SL forces you will feel the pain or go back to the history and see how Tamils have been massacared.
    I belive that you dont understand the concept or have you been paid by the Government to write the article like this. Please think, why Tamils have taken the militery action against the SL Government.

    Please think twice before you write any article .
    Thank you

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    My family members and I have suffered a great deal through this crisis. Just because I dont write about it dont think we have not suffered like many, many Tamils. In my case I have suffered from BOTH sides not just ONE.

    I challenge you to show ANY tamil journalist writing in English who has written more about Tamil suffering than I have done. But I dont just blame the state alone but also the LTTE that is also responsible.

    Please dont tell me about Tamil suffering. This is like taking coal to Newcastle or Panangkilangu to Yaarlpaanam.

    In this very blog I have written so much about the civilian plight in the Wanni and was accused by “Sinhala” commentators that I was a paid agent of the LTTE. People like you say I am paid by the Govt.

    How long are you people going to parrot this ?

    You are getting hot and bothered because I have stated VP is no more. If you dont want to accept the truth so be it. But dont tell me to not write the truth or write lies.

    By the way please think thrice not twice before you post comments like this

  263. shehan says:

    Humble appeal to all bloggers:

    Can we please not use this forum to make racist remarks, taunts, slurs and for point scoring?

    There is some good journalism here – we can always agree to disagree, pass contrary opinion but without hating each other!!

    Thanks Shehan. I do hope everybody will abide by this………..DBSJ

  264. Bernard says:

    Hi Jeyaraj,
    Any comments on why VP instructed his cadres to use cyanide and never surrender to SLA and yet VP wanted to surrender. Why did he order to shoot at the civilians when they were running towards the SLA for protection?

    VP never wanted to surrender and never did. He fought to the last……….. DBSJ

  265. Selva says:

    The mother of all problems is no body knows why allhuman beings created for. The GOD created human beings for a great purpose but all of them forget the main purpose and find different solutions for life.That shows the clear end of this war. We all are humans except religion and culture which devide the integrity and our greediness and selfishness.One can realize broughtly he or she can live this world like living in a paradise. So my advice is within this short life span live happiliy with braod minded helping approach with our good deeds we can achieve a lot or we will be disgraceful for ever.

  266. rose says:

    To all those who ask why SL government should be tried for war crimes given the Tigers’ record, I just want to say one thing–a government is responsible for protecting its citizens, terrorists are not. The government CANNOT do to its civilians what terrorists do. Otherwise, what makes it different from the terrorists? It can’t treat its own innocent citizens as collateral damage in civil war. And prosecution for war crimes MUST take place when a government goes about killing civilians and terrorising them. I am from Singapore. My SL Tamil domestic worker and my family members travelling between Jaffna and Colombo saw SL army breaking limbs of innocent Tamil shopkeepers just to terrorise the population in 2005.

    The SL government says that UK and USA must subject themselves to war crime persecution first if they want to try the SL army for war crimes. In responding like this, they have already implicitly admitted that they are war criminals. Pointing the finger at someone else to say they are the same as you is self-incriminating. Also, no UK or USA governments have tried to wilfully decimate their own citizens. Sri Lankan army/government can be prosecuted along the same lines and charges as was observed at the Nuremberg trials.

  267. Aruna says:

    It is in the interests of the Sri Lankan nation that this megalomaniac called “Prabhakaran” died. He was a stumbling block towards reconciliation and peace building in the island. He represented the very worst of Sri Lankan Tamil racism, facism and bigotry. With his death let us hope the moderate voices of the Tamil community will be heard. So many moderate Tamils have been assasinated by what some Tamils considered to be their ‘national leader.’ Neelan Thiruchelvam, if he were alive today, could have played an enormous role in bringing about a political solution acceptable to the Tamil people. Unfortunately his genius was lost down the barrel of Prabhakaran’s gun. Ethnic nationalism has been a failure. It is time to jettison ethnic jingoism and move forwards with other nations in the world. We need to develop Sri Lanka and provide everyone with higher standards of living. Let the death of Prabhakaran be a new chapter for Sri Lanka.

  268. Uduvaiooran says:

    Thanks DBSJ. It gave me an idea what has happened in the final days. May Prabaharan’s soul rest in peace. We tamils should forget about the terms “LTTE” and “EELAM” and unite as World Tamils and work towards a peaceful solution in Sri Lanka. I hope Mahinda, Buddhist monks and the Sinhalease won’t take the defeat of LTTE as an opportunity to undermine the political resolution for tamils. I also hope the present Tamil politicians in Sri lanks will work together to carve a solution for Tamils.

    I think starting with something like 1987 North East Provincial Council is a possible. DBSJ What you think?

    DBSJ, I would like an article from you to educate the Tamils on “What to do Next….” (especially for the ones who in western countries)

    Do you really think these guys are genuinely interested in Tamil welfare?………DBSJ

  269. PeacefulHuman says:

    The belief that lead Tamils to this disaster is North and East is Tamil homeland while the rest of the country is for everyone. You can make dreams but the ultimate result on those dreams will not be different from what you have seen few days ago. In future any citizen of Sri Lanka should be able live any where they choose.
    If you expect to threaten Sinhalese with this “racial Diaspora mentality” then Sinhalese will crush you more vigorously but if you change your tone and extend the hands of harmony, they will embrace it.
    Everyone advocating terrorism be prepared to bear the consequences.
    Poor Tamils suffered more discrimination under Jaffna Vellala Tamils than any other perceived or actual discrimination they suffered under Sinhalese. No one talk about the gains poor Tamil students made under standardization in Mullathiu and Kilinochi education districts. More than Jaffna students, Colombo students lost out due to standardization.
    Lets not talk about the past. If you do, then Sinhalese will talk about the discrimination they suffered for 150 years under the British who favoured the Tamils for education, administration etc. Sinhalese only act was a mistake but it was an attempt by the Sinhalese to redress the discrimination they suffered under British for 150 years.
    In this Global Village why do we need labels?

    Please lets drop the religious and language labels and help to build a united Sri Lanka as a plural society like the West. What surprise me most is that Tamil Diaspora goes to the West and adopts the language and culture of the country they live in but refuse to integrate with the Sinhalese in Sri Lanka.
    Better still, lets drop all the labels we carry such as, country, religious, language, area, caste and try to build a peaceful world under one label, Human Beings.

  270. Imran Moulana says:

    Very good article. Explains a lot. I hope DBS will write on Muslim matters also

  271. Fran says:

    Comment #255
    We all hope for the best for the people who got the shorter end of the stick.
    But My fear is that history repeating itself, fate of SWRD.
    Racism, jingoism, triumphalism are switched on by demagogues for their political fortunes but they will be electrocuted trying to turn it off.
    I think SL is heading for dangerous direction and majority of people are blurred by the current victory against tigers.( Unintended consequences may be far reaching ).
    I did not see any sign of statesmanship in MR so far other than usual sentiment talks. People are banking on him as there is no other hope. So let us hope too.

  272. DfofSL says:

    The gullible greater eelam lobby (as expected) has bitten the SL govt bait devised by their smart psy-ops boys (and gals !!)

    Oooh….NO DNA……Aaah….no (raised) middle finger.
    Hmmmm….clean shaven? Ohhhh…..the body dbl.

    Noooooooo, just shut the f up….our Thambi and his eelam is eternal !!

    This would give the govt. a well earned ‘R&R’ until the eelamists gain their senses !! (will they ever?)

    The ‘hardcore’ types will be forever dazed with no sense of cohesion ‘cos they will keep on arguing in their brilliant minds how their ‘solid eelam int’ do not match with the ‘govt propaganda’ crap !!

    Oh, the perfect setting for a well sung lullaby to take over their mesmerized souls.

    Rock a by baby…….anyone?

  273. RS Wickramasinghe says:

    Let me pose this scenario to the readers on this website:

    If roles were reversed and 80,000 trapped Sinhalese were being held hostage in the last ditch stand of a sinhalese terrorist leader, and a Tamil majoritarian government was going in to rescue them, how many Sinhalese would accept that shelling bombing starving and shooting tens of thousands of trapped civilians would be acceptable collateral damage in eliminating a group of terrorist.

    How many would object vociferously to the International community proposing a humanitarian pause and a negotiated surrender???

    How many would think a government would have an obligation to behave better than a terrorist organisation taking hostages?

    How many would think the above might constitute a war crime that would be grounds for a Human rights inquiry??

  274. aRuL P. - dloction@gsktrade.it says:

    DELETED

    You are a crude,vulgar person

  275. Thorn says:

    To 267. rose,
    Rose your argument is wrong.

    In USA, punishment for murder is death sentence. What you are telling is that just because a murderer committed murder the system shall not kill him because the system shall not do the same the murderer did.

    In Singapore, punishment for vandalism is whipping. Whereas in USA whipping is not a punishment for any crime because whipping is a cruel and unusual punishment.

    What happened in Sri Lanka was not civil war. It was pure terrorism and the govt was engaged in counter terrorism. When citizens become terrorists they loose their legal rights. So they have to be executed in the interest of other citizens and in the interest of national security. There were civilians who were caught up in the cross fires. You or any other Tamils liviing outside of Sri Lanka did not appeal to the LTTE to release the civilians. Why now crocodile tears!

    Civil war -terrorism, citizens -terrorists are not interchangeble.

    Tamils in Sri Lanka are trying their best to get back to their normal life. The problem is the expats and so called Tamil speakers like you. Please live and let live. Do not emotionalize us by your ego.

    Why do not you ask for Tamil Eelam in Sigapore. Then we all can come and live there.

    In Colombo, the shop keepers limbs were broken. But in Jaffna Tamil shop keepers were burnt to death by freedom fighters called LTTE. We like to be in the burning pot than falling into the fire.

  276. S.V.Rajadurai says:

    It was like reading Thucidides’”The History of the Pelopponnesian War’ and Euripedis’ “The Trojan Women’ one after another.A remarkable piece of fearless and instructive journalism.

    Thank You very much sir! If you are indeed the great “SVR” I am greatly honoured……….DBSJ

  277. PeacefulHuman says:

    Rose
    When LTTE is firing its heavy weaponry situated among civilians, Army has fire similar artillery in order to silence the LTTE weapons. Otherwise Army has to take heavy losses.
    Your maids story is typical of the stories Tamils circulate around the world to discredit Sri Lanka.
    I state here a comment made by a US citizen in WSJ which I think is balanced view in war situations. I hope she does not mind quoting her.
    ANDREA STENHOUSE wrote:
    I didn’t think this outcome was possible given the strength of the LTTE but it is remarkable that the current Sri Lankan President was able to put an end to the LTTE. Dozens of Sri Lankan leaders tried to negotiate with the LTTE to find a solution, only to have then be assassinated by the LTTE. The LTTE used each opportunity for negotiation or ceasefire only to strengthen themselves militarily and never had any genuine interest of a political reconciliation. In fact they systematically assassinated all the Tamil intellectuals who had any desire of a just political reconciliation.

    What I find really disgusting about this whole situation is how some are so hypocritical in their moral self-righteousness. Apparently the British foreign Secretary Miliband, the French Foreign Secretary Kouchner, and the UN/EU along with some so called human rights groups feel that Sri Lanka should not be able to defend its territorial integrity and its citizens from a bunch of terrorists who have murdered over 70,000 people in Sri Lanka.

    When we were attacked on 9/11, we started 2 wars in foreign countries that have resulted in the deaths of tens and thousands of civilians. So where is the outrage by Miliband/Koucher, the UN, EU, and human rights organizations when the US or the west acts to defend its citizens? Apparently western nations can combat terrorism any way they want with impunity but god forbid a poor country like Sri Lanka defend itself without the threat of war crimes charges.

    It is outrageous that after the death of 70,000+ civilians by the LTTE, the EU is now threatening war crimes charges against Sri Lanka for taking decisive action to end this conflict. While they are at it, the EU should also press war crimes charges against themselves for the German civilians who were killed during the course of World War II. Apparently some of these peaceniks are incapable of doing anything substantive during the 30 years that over 70,000 civilians were slaughtered when the LTTE bombed school buses and commuter trains but also incapable of understanding that a war had to be fought to protect the citizens of Sri Lanka from further carnage. Unfortunately collateral damage is a fact of war and the standards used by the UN/EU on Sri Lanka for the so called war crimes charges should also equally apply to our own actions rather than just to pick on a small poor country that after 30 years had to finally put an end to its citizens living under constant threat of terrorism.

  278. Ramani Balendra says:

    Still I am confused…no one was at that spot, all these are assumptions..Only god knows the truth. I feel you should write about the Tamils are being abused in the concentrated camps at the moment. How the govt. is continuing it’s genocide of Tamils by keeping them in the camps and destroying their lives. as a Tamil you should have some responsibilities to bring those truth to the world. I hope you will take this action.
    Thank you

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Ramani , dont you think that the head of the Montreal based LTTE front organization should apologize to the suffering Tamil people of Sri Lanka for raising funds in Canada to oil the war machine back home?

    By the way I did not hear your voice when I was assaulted by tiger goons or when my paper was stopped by the LTTE through violent intimidation of Tamil shopkeepers and advertisers.

    Is it not hypocrisy for you to point out my responsibility as a “Tamil” now?

    In case you’ve conveniently forgotten , it was because I functioned as a responsible Tamil and spoke truth to LTTE power that I fell foul of the tigers.

    It is due to irresponsible diasporic Tamils like you that we are in this plight today

  279. Thamarai says:

    To 258. Ranjan

    Not only in Toronto, around the world lot of LTTE families are going to be rich and would become landowners. There are lot of estates north of Toronto coming for sale. Each estate is around 50 to 100 acres and going for cheap especially in Barrie, Gwellmbury, east of Oshawa along 401 etc.

    Ask any Tamil lawyer in Toronto for further details.

  280. TOTALLY DELETED

    Machang Wasgamuwa, call it a day will you?

  281. sam munas says:

    The defeat of the TAMIL TIGERS is welcome, but the conduct of the war is not.

  282. Chinthaka -wasgamuwa123@yahoo.com says:

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    Wasgamuwa, Dont keep on posting your racist garbage here

  283. Chinthaka -wasgamuwa123@yahoo.com says:

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    Nothing doing Wasagamuwa. Your racism has no place here

  284. Beetle says:

    No one will ever understand the relief given to inncent srilankans living in the country by VP’s death.

    Whether Sihnalees, Tamil or Muslim their life was uncertain. They had nothing to do with Tamil Elaam but they were forced to pray the god before going out of the home to make sure that they are not killed by a bus bomb or a suicide attack.

    There war parents who didn’t travel together to work, just to make sure that in case of any bomb blast, both of them are not dead, so their children will have at least one parent.

    This is how VP managed to decide the fate of innocent people in Srilanka.

    He deserves death, also all the supporters who acknowledge his barbarian killing.

    Way to get justification to tamil people is not defeneatly by weapons. There were lot of tamil polititens who wanted to do this in correct way and most of them were shot dead by LTTE.

    Rest of the people will now get together and build up the country.

    You all can simply sit in a AC room and write what ever comes to your mind but those who suffered will only understand how much important his death is and how much sacrifice they made to achieve it.

  285. km.prasad says:

    Landed up here after reading an edited version in Ind Exp /24 May. Really an excellent put together about the last days of the tiger.

    Really several points to ponder
    What a waste of tamil youths – what and how much could have been achieved if not forced to take up arms !

    What could have been achieved if ltte had turned more moderate/non-voilent around time of karuna parting

    Why keep the myth of tiger alive and deny them (dead ltte cadres/leaders) the “dignity of death”

    Why did the ltte leadership spurn all offers of mediation/truce over the last few months?

    Whatever one’s view of ltte – martyrs or terrorists (for me they were and will remain terrorists), the human rights violation on both sides is simply horrible. ltte for holding so many civilians and not letting them go and GoSL for using heavy weapons on civilian population.

    When will we learn? Why we refuse to learn even after the example of Mahatma Gandhi?
    Why is Netaji Bose such an attraction?

  286. Dharmarathne. says:

    DBSJ,
    There are many points you ve presented above that I cannot agree with. But what I really like about you is the way you respond to comments. Especially to #206 wassa. You must be a really nice person to talk to..

  287. Letdown says:

    DBSJ,

    I used to think you had some semblence of sanity, but not anymore.

    -good luck.

  288. Forget-the-past says:

    DBSJ,

    You have a very big fan club amongst my friends in Colombo. If you ever come down can we have the pleasure of your company over a pint?

    Thank you for being DBSJ.

    Cheers!

    Thank You!Let it be as God wills and I do hope it will be soon…………..DBSJ

  289. belle says:

    Bernand, I suppose you are trying to say things simply for propaganda effect, to discredit both Tamils and LTTE. But even then you should use your brains. If you were VP, would you actually consider surrendering to the army, knowing what you have done to them, knowing full well the atrocities of which they are capable? Surrender was not an option for VP even if he was highly terrified of death. As someone who chose the riskiest life imaginable, I’m sure he conquered any fear of death a long time ago.

  290. Irshad Wahab says:

    Thank you for the comprehensive article! Excellent work!!

    May all the Sri Lankans, without an ethnic devide, come together to rebuild our great nation!!

  291. aRuL P. -dloction@gsktrade.it says:

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    YOU ARE A NECROPHILE I SUSPECT

  292. DELETED

    You are a sick man.Hereafter your posts will not be released………..DBSJ

  293. Sunil says:

    Prabha is the worst terrorist is the world. What he has done for you tamils? He got your funds and had a luxury life. How many are seen him or talked to him? Don’t forget he killed hundred of monks, sliced infants, killed whole villages and how many sucided bombers killed lot of civilians. On that war also don’t forget not anly tigers soldiers and other civilians also killed.

  294. Narada G says:

    One of the best news I heard in my life time ” Ruthless Barbaric Terrorist Coward Dead” You cannot call him a leader. A leader leads a group. This barbarian ran from the cyanide pill. While this idiot was hiding in a bunker, his fighters who was little children fought in the battle field. The last few days he protected himself by creating a human shield. What a bloody coward. Terrorist leader to some but a real coward to the Sri Lankan Government and also to the 80% of Sri Lankans. He educated his kids in Europe while the innocent Tamil kids were pulled out from schools to fight for terrorism. This is the biggest ‘scum dog’ on earth with 7th grade education. Thank you SL Forces for killing this guy. Sri Lanka will be back to normal soon and all Citizens of Sri Lanka can live peacefully any where in the Country. I say thank you Gotabhaya !

  295. Malik says:

    VP’s death will always remain a mystery. what astonishes me is the fact even convincing photographic evidence and witness accounts are not enough to clear the doubts. DBS, what kind of evidence would confirm the death of LTTE leader. for some people Hitler is still alive.

    DBS, I am a young Sri Lankan residing in a foreign country and I always tried to comprehend the tamil struggle. one thing I dont understand is that tamils need their rights to be recognized and live peacefully yet wage a war terrorizing not only Sinhalese but other minorities. clearly all the communities have evolved after the tamil-sinhala riots and sinhala only attitude of 1950s. How justified it is to conduct a war to garner the rights of one community at the expense of all other communities and jeopardizing the future of the generations to come? and the war has ended with one side clearly being wiped out. in this scenario is it wise for Tamil diaspora to support another Elam struggle or spur national reconciliation?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Some people will believe what they want to believe no matter what the evidence is. Others are in a state of denial. Myths are largely irrational and rational arguments will not immediately dispel them.

    Tamil Eelam was ruled out decades ago. But the LTTE persisted on a suicidal course that diminished the Tamil people badly. Now with this tiger military debacle the Eelam dream is demolished.

    If the Tamil diaspora persists on this confrontational path it will soon become irrelevant as anti – castro Cuban exiles in Florida. The need of the hour is national reconciliation…………….DBSJ

  296. Laksman says:

    The whole Tamil Vanni population detained/imprisoned in barbedwire camps need help and they need it now.

    Tamils living outside Sri Lanka can disagree on many things but can agree on one thing that is Vanni Tamils are STARVING AND SUFFERING as of now.

    The best thing to do now is to channel all donations via UNHCR or any other recognised charity to help nearly 300,000 thousand Tamil brethern suffering in these so called refugee camps.

    UNhcr or ICRC is the best bet now because they are the only organisations allowed by the GOSL to operate inside these 22 camps.

    This money should be utilised to buy agricultural and fishing equipment for them to start life, to repair their homes, to recive food and clothing eventually when they get back to their villages, to renovate schools ,to help orphaned children and helpless families of the fallen fighters in starting a new life, to build and maintain local health facilities and to give scholorships for desrving and bright Vanni children to study in western higher education institutes.

    Since it is highly unlikely the GOSL will provide any employment for surrendered fighters it’s best to start vocational training schools for them to join after their release, so they could go abroad as skilled workers and earn a living in Middle East,Italy or South Korea.

    The GOSL will do very little in resettling these people.Once they are back in their villages they will simply ignore them.They would be on their own.

    None of these donations should go the GOSL and corrupt officers at any cost, They will steal almost everything and supply sub standard equipment to the people. Also be very careful not to forward your donations to some charities that use nearly 60% or more of the collection as their administrative cost (meaning spending the hard eraned money on maintining their charity and staff.)

    If somebody can start this process like today, then all bloggers can donate and make things happen and at the same time come back here and agree to disagree on many issues.

  297. SaiRam says:

    Dear DBJ,

    Thank you verymuch for writing this account. So far one generation has been wiped out. I am being very optimistic that some solution to this conflict which has been going on for more than half a century. Let us all pray for the departed souls.

  298. Anonymous says:

    Hi Annoi,
    It’s a well written piece, which made most of the Tamils to accept that the “Leader is no more” as you mentioned in your piece.
    It was a tragic end for the leader+his family+his commanders+their families+innocent civilians. A huge price was paid for the cause, but we failed to achieve anything at the end. Where do we stand now?

    Concerned+Worried Thamizhachchi

    puthiyathor Ulagam seivom.Ketta Poridum Ulaginai Verudan saippom” (Bharathidasan)…….DBSJ

  299. SELVA says:

    Dear Mr. Jeyaraj
    Thank you very much, for your innovative article. I have read almost every article published by you. All are well balanced and unbiased. Now what you have to do is to think about Tamil Diaspora and make them understand the Tamils cannot win their legitimate rights by terrorism. I know that virtually all the Diaspora are 2nd and 3rd generation who fled Sri Lanka in 1983. The world has changed, Sri Lanka has changed since. The majority of Sri lankan people (except JHU and JVP) wishes to be live peace fully with in united country. Other thing is Sri Lanka is too small to have 2 countries. If Diaspora wants to have separate country for Tamils they must go for Tamil Nadu where more than 60 million Tamils live(may be more)or Canada like Quebec. But for Singhalees they only live in Sri lanka. Hope you publish this comment. Long live United Sri Lanka.
    Thank You
    Selva

  300. SELVA says:

    Sorry, I forgot something . We must insist that Mr Rajapaksha should deliver some liberal solution for the root cause. This is the most difficult thing to be done, but only Mr Rajapaksha can do it as he is a hero and the entire majority will accept his decision at this juncture.
    SELVA

  301. April says:

    Commnet # 274 asked a valid point here

    ? Let me pose this scenario to the readers on this website:
    If roles were reversed and 80,000 trapped Sinhalese were being held hostage in the last ditch stand of a sinhalese terrorist leader, and a Tamil majoritarian government was going in to rescue them, how many Sinhalese would accept that shelling bombing starving and shooting tens of thousands of trapped civilians would be acceptable collateral damage in eliminating a group of terrorist.
    This where the Government failed miserably to safeguard its Citizens if they still call Tamils there own citizens.

    Considering the Op. Unceasing waves 3 where LTTE stopped the assault on Welioya at Ceylon theatres to avoid Civilian Casualty and stopped the Operation short of taking over the Thenmarachi, LTTE showed some respect for the International Humanitarian Law, Rules of Engagement and Humanity (including part of the Operation to take the EP camp as Soldiers were given short notice to vacate through a humanitarian Corridor)

    VP without Bala Anna or any good guidance became Autocratic and LTTE as a whole on Grounds lost the reality due to concerted effort by many countries.

    At this Juncture, Diaspora Tamils are more bitter than ever especially compared to post 83 and this will certainly derail any peace in the Island though MR and his cohorts who never envisaged any real PEACE but PITCHAI to the Tamils.

    Judging from many Diaspora both Tamils and Sinhalese, I doubt that any one really have the grasp of the situation as one side is Celebrating ?Victory? when other side is mourning with over 350000 locked up in barbed wire camps. This should tell both India and the IC that Srilanka is More Divided than ever before and Unity will exist only in papers.

    If LTTE was branded as Terrorist and gone ( at least for now) a new wave of attack on Srilanka by the Diaspora is on the cards, A Financial Terrorism, a more Legal way of doing and no one can stop this. It was South Africa?s ANC who pioneered this and I suspect Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu is in consultation with many Diaspora how to learn how to implement this.

  302. Dee says:

    I’ve recently started reading your blog and would like to thank you for your insightful and balanced articles. I think it’s sad that journalists in Sri Lanka can’t be as frank, without worrying about subsequent blacklash.

    I found it is interesting that you mentioned in your article that the LTTE has several high level UN members sympathetic to their cause. Do you think that this is linked to the fact that the GOSL has not allowed the UN and other agencies unlimited access to the IDP camps? As part of the Sinhala diaspora living in the UK, I would like to donate money to either UNICEF, ICRC or an NGO that is working the alleviate the humanitarian suffering in the IDP camps. However we are worried about where I money will really go. I would appreciate it if you could write an article about UNICEF, ICRC and the NGOs in the conflict area, why the GOSL does not trust some of them and which ones seem to be the most dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the people in the IDP camps.
    Thanks once again..

