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Ulakattamilarai Uyaravaittavan Prabhakarane... உலகத்தமிழரை உயரவைத்தவன்
Prabhakaran at Wikipedia
What the United States told Ranil about
Prabhakaran in 2002 - as reported by the Sinhala owned Sri Lanka Island in 2007,
23 April 2007
On to Tamil Eelam: From Bicycle to
Aircraft - M.R. Narayan Swamy, TCNR, 27 March 2007
Pirabaharan Phenomenon - Sachi Sri Kantha
Velupillai Pirabaharan in WordIQ
Adele Balasingham On Pirabaharan, 2003
Meeting Velupillai Pirabaharan - a Consultant
Doctor from UK and his Wife visit the Vanni , 2004
Velupillai Pirabaharan - T.Sabaratnam
Velupillai Pirabaharan: A Profile
- World Tamil Movement, 27 November 1994
Pirabaharan - As Others See Him
- பல்லாண்டு பல்லாண்டு பலநூறாண்டு வாழ்க! - V.Thangavelu, 26 November 2005
குடும்பப் பின்னணியும் சிறுபிராயமும்
20 February 2004
Velupillai Pirabaharan - Future Begins at 50
Velupillai Pirabaharan - Sri Lanka's Man of the
Reflections in Tamil
Tsunami & the Killing of Pirapaharan! - New Delhi's RAW & its Running Dogs..
Karuna, Ram's Hindu, Lanka Truth, Asian Tribune, B.Raman, & Chandrika
Kumaratunga - a RAW commitment to truth
Maha Veerar Naal
On Pirabaharan's Annual Speech
- Kasun Ubayasiri
Central Queensland University, 2006
War Clouds Over Sri Lanka: An Analysis of Prabhakaran and Pottu Amman's Heroes'
Day Speeches, Radhavinod Raju, Former Deputy Inspector General of
Police, Special Investigation Team (SIT), CBI, which investigated Rajiv Gandhi's
Womens International Day Messages
Tsunami disaster management planners, 17 January 2005
Message - Tsunami Disaster , 29
Condolences on Arafat's Death, 12
Message to Tamil Nadu, 28 December
Annai Poopathy's Fast for Freedom -
Second Anniversary Message, March 1990
Policy Declaration at the successful
end of the war against the Indian armed intervention 1
Message to World Federation of Tamils Conference, 30 April 1988
Call to other
Tamil Liberation Groups, 25 September 1987
On the Indo Sri
Lanka Accord - Suthumalai Speech, 4 August 1987
Pirabakaran on the Power of Tamils -
Pirabakaran on the Freedom Struggle
Pirabakaran on Seelan -
part 1 -
part 2 -
Pirabakaran on MGR
Pirabakaran on 83-Thirunelveli attack
Interview with நா.
குமுதம்: 28 June 2006
Press Conference, 2002
"Conditions have not arisen to abandon an independent statehood. The
struggle for Eelam is a demand of the Tamil people. In the 1977
elections, people have given a
mandate to the TULF to fight for a separate state..."
Question: Mr.Pirabaharan it has been reported that
all your fighters carry cyanide capsules strung around their necks. Is
this an exaggeration?
Answer: Yes, we
adopted this measure from the start. As a consequence many comrades have
sacrificed themselves. You won’t find people from our movement in jail,
at least not many more than you can count on your fingers, perhaps two
or three persons, and even these are people not involved in the inner
circle of activity. Our fighters, through laying down their lives,
protect our sympathisers and contacts, the people who give us support
and assistance. Otherwise, the great mass of people who support us, and
their families, would be herded into jail. But that is not the only
reason for this practice. It is this cyanide that has helped us to
develop our movement very rapidly. Carrying cyanide on our person is a
symbolic expression of our determination, our commitment, our courage.
It gives our fighters an extra measure of belief in our cause, a special
edge; the cyanide has instilled in us a determination to sacrifice our
lives and our everything for our cause..."- Hindu, Madras, 5
be a blueprint or a time limit for a freedom struggle...." Sunday
" We are prepared to pay for freedom with our Lives... "
" The chances of attaining Eelam are bright because the people's
determination is firm..."
people have been expressing their grievances in Parliament for more than
three decades. Their voices went unheard like cries in the wilderness..."The
|"The world is
constantly changing; so is politics... changing circumstances will finally
lead to India's recognition of our struggle..."
| "Our armed
struggle against the Sri Lankan state has a history stretching back fifteen
years. During this period of history, we have evolved into a huge military
force. We have been conducting a guerrilla type of warfare, and now we are
transforming ourselves into a conventional type of military structure. This
clearly indicates a massive development militarily, and it’s a significant
turning point in the history of our struggle. The Sri Lankan government has
to learn a lesson with regard to the development of the LTTE. The lesson is
that the Sri Lankan government will never resolve the Tamil issue by opting
for a military solution."