  303. Hi DBS. Great piece. Read it yesterday in the Daily Mirror, but I’m always interested in the comments here on your blog!

    One thing, though. You’ve dscribed the pix of VP in uniform and then “later” semi-naked. Actually the pix of VP in his underwar are the early pix, soon after the body was recovered. It has been stripped and searched. In those pix you can see that he’s unshaven. There have been reports that he was in civilian clothes. In the later, “official” pix, VP has been shaved and dressed in a neat fresh uniform. Also, his eyes have been opened, whereas in the early pix, they are almost closed. All of this was probably done to make him more recognizable to the world. Remember when Rohana Wijeweera gave that interview of his capture, many people refused to believe it was him because he didn’t look “real”. Guess the GoSL wanted to avoid that.

    Someone said that the exit wound on the back of VP’s head shows he was shot at long range. This isn’t necessarily true. If he was shot at close-range with a high-calibre pistol, the hydrostatic shock would be powerful enough to leave a large exit wound. A rifle shot at close range however, would probably be clean. I have personal experience with these sort of wounds.

  304. ara says:

    Its a well written article.
    Thanks

  305. anbura keppetipola says:

    Dear DBS

    I always read your articles in Sunday leader and they give me wealth of information which are balanced. I have great respect for your writings. It is sad that some people are not able to get into a valid, grown up debate about important issues. thank you.

  306. kandhia suresh says:

    You have written answering one of the comments

    “If the Tamil diaspora persists on this confrontational path it will soon become irrelevant as anti – castro Cuban exiles in Florida. The need of the hour is national reconciliation.DBSJ”

    This I agree whole heartedly.

    Tamils at this point should look at what they have ‘won’ rather than the loss of VP and LTTE. There is an opportunity to ensure a bright future to the country with our sons and daughters sharing the benefits in the future.

    While my mind tends to question it, I do think that Rajapaksa really meant it when he said that there will be no Tamils, Sinhalas, Muslims, Burghers etc in Sri Lanka anymore, but people who love this country and people who donot, during his address to the parliment.

    Tamils should look at the effort this man is making to reach out, claiming these are my people and for the first time in recent Sri Lankan histroy, making an effort to speak in Tamil. We need to give credit for that and appreciate what he is doing, considering the fate of many in the past who tried that path.

    Most of the laws are in place countering the sinhala only policies. We need to give this country a chance to show that we can make this place work. Work for our future generations.

  307. Krishna` says:

    Dear DBSJ

    Congrats on a wonderful analysis on the last days of VP.I hope you continue to keep us well informed about the state of affairs of the Ethnic Issue in SL.
    Wishing you all the best .

  308. jay says:

    dear dbs jeyaraj,
    it has been really decades to read your articles.when i was in school and college i used to read your despatches in the hindu suddenly i found u were no longer writing for hindu and if i am correct thomas abraham replaced you and after reading the beginning of your blog i realise now why u were replaced.i happened to read your article in the hindu again after a long time and i read your article in todays indian express i believe which was written for sunday mirror.it was really good and i am happy that i have found a good source of information about the ground realities of north east srilanka homeland of tamils.being a tamil myself i have read a lot about tamils of srilanka my concern now is whether tamils of sri lanka can rise like a phoenix from ashes.my personal wish is tamils who are in colombo and to an extent diaspora tamils should get back to jaffna and other northern areas and try to revive the tamil culture,economy which is in a moribund status.but to be realistic i doubt diaspora will ever come back after enjoying the luxuries of life in europe and canada.my question to you is whether sinhalese as a whole have they undergone a change of heart have they become less racist and more accomodative of tamils.is mr.rajapakshe a genuinely concerned person about tamils or is he a run of the mill politicians.i hope u will respond.

  309. NOBEE PERERA says:

    NOW YOUR CAN WRITE ABOUT RAWANA. RAWANA KEPT SITA FOR LONG TIME. IS SITA WAS PREGNANT BY RAWANA? PEOPLE CAN PROVE THIS ALSO THAT TIME THERE IS NO DNA TEST. AFTER SITA PREGNANT RAMA TOOK SITA TO INDIA WITH THE HELP OF HANUMA

  310. Lalith K says:

    When VPs body has shown in the TV, I was at a Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka with few families whom lost their kith and kin by the separatist war. There were some disabled soldiers also in the temple. I swear that no one said or even there was no remark seen or heard about happiness about the death of VP. Someone even said, “Ane paw”.!!
    I strongly believed why the celebrations were taken place
    as the relief of the end of the war from people’s mind .

    He is a talented man but not a hero or a great man.I can
    not say he is a hero or a great man since he had given
    the leadership and participated in many killings of innocent civilians.

    My immediate impression was, He could have been a better person to the country, if he identified the mind set
    of Sinhalese also, rather stick in to the separatism.
    In such a case, he had the potential to be the president
    of Sri Lanka, not a petty king of a part of it. Every Tamil
    must know Mr Kadiragamar would have been the next
    prime minister unless he had been assaisinated.

    Tamil dispora claimed that many VP have been created
    by this chapter.

    Actually, I like and wish it to happened by my bottom of heart. But not for the separatism, not to assasinate enemies, not to use hard earned dispora money
    to spent on weapons which only carries disaster
    and grief, not to cretae the hate among people.

    But to alleviate the poverty of not only Tamils but of all
    the ethnic nations living in this small country.

  311. Forget-the-past says:

    DBSJ
    Please shed a bit of light on your response to 299. We would like to be included in the dialog even though lingo is a bit of a problem. My son (9) who learns tamil is unable to translate it for me.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    “puthiyathor Ulagam seivom. Ketta Poridum Ulaginai Verudan saippom” are lines from a poem by the Tamil poet Bharathidasan.

    It became popular as it was used as a song in an MGR film “Chandrothayam”. Seergali Govindarajan sang it.

    A rough translation would be:

    “let us create a new world. Let us totally uproot this wicked world engaged in war”.

    The poem goes on to describe what kind of “good” new world should be created. It is a positive poem against war and holds out hope for a bright new world devoid of war.

    Since the commentator seemed to be distressed and addressed me as “annoi” (colloquial for elder brother) I thought I should offer some hope to indicate war is over and that we should rebuild a better world (sri Lanka).

    Thank you for the interest shown and I am happy to know your son is learning Tamil

  312. Mahesh Perera says:

    what is your phone number?

    May I know why you are asking for my telephone number in a public forum?…………DBSJ

  313. Dimuth Salgado says:

    Hi DBS

    Are you hoping to run for Sri Lankan Elections?

    Why are you planning to contest the polls?………….DBSJ

  314. Anonymous says:

    No one can justify the mass murder of tamils by GOSL. LTTE’s actions/wrong doings are noting compared to what GOSL did to tamil people.

    Murdering babies were justified in the name of LTTE.. Let’s see what excuses are going to be given in future

    My relative’s children( 3 and 5 yr old) are crying without their mother. The mother was allowed with her new born baby to stay at relatives place. But these children are kept in The IDP camp as potential tigers. .

  315. Indika says:

    This is to the GVT & the people of srilanka

    We sinhalese now have an opportunity to solve this problem. There are extreemists who is trying to take undue advantages of the defeat of LTTE.

    Tamil people are not slaves of sinhalese and we have to prove the world the the sinhalese are not slaughters.

    We have to relocate the IDP as soon as possible and it will take time, then allowe at least certain humanitarian organizations like UN to fulfill the most required essentials.

    We should reliase this, when our army were recuing them we told the world that the tamil people are escaping the LTTE and coming to GVT controlled area. Now we should not allow them to feal that they are hostages of SL GVT.

    Start doing something as soon as possible as these people sufferd enough and I hope and pray that the administrators will take quick actions.

  316. logi says:

    DBS, You also have all speculations. Nothing different.

  317. Ajith says:

    Hi DBSJ,

    Any news of Pottu Amman ?. Is it true he was already working for the Sri lankan Army leaking information and had done a deal with them to escape right at the end. Several times in the last couple of months the army kept releasing information saying he had surrendered or come to south etc.

    Even now the entire govt is very quiet. I also agree with you VP might have been stunned when he was shot. Could have it been somebody from the back or side ?. His eyes look very shocked and looking to a side.

    If VP was there with him till the end could it be him ? Also you say the body was found by accident. So could it be that they broke free and actually since the Army couldnt finish him then Pottu finished him off and then informed where the body is. Must have told them “You lot are useless i gave so much intel to get him and eventually i had to do it myself”.

    Anyway where is Pottu ?. I find it quite strange that the govt doesnt mention anything about him. Did he get a new idendity as a deal so that even India and interpol dont get him. While he would have escaped to some country in the plannet.

    It will be great if you can find more info on Pottu Amman. He seems to be the mystery on all this.

    Regards

    Ajith

    BTW i am finishing my article as per your request will email it to you. This is in response to your comments in my post 98.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Some defence – related sources tell me “off the record” that Pottu’s body has not been discovered though the’ve put out reports that it was so.

    This could mean several things.

    1. He is dead and body is either destroyed beyond recognition or been disposed of by others so that army couldn’t get it.

    2. He’s escaped to the Wanni jungles or somewhere else and is staying “put” for the time being

    3. He has been taken alive (maybe injured) by the army and is being interrogated discreetly.

    4. He has been taken alive (maybe injured) and “handed over” unofficially to Indian intelligence.

    5. Pottu has double – crossed Praba and is now with the army. There is a cover -up on.

    But inspired leaks are being fed sections of the media that Pottu is indeed with the govt and has betrayed VP. If that were so why is it being publicised?

    Would it not be better for Colombo to manipulate Pottu and get more exercises in duplicity done?

    An intriguing point is the visible Indian concern for only VP’s situation. No mention of the No 2 accused Pottu Amman

    Another point is the Pottu Amman overseas deputy issuing statement to Tamilnet saying Praba is alive when that was not true. Why?

    So as Alice said things are getting “curiouser and curiouser”

  318. Ajith says:

    Also i think KP was arrested and a deal was made with him in Sep 2007. The rumour mill was high saying he was arrested in Sep 2007 in Thailand. I feel he was betrayed by the morons like Castro and Pottu. The jungle men must have betrayed him. I feel he was given an exit strategy by the US etc. “Dont get involved any longer and give us the info on all the ships. We will let you live in peace”. Its ironic after that the entire LTTE shipping network collapsed.

    Now the internet is full of stories saying the Govt provided a plan to the co-chairs in 2007 Sep saying they want to launch “Project Beacon” to wipe out the LTTE over a 3 year period. The co-chairs gave the nod because the plan was built on good intel.

    regards

    Ajith

    I thought most of the LTTE ships were destroyed via Indian intelligence before the “KP arrest”. I must check the dates later…………DBSJ

  319. shanthi krish says:

    242. Nalini said -

    “all the world cheated us”.

    recently i saw a video of a tamil woman demonstrator in london asking -

    “are we a cursed race?”

    instead of finding fault with the world & god what LTTE Diaspora should do is some serious questioning. Not questions like “are we a cursed race?”

    But questions like “what are we achieving for our contributions & the associated bloodshed by proxy ?”

    the tamil diaspora who contribute their hard earned money to the LTTE get carried away by LTTE hatred propaganda & end up hating everybody in the world. This is exactly what the LTTE fund raisers want.

    different view points lead to other community leaders emerging & people other than LTTE terrorists being popular. the funds then split. the LTTE diaspora leaders lose their wealth which is never audited. It seems the LTTE tamil diaspora are unable to penetrate this smoke screen and calculatedy imposed LTTE hate barrier.

    it is a similar situation to the completely un-audited US federal reserve which prints US $ by the trillions. nobody knows how much is printed or where it goes while the US tax payers end up paying billions to cover deficits. The average US citizen seems to have lost the will to question the Washington rulers who have become a Wall Street mafia. Same with Diaspora.

    Ironically this total defeat may make the diaspora contributors more generous & the fund raisers richer. At least ask for an audit by a recognized auditor for parity’s sake.

    I recently saw a video of the TRO head debating a sinhala community leader of london on a British TV channel. he kept on sowing hatred & harping on how sinhala was made official language in 1956 while not mentioning that tamil is now official. sri lanka is the only country in the world where tamil is an official language. The TRO head should have at least had the decency to accept it & the guts to complain about India.

    Dishonesty is like the proverbial glass house. Outsiders will always see through. If one does not try to truly understand the situation, hatred & confusion will reign. LTTE supporters will contribute endlessly to terror & end up complaining forever.

    “all the world cheated us” & “are we a cursed race?”

  320. Dilshan F says:

    Dear Jeyaraj,
    superb writing. having being brought up at the school by the sea ( you know that ) i have no racial feelings. I have had my first vegetables in a jaffna home of a friend. I deeply respect the Tamils for their industrious nature and perseverance. I thank God the war is over. I feel for those who died be it LTTE or SLarmy. We have to move on under one flag no racial tension just deep respect and understanding for each others community. I blame the diaspora for fueling this war for 30 years. It will take time for anger of Tamils abroad to die its understandable. I hope that the government will make the Tamil community feel welcome without road blocks and cordon and searches. We in Sri Lanka do not want WAR again in whatever form.

  321. timhortons says:

    DBSJ,
    Nice article. In addition to what you wrote, here are couple of key points why Govt of SL wanted the entire LTTE leadership wipedout:

    A dead Prabaharan is better than a live Prabaharan for both India and Sri Lanka.

    1) There is wide speculation that MR paid LTTE to win his victory. This can be revealed by a captured Prabaharan or his associates.

    2) Certainly it wasn’t ltte alone that was behind the killing of Rajiv. A captured Prabaharan can tell the truth of who were the culprits on India side- most of them are probably still high ranking officers in the govt of India.

  322. Kumar Sriskanda says:

    Who is this ANDREA STENHOUSE quoted at comment 278. I like to read more of her writings and for her proper understanding of the Sri Lankan situation.

    The expats are like cry babies who always want something to find fault with the system. It was the expats and their associations identified the civilians with the LTTE stating that the civilians like to live under the LTTE and therefore they shall be left with the LTTE. It was good enough to the SLA to kill all the civilians but it spared as much as possible.

    Now the expats are making hue and cry of the living conditions of these civilians. The expats have no moral ground to talk anything about the civiilans. Again I demand all these expats to keep their BLOODY mouths shut forever.

  323. April says:

    Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels have admitted for the first time that their leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is dead.

    The BBC’s Charles Haviland says that a statement issued by the Tigers said their “incomparable leader” had “attained martyrdom”.

    The Sri Lankan army last week released pictures which it said showed the body of Prabhakaran.

    It said he was killed as he tried to flee a last stand by the rebels in the north-east of the island.

    The statement was signed by the defeated group’s head of international relations, Selvarasa Pathmanathan.

    It says that the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) had declared a week of mourning for their dead leader, starting on 25 May.

    The statement calls on Tamils all over the world to “restrain from harmful acts to themselves or anyone else in this hour of extreme grief”.

    In an interview with the BBC, Mr Pathmanathan said Prabhakaran had died on 17 May but did not give details of the circumstances.

    Mr Pathmanathan said the Tigers would now use non-violent methods to fight for the rights of Tamils.

  324. Amirtham says:

    While I am writing this I am listening to the CTR Radio in Toronto where KP is proclaiming that VP is dead dead and dead.

    CTR is the official LTTE radio in Canada. What else we need!

    Heil Praba! Heil Charles Antony!

  325. Ramani Balendra says:

    Thanks for your response,
    I am shocked to hear that you had encountered this problem in Canada, since we have a judicial system here and as a Canadian you should have trusted that system rather than trusting the people. Since I am a responsible Diaspora Tamil and you are a responsible Diaspora journalist I made that request, since I did not see that you are not writing much about the innocent civilians who got trapped between both parties in this War on Terror. Always my concern is my people’s freedom of living with dignity. I feel your concern is the same as mine.NOW THE PRIORITY IS OUR TAMIL PEPOLE’S SAFETY.LETS WORK TOGETHER. I would like to meet you and talk more on our Plight when you come to Montreal.
    Thanks for your understanding

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    So you are saying now that you were not aware of the problems I encountered (and encounter) in Canada and are “shocked” only now. All I can say is I am NOT astounded by your terminological inexactitude as this is what you and your fellow travellers are famous for all the time.

    If you were not “aware” of it at all then why are you telling me to trust the judicial system and not to trust people. For someone claiming to be “unaware” this statement is truly baffling. I really am finding it hard to decipher it. Are you telling me that you know who the perpetrators are but will not reveal it and for me to seek justice elsewhere?

    Anyway I do hope the Canadian judicial system will get cracking and eliminate all the front organizations in Canada particularly Montreal. Because of your apparent “faith” in the Canadian judicial system I am sure you will extend full co-operation to the system

    We can meet when you come to Toronto

  326. Malik says:

    DBSJ can you reveal more on how tamil aspirations should be modeled in post-war scenario. As you said elam struggle has been completely ruled out. If not elam, what type of political model or solution would address the tamil grievances?. I have read hundreds of articles for last couple of weeks neither clearly present the tamil view of a lasting solution. what has been said is suffering of IDPs which is a short-term matter that occurred due to recent military actions.

    In my view tamils should clearly and accurately elaborate their demands within a united Sri Lanka. Any delay would lead GOSL to impose a heavily biased political solution. Do you think current Sri Lankan tamil politicians are able to do so? What is the role of tamil scholars in finding a solid and lasting solution?

    As media shows wanni tamils are in total disarray. Frankly they look like people from stone age thanks to the 26 year civil war. Isnt it rational for tamil diaspora to stop singing elam songs and help their own kith and kin to find the bright light of the 21st century? In a highly competitive world such scenes are just sad.

  327. Navin says:

    It is unreasonable to blame Sri Lanka forces for shooting at these LTTE leaders even if they were waving white flags.

    Why, LTTE is an organization that has absolutely no decency. This is an organization that sent a suicide bomber disguised as a pregnant woman to assasinate army commander. This is an organization that used UN/ICRC insignia to cover its bunkers from arial bombardment. There for if the army is to not shoot at LTTE carders who walk towards their frontlines waving white flags, next, all LTTE suicide bombers who jump into their bunkers to kill the soldiers like mentioned in this article itself, will come waving white flags! LTTE has taken undue advantage of all civilised norms set up to protect non-combatents and as a result when the time came for them to be put to save LTTE’s own asses, they were no longer available– ironic isn’t it?

  328. Ravana says:

    DBSJ, you’re the best. Gratitude.

    One question – had the government already agreed to the initial 3 layered surrender plan that KP presented to VP?

    No!…DBSJ

  329. [...] Jeyraj, as usual, has interesting take on things, saying, “What is pathetic about the pro-tiger Tamil diaspora is that they are not only [...]

  330. Sori Lankan says:

    Mr. DBS:
    You are once again proved you are an SOB. Thank you for you Sinhala ass licking article.

  331. NR says:

    regarding #299

    DBSJ,

    If you write in tamil can you please translate

    Thank you
    NR

    • DBSJ RESPONDS:

    puthiyathor Ulagam seivom.Ketta Poridum Ulaginai Verudan saippom” are lines from a poem by the Tamil poet Bharathidasan.

    It became popular as it was used as a song in an MGR film “Chandrothayam”. Seergali Govindarajan sang it.

    A rough translation would be – “let us create a new world.Let us totally uproot this wicked world engaged in war”.

    The poem goes on to describe what kind of “good” new world should be created. It is a positive poem against war and holds out hope for a bright new world devoid of war.
    Since the commentator (#299)seemed to be distressed and addressed me as “annoi” ( colloquial for elder brother) I thought I should offer some hope to indicate war is over and that we should rebuild a better world (sri Lanka).

  332. Jothipala says:

    DBSJ
    A very good article and gives a good insight of the last activity in the battle front. In many years from now we will hear a more detailed account of what actually happened. That is for those of us who are interested in this.
    As for the people who have suffered from both sides, my heart goes out to them and my wish is that let us have a better tomorrow. A SriLanka where people can live in peace and go about with their lives.
    Economic development can heal wounds fast and with the end of war, I wish there will be economic prosperity for all to enjoy and people can pick up their lives and move on
    But I may be wrong. I do bot believe that people in IDP camps will be and can be resettled in 180 days (as mentioned by local media). The tsunami victims are still in camps. It will be a dam shame if the IDPs are allowed to stay in the camps for years without resettlement. I hope the government will prove this wrong.
    What will the Tamils overseas do to help the IDPs, reconstruct the North and East and bring normalcy? We must all help our own people to stand up and move forward. Now it is not the time to be a Sinhala, a Tamil, a Muslim or nay other. Now is the time to be a Sri Lankan and help rebuild our country, our lives and our people
    For those readers who have posted racist remarks and absurd comments, it only shows your upbringing and the values you uphold.
    For those readers who have held a balanced view, you are the catalyst that will spark a new culture, a new thinking a new vision that will liberate all Sri Lankans. After all we are all interrelated and stem from the same origins.

    Jothipala

  333. Ranga Kalansooriya says:

    Dear DBS
    Congrats for keeping us informed from the beginning to the end (I mean from the early days of the conflict to the end of the military war). Hope you will keep yourself engaged and keep us informed on the developments of the next war – building up of a peaceful, democratic nation which is united under one flag irrespective of ethnicity, politics or any other difference. This is going to be tough and challenging than the one just ended.

  334. Distressed says:

    This has finally been acknowledged by KP today. So distressed and frustrated… no hope for the tamils in the future….people like DBS should raise their voice vehemently to safeguard the rights of our suffering people…we will be with you.

  335. Sivashanthy says:

    Our International Leader S.Pathmanathan has said the ,artyrdom of our Supreme Commander and Sun God.
    All the places he lived in Wanni such as Michael Bse, Mullivaaikaal, Tharumapuram, Alambil mare all raced to grounds, we should preserve the places he lived in Jaffna and make them Temples. Places like, Valvettithurai house, Temple Street house near Don Bosco, Pirambadi Lane house and Suthumalai house near the school should be preserved and worshipped. TNA MPs should fight to make them National Monuments of the Tamils.

  336. indian says:

    Been following this episode for a while now and incidentally listened to the official ltte announcement/acceptance of VP’s death in 101.3 cmr tamil fm. when i listened to the mourning music coming out of my car speakers (while I was driving alone) – I went back to my college days when I listened to the mourning music in all india radio on the death of Rajiv gandhi. I am not a congress man, but have to say that India lost one of its great leaders and VP can never be excused for that. While listening to the mourning music in 101.3 today – it reminds me of day rajiv died and am relieved that the score was settled – even if it took 19 years

    Jai hind – Bharat Maja ki jai

    Dont you think all those people jailed in India over Rajiv killing should be released now?…..DBSJ

  337. Hemu says:

    Even KP admitted VP is dead. I don’t trust this KP fellow but people who trust him, this is what you have been waiting for.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/2/hi/south_asia/8066129.stm

    Let common sense prevail

  338. Yahoo says:

    Finally the LTTE confirms that Prabakaran is dead.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8066129.stm

    Some of its content….

    Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels have admitted for the first time that their leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is dead.

    A statement issued by the Tigers said their “incomparable leader” had “attained martyrdom” and declared a week of mourning.

    A spokesman for the group also told the BBC that it would now use non-violent methods to fight for Tamils’ rights.

    Sri Lanka’s army last week released pictures it said showed Prabhakaran’s body after its final offensive.

    The statement from the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) said he was killed “fighting the military oppression of the Sri Lankan government” last Sunday.

    The rebels had made a last stand in the north-east of the island after Sri Lankan troops cornered them in a coastal strip.

    The Tigers’ defeat brought to an end their 26-year fight for a separate Tamil homeland.

    The statement was signed by the defeated group’s head of international relations, Selvarasa Pathmanathan.

    It said that the LTTE had declared a week of mourning for their dead leader, starting on 25 May.

    The statement called on Tamils all over the world to “restrain from harmful acts to themselves or anyone else in this hour of extreme grief”.

    In a telephone interview with the BBC, Mr Pathmanathan said Prabhakaran had died on 17 May but did not give details of the circumstances.

    Mr Pathmanathan said the Tigers would now use non-violent methods to fight for the rights of Tamils.

    “We have already announced that we have given up violence and agreed to enter a democratic process to achieve the rights for the Tamil (self) determination of our people,” he said.

    Most of the Tamil Tigers senior leadership is believed to have been killed in the fighting.

  339. R Maran says:

    Comments 320

    All your comments put blames for everything on Tamil leaders.

    Is it merely a coincidence or your sinister motive? SJVC, GGP, Amir all wrong and DS, SWRD, MR, JR all great and noble leaders.

    While Sinhala leaders like SWRD, DS, JR, Lalith, MR and so on remain angles, it looks to me all Tamils leaders are racists and caused the hatred in Sri Lanka based on your writings.

    If you have read the history ( which I doubt), you will know how Sinhala leaders behaved for the last 50 years. If you still believe they are angles, it tells me how ignorant and illiterate you are.

    Don’t hope to fool the world with posting comments using Tamil name.

  340. Dushy. says:

    Dear Mr. Jeyaraj,

    I am of mixed parentage, so I have seen the best and the worst of both Sinhalese and the Tamils. It is such a shame that the Tamil people, so respected and held in high esteem by many , have been brought down to this level by the LTTE.
    I believe you are a moderate person who has his head screwed on properly. The Tamil people need someone like you to argue their case and come to a political solution which is very important now. the stupid Tamil diaspora who want this war to continue most certainly don’t have their people’s best interests at heart. What is left of 30 years of conflict ? the tears and blood shed by our countrymen, Sinhalese, tamil and muslim. The wails of orphaned children and mothers/fathers who had to bury their offspring. I even feel sorry for Prabhakaran’s family. it is a fate that should not befall anyone, but then again, what goes around comes around doesn’t it? I hope you will continue to write and try to change the minds and attitudes of the Tamil diaspora.

  341. The80Factor says:

    ____________It has come to pass_________________

    Mr.Prabakaran who was once loved by many poor oppressed Tamils and hatred by those who fought against him, has indeed gone according to Mr.Selvarasa Pathmanathan.

    To some, Mr.Prabakaran will be remembered as a worrier who fought a bloody and hard war unsuccessfully yet achieved in bringing out the truth and the reality of the oppressed Tamil people in Sri Lanka to the free world.

    It must be said that Pirabaharan was failed to provide the people safety and security from the SL army shelling instead stopping them from leaving the war zone.

    His ruthless methods and manipulative attitude kept many away from accepting or following his leadership as a supporter or follower. Although, I never seen him in public or heard him speak in front of thousands, he did grab my attention for what he stood for. The problem was that nobody were allowed to have a say on his leadership, shutting himself him from constructive criticism or feedback was destructive. At the end, it was his unwilling attitude that brought about the end.

    You can also argue otherwise but it is important to note that Prabaharan was MADE by those who were supposed to protect the people, the leaders of democracy in the subcontinent and Sri lanka.

    I wouldn’t waste my time trying repeat what the Sri Lankan government is good at doing, making LTTE and LTTE only countable for the death of over 100 000 people in Sri Lanka.

    In this time, I feel for those who are wishing to mourn his death in Sri Lanka, who don’t have the rights to speak, suppressed or scared of being prisoned. I really hope the Diaspora can utilize this opportunity to pay their last respect. More importantly, PLEASE move on and lets look for the new directions to continue fighting for the real course with the WILL POWER of our people.

    This would be my the last time paying respect to Mr.Prabaharan.

    “LTTE: We have decided to silence our guns”

    Lets this be the end of violence in Sri Lanka.

  342. Mathan says:

    Well done DBSJ. But your were wrong in assuming LTTEs miscalculations. They expected all this and the Iruthipoor (final battle). And prabakaran is a real warrior who wanted to die in the battle field. End come to every thing that is nature. Any how You must be a very statisfied creature now.

    And why do you say that you …………………..”creature”?…………….DBSJ

  343. Ruby says:

    Well I guess the golden goose is done with as no one can collect money anymore saying VP wants money

  344. Alex Varma says:

    Thank u for the info, Sis. Mathivathani & children not deserve this (including Charles), who ever killed them r not humans. Personally I have differences with his ideologies (the way he took the Eelam strugle) but I respect & salute the Cholla warrior “Mulliyan” Piraba.

    “Only Human suffering”

  345. Tamil Victim says:

    Comment#156 & 145
    None of the SL media publishes when Tamils are brutally killed by Sri Lankan Army or its citizens. If you think LTTE is bad, SL is x 1000 times bad. I have seen through out my life all this innocent people killed by SL in North. Innumerable amounts of Aerial bombing, shelling and firing in residential neighbor hood in North. It is way too many to mention. Because the south SL media doesn’t publish those incidents does not means it didn’t happen. You guys need to get your self educated about what you have done to the Tamils in the past. Those Tamils killed by South Sri Lanka does not know anything other than they are Tamils.

  346. Krishan Jayasooriya says:

    Mr. Jayaraj
    Tamils talking big about killing of 2 surrendered Tigers and GOSL committing war crimes.They conveniently forgot how the Tigers massacred 600 Sinhalese and Muslim surrendered policemen in the North East on June 10th 1990, after the departure of IPKF.These surrendered police officers were quietly rounded up, driven up to a isolated spot and gunned down in cold blood by the Tigers.Some were burned alive!Tigers have committed enough war crimes.Any comments please?
    Krishan

    Yes the man who ordered and supervised the 600 cop killings is now the minister of nation building in Mahinda govt and senior vice – president in SLFP.any comments?………DBSJ

  347. Alex Varma says:

    But the Army chief warned that the spirit of Eelam, or a Tamil national home, may outlive Prabhakaran.

    “What we did in this fight was to destroy the front-line killers, but we don’t think that all Eelamists are destroyed,” the army chief said.

    “Everyone must remember that the war is still not over. As an army, as a government and as a people we must realize this. Otherwise all what we did will be a waste.”

    This means in the banner of wipe out LTTE there is more blood shed we have to expect.

    Why they were quickly cremated Bro.Piraba’s body?

    The body shown in the photographs and in television footage was not like same, not wearing cyanide capsule & clean shaved I have my doubts about this body.

    Most of all independent journalists or ICRC not allowed to see the body before it was burned.

    Only a DNA test will be an effective proo, that also not done.

    All are givind suspicious in Srilankan government’s behavior.

    Only “Human” suffering

  348. R Maran says:

    We may not agree with Prabhakaran. But his commitment for a separate homeland for Tamils is unquestionable.

    It reminds me what Amirthalingam used to say in late 70s and early 80s. “ Thambimaruku veram iruku, aanal vevekam illai” ( Our Tamils youths are very brave, but no brain).

    If LTTE had used all the opportunities that were given to them in last 25 yrs, we would have had separate state by now.

    Look at the history, Hitler’s down fall begun when he launched the attack on Russia despite signing non-aggression agreement with Stalin. Stalin trusted no one but Hitler. VP trusted no one but MR.

    Likewise, Polpot was ruling whole Cambodia with Iron fist until, he launched attack on Vietnam.
    History repeats itself in Sri Lanka.

    There are some interesting developments in the political scene in Sri Lanka. It was much speculated MR planned to reduce number of political parties to two or three in Sri Lanka. I guess, MR following the footpath of VP now. Thorough intimidation and threat, small political parties are expected to be merged with SLFP. Not bad for a president to have learnt something from VP within few weeks of VP’s demise.

    First salvo has been fired; it was Douglas MR’s first target. Puthinam reported that MR requested Douglas to dissolve EPDP and join SLFP. VP no more, But MR taking over VPs’ role.

  349. Laksman says:

    comment#336 by distressed

    Can understand your pain and distress but this is not the end of the world. It’s just a big blow. Time is a good healer to a certain extent.

    In a war only one side can win.There could be stalemates like ceasefires/truce/peace deals and even with a ceasefire or a truce most of the time one side will concede something for survival. Still a sort of a defeat.

    This is not the end of the road for the Tamils. Just look at the Germans and the Japanese after the world war 2. Both countries were flattened and practically nothing existed and were bankrupt. Just look at them now,they belong to the leading industrialised countries of the world with a wealth of educated professionals. Both nations didn’t allow the defeat to numb them to inactivity. At the moment they are going through the credit crunch and having a bad time,but they have the means to overcome that in no time.

    They too lost the war but nobody talks about it now, and the Germans and the Japanese are not bothered and don’t even think about it anymore. Even the victorious nations have forgotten about that.

    This debacle is not going to hang over the Tamils like a cloud forever unless you decide to to do so.

    If you want to compare the loss/defeat of a community just think about the jews after world war 2, 6 million of them were murdered and all their wealth was stolen.Even though they did not fight the war they actually ended up on the loosing side because they were the leading industrialists,bankers and financiers before the war in Europe, and lost everything and everyone. Just look at them now, once again they have gained what they lost by sheer determination and hard work.

    As a community Tamils too have the necessary ingrediants required to bounce back. Highly educated and extremly dedicated professionals,bankers and businessmen are all there plus the numbers. About 3 million. And Tamils as a community are like jews-hardworking,dediacated and excel in whatever they do. Quite capable of adopting to any type of environment.

    In time Tamils will prosper as a community,become very influential and will win recognition around the world and achieve considerable devolution in Sri Lanka. Probably not a seperate state.

    Even though the LTTE didn’t win the war they definitely made a huge impact every where and made everybody aware of the Tamil grievances. For the average sinhalese in Sri Lanka this is like a narrow escape and now they have a different mindset than 50 years ago.Actually speaking no one community won, both communities lost as result of the long drawn out conflict and sinhalese as a community know that as well.

    So it’s matter of Tamils uniting and achieveing what can be achieved in the long run.

    Yes this is a big shock, a big blow and a defeat but not the end of the world or the road. Just look at the JVP in Sri Lanka .They got annihilated in 1991. They are back and hardly anybody talk and think about it anymore.

    Lets move on

  350. Alex Varma says:

    May be they killed theLTTE leadership, not the freedom sprit.

    Only “Human” suffering.

  351. Anonymous says:

    It looks like everyone has forgotten about injured civilians in the battleground. What happened to them? Since ICRC ship did not evacuate injured people for many weeks, thousands of them must have been in the no fire zone. The foreign secretary told CNN that there weren’t any injured civilians, therefore we don’t need any help.I wonder, whether all of them were bulldozed by army.

    Story 1: Parents left the 8 month old baby in the bunker and both of them got injured-mum lost both legs, father lost one, what happened to that bay?

    Story 2 saw a vedio clip- A 10 year old lost both legs, blood pouring out of his legs, he was holding onto someone’s legs and begging for mercy, what happened to him

    Don’t care about piraphakaran/pottu. Please think beyond politics.

  352. devarani Sritharan says:

    VP had a dream when he was only sixteen. He tried to achieve this beutiful dream where his Tamil People can live in peace with dignity. None of us were brave enough to give him the full support he deserved.
    He died a Hero and will remain so in all our hearts.
    I do not want to talk about the big powers both local and international that jointly brought this tragic end to this great Hero. It is all geopolitics.
    I only hope the world realises the root cause of this war of thirty years. Let us learn to respect others and treat all humans with dignity irrespective of their race, religion and other earthly differences. Our earthly sojourn is shortl. Why not make it happy for every body.

  353. neutral says:

    >>141. Asela | May 23rd, 2009 at 10:09 am

    The above is very ‘low’ . If Prabaharan is an animal , how to call Mahinda who is much much worser?

  354. sakthis23@yahoo.com says:

    DELETED

    If you are a genuine seeker of truth go ,search, read and understand…………..DBSJ

  355. shankar says:

    comment 354-devarani

    before you sing his praises remember that he started his illustrious career by chasing out 50000 innocent muslims. how would you like if you were given 24 hours to pack up and get out.
    also remember the innocent sinhalese villagers including little babies hacked to death. in our entire tamil history have we ever had a blot like this. for cenuries people are going to read our history and we cant get rid of this just like the sinhalese can never get rid of july 83 just like germans and japanese can never get rid of their history. we aqll die but history remains.

  356. R Maran says:

    Pottu Amman became a hot topic and subject to all kind of speculations.

    Way back in 1985, He was arrested by PLOTE with other two LTTE members in Thanjavur. PLOTE leader Uma Maheswaran was scheduled to address a public meeting in Thanjavur. PLOTE intelligence that was responsible for security arrangement noticed Pottu and other two LTTE members behaved suspiciously. They were manhandled by PLOTE and brought to PLOTE camp. Pottu was the only one carrying pistol with him when he was taken into custody by PLOTE.

    Pottu and other two members were suspected as being the member of the Sri Lankan operative team in Tamil Nadu. It was Manickathasan who recognized Pottu as a member of LTTE got him released.

    LTTE decided enough is enough. In retaliation, they abducted PLOTE military commander Kannan from Madras Tamil Information Centre after his body guard Ravi was shot on his leg. Tamil Nadu police raided the house where Kannan was kept and rescued him. VP apparently told Kannan “you are an old friend and new enemy”.

    Subsequently, Kannan was killed by LTTE in Batticola in 1987.

    Pottu returned the favor by killing Manickathasan in 1999.

    How many lives we lost? Will it end here? No signs yet

  357. neutral says:

    The above forum is not an Open forum. DBS does not want to answer even simple questions

    DBS,

    In my view, you are one-sided.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    I dont know what you mean by “open” forum? But comments are moderated as some “Trolls’ or “vested interests” cannot be allowed to abuse or misuse this forum.

    No I am sorry but I am not BOUND to answer ALL questions raised. It is my sole discretion to answer or not.

    If I think some questions are not worth answering or do not warrant an answer or have been asked and answered before or I simply feel “lazy” or feel that the questions are “loaded” and therefore need to be deleted , it is entirely up to me.

    In your case they were not “simple” as you suggest but stupid, ignorant, insulting and provocative.

    As for being one – sided I do agree with you. Yes I am “ONE – SIDED”. I am Firmly ON THE SIDE of Truth, Justice, decency and humanitarian values.

  358. Arun Kumar says:

    Mahinda, Sarath, and Kothabaya have to be tried for war crimes; Of course VP also, but he is dead.

    Who will worry about bringing the war crimes thay made and who will prosecute them for war crimes?

  359. Alex Varma says:

    I agree with #354,

    Personally I know three Eelam militant leaders & as like other leaders met Bro. Piraba in early 80′s, personally he is a great man, militerly I admire him, but politically….hmmmm…… becaz of that/ & in the freedom struggle he caught up in the geopolitics (from mid 80′s), Balasingham is the main reason for this.

    What ever happen happened, all r good lession for us.

    What ever happen happened & I expect all this, now we have a long way to build our nation.

    But Devarani Sritharan, in this thirty years if Bro. Piraba respect others and treat all humans with dignity we won’t come to this stage.

    Only “Human” suffering

  360. Arun Kumar says:

    DBS: I expect from you an article about the internal working of international forces in ‘masking’ out the suffereing of the people. In a way they did a good job in bringning the suffering caused by LTTE, like forced conscription, human shield, political killing, not allowing people leave their clutches etc;

    But why are the same medial silent when they have to write the story from the other side of the fence? WHy no coverage about the cluster bombs, why not much news about civilian murders icaused by heavy arms? why no big coverage about abductions and killings?

    Did you think about writing an article about it? I know LTTE exaggerated civilian casualties , BUT, it was much much higher than the SL Govt wanted us to belief.

    I am frustrated by the lack of news about the atrocites commited by the govt of SL

  361. Alex Varma says:

    Mr. Maran(#358),

    Not only that on that period (may be 1985), in Tanjore few people who tried to steal a load of rice with a loaded tractor from a rice mill in a night time & the local people heard some sound went there with sticks &lights caught & tied them up with trees & when the boys talked Srilnkan Tamil then they called the PLOTE members (PLOTE intelligent head Kandasamy/ Sangiliyan & Co) . When the PLOTE members arrived & when they put the flash lights on their face, they introduce them to Kanthasamy, so they r Mathaya & Co & begged them to don’t indentify them to the local villagers, then Kandasamy told the villagers that they r taking them foa a inquiry & then released them. This rice mill was belongs to SDS.

    Then the same Kandasamy was killed in a battle in Mannar with SriLankan Army & Srilankam AirForce backed/ supported LTTE in IPKF period.

    Like this so many stories, who ever did theKandasamy led Chulipuram masscare are not alive.

    Former “Cobra” movement leader Rajmohan saveguard/ helped the PLOTE leader UmaMaheswaran from Piraba, Ragavan & Co in early 80′s & then the same PLOTE killed him (may be the first PLOTE’s killing in the Indian soil)

    Now the same PLOTE try their maximum to help the Vanni IDP’s providing food parcels & all.

    More than all Mr. Maran the Canadian Tamil Congress spokesman Mr. D—d P——-i’s bro-in-low is PLOTE Vasudeva.

    We HUMANS do mistakes, but have to correct our selves.

    Now we all have to unite to safegurad our brothers & sisters in our homeland from this MR & Co (EPDP, JVP, Urumaya & Karuna)

    Only “Human” suffering

  362. Tao Saleem says:

    i don’t think anyone needs to answer for combatants or ex combatants…
    if you took on a cause that you new could end in death too bad!
    the civilians were dragged in there. i suppose we should try the LTTE for war crimes.
    shooting combatants who surrender…. perfected by the LTTE. should they be guven better treatment.
    bottom line is… terrorist loose all their rights when they embrace a path that violates the rights of others!
    I hope the rest of the world takes a tough stand on terror globally!

  363. Amirthakaliyan says:

    TO – 354. devarani Sritharan | May 24th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    VP never had a dream when he was sixteen. Without attending classes at Vavuniya MMV he used to steal cycles at Vavuniya market and was known as a cycle thief. Later he had the wisdom of justifying his criminal carreer by talking and taking Tamil nationalism into his hands.

    So do not blame others that he did not have the support. He had too much of unwanted support and that is why the Tamils are in this pathetic state now.

  364. Nehru Guna says:

    Dear Annai

    You have wrote rightly till just before the “end”. Our thalaiver broke through 53 division lines, crossed lagoon and A – 35 highway and went into Viswamadu jungles.

    He is leading our struggle from there.

    Your information must get correction

    Thanks for your interesting article up to a limit

    Regards
    Nehru

    VP is no more. KP himself has officially said so. Please dont try to hoodwink people……DBSJ

  365. Ramesh Sinniah says:

    I give full credit to VP for standing up to successive chauvinistic regimes and his noble dedication to his cause. Even though I disagreed with him on his methods, nevertheless, I salute you!

    He was betrayed mainly by one individual, that is “Eastern Sri-Lanka’s Pride” Col. Karuna and one “Bloody” government that is the Indian Government.

    I want to thank MR for uniting all Tamils through his barbaric, bogus “War on Terror” that turned in to “Humanitarian Operation” that turned to “Worlds Biggest Hostages Rescue” and scorch earth actions on Tamils as well as their areas. You will pay dearly for your actions my friend.

    Let me remind you again what Lord Buddha has preached in Dhammapada – Danda Vagga 2.

    “Sabbe tasanti dandassa – sabbesam jivitam piyam
    Attanam upamam katva-na haneya na ghataye.

    (All fear punishment; to all life is dear. Comparing oneself with others, one should neither kill nor cause to kill) .

    As for UN’s Mr. Vijay Nambiar, what can I say about you beside, that you succeeded very well in protecting your brother (Sathish Nambiar – SL Army’s paid consultant) against all odds!

    God save the Sri-Lankan Tamils!

  366. Maria says:

    Thanks for the very interesting article. Let’s shift the focus to those living and suffering in the IDP camps. Do you have any idea how the Tamils in IDP camps can be helped now?

  367. Pala says:

    Regarding Prabhaharan there are 3 groups of people
    1. People who do not want to beleive his death
    2. People who beleived and wants to give him hero status
    3. People who beleived and wants to give him anti-hero/coward status
    KP(aka SP) joined the group 2, admittedly against some threats from group 1. He praised VP and their friendship. and paid a belated homage. He even was toying with the idea of crowning the title Thesa Thantai(Nation’s Father) but I personally didn’t like it especially after some folks conferred Thesathin Thaai(Nation’s Mother) status to Selvi Jeyalalitha just a few weeks ago and wanted her to deliver the Eelam baby, which unfortunately for them got aborted within the first trimester itself.

    Rumours of Puttu being alive and interrogated, either in Trinco, Colombo or Andaman, sent waves of jitter amongst the members of LTTE Inc. and its Intelligence wing in Colombo and abroad. What happened to him. Onlt time would tell.

    It also appears that Karuna is not the only defector from the delegates and helpers who went around the world for peace talks. George Master and Thaya Master could also have been recruited and worked from inside all these time. (Oh they were suspecting poor Pulithevan and Elanthirayan). Has Pottu failed or was he too in the game. Only time would tell.

    Looking at another player, now that the biggest perceived threat to Rahul Gandhi is over, Manmohan Singh would retire in a year or so and give way to the ‘younger’ generation.

  368. shanthi krish says:

    367. Ramesh Sinniah ,

    do not insult the buddha by quoting from his scriptures while praising a murderer like VP in the same posting.

    the usual game of finding external causes for eternal deception, cold blooded murder & failure goes on.

    karuna, MR, satish, vijaya, GOSL etc . the list is sure to grow by the day. with this kind of thinking not even god can save the tamils.

    let’s not forget that the buddha has also preached about “ditta dhamma vedaniya karma”.

    one will pay for one’s sins within his lifetime”. this karma applies to everybody.

    foreign passports as well as local.

  369. Saba says:

    Dear DBSJ

    Most awaited article for this week. I knew you will come out with the analysis and the details and you have not dissapointed me at all. I have been checking for this article for the past seven days. Good on you ! Bravo Analyst!

    Hope the death of VP will give a closure to the people who are still believing that VP is alive. It is not easy to take his death easier, hope the history says that he shot himself ….

    So what is next for the Tamils DBSJ ?- Back to the drawing board or something good going to come out of it?
    How long its going to see another racial riots in Sri Lanka ?

    Many are coming out of the wood work , using the net to put there 2 cents worth. It is easy to do with a touch of the finger but are they really doers are they taking the vengeance out?

    Expatriates should rethink about their support for the remaining LTTE . They should try to bring them to a negotiating table rather than financing them to buy arms.

    DBSJ, as a juorno you seems to know the ins-and- outs of these battles we had for the past generation- would you join or advise the negotiators if there is a situation arises?

    Do you write articles to the wider community(Non – Srilankans) in Europe and US ?

    Keep up the good work and happy writing/blogging

    regards
    Saba

  370. R Maran says:

    Alex Varma Comment 363

    Thanks mate.

    I am not passing judgement on anyone here. I merely stated what I know. Trust me; I am true Tamil nationalist believe in equal rights to everyone Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese.

    If you judge a person whether he is Tamil Nationalist or not, by looking at him whether he carries LTTE flag or VP’s pictures, I am certainly not a Tamil Nationalist. We have to get the definition right who is true Tamil Nationalist.

    Let me borrow the phrase from Devarani Sritharan
    “Our earthly sojourn is short. Why not make it happy for everybody.”

    This is what I believe in mate.

  371. shanthi krish says:

    354. devarani Sritharan,

    expecting an ex-smuggler & habitual murderer to deliver dreams & happiness is like expecting heroin to deliver same.

    I note that most LTTE supporters are searching for an utopian & exclusively tamil state where tamils can live in peace & happiness forever.

    as u claim did thalaivar rob & kick the thousands of sinhala & muslims out of the north to “achieve this beautiful dream where his Tamil People can live in peace with dignity ?” do u endorse it?

  372. Hyro says:

    LTTE was the most ruthless terrorist org in the world..to deal with it, u have to be ruthless too…. show no mercy…thats what the gov did….

    I dont think the gov had any intention of taking any LTTE leader alive…. they wanted to totally wipe out everyone…

    thats what they did….the message was “if u start terrorizing us & kill r people, we will kill you & every one of your family” they did it with the JVP once & now they have done it to the LTTE…

    no group will dare take on arms from now on in SL..

    the gov has answered the LTTE by the only way they understood..total ruthlessness…& show no mercy…

  373. shanthi krish says:

    DBS’ s poem translation should be commended. exactly what the world wants.

    “let us create a new world.Let us totally uproot this wicked world engaged in war”.

    but this is exactly what the western powers do not want. so it’ s upto the diaspora to finally realise this western bait, give up hatred, violence & help in the development efforts.

  374. devarani Sritharan says:

    The Tamil struggle became an armed struggle only after their peaceful protests since 1948 were met by pogroms unleashed against them.
    We have to realise the root cause for the armed struggle and then we will realise who perpetrated them.
    We are not blaming the civilians but politicians are at fault for igniting racism in our Island. Racism and religious fanatism should be cast away and so should all man made differences which would only lead to our demise.
    Let us all wake up to the truth realise our past mistakes and work together to avoid any repetition of the past.
    Let us resettle the IDPs back in their homes first and treat everybody alike giving all equal opportunity to thrive and succeed in life.

  375. war monger says:

    # 337. Sivashanthy writes ….

    //Our International Leader S.Pathmanathan has said the ,artyrdom of our Supreme Commander and Sun God.
    All the places he lived in Wanni such as Michael Bse, Mullivaaikaal, Tharumapuram, Alambil mare all raced to grounds, we should preserve the places he lived in Jaffna and make them Temples. Places like, Valvettithurai house, Temple Street house near Don Bosco, Pirambadi Lane house and Suthumalai house near the school should be preserved and worshipped. TNA MPs should fight to make them National Monuments of the Tamils. //

    Shivasanthi, you possess so noble heart . Why you need temples in this dirty land when your thalaivar is placed heavenly abode because of his service to humanity.

  376. war monger says:

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    warmonger, Other comments of this nature posted by are also deleted. What Sri Lanka needs urgently is peace and reconciliation. Not bloodthirsty battlecries from diasporic cyberspace warriors………..DBSJ

  377. Kadayadi Baby says:

    Prabhakaran still alive.Yesterday I met him at my uncles’s teashop.

  378. Pavanayi says:

    Who is this Prabhakaran?Rocket scientist?

  379. Kaushalya says:

    DBS you have elaborately describe the death of a once powerfull and most feared terrorist outfit. After following a few articles on the successes and failures of the LTTE let me tell you my version where Piripaharan went wrong. Piripaharan was often called a Meglomaniac who did not want to concede or heed to other peoples requests or ideas. He had one thing in his mind to carve a separate state out of Sri Lanka (Maybe that’s why Bala annai called him the president & Primeminister of EALAM nation) . If he really was fighting for a cause and new where to draw his lines like the many FDL’s he conquered it would have been a win win situation for the Tamils and forr the people of Sri Lanka. The past failures have come to haunt him at present. as you may be aware in two rare occasion VP did not heed to Anton Balsingham requests firstly when VP was hatching the plan to assasinate then Indian Prime minister RG anton Balasingham has made known his dissention on the matter and advised VP in doing so LTTE will be alienated and the IC will go against them. The second Instance was when the Presidential Election was held in which Mahinda came into power thanks to VP to let the tamil community franchise there vote and it is learnt that EU has specificaly mentioned to Balasingham that if this happens LTTE will be banned in the EU in no time. but these are not factors that mattered what ultimately happened was because he did not heed to his most trusted comrade these two blunders came to haunt him and brought death not only to him also to the liberation outfit. If you look at the present context Karuna has won VP has lost.

  380. yankee boys says:

    100% mark to George W. Bush’s war on terrorism policy.