Interview with Chris Morris, BBC Colombo Correspondent, 1991
|" The strength
of weapons or manpower does not undermine the victor in a war. The
testimony for this is provided by the history of wars of liberation in the
world. Did not the superpowers with massive manpower and military might face
defeats in Vietnam and Afghanistan? Unshakable determination, valour and
fervour for liberation are the determining qualities for achieving victory.
Our fighters and our people possess these qualities in full measure..."
BBC Tamil Service,, March 1993
| "I developed
a deep attachment to the Indian Freedom struggle and martyrs like Subhash
Velicham, April 1994
Velupillai Prabhakaran -
Leader of Tamil Eelam
"We launched our struggle for self determination and political independence
because of the systematic oppression of our people by the Sri
Lankan state... It is the Sri Lanka government which has failed to learn the lessons
from the emergence of the struggles for self determination in
several parts of the globe and the innovative structural changes that have taken
place... We are not warmongers who love violence. We want a permanent,
stable and honourable peace.... One day, when our enemy knocks at our doors for peace, we
will extend the hand of friendship." (Velupillai Pirabaharan, leader of Tamil Eelam, 1992)
"The waves of sympathy that sweeps across
Tamil Nadu whenever Eelam Tamils are
repressed has always been a deterrent to our ruthless enemy and a great source of hope and
relief to our aggrieved people. It also impresses upon the world that the Eelam Tamils are
not alone and without support." (Message to the people
and leaders of Tamil Nadu, December 1995)
"This is our land, the land in which we were born, grew and live, the land
which bears the foot prints of our forefathers, the land in which our culture and history
are rooted...The LTTE will not participate in peace
negotiations imposed at the point of a gun
This is the message we wish to
address to the Chandrika regime" (Maha Veera Naal
Address - November 1995)
"During our long journey towards liberation we have crossed rivers of
fire. It is our commitment to the cause that sustained us during these violent
upheavals. The cause we have charted to fight for the
to self-determination of our people is right, fair and just. From the beginning
up to now, we are resolutely committed to our cause. Our cause is our towering
strength. It is because of our firm commitment to our cause we have our importance,
individuality and history" (Maha Veera Naal Address -
"Our tradition of venerating martyrs as war heroes has
always irritated the Sinhala chauvinist state. ....they feel that this tradition has
become a source of inspiration to the Tamil freedom movement. Impelled by this
hostile attitude, they committed a grave crime that deeply offended the
Tamil nation. ..... The enemy forces
committed the unpardonable crime of desecration, disrupting the
spiritual tranquillity of our martyrs. Their war cemeteries underwent
wanton destruction, their tomb-stones up-rooted and flattened and
their memorials erased without a trace. ... This act cannot be dismissed as a
wanton display of an occupying army. This is a grave act of terrorism which has left
an indelible stain in the soul of the Tamil nation."
Veera Naal Address - November 1997)
"Our struggle shines as a superb paradigm of women's ability to accomplish
anything. So that our race may honor humanness which is beyond masculinity and femininity,
womankind is extending its hand of love and friendship. Only when man as a gender grasps
this loving hand with deep awareness will equality between men and women be a
reality." (Women's International Day Message - March 1996)
"We are a movement fighting for liberation. We are not an ordinary group which
stands abjectly in askance of concessions...Our goal is that we should live with honour
peace, safety and freedom in our home soil, our own soil which historically belongs to us.
This is our national aspiration." (
Maha Veera Naal
Address - November 1994)
துறந்து கல்வியை துறந்து, சுதந்திரம் என்ற இலட்சியற்காக தமது உயிரையும்
துச்சமாக மதித்து போராட்டக் களத்தில் குதித்திருக்கின்றார்கள். இவர்களை ஆயுதப்
போராட்டப் பாதைக்குத் தள்ளியது சிங்கள அரச பயங்கரவாதமே யன்றி வேறொன்றும் இல்லை"
- Velupillai Pirabaharan, Leader of Tamil Eelam
'Perform your duty without regard to the fruits of action', says the Bhagavad Gita. I grasped this profound truth when I read the
Mahabharata. When I read the great didactic works, they impressed on me the need to lead a
good, disciplined life and roused in me the desire to be of service to the community.
Above all, Subhash Chandra Bose's life was a beacon
to me, lighting up the path I should follow. His disciplined life and his total commitment
and dedication to the cause of his country's freedom deeply impressed me and served as my
guiding light. (How I became a freedom fighter -
Interview, April 1994)
என்பது பலவீனத்தின் வெளிப்பாடு. கோழைத்தனத்தின் தோழன். உறிதியின் எதிரி. மனித
பயங்களுக்கெல்லாம் மூலமானது மரண பயம். இந்த மரணபயத்தைக் கொன்று விடுபவன்தான்
தன்னை வென்று விடுகிறான். அவன் தான் தனது மனச்சிறையிலிருந்து விடுதலை பெறுகிறான்."