  381. Jey says:

    Dear Jeyaraj,
    Well written as usual.

    Though I loathe VP and his band,there is no doubt that VP stuck to the cause until the very last moment and this cost him his life.

    But whats more surprising is that within a week of his demise,we are seeing the rift’s in Tiger ranks coming to open.KP says VP is dead.Nedumaran \ Vaiko and some unheard names in Tamilnet claiming he is alive.

    Can you please provide some insight into why Nedumaran and Co are singing a different tune.As far as I see,the Tiger’s being out of the picture atleast gives a window of oppurtunity for a political solution.Are they hell bent on scuttling it?

  382. mark says:

    to #365 – VP grew up in Valvettithurai NOT Vavuniya.

  383. N2 says:

    It is interesting indeed that # 278. PeacefulHuman is seeking to justify the GOSL by mentioning as authority a so called American by name of “ANDREA STENHOUSE”.

    So it seems that despite all the belicosity about European arrogance the Sinhalese such as # 278. PeacefulHuman still hold Europeans and their authority in awe.
    I guess their sense of inferiority stil remains — sad.

    I agree though that the choice of name “ANDREA STENHOUSE” does have a certain air to it!

  384. Anonymous says:

    shanthi krish

    Stop blabaring.

    The man is dead and gone and people like you are the first place he was created and nurtured.

    By the way I started liking your president showing the US and UK the middle finger and His rear to the India after he got support from China.

  385. RubyCumar says:

    I will never post comment as I was shocked that you edit my comments.

    Please recover from your shock ASAP and post elsewhere. No problem………….DBSJ

  386. RubyCumar says:

    I will neve post comments again as you edit my comments and post them.What a shame.

    I will edit wherever necessary. You may post or not post. Your choice entirely……………DBSJ

  387. Jay Shanker says:

    370. shanthi krish

    Why not quote Buddha as mass murderers Rajapakse bros too killing Tamils and Sinhala dissidents and seek blessings of Buddha and monks.

    King Asoka converted to Ahimsa driven Buddhism after seeing the sufferings in the Kalinga war.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalinga_War

    Where is the magnanimity of any Sinhala-Buddhist extremist after reaping more than what they wanted in the “Mullivaaykkaal massacre”?

    Lord Buddha didn’t see his “followers” do all this – but you disagreeing with quoting Lord Buddha for “murderous” VP is equally bad as the murderous Rajapkse bros sporting symbols of Buddhism

  388. Java Jones says:

    I’ve always considered you to be one of the most objective reporters on the ‘war’ throughout the years – thanks for that, and I hope you continue to keep us all informed of the aftermath.

    All the best!

  389. Sarath J says:

    Mr. Jeyaraj;
    1. Do you have an anlogy as to why VP didn’t release his family as fleeing civilians as Soosai did?
    2. Was his last startled look in his eyes, his last came in a flash, and his cadre probably was dead all in the cross fire?

  390. Nimal Perera says:

    Before 1960 government jobs were much recognized. All were looking for government jobs, services, opportunities. 90% organizations belongs to government.
    But now the whole SL lanka is changed. 90% is private most of the organizations are private companies.
    We need almost nothing from government, education, jobs, etc.. only very few things even this will reduce very soon.
    We have to have on our way of living. The place will not going to be a issue. People go abroad and settle there for the same reason.
    I think we all can live together without any problem IF WE HAVE NO INTERFERENCE FROM PEOPLE WHO WENT ABROAD TO SETTLE THERE. (Who doesn’t know the real situation here)

  391. Krishna says:

    Dear DBSJ

    Do you have any idea of what happened to LTTE’s Yoga Ratinam Yogi ? Is he still alive or dead ?

    What I hear is that Yogi is being held in a special camp by military pending interrogation. But this info is not 100% certain……………….DBSJ

  392. mark says:

    DBSJ – your dry wit and gentle sarcasm merits a blog of it’s own !! (replies to #386/7) – gets me chuckling time after time !!

  393. Waran says:

    #326 Ramani Balendra wrote
    “I am shocked to hear that you had encountered this problem in Canada, since we have a judicial system here and as a Canadian you should have trusted that system rather than trusting the people”

    Dear Ramani, Are you joking. The Judicial system in canada has lot of loop holes for the hardened criminals. These tiger gundas have lot of money and can hire expensive lawyers and come out in no time. I and my familt were living in Lansdone Tamil Co-op building where the tigers had a hay day. One individual who is also the brother of a Newspaper editor and related in some way to the Nagadeepa Thero, was runnink amock and people were scared to complain. After some time some got the courage and made several complains to the police but nothing happened. But once he was arrested while attcking some other community but was out the following day.
    Several house, shope and media personnel were attacked. In fact it startef with the shooting on CTBC radio owners door, followed with DBSJ’a attack at Ontario Science Centre parking lot, and continued with the burning of Thedagam Library run mostly by Kittu group togers. So far no one is arrested or charged. They harrass those who speak against them and by hook or threat force the wives to make a false complaint against their husban or the kids to make a complaint against their father. Being a woman you would be aware these ‘domestic laws’ and the easiness with whichthe hasbands can be arrested by just making an assault complaint or if you want to put him inside, just say that he has threatened to kill you. No secomd word, he would be arrested and the family is broken. Just ask our lawyers how many sri lankan tamil families are broken here and you would be astounded. The tigers are not bothered about the social, cultural, communal and emotional damages they are causing to the diaspora tamil community by misusing the laws and freedoms here.
    Just last week a Sri lanka restaurant was attacked and before that a Budhist Vihare was torched. Don’t the Police, based on the Reports from other coutries should have taken pre emptive measures to safeguard vulnerable people rather that watch the illegal protestors in the high was and other places.

  394. rupert sinnathamby says:

    DBSJ claims: I am Firmly ON THE SIDE of Truth

    (EDITED)

  395. Stephen Jones says:

    But now the whole SL lanka is changed. 90% is private most of the organizations are private companies.

    The public sector in Lanka, including 160,000 soldiers the majority of which are no longer needed but can’t be let go.

  396. chamila says:

    I have my reasons to believe that VP was captured before he was executed by shooting him(point blank). From the governments point of view they have no other option other than killing the ltte leaders and their families regardless of their surrender or capture to prevent the ltte from rising again. This tactic have been adapted successfully to get rid of the JVPs violent part back in the day and if I remember correctly commander Fonseka was a major player in those operations against the JVP so he knows this kind of a thing works. Even though there will be talks about war crimes for a while( just as there were during the post JVP era), they will soon diminish for that is the nature of humans. We can only move forward so it is better to forget, especially if the government does a good job (hopefully) in uniting the country.
    What are your thoughts?

  397. Soosai says:

    This is a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate our leader’s life folks. There is no other way we in the west can do, we could have protested when they banned LTTE though, anyway its past. West is already guilty that they’ve been bullied by the SL terrorist state.

    Lets continue march on towards our leader’s vision of: Thamil Ealla Thayaham, a nation that can provide our people self-determination.

    Lets be united and stay focus on this goal folks..

  398. Arjuna Ranawana says:

    It is very dissappointing that the women and children of the LTTE leaders have died.

  399. Amirthakaliyan says:

    To: 390. Sarath J | May 25th, 2009 at 11:11 am

    VP thought that why he should take all that trouble. It was a matter of time for him. We the Tamil diaspora had given him the full assurance that we have all the connections in the west by funding Mrs Clinton’s election initially and later Obama and therefore Obama will send his Airforce One.

    Unfortunately there was a small hitch so that plan did not work out. But there were many other follow ups and they all failed. Lastly Nedumaran was supposed to come in his boat but he was busy in his elections. so he could not make it.

    so the answer is very simple. pow ane, neadha

  400. andy 1747 says:

    No one really knows what happened during the final hours. It is anyone’s guess. I recently read Anita Prathab’s article and it makes sense than yours.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    The statement “No one really knows ” is incorrect Andy. There are “people” who know. Some people say nobody really knows because they themselves do not know.

    Just because they do not know or lack the resources to know they opt for the device of casting doubts and cover up their own ignorance.

    Now one person who knows is Selvarasa Pathmanathan alias KP. He has stated the truth. But many people are refusing to believe him. So it is not truth some people desire but only some version corresponding to or approximating to what they themselves think or want to know

    Therefore you are most welcome to read anything that seems to make sense to you or more sense to you. Keep on seeking whatever you are seeking.

    Please go ahead and believe what you want to believe or not believe what you dont want to believe.

    Happy reading!

  401. Kumar says:

    As local tigers (real tigers) have been eliminated, it is the responsibility of the international tigers to help the families of the local tigers. The real tigers who sacrificed their life for an illusion Tamil Elam are from poor families. It is the responsibility of the international tigers to hand over the millions of dollars in their hands to the Maveerar family, disabled tigers and to the affected Tamil families.

  402. sydney Zoyza says:

    By destroying the LTTE, Sri Lanka has achieved what very few countries in the region have achieved. According to the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP.ORG), at one point Sri Lanka had 36 armed Tamil militant groups. Today there are none. The same website names 175 armed militant groups in India including N-E groups, Kashmiri groups, Naxalites, Maoists, etc. Like what the JVP did after the demise of their leadership, former Tamil militant groups should join the political mainstream and use democratic means and institutions to achieve their goals rather than resorting to terrorism.

  403. Rahulan says:

    DBS,

    The below is a link to the interview with the son of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the present situation in Sri Lanka.

    http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2009/05/presidents-son-for-13th-amendment.html

    Being a Tamil, I was so pleased to read the interview of this young man. Certainly a man with a mission for a peaceful Sri Lanka. If only we could have more youths like him in Sri Lanka entering politics, then there will no more be a need for organisations like LTTE. Sincerely hoping Rajapaksa thinks and executes his action in line with the vision of his determined son. Praying for a peaceful Sri Lanka.

  404. Yahoo says:

    who is this “Yoga Ratinam Yogi” ?
    Could someone enlighten me ?

  405. Krishan Jayasooriya says:

    Mr.Jeyaraj
    Do you think the Tamil protests in Toronto Canada will bring any results?
    Recently they burnt a Buddhist Temple(Toronto Maha Viharaya) and damaged a Sinhalese restaurant(Lanka Gardens in Brampton).By these terror tacticsTamils will loose the sympathy they have in the West soon.
    Krishan

  406. Ashok R says:

    DBSJ, been following your posts for a while. I am an Indian Tamil. I wonder what has happened to Pottu Amman – could he be alive? In all these years I have never seen a photo of him (but for a cloudy b&w picture). And KP seems to be coming onto his own now. I think in a few years, it will be the procurement logistics & intelligence network, that will be regarded as genius and not as much Prabhakaran’s military strategy. As long as KP & Pottu Amman are alive (or not dead), Rajapakse cannot really sleep. And to add to the general misery, he will just use it as an excuse. Also, for the readers here who think India is to blame, India can help them etc., the current elections have proven one thing – Tamil Nadu doesn’t really care. Vaiko lost to an unknown Congress candidate. Rather than focus on Tamil Nadu to rise up in spontaneous rebellion, they should focus on getting the Indian center (& the US by extension) to react to the violent and undemocratic behavior of Rajapakse. And even at that there is only so much India can and will do. The tamils need strong, non-repulsive leadership & one that is willing to keep all options open in order to get the best security and prosperity for the Tamils.

  407. Socail Dimentions says:

    LTTE Leader Veluppillai Prabhaharan is alive… in all the tamil’s heart.
    - Governing Council-
    Social Dimentions
    May 25 2009

  408. Peace Seeker says:

    Friends, Tamils: Sad, do not disect a dead body and prey on the dead. I have heard Tamil friends say a saying. Some one has fallen from a tree and an animal (ox-is one some worship) is walking over that person.
    Tamils, of Sri Lanka you would have not been known to the world, if it is not for prabakaran.
    Tamils are 60 plus million in the world and sinhalese are 13 plus mil in Sri Lanka. Your language is ranked some 16th in the most popularly spoken language. You all have a heritage, culture and a language. You all are some 5 to 1 ratio. Look at it as your own virginity is lost.
    Be shrewed as a serpant, yet, be harmless as a dove.
    Continue your self determination in a peaceful way. Jews bought people to war crime and genocide from 1948. It is your turn to bring out the truth of Tamils in Sri Lanka and around the world.
    Our prayers are with you all.

  409. [...] with contacts on both sides living abroad for serious safety reasons. He just posted ‘The last days of Thiruvenkadam Veluppillai Prabhakaran‘, which is probably the best round-up of what happened in Uncle P’s last days. He also [...]

  410. Ganeshkumar says:

    As of today, it is unclear the death of Praba. However. it was cleared by my parents and friends who are residing in Colombo now, FYI: My grand father who was in Colombo in 1910. And my most of the friends are still living in Colombo peacefully. Now the struggle is almost over and why can’t live us as a united brother and sisters?

    When I was 12 years old, I witnessed the riot in Colombo and then in Negombo. It was a meaningless attack against Tamils and my follow Sinhala and Muslim brotherhoods. It was an organized crimes by Sinhala & Tamil thugs at the time.

    Time has elapsed. It is an high time for us to learn form the past. We have made lost of mistakes (Be it Sinhalese nor the Tamils) As you faced lots of threats against LTTE and the Sinhalese GoSL in back-home, I did faced so much of threat in Toronto (Victoria Park). However I reiterated against these LTTE gangs. You should know why there is a necessity to eliminate such person known as AK Kannan. These youngster are so young when they arrived in Canada (Especially in Scarabrough – Makrkam @ Eglinton) Do you know why the RCMP formed a force called STF?

    KP is a real idiot. Who is now trying capture the LTTE military (which is virulally non existence)

    However. the diaspora Eelam Tamils so much angry, that they are willing to kill Colombo born Tamils here in Canada.

    Ape rate eka Rata. Ebe ungge yaappanayage rate thaama alluvenda puluvungtha?. Ari amaathu neththa? Appe minissu appe thamai… Ei appadi randuvendone? Mage amma oyage ammaa, mage nangi ogoung nangi. Api okkama ekka sagotharayo..Apida randu EI?

    ரொம்ப கவலையா இருக்கு…

    வீணாபோனவன்.

  411. shankar says:

    comment 399-soosai

    i thoght you were dead.
    anyway let us say you got eelam in another 25 years. tell me what you are going to do with it. will it be democracy or a dictatorship. will it be singapore or north korea or cuba.
    we would like to know nowitself if you dont mind because we do not want to go from the frying pan to the fire.
    could you also tell us how you hope to develp a 20000 sq.km country and give us a first world standard of living, because what is the point of having a country and being poor.
    also last but not least could you also let us know whether you are hoping to live in a first world country and “struggle” for eelam, while others have to live in north and east and suffer.
    woundnt it be better ssosai to implement the 13th amendment including the referendum, but go a bit further and get rid of the concurrent list and the reserved list in the 13th amendment which i believe is the greatest impediment to meaningful devolution to the provincial councils. dont forget that the 13th amendment includes a referendum in the north and east. if they say okay to it who are you to say otherwise. if the people say no then we can see further what to do next.
    i dont want to be confrontational with you, but i want tamils to mlook at all the options on the table like he intelligent people we are.
    ps-if you are wondering what is the concurrent list it is the requirement for the provincial councils to submit all their proposals to the center and get their concurrence. the problem is the center can just sleep on it or brush it away outrright.the reserve list police powers and land rights and the provincia councils have no powers in this regard. shiv shankar menon and narayan met mahinda immediatly after prabhas death and mahinda stated that he is even willing to go past the 13th amendment, so i believe these 2 lists will be scrapped. the JVP is rumbling but they are a spent political force.

  412. shankar says:

    comment 397- stephen jones

    these soldiers can be given on loan to many other countries such as Haiti etc.

  413. shankar says:

    stephen
    further to my earlier comment, this will serve a dual purpose. the sinhala race can be spawned worlwide via sperm globalisation.

  414. Prasanna Muthuthanthri , Colombo says:

    Dbsj, We want you and the moderate tamils, just as the moderate Sinhalese – mainly the civilian people not politicised with doctrines to rally around in full strength against the extreamist of both sides. Let us cultivate brotherhood among us and even under any circumstances in the future hold our hands tight in strength to over come the nefarious uprising of power hungry , dictatorial set of extremist bringing harm to ordinary people – the Sri Lankans.

    Quote
    Learn from the past, more importantly face the future. We all have different views and ideas about the past leaders and the eras we passed. Those who lived during such eras have experienced the changes and those who were born later framed their opinion through reading various write-ups or from the elders how they perceived the events at that time. The majorities who lived under the latter part of the British regime and were young during the Independence most are now dead and those living are in the very old stage. Those born after Independence are our generation popularly known as 50 children (Panahe daruwo). It is to this generation that our President belongs.

    How we looked at the future when we were young was different to our parents and rightly so how our children look towards the future is different to ours. Similarly how we assessed the events during our parents’ era was different to theirs and how our children will asses the events in the past two generation are different to the way we assessed and our parents assessed.

    Situations demands solutions, what was right yesterday not necessarily are right today. It is great to discuss the past, but since we can no longer change, it will be only an argument. We need solutions to today’s issues it may look wrong in another ten years time, aren’t we going to implement them now? We should, no matter how it looks in another decade or two. That’s how history was and is written. Those with courage took those hard decisions and today we should make ourselves proud in our generation and not to leave issues to continue to the next generation when the baton is passed.

    Whilst we talk about the symbolic changes that could be done, all Sri Lankans living in the motherland and the Diaspora should do the little we could. Is it going cost any one a fortune to help in education a “Rana viru” child or a child in the IDP CAMPS? Is it going to cost a fortune for ten or twenty Sri lankan middle class families to get-together and support a IDP family for a defined period till they stand on their feet. What better way to do than doing yourself to your own. What better way to show these cocktail jokers who come here talking about human rights, than the people will. Whilst we ask questions from the leaders, don’t we have a duty by our own? Winning hearts and minds of our own people rest in the minds of our own.
    Unquote
    The above was written by my cousin – a message to all Sri Lankans among family and friends

    So dbsj and Moderate Sri Lankans living away from homeland rally around- let our goal be winning hearts and minds of our own people with dialogue and not resort to violence again.

  415. shanthi krish says:

    389. Jay Shanker

    rakapakse never ordered the sri lankan army to shoot & massacare any fleeing sinhala civilians from the border villages or a single army deserter. he never held civilian hostages. vellupillai is completely guilty on both counts.

    therefore MR cannot even be compared to vellupillai. deception does not work on all the people all the time.

    sri lankan army has brutally crushed 2 sinhala rebellions & 1 tamil rebellion. sinhala masses supported all 3. this proves that the sinhala people value freedom & democracy more than anything else. even race.

    massacares have been carried out by all countries in warfare. the great LTTE diaspora emancipators, the western powers have been the worst of the lot by far. they massacare millions of people far away from home to rob their wealth. they give these operations fancy names. WAR ON TERROR is one.

    the sinhala people live by their instinct. they know when to meditate, when to worship, when to dethrone leaders & when to fight. they don’t cling onto leaders blindly. contrary to popular belief the aim of the sinhala buddhist is not nirvana but the safety of their culture. LTTE never fitted in to this aspiration.

    if one looks the material response of the diaspora to the north eastern tamil civilians for the past 30 years he gets the feeling that the sinhala are far more generous & give much more. this could be related to buddhism. it was also apparent during the tsunami.

    the sri lankan state is one of the best geared in the world to address these types of crisis.

    this was proven from the way the USA handled the aftermath of the katrina cyclone damage.

    the best strategy that LTTE diaspora can adopt now is not finding scape goats. but reform their thinking patterns. it was not rajapakse who kept on boasting about final wars, walking out of peace talks or making a blood bath out of colombo. it was vellupillai.

    MR suddenly gave the final showdown vellupillai was begging for out of the blue. the whole world was caught off guard & are still reeling. i can understand the way LTTE supporters feel.

    but it’s no excuse for quoting from scriptures & trying to pin the blame elsewhere. the defects lie squarely with the defeated & within.

  416. shanthi krish says:

    386. Anonymous

    u sound like an intolerant LTTE spokesman.

    only DBS can stop me blabaring. if u don’t like my postings skip them. your welcome. blogs are meant to express views. not suppress them.

    it was india who created and nurtured vellupillai. not me. don’t give excuses to cover up for murderers. vellupillai never understood what liberation is. u don’t seem to understand what freedom of expression is.

    zip it.

  417. peacemaker says:

    I am a newcomer to this blog. My first language is not English so please forgive me if my writings are not up to the standard of most of you. I just want to leave from time to time some thoughts to ponder if the owner of the blog intends not to delete it. Mostly from great people who have all passed away.
    Togetherness has become a major cause because it inhibits individual thought. They have become slaves to they. If someone is against us they should be eliminated. What do they think? What will they wear? We are the hidden persuaders of someone else. Are we really free? The human herd, loves to go stampeding off together after some real or imagined goal and nearly always go too far. When mass manias are tied to a personality, the hypnotic contagion of the crowd has no limits. It must wear itself out as the case of the Crusades, that took two hundred years. We hunger and thrust for freedom of doing every thing around us but are in reality slaves of ourselves. Can we recall anytime in History achieving peace by making war or made the world safe for democracy. Fired by a noble zeal to save mankind from its own self-inflicted wounds, we march into new vacuums and all we ever get to see of the dove of peace is the loss of innocent lives.

  418. Segoda says:

    It’s simple logic!

    Nadesan & Pulidevan came with white flags to surrender to 58 division, while another set of ltte attacked the 53 division defence lines with human bombs!!!!And also managed to break through !!! Tell me why should the soldiers who were manning the 58 Div defence lines believe Nadesan & Company is genuine in SURRENDER, when thier fellow soldiers were killed in another area in the same scenario!

    All what LTTE did are BLUNDERS and the this is another blunder! Trying to deceive the forces…And in a battle ground. the Commanding officers need to take decision accurately & quickly! Therefor there is no time to pick & choose when the surrender arrangement was not made concretely!

    Interesting part is that VP’s wife, Daughter & son managed to come out of the war zone..yet they were cornered and ‘killed & left in the lagoon’..How & when and Y? Your version of this part can be..but still they were with armed cadres and SLDF had no choice…After all we very well know abt the child soldiers and in the battle ground U can never say what happened! So the SLDF new very well abt this plan and that is Y they had a 2nd defence line!

    Finally whatever the stories behind are….Madavadhani & the little boy could have been saved!!!!

  419. coin says:

    Ado DBS,
    why are you sing “Pottu” instead of “Poddu”. tho sinhalayek neda?

  420. guru says:

    Dear Sir
    I have been reading your articles for the past 3/4 years.
    When ever some major attack carried out by either side (LTTE/ARMY) you will write details of every minute details.
    Especially katunayke attack in 2001 was written by you as article in detail. I wish to state that VP death and his fight will go in history. Indian freedom fighters death like kattabomman/vanji/bagthsingh would have been enjoyed by british and their loyal indian workers. No one would have publicly mourned in india at that time.

    if VP did the terror activities, how come he had so committed cadres to carry out suicide bombings. There is definite injustice by the SL govt side and VP got committed cadres.

    The video versions released by army one could clearly say that it is doctored. One video shows image of VP as 10 year younger with mouth closed . Another one was made to suit the current look like of VP face with mouth wide open. Didnt get a chance to see these videos available in inernet?.

  421. shankar says:

    comment 420-segoda

    there is a report on 22nd of may as follows

    “sri lankan military spokesman brig udaya nanayakkara told mediapersons in colombo on thursday that the report ob prabaharans wife and son was not correct. when asked to confirm that the bodies of mathivathani and balachandran had been found and identified, nanayakkara said the reports were not correct”

    i am wondering whether the U-turn could be due to war crimes charges possibility.

  422. Senarath says:

    Thanks DBS J.
    Your article is balanced and comprehensive.

  423. shankar says:

    news item on 26th may

    “sri lanka army commander sarath fonseka said that the number of srilankan soldiers will be increased from 200000 to 500000 within 5 years”.

    is he getting ready to take on the indian army?

  424. mw says:

    I have stopped reading at comment 80 (for the day). Regardless of what the rest says, I enjoy reading the occasional out of topic comments by your readers – rather, your response to it.

    off topic re this post:
    I hope rule of law will prevail, and that Tamils in Colombo will be able to move about, live and pursue their happiness to each one’s full potential – freely without having to fear. I am not conversant with the 13th amendment etc but I should. I am not sure what sort of politicle solution is needed in the larger sense, I just know that there should be no discrimination – and that there should be no fear whatsoever. That is my yard stick.

    rgrds

  425. lost says:

    DBS,
    do u know any news about Kaka(baby subramaniyam or ilankkumaran)

    Kaka is different from baby S (ilankumaran).I have no info about both……….DBSJ

  426. Venugopalan.R says:

    While frantic attempts are made by a section of the Tamil diaspora to glorify a ruthless extremist, it is highly commendable on your part to have taken this effort to vividly expose the weak links of the so called giant. No words can be apt to appreciate your indepth analysis about the developments that took place in the immediate past with so convincingly. Now it is upto those unscrupulous elements who hitherto have been hailing the slain terrorist as a martyr for the cause of Tamils.

  427. Theivani says:

    VP has made all of us in SL and overseas “terrorists”!!!

  428. Sathyapalan says:

    Comment 76
    “The greatest glory is not in never falling,
    but in rising up every time you fall”
    The key word here is rising up ON YOUR OWN or with somebody’shelp.
    Fist time in 1985 it was India who gave hime a hand.
    Second time when Indian Arm cornered him it was Premadasa.
    This time…………. No one to help and he fell for good.

  429. THAMILAN says:

    #406

    Yogartanam ‘Yogi” is the older borther of Kugan also known as ponamman

  430. Stephen Jones says:

    sri lanka army commander sarath fonseka said that the number of srilankan soldiers will be increased from 200000 to 500000 within 5 years”

    Nobody’s told him the country’s bankrupt.

  431. Observer says:

    Those who took to arms are perished by the same. Terror & killing had to be ended from where it had started.
    Wish true peace for Sri Lanka from now on.

  432. Shexmus Amed says:

    I would like to offer my deep condolences to the people of Tamil Eelam for their immense losses in recent months.

    As a Kurd, I have followed the liberation struggle of Tamils in Sri Lanka -along with my own people’s fight for an independent state- since mid-1980s, when I first saw the pictures of uniformed female cadres of the LTTE in Jaffna and fell in love with them. The LTTE, in my view, is the gold-standard for all national liberation struggles despite its defeat. And what a glorious defeat it was! My people suffered many defeats too; in 1925, 1938, 1946, 1975, 1988, 1991 and 1999. None could match the glory of LTTE’s fight to the death. This was a struggle against overwhelming odds that ended in martyrdom for your leaders, but their memories and their struggle will live in songs and stories of all Tamil people for a thousand years to come.

    That the LTTE managed to keep its leader and senior cadres alive right down to the last day and the last fire-fight before they too succumbed to the vastly superior man and fire power of the SLA is a testament to the intelligence, strength, discipline and dedication of the organisation. V. Prabhakaran and his senior commanders could have ordered the rank and file LTTE personnel to lay down their arms, before fleeing the island for a third country. The fact that they -as well as their families- did not flee the conflict zone nor surrendered, but chose to fight to the death like tens of thousands of other LTTE cadres that preceded them is a lesson to all leaders who ask others to sacrifice their lives for a cause. I doubt many insurgent leaders, Kurds included, would show as much courage and offer as much personal sacrifice in similar circumstances.

    Compared to armed Kurdish movements, the LTTE had many strengths and weaknesses. Its strengths were too numerous to count. Its weaknesses and mistakes were few but deadly in the long run. In my view, there are two generalised, structural weaknesses of the LTTE, followed by a few specific mistakes they made.

    Firstly, the LTTE was extremely inflexible in its political expectations. In the absence of international support for an independent homeland, an autonomy agreement for a federal Tamil state in Sri Lanka was the most realistic outcome for the LTTE. It was the responsibility of a new generation of Tamils to take the struggle to its next stage, if Sri Lankan state continued to be ill-disposed towards Tamil people. By then, of course, the federal Tamil state would have gained some international recognition for the status quo and thus would have been far less isolated as a ‘terrorist’ outfit. That V. Prabakharan instructed his bodyguards to shoot him if he deviated from the demand for independence is a clear sign of the inflexibility of the LTTE leadership.

    Secondly, the LTTE put unnecessary emphasis on revenge and retaliation. As Clausewitz famously said, “war is politics by other means”. In politics, -as in war- revenge and retaliation is always secondary to the main objective. Every political act must be judged by its consequences; that is, whether it helps bring the main objective closer to reality, not whether it satisfies primitive urges for some injustice done in the past. The assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and many attacks on Sinhala leadership, some of whom were useful and could have been of further use to Tamil struggle in time, are cases in point.

    In more specific mistakes, the LTTE should have pushed on to re-capture Jaffna at all costs after liberating the Elephant Pass in 1999, even if this meant losing ground elsewhere. The cost could have been very high with tens of thousands of SLA soldiers still occupying the peninsula but the SL political and military forces were in complete disarray. Unfortunately, the window of opportunity was lost and the LTTE eventually found itself fighting on more than one front.

    The ceasefire agreement of 2002, following the 9/11 events, was correct; perhaps inevitable. However, the Indian Ocean Tsunami of late 2004 and its devastating effect on Tamil territory should have humbled Prabakharan and the LTTE into seeking a genuine half-way compromise with the SL government. It should be noted that the Tsunami and its effects ended the Aceh independence movement and it should have played a role in LTTE’s political calculation as well.

    Another grave error was the boycotting of elections in 2005 that brought hardliners to government in Sri Lanka. As a general rule, people should never ever be asked to refrain from voting in an election under any circumstances. The benefits of election boycotts, such as refreshing community spirit and as gestures of dissatisfaction, are small and ephemeral. They are far outweighed by the dangers as well as the real and lasting costs of handing the power to a less amenable adversary.

    Karuna’s rebellion should also have been foreseen and dealt with quite early and sincerely. As a faraway, non-Tamil observer, nothing disappointed me in LTTE as much as the Tiger vs Tiger violence. I can imagine its demoralising effect on all Tamils. As a Kurd, I am not unfamiliar with infighting among our people and between many of our political parties, but never has a single, Kurdish military outfit turned its guns on to itself. Perhaps, Karuna was also motivated by Prabhakaran’s inflexibility, the effects of the Tsunami and the result of election boycott of 2005. If, as was charged, Prabhakaran committed the grave error of ‘narrow regionalism’ in LTTE, then Karuna could have only compounded the error with his rebellion. (‘Narrow regionalism’, that is, giving preferential treatment to people of certain regions, is considered a great sin among Kurdish movements. Still, it’s inevitable and widespread) But more likely, being the supremo of the Eastern Tamils must have gotten to Karuna’s head, and he must have considered himself a better leader for the entire LTTE than Prabhakaran.

    History will never forgive Karuna for betraying his commitment and turning his guns on his leader and comrades no matter what the real reasons for his defection might be. The best and most honourable action for Karuna, as well as for his movement and for his people, was to either resign altogether from all his functions and duties within the LTTE -after voicing his grievances in private, even if it meant death for him- or seek a less active role in the movement. He did neither, preferring to be an active turncoat. Beloved, respected and trusted neither by Tamils nor Sinhalese, Karuna will surely meet a violent end, with each side crediting the other for it, and with very few people shedding tears for his demise.

    People of Tamil Eelam are smart, talented and resourceful. You shall rise again from your ashes. By ballots or bullets, Tamil Eelam shall become a reality so long as you keep up your hopes and dreams alive.

  433. ryan hudson says:

    what accounting Vp is number one thief and murderer

  434. ryan hudson says:

    utter lies and making barbarians like dvaragha heores

  435. shankar says:

    comment 430-sathyapalan

    i totally agree with you. it was not his cleverness that got him out of deaths door previously,but because of someone throwing him a lifeline. this time he was holding out till the indian elections thinking the BJP and jeyalaltha will win. if he had not made india an enemy, which i believe was the greatest mistake he made, he would be alive today. must wait and see whether rajapakshe too will make the same mistake. i noticed that whenever he talks of a HOMEGROWN political solution his posteriour is turned in the direction of india, not maldives.

  436. gckdaniel@hotmail.com says:

    Hi DBS,

    Why do you want to analyse the death and resurrecion of LTTE or for that matter plight of the tamils?

    (EDITED)

  437. Con Sounds says:

    I saw your comment for 80 and understand how comments by arrogant stupid clowns annoy you. I sympathise with you

  438. Malini Udugampola says:

    #418 Ms. Shanthi Krish,

    Keep up the good work madam.

    We need more females like you in our society.

    Enjoy your comments very much.

    Please keep it up.

  439. rajah says:

    Excellent DBSJ..

    7 E ONE RACE FORMULA FOR ALL

    EMBARK:
    Embark on a peace mission within yourself by sitting quietly (if possible for minimum 45 minutes before the sunrise). Establish that there exists the Supernatural Force within you.

    EMBRACE:
    Just embrace everything comes to your mind as happened/happening/be happening according to Supernatural Force ONLY.

    EMPATHISE:
    If you belong to race X, just imagine you have only Ys feelings and if you belong to race Y, just imagine you have only Xs feelings in your mind.

    EQUATE:
    Now place both the feelings side by side in your mind at the same time and equate them Now you neither belong to race neither X nor Y.

    ENERGISE:
    Now you energise inside YOU and outside ENVIRONMENT by chanting the following as many times as possible. LET EVERY BEING BE HAPPY AND PEACEFUL…
    (Just repeat this sentence many times here and now see the changes happening within you promptly)

    EXPORT:
    Export this message to all concerned so that everyone would start SERIOUSLY practising this message from today onwards just focusing on our land.

    EXULT:
    We all will be REJOICING as when positive vibrations take all over the land at this important juncture of worlds focus and GOOD things happening . Just merely because of every Good soul of us..

    LET EVERY BEING BE HAPPY AND PEACEFUL…

  440. Raj Kumar says:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/26/sri-lanka-tamil-tigers-camps

    Prabaharan was ruthless; However t does not justofy the murderous Sri Lankan Governments, past/present;

    Tamils can never trust the Sinhalese goverment and the Budhist monks.

    Tamils had enough; I do not think they are reay for another bloody war, to be merciless crushed by India/Pakistan/China; Also they had enough from the LTTE;

    I can only feel sorry for them;

  441. R Maran says:

    Comments 417

    You commented
    “The Sri Lankan state is one of the best geared in the world to address these types of crisis. This was proven from the way the USA handled the aftermath of the Katrina cyclone damage”

    I guess you don’t mean to say the above.

    You seem to conclude.

    Keeping the people without food, medicine and water within barbed wire internment camps with no access to media and no access to relief organisation is the best way to address the crisis. People are being taken away everyday and disappeared. You are preaching USA to adopt the same method when they face similar crisis in the future. You must be insane.

    I hope that you will have your time in this kind of internment camp one day to see for yourself how Sri Lanka best geared to address the crisis.

  442. wewantpeace says:

    Great article! There is no doubt that Piribaharan did a great deal to focus the worlds attention on the maladies of the Tamil people everywhere. However, unfortunately he was so blinded by the desire for self rule that he totally forgot the value of human life. Convincing people to blow themselves up for a utopia they will never see cant be the best form of liberation. Those who want to make him a martyr should not forget the genocide he carried out on his own kind in the 1980s when he wanted the LTTE to emerge as the sole arbiter of Eelam. Even in the last days of the Wanni debacle he could have saved so many thousands of Tamil lives had he ended the fighting when it came down to the last 75 sqkms or so. Hopefully the Tamil struggle will now have a more humane face and not be led by such blood thirsty motivation

  443. Citizen says:

    Your forum does not appear to be innocent.

  444. Jayanath says:

    Dear DBSJ
    I have read most of your articles in this blog. I honestly appriciate you effort. I like to read your previous articles too. But I cannot see any article which you have written before 01/Jan/2009.
    Will you be able to consolidate in to one location? so the newbies like me can read them. If there is a place already where we can see previous articles, pls let us know.
    Thank you.
    -Jayanath

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank You Jayanath,

    Yes this blog was started from Jan 1st this year and will have only those.

    As far as English is concerned I have been writing since 1981 with a gap 1989 – 1995. from 1996 I ‘ve been writing for Island,The sunday leader,Nation and now Daily Mirror. I also contribute frequently to Frontline and occasionally for Hindu.

    I have not collected these articles in a single forum because I never thought these were important enough

    I will give some thought to what you and other like -minded persons have suggested. But it will take time a very scarce commodity for me.

    As for now you can only google or visit the archives of these journals

    You can also try the archives of http://www.tamilweek.com or http://www.transcurrents. com for articles after 2004.

    I never thought my a

  445. shanthi krish says:

    432. Stephen Jones

    the LTTE tamil diaspora has been claiming the bankruptcy of sri lanka for the last 25 years because of their war funding & destabilation plans sponsored from the western shores. their 25 year plan in which they spent billions of $ has not only failed miserably but has backfired on themselves. one of the worst investments ever made.

    while the LTTE suddenly went crashing down vertically the GOSL still survives & plans to get stronger. the GOSL is stronger & enjoys more popularity than at any other time in post inedependence while the LTTE is finished militarily & diaspora feels thoroughly let down with their money stolen by LTTE. only their fund raisers seem happy now that new opportunities have arisen with the new leadership. another round of wealth confiscation of tamils seem on the cards.

    in the meanwhile the western economic preachers to the world are fast going bankrupt because of absolute corruption & non accountability that makes third world tin pot dictators look like angels . things will really get hot after 2010 when the 76 million USA baby boomers retire & start claiming their pension plans.

    this will cause the biggest stock market crash in history & wipe out the middle class wealth of most countries. this will happen through currency & asset devaluation. a kind of wealth confiscation of the hard working masses by the mafia US federal reserve & the USA government. the USA led western powers are well on their way to communism where the governments interfere in everything. lot of recognized conomists predict riots on the streets as the confiscation happens.

    asia will be a safer place to invest & live in the future. sri lanka will definitely retain its living standards or even improve. big army or small army does not matter. elections which the LTTE diaspora says is not nesseccary will be held in the north & suitable local tamils elected. not LTTE diaspora candidates. most may not even know what a vote is. the best thing that diaspora can do for local tamils is not to interfere in this democratic process.

    there will be more former LTTE activists like karuna & pilleyan holding high office in the future. only locally based tamils will understand the value of freedom & prosperity for tamils. it’s ironic that the LTTE diaspora who funded death & mayhem for 25 years from outside enjoys both freedom & prosperity. but they not want the local tamils to have same. LTTE diaspora wants to be the liberators who will never ever live or fight for in the place they are supposed to liberate. their plan is unending agony & finally liberation by proxy.

    now what matters most is political & ethnic stability. when these are achieved economic prosperity will follow like an obedient dog.

    if the cruel LTTE diaspora does not like such a future it’s tough luck for them. whether they like it or not sri lanka plans to forget the past & move on. sinhala, tamil, muslim, malay & all others et al.

  446. Seelan-Batti says:

    Some people are mistakenly saying that God guided VP. This is a ridiculous claim.

    Then, why has a person guided by God failed miserably.

    As per Vedas Archangels waged war against Demons they succeeded
    As per Bible David, Solomon, Moses all have waged wars / insurgencies they succeeded
    As per Quran David, Solomon, Moses and Mohammed all have waged wars / insurgencies they succeeded

    In fact, VP has followed devils. He has committed n number of mischief in the land. If you analyze any religious scripture, the punishment is death penalty.

    I think VP got it. By which means is irrelevant.

    Dear DBSJ, your opinion please?

  447. shanthi krish says:

    445. Jayanath

    i entirely agree with ur statement.

    in sharp contrast to DBS some so called defense correspondents have been exposed as utter quacks who did not know whether they were coming or going.

    either that or they were paid by interested parties to sow propaganda.

  448. Manoja says:

    One of the best I read. At last our country is free.

  449. shanthi krish says:

    442. R Maran

    the internement camps are much better than thalaivar’s death camps. that’s guaranteed.

    I hope that you had the guts to live under thalaivar with your family & find out first hand. maybe u would have been lucky to survive & escape towards SLA.

    later u could have been transfered to a GOSL internment camp so that u understand the difference between the two.

    BTW i bet u would have never chosen to live under sole rep thalaivar with ur family. u would rather live under GOSL protection & among the sinhala, muslims, malays & burghers in the south any day where u will be much safer. specially the children. guaranteed.

    that’s why this whole exercise was doomed from the inception. your true self was never in it.

  450. RS Wickramasinghe says:

    DBSJ, I am keen to know, have you written on the topic of corruption in Sri Lanka, and its influence as a force vector on the history of ethnic conflict, especially its main actors? I feel there is a hidden corner of this whole conflict that has not been exposed yet to history.

    No, at least not yet………….DBSJ

  451. ashokA says:

    as a buddist i dont accept any killings but for the well being of majority we should eliminate this few blood thursty terorists at any cost irrespective of sinhala or tamil or even other. SL government did that and we all can happy about reminding the brutalism of the LTTE terrorists in past.

  452. Richie says:

    Ppl like you are day dreamers. Forget about VP .

  453. shankar says:

    “army chief general sarath fonseka has told the state television that despite the end of the war he wants to raise the armys strengh by 50 % from 200000 to 300000,in order to prevent any ltte revival”-BBC news.

    they seem to be still very worried about the ltte. is the war really over? dont they understand that the best way of preventing LTTE revival is devolution of powers.

  454. shanthi krish says:

    439. Malini Udugampola

    thanks madam.

  455. Kombuwa says:

    When I read DBS’articles since last year, I feel that all his “predictions” were proven false!!!

  456. The80Factor says:

    Time is ticking MR.LET’S BUILD OUR ARMED FORCES:
    —————————————————————————————————-
    I have stressed the fact in many cases why the time has already started ticking for the “Sri Lankan” leaders to settle the “Issues” once and for all.

    Prababkaran is dead but Pottu Amman is still surfacing? So 50% increase in the army is just to catch Pottu and the rest??

    WAR IS OVER RIGHT? Yes, I did hear the last bullet being fired at the battle front.

    —————————————————————————————————-
    OR
    —————————————————————————————————-
    “The Government has been accused of planning an “army of occupation” in the north by establishing large military bases and cantonments to control Tamil separatist sentiment.

    “There is talk of Israeli-type settlements and returning Tamils being settled according to a plan which makes them easy to control,” an observer told The Australian.

    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25542821-25837,00.html
    —————————————————————————————————–

    IS THIS THE MASTER PLAN BEHIND WHAT Mr.MR MENTIONED IN HIS SPEECH “THERE IS NO MINORITIES”

    I wonder there will be no minorities in Sri Lanka after 60 years?

    I am a moderate Tamil (i like to consider) and I AM CONCERNED!

    LTTE was pathetic and achieved nothing considering the lost lives. It was their leader’s un-willingness that brought them down.

    Sri Lankan leader has THE chance now but will HE/THEY listen?

    WE ARE WATCHING CLOSELY!

    Winning back the trust of the Tamil people all around world including the pro LTTE Diaspora shoud be THE no.1 priority of the Sri Lankan Gov’s post war agenda.

    Take note Mr.Palitha. I have seen you enough on BBC trying to defend that you can’t cook properly. Quit playing “PROPAGANDA” games with our heart. Diaspora has the Backstreet “WEST” boys in their side and they are laughing and I doubt you will put the effort to learn to speak Russian or Chinese in any time soon? May be you have to.

    No offense but it makes me want to slap at Mr.MR and say “Listen boy this is what should do, SO GET ON WITH IT”

    Enough is enough.Don’t make another stupid but costly blunder. Letting the moderate to join the pro’s not a good sign.

    This is the real message from the Diaspora who never trapped by the LTTE to carry out their propaganda mission against your highly guarded kitchen.

    “We are sick and tired of the Governments ill treatment of the defenseless people of Sri Lanka and have great grave concerns for the TRAPPED TAMIL PEOPLE IN THE IDP’S BY YOU (WHO WERE ONCE TRAPPED BY YOUR ENEMY)

    U should know better and figure the consequences and MAP THEM OUT. DON’T let “US” make the RIGHT decision AGAIN!

    “Our position is clear and frank…We consider the military occupation of our land a terrorist act.”

    Yasser Arafat

    Peace.

  457. Vasi Sachchi says:

    What puzzles me in the death of Prabhakaran is the lack of bullet wounds on his body. In close quarter confrontation, one would expect the release of bullets from an automatic weapon to the body and not the head. Even if the bullets were aimed at his head the face would be disfigured. I cannot imagine the deployment of a sniper to take him down. I have no doubt that it is the body of Prabhakaran on display but I am still not convinced by the governments version of his death.

    Also has there been anymore news on Pottu? Thanks DBS

  458. Satheesh says:

    Dear DBS, I think you’ve overlookd comment 135. May be you want to delete it.

  459. segar says:

    I am happy to know lot of people believe their religion but not following the preaching? It is something like killing the god, for the sake of eating. Killing or Finishing of LTTE is right and totally agree! as per Asoka! #452
    But, Have anybody thought why the separatism cry started , not only by the LTTE, but also the other factions, who have already been joined in to the so called democratic main stream?. Eelam cry was started because of the continuous deprival of rights of the minorities. Earlier, moderate leaders fought for their rights in the form of non-violence. Conversely, they were treated or attacked in a brutal manner! Did any Tamils take violent path to dealt with before 1980s? Since 1956,1958,1961,1977and 1983 Tamils were brutally attacked by the racial masses of Sinhalese community with the assistance of Government. Did any Tamils retaliate to the them by killing by axe, shooting or burning? Who took the violent path? Since the Independence Tamils fought their rights in the Gandhi an way to achieved their goals. Due to their continuous ignorance, after the 1983 genocide desperate Tamil youth were compelled to take the violent path to achieve their rights or aspirations. Therefore, Tamils never tend to opt violence. Violence has to be dealt in the same manner. That is even the governments itself agreeing!
    Even after the killing LTTE Leader and his commanders, did the President, army commander or the defence Secretary have shown any sympathy or passion towards the distressed innocents who have undergone untold sufferings at the inhuman clutches of both LTTE and the armed forces? Is it the preaching of the Dhamma ? Do you still believe that the Tamils in Sri Lanka live in peace and Harmony with the others?
    segar

  460. villageMan says:

    many think killing prabahakaran’s family is a “war” crimie.

    when he ordered to kill thousands of unarmed families living in the board with infants – it was justified.

    when innocent families became victims due to time bombs placed at public places, train and buses – it was justified

    when many innocent family hacked to dealth when they were in sleep (boarder villages) – it was justified.

    VP never though it will be reveresed in the same intencity against him family.
    pls note when u kill others, it will definitely return to you together with their curse.

    Do we want to build another VP and let many more innocent ppl and families to die for this unentending dream of “elarm”.
    or live friendly with others in peace during next few years in our life.
    Tamil friends you need to decide this matter.
    Those who are living outside will always find easy to finance this war forever, but pls note
    innocent tamils in SL will be the suffering victims of this war.

  461. dingiri says:

    Looks like Fonseca is not finished yet. He is now sparring for a fight with the navy. Only in Sri Lanka..!

  462. Ranjan says:

    DBS,
    I really agree with #445 Jayanath. I also discovered your writing only recently although I had known about you for a while now. I would really like to read your earlier articles if they are available somewhere. It is unfortunate that your writing is available only in English. I wish the average Singhalese common man has a chance to ready what you have written and your future writing. I have managed to get your recent writings on your blog to many Singhalese here in Toronto and in Sri Lanka and pretty much everyone is impressed. We need many more like you who are able to reach across the racial gulf that seperate the common Singhalese and Tamil if we are to build a country that we all can share.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank you Ranjan.The column I write for “Daily Mirror” is translated and published in the daily “Lankadeepa” the following week. After I quit the “Nation” there were many offers from Colombo newspapers. One of the main reasons for me to write for DM was due to this arrangement for Sinhala translations appearing in Lankadeepa courtesy of its editor Mr. Siri Ranasinghe

  463. R Maran says:

    Comments 442

    Goes from frying pan to the fire is the best option for Tamils, you concluded.

    When LTTE hold the Tamils, they faced two dangerous enemies, one determine keep them as long as they need to keep these people to protect them at any cost. Another one determines to finish them off just because they are obstructing their way.

    You opted to support the second while condemning the first one.

    If I were in their position, I would deficiently flee to government controlled area. Why? By staying with LTTE, I will have to face two equally brutal enemies. Now, I have to face one only enemy. Dont be fool. Dont think, I love to live in those Barbed wires torture camps. People have no choice. Both VP and your Thalaivar left no room for Tamils.

    If I have choice, I will never choose to live under your Thalaivar MR or VP. Both these two are war criminals. One war criminal already dead. I dont waste my time in whacking a dead snake.

    There are two kind of people, one will support VP at any cost, carry his picture and call him sun god and so on. Another one will support Thalaivar MR at any cost, carry his picture and lion flag. You belong the latter category.

    One day Karma will get you for supporting a war criminal just like the way how Karma got VP and his family.

  464. chandi says:

    thanks for the article , well done for trying to be impartial and write .. about a difficult issue.

  465. Stephen Jones says:

    sri lanka will definitely retain its living standards or even improve. big army or small army does not matter.

    All the evidence points to the contrary. The Lankan government was spending 90% of its revenue in 2008 on debt servicing. What it is basically doing is borrowing more money to pay off debts. A large proportion of the debts are short term debts since the Lanka government has been having problems selling longer term securities.

    Mahinda has been printing money for the last three years and as a result Lankan inflation has been running at 25%, whilst dollar inflation has been 2-4%. Yet the rupee was maintained artificially high against the dollar instead of floating downward in line with comparative inflation. This has become unsustainable, and the Central Bank lost most of its reserves attempting to maintain the rupee against the dollar, hence the call for $1.7bn in standard drawing rights from the IMF. It is to be born in mind that nearly half of the IMF loan is likely to go straight back to the western banking system as a result of the oil hedging fiasco.

    Mahinda’s economic policy has been an unmitigated disaster. Vast amounts of money have been swallowed up in vanity projects such as Mihin Air which threw away a large number of Lankan workers EPF contributions, and the cost of luxuries for the hundreds of ministers, provincial council chiefs and simple hangars on is immense.

    At present the government is hoping that another massive inflow of aid to rebuild the North and East will solve the foreign currency crisis as happened after the tsunami in 2004. Sooner or later, and I suspect it will be sooner, there is going to be a very nasty crash.

  466. W Skanda says:

    DBS

    Great article, well written. My only question to the diaspora (of both divide) Why carry these labels of Tamil/Sinhala while living outside SL? You will feel much free without such burden and will be able to help SL irrespective of community. Let the people in SL sourght out their problems peacefully. No need to fuel ‘racial’ hatred.

    If people do not carry labels this world will be a better place.

  467. shanthi krish says:

    467. Stephen Jones

    Well, everybody waited for 30 years in delight for the Sri Lankan economy to crash. Keep waiting & hoping. All I saw was the LTTE ‘s complete elimination out of the equation. Even Jane’s defense weekly says it’s total. So maybe in another 30 years your wish may come true.

    but I doubt it because of the billions Sri Lanka is going to save from not having to buy weapons & the cessation of other related destruction & loss of lives. Planning & hoping ill on others have a nasty way of backfiring. The perpetrators end up being miserable. History is full of such examples.

    Learning from other’s mistakes is much less costlier than repeating them & finding out the hard way.

  468. Rohan says:

    Many raised questions about lack of any wounds in Prabaharan’s body. There was hardly any blood around. One picture, the man was in his reasonably tidy uniform. In the next his short is gone, with a clear chest. Then, there is one other picture, that Karuna and Daya identifying the LTTE leaders body’. In that picture, Prabaharan’s body is covered with dark mud. Can someone put the pieces together around the time of and just after VP’s death?

  469. Nimal says:

    As usual the statements of contradiction and lies of LTTE goes on even from their grave.

  470. Fauzer says:

    It is so heart warming to see so many moderate and sensible Tamil voices here. I’ve been literally getting goose bumps to read so many people are for living peacefully together and respecting each other.

    Very nice article Jeyaraj, quite balanced and very interesting.

    I have a slightly different take on Prabhakaran, the man. I think his ultimate driving force was the thrill of the challenge rather than his conviction towards the stated Tamil cause.

    I’ve heard he was a big fan of Clint Eastwood, and was inspired by armed struggles of Subash Chandra Bose. I’ve also read that he had been arrested by Indian police in his early years for some crime or the other. So I think the Tamil struggle just gave the man an excuse to set a goal so huge, that it would give him a life long source of adrenalin pumping thrills and spills.

    If there hadn’t been a Tamil issue, he might yet have become a mafia boss, or a serial killer, or a feared pirate of the Indian Ocean, or an international assasin, or even a brilliant scientist (I doubt it but still you see what I mean).

    I think, if Sri Lanka had one fine day, just granted Eelam to the LTTE, he would have woken up the following morning going nuts. Becuase he wouldn’t have had a perceived ‘enemy’ to make him tick, to give him a reason to plot a plot, get his hands on some new toys (weapons), blow up something or some one, spill some blood etc etc.

    I think, him, and most unfortunately a very large number of Tamils, especially the diaspora, completely confused his thirst for adrenalin (read blood, flesh, bones, brains – shattered that is) with that of the injustices suffered by Tamils.

    I can’t immagine how his Tamil supporters ever thought that the Prabhakaran and the LTTE were going to give Tamil people ‘freedom’ or a peacful life, ever.

    One has to be quite stupid or totally brain washed to think that unleashing so much violence on the Sinhalese and Muslims (and Tamils, add to that the assasination of Rajiv Gandhi) will truely bring about ‘freedom’ for Tamils.

    No, Prabhakaran did things just because he could. He had ample supplies of fighters (lot of them kids), and diaspora that presumbly received a lot of satisfaction from funding the ‘fight for freedom’.

    What was aquiring light aircrafts going to do? Were they goning to bomb Colombo to its knees and win Tamil Eelam? I think it was going to do only one thing and that was for the government to finally say that this buldust has been going too long, and that this sob had to go. The rest is now history.

    Thank you for this insight. It offers much food for thought………………DBSJ

  471. Pradeep Rathnayake says:

    i bless to born prabha at Norway in his next soul

  472. Jesmin says:

    It’s time to riflect back what we gained and what we lost for the last 30 years. To fulfil a one man’s dream we have done great sacrifieses while he was enjoying his life clamly. Actually he had everything while the others suffered. He never cried for the other children when they died. Sinhalese or Tamils children are children. We must save something for them to live happily.

  473. shankar says:

    comment 469-shanthi

    dont forget the nation building tax of 1% introduced this year, which will increase to 3% in june onwards, and may increase even futher. with that kind of money rajapakse can double the army as well as the cabinet, and even his girth.

  474. shankar says:

    comment 467-stephen

    stephen

    excellent economic information. reminds me of the pyramid schemes where the next investors money is used to pay the previous investors interest. when new investors start drying up the pyramid falls like a pack of cards and then only investors realise they have been taken for a ride.
    what about selling the country to china, russia,libya, iran etc. think he might be able to do that and sometimes wriggle out of bankruptcy? will western nations put pressure on these countries not to help him? i agree with shanthi that western countries are bleeding and losing their conomic clout vis a vis emerging countries like russia and china and iran.. the gap between these nations and western nationswill reduce significantly in the future and they are in one camp. rajapakshe seems to have backed the correct horse while the LTTE seems to have backed a lame duck.

  475. shankar says:

    interestin article in pakistan media

    “pakistan supplied srilanka with weapons and ammunition worth 190 million US dollars for the past one year. the colombo shopping list included 22 Al-Khalid main battle tanks and other high tech arms. pakistan air force pilots had participated in several sucessful air strikes against several military bases of the LTTE in August 2008″

    one bankrupt helping another. prabaharan seems to have miscalculated in identifying who his real enemies were. he was suffering from indiaphobia. i remember jaffna also was saved by the pakistanis supplying multibarrell rocket launchers. instead of fighting with india prabaharan should have infiltrated pakistan with cadres to give them a message and allied himself closely with india, a traditional enemy of pakistan. but i think he lacked lateral vision. he could see ahead only with a blinkered approach and strong commitment.

  476. G Rajasekaran says:

    I read the same article in the New Indian Express sunday. In spite of
    your pentrative account of VP’s end, you still have not taken the onus of proving that its all over. You still seem to be putting that onus on KP or the Sri Lankan government to prove their claims.
    Well as a person who has been able to know even the last message of VP’s flight from the war zone, it means that you have exclusive
    sources within the LTTE’s various wings or factions and also within the Sri Lankan establishment. So it may be also be within your
    ability to clear all air of doubt once for all with regard to the greatest mystery of time – what happend to Prabakaran,

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Me thinks you have an exalted opinion of me sir.

    Even the simple , self – evident truths I say are disputed by some merely because I say it.

    How then can I clear up anything even if I could do so or want to do so.

    When people are refusing to believe that VP is no more and attacking his loyal deputy KP for saying so , what is left for me to say?

  477. Prem says:

    Hi DBS,
    What will happen to our tamil question?. Where are all the military hardware of LTTE gone?
    Will the militancy arise again in sri lanka.?

  478. Stephen Jones says:

    What was aquiring light aircrafts going to do?

    A publicity stunt to cheer up the diaspora.

    And to persuade gullible journalists like Jeremy Page that the LTTE had an airforce that destroyed the Anuradapura airbase. It even persuaded another The Times reporter that the LTTE had an ‘invincible’ airforce that was only destroyed by new purchases from China.

  479. Pramod says:

    Prem,
    The military hardware of LTTE is under the safe custody of Srilankan Army. It will attract rust and dust if the diaspora delay the next episode of Eelam .

  480. seattle_guy says:

    Rohan – On VP’s various pictures..

    This is what I think might have happened. VP was killed somehow and the soldiers stripped him off (may be to make sure he does not have any bombs strapped around him). Then in the victory glee, they rolled him over in dirt. You can see the cadres close to him were also stripped to bare minimum. I think they must have realized to dress him up for press later. So they dressed him up, even shaved his beard (you can see VP unshaven in some pictures). If you look closely, the dress does not fit that well in the pictures..may be the body got bloated in the meantime.

  481. Sam Morris says:

    I have a question. Given the fact that Praphakaran was everything to LTTE, how come he wasn’t even wearing a helmet while he was trying to escape? How about some body armour? There is something fishy about this whole strory. How did he got shot in his head? It could have been a suicide as well.

  482. Murugan says:

    What will be the second and third order effects of this brutal counter-insurgency program launched by the government?

  483. AB says:

    Dear DSBJ,

    A bouquet from me (amongst the vast majority) for the nice piece of reporting. You deserve this more so looking at the enthusiasm you have generated out of this. Obviously you cannot go unchallenged because the world is weared and it is made up of the wicked too, on both sides of the devide.

    I am a Sinhalese and left SL recently (not absconded like many of my colleagues) having fulfilled my many obligations (to tax payers). Your article was forwarded to me by a Tamil friend who is living in SL. And I had to take my time in reading through all the comments (470 plus) posted by good and the bad (everyone of them). This gave me an insight to how different people look at the latest development, some of course are sadistic, sad to say Tamil or Sinhala.

    I used to read your articles very enthusiastically when I was in SL and this was a rare opportunity after some time. Thank you once again for the wonderful piece of work and keep up the good work.

    Talking about this diaspora, I know of a Sinhalese man who married a Tamil woman, went on scholarship to a foriegn land using tax payers money, absconded at the completion of studies. Claim; he was harrassed by his fellow men for marrying a tamil. Very easily done, no obligation, no regard whatsoever for the country and the cause he was entrusted to. This kind of activities not only made an immediate loss to the country’s machinary, but became a barrier for the future developments of new recruits because Govt/Institue had to introduce stringent rules about sending people out for education on Govt funds. And they having enjoyed that kind of previledge go to further fund causes that are not realistic. They are least bothered because whatever happens their position is secured (I do not say that there are among the diaspora who have been genuinely affected, for very unfortunate reasons). I hope you agree that many would prefer this situation as a perpetual scapegoat.

    Knowing all these, I am thankful to you and your writing for creating a platform for the right thinking people (I can see many in this blog) to push their ideals in order to work towards the so called ‘Paradise Sri Lanka’, devoid of hatred. It will be a reality if the majority of like minded people put their heads together.

    Dear DSBJ people like you have a key pivotal role to play if you are willing.

    Congratulations once again and all the best.

    AB

  484. Latha Nambi says:

    Dear Mr Jeyaraj,

    Your article was very interesting. But eventhough, I have never fully supported the LTTE, after the death of Prabhakaran, I feel there is a big vacuum and it may take many more years to see a leader for the Tamils in SL. Mr. Jeyaraj, please touch your heart and tell me if Tamils are going to be happy now. All these TV channels and the media which has been criticizing LTTE and celebrating the SL army victory know the sufferings of Tamils in SL. Can India or any country in the world persuade upon the Buddhist monks of SL to share power and give equal rights for Tamils? I don’t think the problem has come to an end. Why no one(including India) is talking about the merger of East and Northern province these days? I personally feel the future of Tamils is in the hands of Ravana of Srilanka.

  485. Subbu says:

    What a mess!
    Totally wiped out. Overrated tigers v underrated sinhala army
    Tigers have finished off the Lankan Tamil
    Forget Sri Lanka. Tamil Nadu is shit
    Canada is good. Lets make it our homeland.

  486. How did you get to know all the detailed accounts of the last few days without any media access?

    What is your opinion on 20,000 deaths?

    Will you be writing on miseries of the survivors of the war?

    What is your opinion on What the Tamil population in Srilanka will get from the government regarding their rights and so on?

    Will there be any relief for those nearly 300,000 people in no-fire zone or rather safe-villages in the near future?

  487. nanayakkara says:

    Dear Mr.Jeyaraj
    I had a very great enthusiasm about your article. As far as we are aware those who were with Prabakana during the final days are no more. Hence, can you vouch for the accuracy of this article?

  488. Mahesh says:

    Prabhakaran was the creation of the Sinhalese chauvinistic attitude. The Tamils were denied their rights for decades starting from the days the SL attained independence. As to the argument that the Tamils have come from India and settled there doesn’t hold water. In that case the EElam and also the entire SL was ruled by many Cholas and Pandya Kings. So therefore we can safely say that the Tamils are one of the ancient tribes of that country. They have made SL and Eelam their home. By constantly denying them their rights and privileges you people will only end up nourishing them. It is the extreme Sinhala Chauvinism which breeds Tamil Chauvinism. Look at India. it is a multi cultural, multi linguistic and multi ethnic group. Here there may be dissent here and there. But still we do live in peace and harmony here.

    In SL I doubdt whether the Budhist Monks will allow any plan to share power with the Tamils and also respect their cultural identity.

    This is an ideal potion for the breeding of the Tamil militants.

    In this hour of the military victory what Sri Lankans should know is that they have only won the battle for the land. They are yet to win the minds of the people whom they want to govern.

    President Mahinda RAjapaksa said he will give military solution to the LTTE and political solution to the people. Now that he has given a military solution to the LTTE. The whole world now watches whether he will be able to give the political solution to the people.

    The world will not for ever watch the Tamils being treated like a second class citizens.

    I only wish that the President keeps his word. It is good for everybody, for the Sinhalese for the Tamils and for the South Asia as well.

    One thing I may add to this is you can win the territory. But it is a different ball game altogether to win the hearts and the minds of the people.

    i wish your political and spiritual leadership rises up to the occasion.

  489. Pithukkuli says:

    DBSJ, there is a big hole in your theory…..to suggest that a group headed by Nadesan was going to negotiate “whatever” at 2 in the morning amidst severe fighting in the jungle doesn’t sound real…….why would SL govt / army and the Europeans talk about negotiating with Nadesan…..they would have wanted to talk about / with VP.
    In any event, here is what happened according to me – I compiled this vesion based on the statements released by KP, Karuna and SL army and by reading between the lines, as required!
    KP arranged for the surrender (source: KP), which he calls “talks” now, whereby VP and a group of Tigers would surrender and be allowed to escape. At least that is the understanding KP had when he put the deal together through his various contacts internationally with SL govt / army. Alas, when the group arrived, they were taken captive, almost all of them were killed – shot at close range by single bullets – by SL army. KP said that senior members of the LTTE accommpanied Nadesana and co. but they all were killed in a cunning way. He felt betrayed. Well, it was mother of all betrayals that was dished out by SL govt / army to LTTE as it was their turn to return the favour at least once, in a grand way.
    This also explains why SL govt. refuses to explain when exactly and how VP was killed. Moreover, they have yet to show VP’s wife / youngest son dead as it would deem to be murder, killing untrained / unarmed civilians in an armed conflict.
    Moreover, according to KP, VP was killed in a battle early hours of May 18. However, apparently, SL govt. did not find VP’s body till the moring of May 19 – even better, not until, MR finished his speech at the parliament. This gap in time leads me to believe that VP and his entourage tried to surrender as arranged by KP in the wee hours of May 18 and the SL army shot and killed Nadesan, Charles Anthony, Pullidevan and others at close range immediately. However, they held VP, rest of his family and Pottu Amman for a period of time, perhaps a day, gave VP a clean shave, obtained his ID and dogtag (which he readily brought to ID himself to SL army) gathered whatever info they needed (perhaps tortured) and then shot and killed at close range, dumping the bodies elsewhere (except Pottu, who is believed to he held by SL army, still, for gathering of LTTE intelligence).
    As a matter of fact, VP’s dead body looked too clean for someone who had been through the final battle for good number of days.
    Poor KP is stuck with the truth, unable to cough it out as it will make VP less of a fighter and implicate him (KP) in the killing of VP – in the eyes of true Tiger supporters.
    When asked why VP did not take the cyanide, Karuna said VP would’nt have the guts to do that. If you read between the lines, you know what Karuna meant! He knew, VP had been tricked into his death.
    DBSJ, based on above, are you willing to change your version of what took place on May 18?

    Pithukuli go on believing what you want to believe Pithukuli. All the best!………DBSJ

  490. shankar says:

    comment 486-latha

    is it rajapakshe of indonesia you are referring to?

  491. Dilan says:

    At the start of the article you mentioned “He had gunshot wounds in the head and forehead” which is wrong. there are new pictures being circulated in the internet without the cloth on his head, and it doesn’t seem to be gunshot wounds. It looks more like his head was pierced with a machette.

    They split his skull after he was killed due to gunshot injuries. What’s the official version?….DBSJ

  492. BD says:

    Prabakaran surrendered together with his wife and children and all the surviving top ranking leaders.

    The Govt. managed to extract all the fine details of the LTTE and were also succesful in taking Prabakaran along memory lane ..it must have been very painful for him, to be made to remember what Fathers went thru when their children were dashed to pieces on the ground by the Ltte …

    ..lets imagine, Charles Anthony’s eyes being gorged out and tortured for 3 days before Prabakaran …Brain surgery done on Prabakaran without Anaesthisia …he was reminded of his gruesome life on earth …and tasted part of the Hell he created for others before actually going there …with his team and family!

    … now it seems they are fighting for Elam in the pits of Hell and have been assigned a place in the Lake of FIRE ..he has sent an invitation to KP and the Tamil Diaspora to join him there!

    Ado BD! were you there to see all these things being done to Charles and Praba?……DBSJ

  493. sheron says:

    well written!! would appreciate if you can come up with some write up on this so called ‘ nation buildng’ or national reconciliation…

  494. TCK says:

    DBSJ, I am not at all a fan of yours. I despise your seemingly seperatist agenda. But I do respect your ideas and respect you even more for your writing. Excellent piece.Thank you.

    I have a request & questions for you:

    1. Do you beleive, now that the bloody war has ended, Sinhalese & Tamils can live together in a united Sri Lanka?

    2. Do you beleive that it is good to promote such an ideology?

    3. If so, can you be truley impartial SriLankan and write in such a way that inspires Sinhala & Tamil people to form a united prosperous Sri Lanka?

    I would like you to be remembered and respected as the man who inspired a nation rather than one who inspired hatred or as a historian to the ruthless.

    10 point Patriotic test for Sri Lankans

    1.Do you believe that the LTTE is a terrorist organization?

    2.Do you believe the LTTE is the major obstacle to lasting peace in Sri Lanka?

    3.Do you believe that the ultimate solution to the conflict is to offer for all races & regions full and complete control of their lives; essentially everything short of a separate state?

    4.Do you believe that Sri Lanka belongs to all of us equally regardless of how long we have been here or what language we speak?

    5.Do you believe a single race can never create a developed, prosperous Sri Lanka without the help & involvement of the others?

    6.Do you believe two smaller countries will never be stronger than one bigger country?

    7.Do you believe historically the minorities have been at a disadvantage at varying degrees in Sri Lanka and now is the time to completely change it?

    8.Do you believe some one being passionate about his/her religion, language or culture is not the same as being a racist?

    9.Do you believe that if we are together, we can create something that is so amazing that will be a pleasant surprise to us all?

    10.Do you believe that Sri Lanka can?

    If you can answer YES to all above questions, you are a true Sri Lankan.
    You have the power to take Sri Lanka forward in the 21st century. Send this to all your Sri Lankan friends.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Your opening paragraph shows you have not understood anything at all about me. Your patronising remarks make me puke. Sadly you thought you were complimenting me.

    Your incredible questions demonstrate that you have not read my past writings at all. It also shows you have no grasp at all about the Tamil national question.

    If you had read my writings at least those posted on this blog in January – February you wont be so confused about me.

    Your so called 10 point patriotic test for Sri Lankans is a dangerous symptom of what is in store for Sri Lankans at the hands of pseudo – patriots.

    My advice to anyone who receives this “questionnaire” is to delete it immediately. If by post throw it in the garbage bin.

  495. Stephen Jones says:

    I thought our new overlord had announced that the true test of a patriotic Sri Lankan was whether you cheered for him and swallowed everything he said.

  496. K.d.wIMALADASA says:

    This write up can be a part of a book to be compiled later.
    TYhanks

  497. Kumar says:

    Comment 377 (War monger)

    # 337. Sivashanthy writes .

    //Our International Leader S.Pathmanathan has said the ,artyrdom of our Supreme Commander and Sun God.
    All the places he lived in Wanni such as Michael Bse, Mullivaaikaal, Tharumapuram, Alambil mare all raced to grounds, we should preserve the places he lived in Jaffna and make them Temples. Places like, Valvettithurai house, Temple Street house near Don Bosco, Pirambadi Lane house and Suthumalai house near the school should be preserved and worshipped. TNA MPs should fight to make them National Monuments of the Tamils. //

    Shivasanthi, you possess so noble heart . Why you need temples in this dirty land when your thalaivar is placed heavenly abode because of his service to humanity.”

    What about the bunker bangalow near the Visuvamadu Maha Vidyalaya, shown in th Video clips recently
    Why he always likes to live near schools and hospitals?
    Safe from attacks? and good propaganda if attacked while he in another hideout?

    .

  498. Rochana says:

    After a long War I’m glad of having the freedom at end.

  499. ganesh says:

    We will wait and see whats going to happen for tamills. If its go wrong there is a nother prabagaren going to be rais again.

    And destroy the Tamils further? Has not one Prabhakaran done enough damage?…….DBSJ

  500. MAC says:

    @ DBSJ.

    why we should throw the questionairre post #496. It’s nothing racial, its all about unity. people who ask such questions are not pseudo-patriotic. I still only lived 28 years, so I might have missed something. Could you please explain.

    Sorry. Cant waste time over something I’ve dumped in the bin already……..DBSJ

  501. Ramesh Sinniah says:

    #370 Shanthi K

    I wish I had re-visited this site earlier so I could have answered to you soon.

    I stand by what I’ve wrote.

    FYI,
    VP may have killed civilians but not to the extent of what the “Sri-Lankan Valiant Soldiers” under the supreme command of MR have done.

    There is no glory what these soldiers did to the IDP’s rather, Gory!

    There is a definite distinction between a Murderer and a Mass Murderer. The truth is slowly but surely surfacing.

    Regarding my accusation of UN’s Vijay Nambiar, I attach an article from Outlook India Magazine for your perusal.

    http://news.outlookindia.com/item.aspx?660633

    Have a great day.

  502. swaminathan says:

    If you see the track-record of Vaiko, he used to take wrong decision at crucial times. So asking his counselling was blunder done KP. If Vaiko had wisdom, he should have participated with UPA Govt during 2004-09 and made its foreign policy as SL Tamils friendly. Instead he took wrong decison by switching to other side during 2006 assembly poll and got punishied.

    But Nedumaran is a statesman. He handled Rajkumar kidnap issue in a wise manner thus saved Tamils residing at karnataka. As a Bangalore Tamil, I personally congratualted him for taking initative to solve the problem.But I could not digest that How did he give wrong counselling at a crucial movement to KP.

    Anyway thanks to Sonia that she shown green signal to proceed with the ceasefire initiative. More than this we cannot expect anything from Govt. Also thanks to senior minister from TN to discharge his duty without fear or favour.

    In Tamil Nadu 95% are staunch supporters and 5% are bitter critics of VP. There is no space for middle path. Atleast you have done the job for middle path people to bring the truth with little sympathy.

    Thanks DBJS

  503. Abey says:

    I am happy that you (DBSJ) survived to see this day.

    Lets hope our Tamil friends who are in Diaspora (and Sri Lanka), will find a way to reconcile this seemingly loss.

    Lets hope that most other terrorists learn from Sri Lanka experience and chose democratic means to archive personal, regional, racial or religious ambitions.

    Inequality is part of human suffering. That could be a reason why Lenin said religion is opium for masses.

    Even in developed countries like Canada the french speakers need a piece. Even prosperity has not guaranteed happiness. Wanting more and more will prevail. But try democracy.

    Problem is big players like US and EU try to change the goal posts in the middle of the match. So be careful of them, Pakistan!

    Well done President Rajapakse. The world should know that you could rise to this occasion, only because the family bond. That is the problem with democracy though, a lone elected leader would have chosen easy way out.

  504. vijay says:

    i am an indian tamil canadian married to a sri lankan tamil lady. We have mixed feelings, however we are deeply sad. My wife cried. Her family had suffered both with the army and ltte but she was devastated by Prabhakaran’s death. Her father comforted her with:
    Mahaveeranum Mazhathana Vendum?
    Even the Greatest Warrior has to pass away.

  505. Syed says:

    Nice story DBSJ.

  506. tamilion says:

    It is so shame to have a person was considered by
    tamils as a leader did not release a single statement
    during the war. He just could have been a good leader for LTTE group only not for respected tamils.

  507. PW says:

    Dear DBSJ,
    I ‘ve always followed your writing with great admiration.Congratulations on another great peice.I hope that this forum begins the long road back to reconciliation between the communities.As a member of the Sinhalese diaspora, I’ve been particularly saddened by the apparent amnesia practised by many of the Majority in the South during the past few years.But wth this terrible war over,although at great cost to all particularly those living in the North and the East, we have an opportunity to begin again.Lets take this chance, it may not come again.We have to unite as a single community to make sure that this Govt.keeps to its promises and does not shatter all our hopes.

  508. Mangala Premarathne says:

    I beg forgiveness from all my Tamil brothers and sisters for the oppression done to you all by Sinhala rulers and governments

  509. Shekar Babu says:

    Dear Sir

    Don’t ever think of going back to Shri Lanka. You will be arrested at the Airport. I heard in the Grapevine that the Government has a big dossier for you, with all your previous articles in it.

  510. Shekar Babu says:

    Sad story of Poddala Jayantha. Rajapakse govt getting very oppressive

  511. Anil Perera says:

    Prabha is hero not to Tamils only but to Karawe Sinhalayo like me

  512. David Chelliah says:

    Pirapakaran is Tamil National leader

  513. Mangala says:

    Praba lives forever in our hearts

  514. Nandna Thuduwewaththe says:

    Re 510. Thanks to Mangala Premarathne seeking appolgy for the wrongs done by the Sri lankan government. He is real patriot

  515. Nandna Thuduwewaththe says:

    What a great artical. I just love your writing DBS

  516. Mangala Premarathne says:

    May God bless Praba’s soul

  517. Mangalaya says:

    Velupillai Prabakharan is not hero to Tamils alone but to all oppressed people fighting for rights everywhere

  518. Sinhalese says:

    I knew someone who was very fond of JVP. But after the death of Wijeweera, he was telling me that it was good in a way because Wijeweera would have brought only misery to people. Do some tamils also feel that way?

    Just imagine Prabha living for another 20 years?. We would be fighting in year 2030.

  519. Patriot says:

    Dear all, do not spread the seeds of hatred anymore. Now who live in this country are Sri Lankans.

  520. Lalith says:

    JVP & LTTE both lost the brutal leaders who killed and draged Sri lanka in to Fire.
    Let us forget them and move forward with democrates.

  521. anuladevi says:

    Prabakaran was a murderer. There is no glory or heroism in that, no matter what the end purpose is.
    Who says that “God Bless Prabakaran”? You must be joking, after all the human blood that was shed due to Prabakaran’s madness, how laughable is that? What god are you talking about? I know of a God who says in the Bible “whoever sheds the blood of man, by man his blood will be shed” (genesis 9:6). The God I worship is very clear here about the sacredness of human life, and there will be no excuse for taking a human life. Prabakaran took not just one human life but thousands and thousands!!!!
    I knew that these eternal words will come true one day in the LTTE, but never expected it be this soon!!!!
    His wife stood by him in her delusional aspirations for eelam, and supported him as he took away the lives of so many Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese. She watched how mothers, wives and children cried over the loss of their loved ones due to Prabakaran’s madness. She was as bad as he was for not trying to stop his mad killing spree!!! If the daughter was a fighter then she got what she deserved too. The boy should have been spared (if caught alive), but I guess we all pay for our fathers’ sins.
    The whole nation is still paying for the crimes the idiots SWRD and the Clevanayakam’s and the JR’s committed. They must all be paying for their sins in hell with Prabakaran. Tamil problems should be solved, but there can never be a division of the country. We will not allow it. We showed that we don’t allow it by hanging in there for 30 years, with the LTTE madness. We didn’t cower before terrorism then, and we will not in the future. So if any madman still entertains ideas about a separate state for the Tamils, sit down and think hard mate, you will be spilling a lot of innocent blood again, in vain.
    As for the call for a war crimes probe against the SL govt army, lets not forget they fought a brutal terrorist outfit and not another conventional army. No other war was fought with one group hiding behind civilians. If the LTTE had been decent and had had an ounce of integrity in them, they would have allowed the civilians to go free, and then faced the SL army and fought a clean fight to the end. But, no, the loser LTTE were cowards and always used the civilians to further their goals. It was illogical to expect the SL govt to be bullied around to agree to a ceasefire just because the LTTE were puttting their own people at risk. The army did what any army in the world will do in such a situation. You do not give into terrorists, you take all measures to wipe them out. It was not the SL govt who placed these civilians in harms way. It was the LTTE. If the SL govt had not cared for the civilians they would have bombed the LTTE to bits long before the 18th of May 2009.
    In fact the SL army lost so many personnel because of their concern for the civilians. By the way what about the 200,000 odd civilians that the army managed to save. Lest we forget that!!!! Good riddance of murderous cowards LTTE.
    My prayer is that the IDP’s will be be able to get back to their normal lives and live in peace and achieve prosperity. I pray that the children who were caught up in this awful mess, will heal emotionally and will be able to move on and get a good education and a vocation. My prayer is for all of Sri Lanka to heal and move on in peace and dignity for all. We are all human beings, created equal and with the same desires and aspirations for freedom to live in peace and dignity.

  522. Sagala says:

    This for the all Tamil Diaspora. We will never do the mistake we did in the past 30 years. Now we have to learn from the past. Precautions are better than cure. We will have a strategy to eliminate any seed that is going to be a threat to the beauty in the Indian ocean. Try and see. This country is ALL for US.

  523. vinoth says:

    Unfortune for LTTE and tamil people,loss of VP.Histroy repeats
    Tamil nadu people did show any sympathy to the late ltte leaders. All there struggles are always backed by tamil nadu and india.suddenly they led us down

  524. Mahesh says:

    Iam glad the MENACE is gone.
    great article to be read by the Tamil Die..ass..porowal.

  525. Saman says:

    VP always committed to his aim proud of what he beleives, commited his family even, not like in 99% other ‘leaders’ in SL.If he’s not pushed to war by tamil separatism developed from recent times in history, he would have been a brave, talented leader for tamil community. Until Tamil community understand and accept of discarding racism and separatism, community will loose those talents and the thing done and will go to distroy others, by that them selves.

  526. afool says:

    In the subject of Logic, there is a fact being thought. That is, if there is no reason,then there is no act. ——– afool.

  527. Selvam says:

    Out Tamil god – Murugan himself wears underwear and semi-naked dress. It is nothing new to Tamils of this kovanam dress. Hundreds and thousands of Farmers wearing this traditional dress more than several 1000 years.

  528. Selvam says:

    It doesn’t important what a person wears after his death. What important is our leader lived for the great cause of Tamil Eelam.

    Lankan government proved one more time – They are barbaric, uncivilized and notorious one by releasing these pictures. Government should be ashamed for this not Tamils.

    Tamils respect and love our leader whether he is dead or alive, whether he wears dress or not. He will be in our heart and the history as a great Tamil warrior forever.

  529. Ramanathan says:

    Yes. My friend told me last day that…It is very difficult. We have no way but to accept. In his calculations on the move in the battle field, he has forgotten one big…worst enemy It seems. India.

    One of my friend told me last month that…to please one lady, the indian goverment has given the license to srilanka to go ahead with mass killing. May be true.

    There are many theories about how he is alive and everyone is false. But the dictatorship always lead to destruction to every one involved and to self too.
    Napoleon the great too was confined to a room in his last days.

    Death is not cruel. It brings some form of rest to the body…mind…and the surrounding. He has done all his best to create Tamil Ealam. Failure is always possible when you try. So in this too.

    As I see the behaviour of srilankan govt, I trust that there may be many failures in the future and one day the dawn will come. Ealam will rise…may be from or above the ashes of many people.

    Where there is no equality, the destruction is unavoidable.

    K.Ramanathan

  530. RAM says:

    Dear Mr.DBS.Jeyaraj,
    I happened to read your articles in “The Hindu” in my school days and initially I was irked by the way you ganged up with that paper in projecting Prabhakaran.
    But even though I disagreed with your points of view ,one cannot dispute your vast knowledge over the Sri Lankan affairs.
    There was a view point in India even in late 80s that Prabhakaran would end up dying and he would bring catastrophic loss to Tamil people of Sri Lanka.Today I happened to read your article by chance about the end of Prabhakaran .It was superb,highly absorbing and very incisive.Hats off to you, the great writer,DBSJ.
    Keep on writing.
    Regards.Ram

  531. T Raman says:

    There is no way that Prabhakaran could have killed his family and shot himself. The fact that the top of his head was blown off suggests that he was held down and shot in the back of the head at an angle which caused the bullet to exit from the top of his skull. I would go further to say that this execution style killing was done in order to ensure a] that he died and b] that he died in a manner that lft his face intact for identification by anyone who would eventually see the pictures.

    This was as professional a killing as it can get. Shooting someone in the back of the head ensures that the bullet goes directly into the brain and ends life. But if this is done at the wrong angle, then the bullet could exit through the face and mar the facial features in a way that renders the person unidentifiable. Whoever carried out Prabhakaran’s execution knew exactly what they were doing.

    It is, perhaps, noteworthy, that his family’s pictures were not displayed because there may not have been as much care put into their executions as was put into Prabhakaran’s. There may also have been torture marks on their bodies, something that would not wash with claims of humane behavior by an army that was supposedly rescuing noncombatants while it fought the LTTE.

  532. hmm says:

    Kattabomman hanged to death, Ettappan lived happily ever after, and we all know who is viewed how.

    Passing clouds can not cover the sun for ever, free eelam is certain, and the only question is when, not if.

  533. mathi says:

    Mr.DBSJ
    I am from Taminadu(India),

    The Great VP will come strong force an erergitic. Wait and see….

  534. Siva says:

    வள்ளம் அனுப்பினேன்…… ஹெலி அனுப்பினேன்……. : ஈழமாறன்

    எங்கு பார்த்தாலும் ஒரு குடையின் கீழ் அணி திரளுங்கள். இரண்டு குடையின் கீழ் அணி திரளுங்கள் என்று ஒரே அவியல். ஐபிசியில என் ரி ஜெகன் அண்ணன் தொப்புள்கொடி அறுநாக்கொடி என்று அறுவை தாங்க முடியேல்ல. மூலைக்கு மூலை சங்கம். நாட்டுக்கு நாடு கோசம். பிரபாகரனைக் காப்பற்றுவதற்காக வன்னி மக்கள் என்ற முலாம் பூசிக் கொண்டு, சன்னி பிடித்தலையும் கூட்டத்தை பார்த்து சிரிப்பதற்கு கூட மனமில்லாத துயர் மனதை வாட்டுகிறது. (இடைக்காடர் கொஞ்ச நாள் குடை பிடித்தார். இடையிலை காடர் ஒட இப்ப புது கோஸ்ரி கிளம்பியிருக்கு)

    தலைப்புக்கு வருவோம். றீடஸ் டஜஸ்ற் (Readers Digest) என்ற புத்தகத்தில் சில வருடங்களுக்கு முன் வாசித்த ஒரு சிரிப்பு பகுதி. ‘ஒரு நாட்டில் வெள்ளம் பெருக்கெடுத்து வருகிறது. அந்த நாட்டு அரசு மக்களை பொது இடங்களில் கூடுமாறு பணிக்கிறது. அப்போதுதான் இலகுவாக பாதுகாப்பான இடங்களுக்கு மக்களை நகர்த்தலாம் என்பது திட்டம். மக்கள் அல்லோகலப் பட்டு பக்கத்தில் இருந்த பாடசாலைக்கு ஓட ஒரு யேசுவின் மீது அதீத அன்பு கொண்ட பக்தன் மட்டும் வீட்டில் இருந்து வெளியேற மறுத்து விடுகிறான். வெள்ளம் பெருக்கெடுக்கிறது. அந்தச் சமயம் ஒரு வள்ளம் வந்து ஏறிக் கொள் என்று கேட்க மறுத்து விடுகிறான் பக்தன். வெள்ளம் கூரையை மூடுகிறது. பக்தன் கூரைமேல் ஏறி நிற்கிறான். மீண்டும் ஒரு வள்ளம். மறுத்து விடுகிறான் பக்தன். உங்களுக்கு கடவுளில் நம்பிக்கை இல்லாவிட்டால் செல்லுங்கள். எனக்கு நம்பிக்கை இருக்கிறது. என்னைக் கடவுள் காப்பாற்றுவார். இப்போது வெள்ளம் கூரையையும் தாண்டி அவன் கழுத்துக்கு வருகிறது. அந்த வேளையில் ஒரு ஹெலி ஏணியை இறக்கி ஏறும்படி வற்புறுத்த மறுத்து விடுகிறான் பக்தன். பின் மரணம். கடவுளிடம் செல்லும் அவன் சாதாரண மக்கள் முன்னால் என் அன்பை கொச்சைப் படுத்தி என்னை ஏமாற்றி விட்டாயே ஆண்டவா. நான் மரணித்தது கூட கவலையில்லை நீ தக்க தருணத்தில் உதவி உன்னை நம்பியவர்களை காப்பாற்றியிருக்க வேண்டாமா என்று கேட்கிறான்.

    அமைதியாக பொறுமையாக பதட்டமில்லாமல் இருக்கும் கடவுள் சொல்கிறார். “பக்தா இரண்டு வள்ளம் அனுப்பினேன். ஒரு தடவை ஹெலி கூட அனுப்பினேன். நீ எதிலுமே ஏற மறுத்து விட்டு தற்போது என்னைக் குறை சொல்வது என்ன நியாயம்.”’

    ஏக பிரதிநிதித்துவம் என்ற பிசாசு பிடித்து தலைமைப் பதவி என்ற மாயக் கண்ணாடியைப் போட்டுக் கொண்டு எதிரே நின்றவர்கள் எல்லாரையும் எதிரி என்று சுட்டுவிட்டு குடை, படை என்று ஒப்பாரி வைக்கிறீர்களே நீங்கள் எல்லோரும் புலம்பெயர்ந்த சில வால்கள் உட்பட தமிழர்களுக்குச் செய்த பாதகச் செயலுக்காக தார்மீகப் போராட்டத்தை தர்பார் சண்டித்தனமாக ஆக்கி விட்டு ஒரு குடையின் கீழ் வாருங்கள் என்று கூவுவதற்க்கு பதிலாக பெற்றோல் ஊத்தி மற்றவன் கொழுத்த நீங்கள் மறத் தமிழன் பட்டம் கொடுக்கிறதை விட்டுவிட்டு உங்களுக்கு நீங்களே பெற்றோல் ஊத்திக் கொழுத்தலாமே. லண்டனிலை பெற்றோல் ஸ்ரேசன் முழுக்க நம்மட ஆக்கள் தானே. இலவசமா வாங்கலாம்.

    பிரபாகரன் என்ற தழிழீழ பக்கதனுக்கு அதனை அடைவதற்கு எத்தனையோ வள்ளங்கள் வந்து நின்றன. எத்தனையோ ஹெலிகள் வந்து நின்றன. அத்தனையிலும் ஏற மறுத்து விட்டு ஒரு குடையின் கீழ் அணிதிரளுங்கள் என்று கூச்சலிடுகிறீர்களே தமிழ் பேரவை என்ற போர்வையைப் போத்திக் கொண்டு சில புலத்து ‘மா’க்களே உங்களுக்கு என்ன தமிழன் கேணயன் என்ற நினைப்பா? புலம்பெயர் சூழலிலும் பிளேன் விளையாட்டுக் காட்டுகிறீர்களா?

    சித்திரா அச்சகத்தில சுந்தரத்தில தொடங்கினியல். (அன்றைக்கு கூட இருந்தனியல் உதுகளைப் பற்றி ஏதும் சொல்லலாமே.) கள்ளக் காதலியிடம் தமிழீழ உணர்வு தலைக்கேறி ஒளித்து ஒளித்து செல்கையில் கைக்குண்டு வீசி காலை உடைத்து விட்டு 70க்கும் மேற்பட்ட சக அமைப்பு போராளிகளை ஒரு அறையினுள் பூட்டி வைத்து கொன்றபோது உங்கள் ஒரு குடையின் கம்பி உடைந்து போனது தெரியாதா புலத்து ‘மா’க்களே? மட்டக்களப்பில் இருந்து வந்து, பயிற்சி முடித்துவிட்டு தமிழீழக் கனவில் படுத்திருந்த ரெலோ போராளிகளை நாயைச் சுடுவது போல சுட்டு தெருத் தெருவா ரயர் போட்டு எரித்தீர்களே. அன்று சோடா உடைத்து கொடுத்து விட்டு, இன்று சொகுசா வெளி நாடுகளிலே வாழும் புலத்து ‘மா’க்களே அப்போது இரண்டாவது கம்பி உடைகிறதே என்று சொன்ன போது ஏக பிரதிநிதித்துவ பித்தம் தலைக்கேறி தலைகால் தெரியாமல் வென்ற யுத்தம் எல்லாம் வேலுப்பிள்ளையின் மகன் பிரபாகரன் செய்தது. தோத்ததெல்லாம் பால்ராஜ் செய்தது என்று கொண்டாடிவிட்டு இன்று எங்கிருந்து கொண்டு வந்தீர்கள் உங்கள் குடையை.

    முள்ளிக் குளத்தில் முகாம் இட்டிருந்த புளட் இயக்கப் போராளிகளை சுற்றிவளைத்து சுட்டு விட்டு அறிக்கை விட்டபோது சிவாஸ்றீகல் அடித்து விட்டு சந்தோசப்பட்ட புலத்து ‘மா’க்களுக்கு திடீரென குடைபிடிக்கும் எண்ணம் வருவதற்கு காரணம் என்ன?

    காத்தான் குடியில் பள்ளிவாசலில் ”அல்லா எங்களைக் காப்பாற்று” என்று கதறக் கதற கர்ப்பிணிப் பெண்கள் என்று கூடப் பார்க்காமல் வெட்டித் தள்ளிய போது உங்கள் குடையின் இன்னொரு கம்பி முறிந்து போனது. பின் அனுராதபுரத்தில் அப்பாவி மக்களைச் சுட்டபோது, 24 மணி நேரத்தில் முஸ்லிம் மக்களை விரட்டியடித்தபோது, பாடசாலை அதிபர்கள், புத்திஜீவிகள், சகபோராளிகள், பக்கத்து நாட்டுத் தலைவன் என்று உங்கள் ஏகத்தலைவன் ஏகப்பட்ட மக்களின் அவலங்களுக்கு, அழிவுக்கு காரணமாக இருந்தபோது மேதகு என்று பட்டம் சூட்டி பச்சை குத்தித் திரிந்த இந்தச் சில புலத்து ‘மா’க்கள் அமைதியாக இருந்து விட்டு இப்போது கொக்கரிக்கிறீகளே கொழுத்தினவனுக்கு விழா எடுக்கிறீர்களே இப்போது எங்கிருந்து வந்தது இந்த ஞானம்.

    ஊரில் சொலவார்கள் ‘அடியைப் போல அண்ணன் தம்பி உதவாது’ என்று. அரசியலால் வென்றிருக்க வேண்டிய போராட்டத்தை வெறும் ஆயுத்ததால் வெல்லப்போன தம்பிக்கு அடிவிழும் போது வந்திருக்கின்ற இந்த ஞானம் வேடிக்கையான ஞானம். அண்ணைக்கு மரணப்பயம் என்பது இப்போதுதான் புரிகிறதோ. பொட்டன் வைத்த பொட்டுக்கெல்லாம் இப்போதுதான் ஞானம் பிறக்கிறதோ. மாத்தையா என்ற போராளியை குறைந்த பட்ச கவுரவம் கூட கொடுக்காமல் சுட்டுத் தள்ளிய திமிரில் கருணா அம்மானுக்கு ஆப்பு வைக்க போன போது புரியாத தெரியாத சர்வதேச சமூகம் திடீரென தெரிந்திருக்கென்றால் அண்ணைக்கு அடி கொஞ்சம் பலமோ. அழுகை அழுகையா வருதோ?

    சீமானுக்கு காசு கொடுத்து நெடுமாறனுக்கு ஆஸ்பத்திரி கட்டிக்கொடுத்து தமிழக மக்களை தெருவுக்கு கொண்டுவந்து புதுக் குடியிருப்பையாவது காப்பாத்த வன்னி மக்கள் என்று முலாம் பூசி நீங்கள் காட்டும் பூச்சாண்டி புரியாமல் போக நாம் ஒன்றும் சாம் பிரதீபன் மாதிரி முகட்டைப் பார்த்துக் கொண்டு புலி வால்பிடிக்க தீபம் தொலைக்காட்சியில் கவிதை வாசிக்கும் நிஜத்தை மறந்த முட்டாள்கள் அல்ல.

    ஏக பிரதிநிதித்துவம் என்றால் என்ன? ரெலோ தேவையில்லை. ஈபி தேவையில்லை. புளட் தேவையில்லை. முஸ்லிம்கள் தேவை இல்லை. இவ்வளவேன் எந்தப் புலத்து ‘மா’க்களும் தேவை இல்லை என்று புதுவை ரத்தின துரை எழுதின கவிதையில் வந்த நீங்கள் தேவையில்லை புலி மட்டும், புடுங்கும் என்பது தானே. அப்படி தனிச்சு நின்று புடுங்கப்போறம் என்று ஒரு லட்சம் மக்களைக் காவு கொடுத்த திட்டம் வகுப்பதில் கெட்டிக்காரன் வேலுப்பிள்ளையின் மகனிடம் போய் கேட்கலாமே ஏன் அண்ணை திட்டம் போட்டு சிங்கள ராணுவத்திற்கு பாடம் புகட்டாமல் புதுக் குடியிருப்பு வரை நீங்களே பாடம் கற்றுக் கொண்டு போறியள், இனி எப்பதான் அடிபடப் போறியள் என்று. முல்லைத்தீவு முகாம் விழுந்த போது தலைவர் நேரடி கண்காணிப்பு. ஜெயசிக்குறு ஓடியபோது தலைவர் தலைமையில் ஒப்பறேசன். இப்ப துண்டக் காணம் துணியக் காணம் என்று ஓடும் போது தலைவர் முதல்லேயே ஓடிவிட்டாரா. இல்லை என்றால் ஒரு திட்டத்தை போட்டிருக்கலாமே.

    குழந்தை பிறக்கிறபோது குறிப்பு எழுதுவார்கள். அப்போ ஊர் சாத்திரி சொல்வார். இவருக்கு தரையிலை கண்டம். தண்ணியிலை கண்டம் என்று. அதுபோல மாவிலாறு தண்ணியிலை கை வைக்கும் போது தெரிந்திருக்க வேண்டும் அண்ணைக்கு கண்டம் ஸ்ராட் பண்ணுதெண்டு. பால மோட்டையிலை அடி விழும் போது தலைவர் பொறுமையா இருந்தார். மல்லாவியிலை மரண அடி விழுந்த போது தலைவர் பொறுiமாய் இருந்தார். கிளிநொச்சி வரைக்கும் எத்தினை கதை விட்டீர்கள். உள்ளுக்கை விட்டு அடிப்பார் என்று உள்ளுரக் கனவு கண்டுகொண்டு மன்னாரில் மக்கள் செத்தபோது மட்டக்களப்பில் மக்கள் செத்தபோது வவுனியா வடக்குப் பிரதேச சண்டையில் மக்கள் செத்தபோது மூதூரில் மக்கள் செத்தபோது தாசீசியஸின் பாசையில் மக்கள் எல்லாம் மாடுகள் என்று பேசாமல் இருந்து விட்டு தலைவர் புதுக்குடியிருப்புக் காட்டுக்கை சூடுதின்ற யானைபோல சுழரும்போது வந்திருக்கும் உங்கள் ஞானத்தைப் புரிந்து கொள்ளாமல் போகுமளவுக்கு தமிழ் பேரவையில் வேலை செய்பவர்கள் அல்ல மக்கள். எமக்கு நிஜமும் தெரியும். புலியினால் ஏற்பட்ட வலியும் தெரியும். அதனால் ஏற்பட்ட வடுவும் தெரியும்.

    அதால இலங்கை அரசாங்கத்தின்ர ஜில்மால் கோல்மால் தெரியேல்லை என்று நினைக்க வேண்டாம். அதுவும் தெரியும். தம்பி எப்ப போவான் திண்ணை எப்ப காலியாகும் என்று ஒரு கூட்டம் காத்துக் கொண்டிருக்கிறதும் தெரியும். அவைக்கு தனிவிருந்து இருக்கு. அது கிடக்கட்டு இப்ப.

    ஜ.நா வுக்கு சொல்லச் சொல்லிறியள். சொல்கெயிமிட்ட சொல்லச் சொல்லிறியள். கருணாநிதியிட்டை சொல்லச் சொல்லிறியள். ஒபாமாவுக்கு கடிதம் போடச் சொல்லிறியள். (ஒபாமா என்ன ஆனந்தசங்கரி என்ற நினைப்பா) பிறவுணுக்கு மனு அனுப்பச் சொல்லிறியள். இது எல்லாத்திற்க்கும் காரணம் வன்னி மக்களைக் காப்பாற்றுவதுதான் என்றால் அண்ணைக்கு ஒரு கடிதம் போட்டிருந்தால் எல்லாம் முடிந்திருக்குமே. அடைச்சி வைச்சிருக்கிறது அண்ணை. அதுக்குள்ள உள்ள சனத்துக்கு நீங்களும் செல் அடிக்கிறியல். தப்பிப் போற சனத்தையும் சுடுறியல். பிறகு ஜ.நா வுக்கு மனுக்குடுக்கிறயல்? என்ன எங்களை வைச்சு நீங்கள் காமெடி கீமெடி ஏதும் பண்ணலையே?

    முதல் வள்ளம் திம்புப் பேச்சு வார்த்தையில் வந்து நின்றது. பிரபாகரன் ஏறிக்கொள்ளவில்லை. வெள்ளமும் அவ்வளவாக இருக்கவில்லை. மன்னித்து விடலாம். பின்னர் வந்தது இலங்கை இந்திய ஒப்பந்த வள்ளம். இந்த வள்ளத்தைப் பிடிச்சு சாதுரியமாக அரசியல் செய்திருந்தால் ஒரு கரை சேருறதுக்கு வாய்ப்பு இருந்தது. இலங்கை வந்திருக்கும் இந்திய இராணுவத்தோடு ஒத்துழைத்திருந்தால் ஜேவிபி போன்ற இனவாத கட்சிகள் தெற்கில் தலையெடுத்து விரிவடையும் போது தவிர்க்க முடியாதபடி தமிழ் மக்களுக்கு உதவிசெய்து நிரந்தர தீர்வுக்கு இட்டுச் செல்லக் கூடிய அரசியல் சூழலை உருவாக்கியிருக்கலாம்.

    அல்லது குமரப்பா புலேந்திரன் உட்பட 11 பேரையும் கொழும்பு கொண்டு செல்ல விட்டிருந்தால் இலங்கை அரசின் ஒப்பந்த முறிப்பைச் சாதகமாக்கி இந்திய அரசின் நிலைப்பாட்டில் மாற்றத்தைக் கொண்டு வந்திருக்கலாம். துப்பாக்கியையும், குண்டுகளையும், பொட்டனையும் நம்பும் ஒரு இராஜதந்திர தூரநோக்கற்ற பிரபாகரனிடம் முடிவுகளை ஒப்படைத்துவிட்டு; சோட வாங்கிக் கொடுப்பதிலும், மஞ்சள் சேலையை கட்டிக் கொண்டு, அவற்றை உருவப் படத்தையும் தூக்கிக் கொண்டு, ஊர்வலம் போனால் தமிழீழம் கிடைக்கும் என்று உந்த TNA காரரும், சில கேணைக் கூத்தர்களும் மேடையில் கத்த கடும் குளிரில் நின்று நீங்கள் விசிலடித்ததும் மேளம் அடித்து நடனம் ஆடியதும் வன்னி மக்கள் மீதான கருணையின் நிமித்தம் அல்ல என்பதை புரிந்து கொள்ள நாமும் முகட்டைப் பார்த்துக் கொண்டு கவிதை வாசிக்க வேண்டிய தேவை இல்லை.

    கடைசியா மாவீரர் உரை வாசிக்கும் போது தெரியும். இனித் தலைவர் நாயோட்டமும் சில்லறைப் பாச்சலும் தான் என்று. தமிழ்நாட்டில் அணுவாயுத சாலையை வைத்திருக்கும் இந்தியாவுக்கு பக்கத்தில் இருந்து கொண்டு பத்து றாத்தல் குண்டு போடுற மருந்தடிக்கிற பிளேனைக் கொண்டு வந்து என்ன விளையாட்டு. இதுவரைக்கும் விமானம் வைத்து கெரிலா அமைப்புக்கள் போராடாது இருக்கும் போது நாம் செய்தால் உலக வல்லரசுகள் பயப்பிடுமே. இந்தியாவுக்கு கவலை வருமே. இதுக்காகவே பூண்டோடை ஒளிச்சு கைலாயம் அனுப்பிடுவாங்களே என்று கூட யோசிக்காமல் கொண்டைக்கிளாறன் குருவி சைசிலை இரண்டு பிளேன். பத்திறாத்தல் குண்டு. இப்ப படுத்து உறங்க பத்து ஏக்கர் காணி கூட இல்லாத நிலை. ரெண்டு பிளேனையும் ஆமிக்காறன் பிடிச்சிட்டாலும் என்று 14 வயசில இருந்து வளர்த்தெடுத்த பெடியளை குண்டைக் கட்டி அனுப்பிறரே வேலுப்பிள்ளையின் மகன் இதென்ன சூதாட்டமா விட்டுப் பார்க்க. தமிழ் மக்களின் தலைவிதியை தனித்துத் தீர்மானிக்கிறோம் என்று சொல்லிவிட்டு குருட்டுத்தனமா விளையாட்டுக் காட்டினால் என்ன நடக்கும் என்று சிந்தித்து இருக்க வேண்டாமா?

    அடுத்து வந்த வள்ளம் சந்திரிகா கப்டன்யாய் இருந்து செலுத்தி வந்த வள்ளம். இயலாமல் போகும் போது யுத்த நிறுத்தம் அறிவிப்பதும் அதனை சாக்காக வைத்து புலத்து மக்களிடம் காலிறுதி அரையிறுதி இனி கடைசியிலும் கடைசி என்று ஏதோ கால்பந்து உலகக்கிண்ண விளையாட்டு மாதிரி திகதி குறித்து புரட்ச்சி செய்யப் புறப்பட்ட புலிகளுக்கு வக்காலத்து வாங்கிய பேரவை போன்ற ஏதிலிகள் அன்று தட்டிக் கேட்காமல் இன்று ஒப்பாரி வைத்தால் என்ன செய்வது.

    காலம்சென்ற மதிகெட்ட உரைஞ்சர் என்ன சொன்னார் என்று உந்தப் புலத்து ‘மா’க்கள் எல்லாம் மாவீரர் நிகழ்வில் கைதட்டி விசிலடிச்சவை. சந்திரிகாவை தான் வைச்சிருக்கிறதோ தலைவர் வைச்சிருக்கிறதோ என்று சின்ன இழுபறியாம். அந்தாள் அறளைபேந்து ஏதோ உளற இங்க உள்ள விசலடிச்சான் குஞ்சுகள் பட்டபாடு. அது ஏதோ மிசன் ஸ்ரேட்மன் மாதிரியெல்லோ உந்த புலத்து ‘மா’க்கள் துள்ளினவை.

    அன்றைக்கு கூட்டணிகாரர் உசுப்பேத்திவிட நீங்களும் தமிழீழம் கேட்டியல். சரி ஆர்வக்கோளாறு நாங்களும் உங்களுக்கு பின்னால வந்தம். ஆனால் கூட்டணிகாரர் எல்லாம் சுத்துறான்கள் என்று சொல்லி கதைக்க வாறம் என்று போட்டு போட்டும் தள்ளிப் போட்டியள்.

    ஆனால் சந்திரிகா ஆட்சிக்கு வருகிற போது நிலைமைகள் மாறியிருந்தனவே. அதற்கு ஏற்றால் போல் ஒரு தீர்வை நோக்கி புலிகளும் மாறியிருக்க வேண்டும் அல்லவா? அரசியல் சாணக்கியம் என்பதும் அதுதானே. ஆனா என்ன செஞ்சியல். நீலனை போட்டத் தள்ளினியல். சர்வதேசமே அறிஞ்ச ஒரு ஒரு அரசியல் சட்ட வல்லுனர். அந்தாள் வைச்ச தீர்வு உங்களுக்கு விளங்கேல்லை எண்டா என்ன போட்டுத் தள்ளுறதே.

    அது என்ன இயக்கத்தில் ஒருத்தரும் பொம்பிளையளை பார்க்கக் கூடாது. தொட்டும் பாக்கக் கூடாது என்று சட்டம் போடுறியள். தொட்டதுக்காக சுட்டும் போடுறியள். ஆனா உண்ணாவிரதம் இருந்த பெட்டையளைத் தூக்கிக்கொண்டு போறியள். மதியை வாட்டசாட்டமா கண்டவுடனை மெதுவா தொட்டும் பாக்கிறியள். மஞ்சள் தண்ணி வேறை ஊத்துறியளாம். பிள்ளையும் பெறுறியள். அதை பிழையென்று நான் சொல்ல வரேல்ல. ஆனா ஒழுக்க விதி என்ற பெயரிலேயே உமாவையும் சுட்டியள். கூட இருந்தவனை சுட்டியள். பிறகு மாற்றத்தின் தேவையை தலைவருக்கு சதி வரும் போது உணர்ந்தீர்கள் தானே. கால மாற்றத்தைக் கண்டு ஒழுக்க விதியையும் மாத்தினீர்கள் தானே. அதுதானே ஒரு போராட்ட அமைப்புக்கு தேவையான கொள்கையும் கூட. அதே போல சந்திரிகா தலைமையில் வந்த வள்ளத்தில் ஏறியிருந்திருக்க அல்லவா வேண்டும். இது என்ன உங்கள் குடும்பச் சொத்தா? 60000 மக்கள் பலியாகியிருந்த அந்தச் சந்தர்ப்பத்தில் இந்த வள்ளம் வன்னிக் கடலில் நின்றபோது ஏறமறுத்து தமிழ் மக்களின் தலைவிதியை நாசமறுத்து போட்டு ஜ.நா வுக்கு கடிதம் போட்டால் உது என்ன விளையாட்டு.

    ரெலோ எதிரி. ஈபி எதிரி. மகிந்த எதிரி. இந்தியா எதிரி. அமெரிக்கா எதிரி. ஜரோப்பா எதிரி. முஸ்லிம்கள் எதிரி. கருணா, பிள்ளையான் எதிரி. புளட் எதிரி. புளியம் பொக்கணை பொன்னம்மாக்கா மகளை அனுப்ப மறுத்ததாலை அவவும் எதிரி. சரி அதை விடுவம். தமிழ் பேரவையையும் தீபம் தொலைக்காட்சி சாமும் மனிசியும் தவிர புலிகளுக்கு யார் நண்பர்கள். யாராவது ஒரு நாடு. ஒரு கட்சி (TNA) ஜோக் அடிக்கக் கூடாது நான் சீரியசா கேக்கிறன். ஒரு சங்கம். ஏன் நீர் மாடுகள் மாதிரி சாய்த்துக் கொண்டுபோய் சுத்திவர விட்டு விட்டு நடுவிலே நின்று உயிர்ப்பிச்சை கேட்கும் வன்னி மக்களில் குறைந்தது 3 பேராவது ஆதரவளித்தால் தமிழீழம் சாத்தியம் என்று நம்பலாம். அதில் எதுவுமே சாத்தியமில்லாமல் பொட்டனையும் நடேசனையும் தவிர இயக்கத்தில் இருந்த அத்தனை திறமை சாலிகளையும் எதிரியாக்கி போட்டு 40 கி.மீ.பரப்பளவுக்குள் ஓடி ஒழிந்து கொண்டு சர்வதேச சமூகம் கண்ணைத் திறக்க வேண்டும் என்று அறிக்கை விட்டால் இது என்னப்பா விளையாட்டு. அரசியல் ஒரு விளையாட்டு அரங்கு என்று இதற்க்குத்தான் சொன்னார்களோ?

    ஜயா சர்வதேசத்துக்குள் தான் இந்தியா இருக்கு. இந்தியாவிலை வைச்சு ராஜீவை போட்டியள். சர்வதேசத்துக்குள் தான் பிரான்ஸ் இருக்கு. அங்கு வைத்துத்தான் சபாலிங்கத்தைப் போட்டியள். ஏன் உங்கட நாதனை கஜனைப் போட்டியள். சர்வதேசத்துக்குள் தான் இங்கிலாந்து இருக்கு. இந்த நாட்டுப் பிரசை அதுவும் உங்களுக்கு வாலாட்டிக் கொண்டிருந்த ஒரு அபிமானி பார் என்றால் பளார் என்று அறைந்துவிடும் அளவுக்கு அபிமானி. இந்த பிரித்தானிய பிரைசையைக் கூப்பிட்டு வெளிநாட்டுக் கோவணத்தையும் அவிட்டுப் போட்டு எலியை விட்டா? (இந்த ‘கோவணம்’ அண்ணன் ‘ராசாகரனின்ட மார்க்ஸிச டிக்சனரியில’ இருந்து சுட்டது. அவருக்கு எனது நன்றிகள் உரித்தாகட்டும்.) இது என்ன அம்மண விளையாட்டு. இது ஏதும் கல்தோன்றி மண்தோன்றாக் காலத்து முன்தோன்றிய தமிழர்களின் வீர விளையாட்டுகளில் இதுவும் ஒன்றோ?

    சர்வதேசத்திற்குள் தான் கனடா இருக்கு. அங்கை பத்திரிகை ஆசிரியர்களை அடிச்சியள். இப்படி சர்வதேசம் முழுக்க நாசம் பண்ணிப்போட்டு. இப்ப உங்கட கோவணத்தையும் மகிந்த பிறதேர்ஸ் புடுங்கப் போறாங்கள் என்ற உடன ஒபாமாவுக்கு கடிதம் போடுங்கோ. இன்ரநஷனல் கொம்மியூனிற்றை சொல்லுங்கோ எண்டா. எங்கை நீங்கள் அநியாயம் பண்ணாது விட்டீர்கள் நாம் அங்கு சென்று முறையிட. அதென்ன ஜெயதேவனின்ர கோவணத்தைக் கழற்றும் போது ஒருவருக்கும் நீங்கள் கடிதம் போடச் சொல்லேலை. பிரபாகரன்ரை கோவணம் பறிபோகும் போது மட்டும் துள்ளினா இது என்னப்பா நியாயம். வேணும் என்றால் சாம் பிரதீபனிடம் சொல்லி அண்ணையின் கோவணம் என்ற தலைப்பில் ஒரு போன் இன் (Phone in) புறோக்கிறாம் வைக்கச் சொல்லுங்கோ. சந்தா கட்டின ஆக்களை பைத்தியக்காரர் என்று நினைக்கும் தீபம் நிருவாகம் நிச்சயம் அனுமதிக்கும் என்று நினைக்கிறேன். என்னடா GTV, IBC பற்றி வாயே திறக்கிறான் இல்லை என்று யோசிக்க வேண்டாம். அதுதான் திறந்தாலே தெரியுமே.

    சரி எல்லா வள்ளத்தயும் விடுவோம். கடைசியாக வந்தது நோர்வேயிலிருந்து ஹெலி. தமிழர்களின் போராட்ட வரலாறில் கவுரவமாக ஒரு தீர்வை அடைவதற்கான கடைசி வழி. இரணைமடுக் குளத்திலை ஏறுறியள். மாலை தீவிலை இறங்கிறியள். தாய்லாந்து போறியள். சரக்கு வேறை பாக்கிறியள். சமஜ்டி முறையிலான ஒரு தீர்வுக்கு கையொப்பம் இட்டு விட்டு நாடு திரும்பின கருணாவை நாட்டை விற்று விட்டு வந்துவிட்டான் என்று நையாண்டி பண்ணிவிட்டு கவுரவமான ஒரு தீர்வுக்கு கிடைத்த ஹெலியை தவறவிட்ட வரலாற்றில் தமிழினம் என்றும் மன்னிக்க முடியாத தவறை இழைத்திருக்கிறார் பிரபாகரன்.

    நீங்கள் காலில் விழுந்து கதறியழுது, செஞ்சிக் கூத்தாடி, பிச்கைச கேட்டு கடிதப் போட்டு, மண்டியிட்டு, தமிழினம் வரலாற்றில் காணாதா அவமானங்களையும், இழிவுகளையும் சந்திக்க வைத்து, இன்று புதுக்குடியிருப்பு காட்டுக்குள் புடையன் பாம்புகள் போல வெடிபட்ட கரடிகள் போல வெந்து துடிக்கிறீர்களே ஒரு வேளை பிரபாகரனும் பொட்டனும் சக பாடிகளும் இந்த இறுதி அழிவிலருந்து தப்பித்துக் கொண்டாலும் தமிழினத்தின் மரியாதை கௌரவம் நியாயமான தீர்வு என்று அத்தனையையும் குழி தோண்டிப் புதைத்ததற்காக வரலாறு உங்கள் மீது காறி உமிழும் என்பதை மறந்து விடவேண்டாம்.

    எத்தனை வள்ளம் வந்தது. எத்தனை ஹெலி வந்தது. எத்தனை தடவை எங்கள் மக்கள் கவுரவமாக வாழக் கூடிய சந்தர்ப்பம் வந்தது. அத்தனையையும் போட்டு நொருக்கி விட்டு ‘உள்ளே விட்டு அடிப்பார்’ என்ற கனவில் இருந்த புலத்து ‘மா’க்களிடம் கேட்பது இதுதான். காப்பாற்றப்பட வேண்டியது வன்னி மக்களும் அவர்களது வாழ்வும். அது உங்கள் உள்ளங்களை உறுத்தினால் ஊர்வலம் செல்லுங்கள். வன்னி மக்களை விடுவிக்கும்படி. உண்ணாவிரதம் இருங்கள். உயிர்களைக் காப்பாற்றும் படி. எண்ணை ஊற்றி உங்களை நீங்களே கொழுத்துங்கள். பிரபாகரனே உனது முட்டாள் தனத்திற்கு ஒரு எல்லை இருக்கு. போதும் பிளளைகளைக் கூட்டிக்கொண்டு எங்காவது தொலைந்து விடும்படி. தமிழர்கள் இனி தங்கள் தலைவிதியை ஏகப்பட்ட பிரதிநிதிகளிடம் கொடுத்து நிர்ணயித்துக் கொள்ளட்டும்.

  535. V.Kumar says:

    மம்மி ஜெயலலிதா தம்பிக்கு தமிழீழம் வாங்கித் தருவார் என்று அரசியல் ஆய்வு செய்தவர்கள், ஓபாமாவும் ஹிலரியும் கப்பல் அனுப்புவார்கள் என்று தலைவரை நந்திக்கடல் ஓரத்தில் வெள்ளி பார்க்கவிட்ட பெருமை ஒரு பேப்பர் உட்பட தேசிய ஊடகங்களையே சாரும். தலைவரை உசுப்பேத்தி உசுப்பேத்தி முருங்கை மரத்தில் ஏத்தி முள்ளிவாய்காலில் தள்ளிவிட்ட இந்த ஜம்பாவான்களுக்கு மாவீரர் தினத்தன்று தேசிய ஆய்வாளர் விருதுகைள வழங்கி கௌரவிக்க வேண்டும். அப்போது தான் தலைவரின் ஆத்மசாந்தி அடையும்.

  536. Gaja Man says:

    You write: The 2002 ceasefire had seen a lot of cadres marrying. Most marriages were between male and female cadres.

    I hope so. I don’t think the late Thailaivar would have condoned same sex marriages.

    Gajaman, dont be a wiseguy.The point is that cadres mariied among themselves younumbskull……….DBSJ

  537. Kandhan says:

    Dear DBSJ,

    I am a Tamilan from Chennai, Living in the USA. I read lot of your articles previously in Frontline magazine. It was exceptionally well written .

    Please see the attached youtube link. It proved beyond doubt that – the body was not VP.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51FP-clWNt8
    What is your opinion. If possible write an article about this conspiracy theory.

    I beg you – Please use your energy and talent to win the rights of Tamils and Kindly work towards the goal of Tamil Eelam.

    Though I didn’t born in Tamil Eelam – I can feel the pain of my brothers. Forget about the past. Please work for the liberation of Tamil Nation.

    Thanks for considering my request.

    Your Brother,
    Kandhan

  538. [...] myself referred to it in my article “The last days of Thiruvengadam Velupillai Prabhakaran” that appeared in the “Daily Mirror” of May 23rd 2009 and on this [...]

  539. [...] myself referred to it in the article “The last days of Thiruvengadam Velupillai Prabhakaran” that appeared in the “Daily Mirror” of May 23rd 2009 and on this [...]

  540. Siva says:

    #539. Kandhan
    Please seperate Tamil Nadu first otherwise back off mate…
    We had enough of this…

  541. sfgg says:

    India has heaved a sigh of relief over the re-election of President Mahinda Rajapaksa for a second term in office, sources said.
    A very happy Indian government led by its Prime Minister Manmohan Sigh and Indian President Pratibha Patil were among the first to telephone and congratulate Rajapaksa on his re-election on Wednesday.
    “Although India made a formal announcement declaring it was ready to work with whoever who won Tuesday’s presidential election, on an informal level, India was always campaigning and silently supporting Rajapaksa because they preferred him to the former military chief – Sarath Fonseka,” Sources based in New Delhi told The Sunday Leader.
    India has often been apprehensive about individuals with a military ideology or a military past.
    Meanwhile, India has also expressed hope that Rajapaksa will use his victory to fast track a devolution package for the Tamil community in the island.
    The Indian government is expected to closely monitor and push the Rajapaksa administration to put forward an ‘acceptable’ package to the Tamil community soon.
    Just days before his re-election, President Rajapaksa assured a group of journalists that he will put forward a political solution to the Tamil community ‘as soon as possible’ after his re-election.
    I Have A Plan – President Tells India
    President Mahinda Rajapaksa has announced that soon after the conclusion of the parliamentary elections, he will enter into a dialogue with the ‘new Tamil leadership’ and will submit his solution to end the grievances of the Tamil community.
    In an interview with the New Delhi based NDTV just hours after his victory at Tuesday’s presidential election, Rajapaksa said, “I have a plan, and I am going to call for a parliamentary election, somewhere in April or it might be earlier. New leaders will be elected and I will invite them and have a dialogue first and then I will submit my solution to them. It is all planned.”
    He noted that the people in the north and east provinces were deprived from exercising their franchise for many years and he was happy that after all this time, they finally got the opportunity to vote despite most of them casting their vote in favour of his main challenger – Sarath Fonseka.
    Rajapaksa also laughed off warnings issued by Fonseka that the outcome of the election will be challenged.
    “Anyone can challenge it, if they want let them go to courts. I am not bothered. With 58 percent, why should I be worried,” he queried. (MM)

  542. g.mahesh says:

    god…………

    We wared with One of the goverment.

    We did not war with People

    So the god know that we are going correct way

    So he is the one Responsible

    So already handle to him

    we waiting his answer.

  543. Sothynathan says:

    OH my Lord,Please help us….

    Son of Veluppillai………Grandson of Thiruvengadam…..
    Please ,,Please Tell us Why?…?….?….?
    In Jaffna only 19%voters cast their democratic voting right. Because we haven’t got the such an experience last 30 years . Yes, very BIG thanks to SOORIYA THEVAN.
    I still don’t understand, Where we lost our history?
    Oh,Lord help us to find it and build it, Oh lord help us….

  544. anju says:

    yoo dbs jag u backstabbing pussy… wait till we catch ur little bitch ass u singalese bitch. fukin dumass talking lik he was with thalaivar his whole life. Go put together pieces of ur pubs before u put together pieces of ur stupid information and write a story about how and when he died and what he eat,wat he weared and wat he was thinking u fukin fortune telling Fucker!suck a singala dick

  545. Krishna says:

    DBSJ

    Revisiting this article after an year and I feel that according to SL Army version Prabhakaran was killed on Tue 19 May morning and not on 18 Morning as originally claimed .
    Here is the link to last hours of VP :
    http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20090621LastBattleN

    Prabhakaran is dead is a well known fact but there is still a confusion as to whether he died on 18 May or 19 May .Now that more than a year a has passed and you would have got more info about the last days of VP , I suggest that you write another article ( only if you are keen to ) on the actual facts of the last days of VP and also why Pottu’s body is still untraceable .Of course as I said that you must do this only if u are really keen to and if you feel that enough has said and written about it and no need to revisit the past , I am OK with that too .

  546. Boeing747 says:

    DBS,
    Great analysis. But have you ever thought Karuna could have had a hand in the killing after VP was captured. I am not disagreeing but asking whether that could have been a possibility? Karuna was there and GOSL would have put VP (alive) in front of Karuna and asked him to finish him off to show that he is committed to GOSL & MR. Just a thought? Also do you think VP was shot? or was he axed across his forehead, the wound does not look like a low/high caliber shot. His eyes were wide open, that means he knew he was going to be killed & maybe the axe was on it is way to his head when this picture was taken. Please comment, I like to see what you think of it? your work is fantastic and I love reading them. Good job, keep it up.

  547. senaka says:

    Thanks God !!! One evil , blood thirsty monster is eliminated for the good sake of Humanity . Now Srilankans lets build our land of birth together to be a model to the whole world!!!

  548. karrar hussain says:

    the bloody battle of survival is over.those who had to die have died and those who had to survive have survived.

  549. ajay says:

    kodumaiyana vaalkai……….

  550. sankaran says:

    The LTTE would never have surrendered. It was the supreme leader the honorable Thalaivar Pirbhakaran’s strict policy that no LTTE fighter should surrender to the Lanka military forces. That’s why he advocated the wearing of the cyanide capsule around every Thamil fighter’s neck so that if he or she was cornered by the lanka forces, it would be better to commit suicide than to be their prisoner. Most brave Thamil fighters did this when they were going to get caught by the lanka forces. Many of the baby brigade consisting of the brave child fighters also strictly followed this instructions. Thalaivar would never have surrendered even if he was injured. He would have most certainly swallowed his cyanide capsule and committed suicide. He had also instructed his bodyguards to shoot and kill him if he was going to get caught to the lanka forces. So please do not dishonor him and insult him by saying he wanted to surrender with a white flag. He was the supreme brave person amongst our Thamil brothers and we should respect him. He died a hero and we must not make him look shameless by saying these false things that he wanted to surrender waving a white flag after he had strictly instructed all his fighters not to surrender to the lanka forces.

  551. Tina says:

    Hi Sean, More than two years later, I can’t help but write that your comment about how US would ever treat Osama was spot on. It is what exactly happened. Well said. Any Govt would do so, against terror.

  552. Japan Travel says:

    Japan Travel…

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  553. angan says:

    Kumar Sriskanda,

    i am just astounded how u have not read the above article.

  554. Ramsey says:

    Hvg known VP since before Vadamarachchi, his stategy is still in the making! Can’t u c that the last E war has reclaimed the border, and brought the SLA in to Tamil territory.

    When its economically imposs for GOSL to support their boys & the harsh Vanni takes its toll, now that the World is with the Tamil cause, it wd be a worse than LTTE outfit that wd play the end game.

    DBS, What’s yr background? Pl climb to the hill top.
    Lk at history, similar wars, etc.

    Korean wars? idn’t Hamas succeed PLO! Taleb followed by Al K!
    Saddamned, Bin liner outed, ….. Result?

    If VP massacred the Billy boys at Anandapuram, best units who were still in the background wd hv entered & bn too much for the LTTE.
    They r now now in it & losing their marbles.

    Even Pol Pot died of natural causes!

  555. Keshavelu says:

    An excellent piece. Killing PM Rajiv Gandhi was the biggest blunder he committed. With this cruel act on a beloved PM turned the tide against LTTE. Tamil Nadu people never forgave LTTE. LTTE was banned. Naval blockade was ordered and SL Navy stopped escape routes and also stopped arms getting in from North and East Coast. Any Leader with little acumen would have negotiated for a honourable settlement. Live and let live should have been the best policy.

    Prabhakaran was stubborn and blind. He should have given political settlement a chance for the sake of Tamil people. He was ruthlessly controlling his people and killed them mercilessly. The people never enjoyed development. Pictures of people in Lungis and women and children in torn clothes holding aluminium vessels as worldly possessions proved the stark reality of hand-to-mouth living under his rule.

    Like in Srilanka, Tamils were taken to Mauritius, Madagaskar, Malaysia, Singapore, Burma, Fiji Islands by the British. These Tamils are living in harmony with locals and prospering. Ethnic minorities are given their due share for their cooperation.

    I am happy that the game ended. Tamil diaspora should at least now stop day dreaming about ‘Eelam’. It was an unrealistic goal from day one. Stop instigating Tamil brothers and Sisters.

  556. Rand Jay says:

    Pravakaran was simply an uneducated killer who destroyed an entire generation of Tamils in SriLanka. Tamils are generally good law abiding people they don’t want any Eelam, it’s the politicians who want such for their own selfish aims. Let the Tamils and the Sinhalese and Muslims all live in peace in a united SriLanka. If the Tamil Diaspora wants an Eelam let them establish one in Tamil Nadu or in Singapore and lose another generation of Tamils in the attempt. Thank you Jayraj for your excellent writing. You are our brother and may we all live as brothers and sisters in lovely SriLanka

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