Velupillai Pirabaharan, Leader of Tamil Eelam
"The historical storm of the liberation struggle is uprooting age old traditions
that took root over a long period of time in our society... The ideology of women
liberation is a child born out of the womb of our liberation struggle... The Tamil Eelam revolutionary woman has transformed herself as a
Tiger for the liberation of our land and liberation of women." (Women's International Day Message - March 1993)
"The strength of our struggle arises
from the fierce determination of our fighters. Their firm
commitment and their courage to act without the fear of death are the force and resource
of our struggle. The whole world is providing arms and funds to our enemy. We are not
begging from the world... We stand firm on our own legs, on our own soil, on our own
people and fight with our own hands. .. Since we are firmly rooted in our own strength we
stand upright without bowing to the pressures of others." (Maha Veera Naal Address - November 1992)
"Our women are seeking liberation from the structures of oppression deeply
embedded in our society. This oppressive cultural system and practices have emanated from
age old ideologies and superstitions. Tamil women are subjected to intolerable suffering
as a consequence of male chauvinistic oppression, violence and from the social evils of
casteism and dowry." (Women's International Day
Message - March 1992)
"Today, we cherish the memory of a great martyr and salute her supreme sacrifice.
Mother Poopathi has earned our highest esteem as one of the noble martyrs who have become
legends in the history of our liberation struggle. As a woman, as a mother, as the
maternal head of the family, Poopathi amma transcended her ordinary life and the bonds of
existential attachment in sacrificing her life for the emancipation of her nation. ..Our
people are our mountains. As long as the power of the people is behind us, we can face any
challenges" (Annai Poopathy's Fast for Freedom -
Second Anniversary Message - March 1990)
"நாம் இனத்துவேஷிகள் அல்லர். போர் வெறிகொண்ட
வன்முறையாளர்களும் அல்லர். நாம் சிங்கள மக்களை எதிரிகளாகவோ விரோதிகளாகவோ கருத
வில்லை. சிங்கள பண்பாட்டை கெளரவிக்கின்றோம். சிங்கள மக்களின் தேசிய வாழ்வில்,
அவர்கலளது சுதந்திரத்தில் நாம் எவ்விதமும் தலையிட விரும்பவில்லை. நாம் எமது
வரலாற்று தாயத்தில் ஒரு தேசிய மக்கள் இனம் என்ற அந்தஸ்துடன், நிம்மதியாக,
சுதந்திரமாக, கொரவத்துடன் வாழ விரும்புகிறோம்.
"We are not chauvinists.
Neither are we lovers of violence enchanted with war. We do not regard the
Sinhala people as our opponents or as our enemies. We recognise the Sinhala
nation. We accord a place of dignity for the culture and heritage of the
Sinhala people. We have no desire to interfere in any way with the national life
of the Sinhala people or with their freedom and independence. We, the Tamil
people, desire to live in our own historic homeland as an independent nation, in
peace, in freedom and with dignity." - Velupilllai Pirabaharan, Leader of Tamil Eelam
"இயற்கை எனது நண்பன், வாழ்க்கை
எனது தத்துவ ஆசிரியன், வரலாறு எனது வழிகாட்டி."
Excerpts from *
Will to Freedom, The: An Inside View of Tamil Resistance
by Adele Balasingham, March 1, 2003
"...Mr.Pirabaharan was a frequent visitor to our house; in both an official and personal capacity. He would come alone with his bodyguards and on other occasions with his family. By mid 1998 we had known and lived with the legendary leader of the Tamil liberation struggle Vellupillai Pirabaharan for twenty years. During those years of personal and political relationship we have been deeply involved in experiences with him that led to an understanding and insight into one of the most complex and commanding personalities determining the politics of Sri Lanka.
Those twenty years of relationship embraced an epoch in the struggle during which we walked through many good times together and traversed and triumphed over periods of adversity in both his political and personal life. Over this span of time we had seen the ideals of freedom of a young militant progressively transforming into a concrete reality. Parallel to the march towards the liberation of his people, Mr. Pirabaharan has emerged as a living symbol of national freedom and has grown in adoration to become a venerated figure amongst his oppressed people.
Security concerns have compelled Mr. Pirabaharan to adopt what many have mistakenly labelled a 'reclusive' life style. His secluded existence under conditions of continued war and his inaccessibility to the media have made him the most misunderstood and feared guerrilla leader of our times. He has, of course, become most successful and popular in his spectacular military campaign. His military ability has often perplexed the many professional military minds in the world. So what is it that has earned this short, stocky, neat man so much love from his people on the one hand, and notoriety from the world on the other?
How do we account for the contradiction in his people's perception of him, and the vilification by the world? Mr. Pirabaharan, born in the coastal village of Valvettiturai on 26th November 1954 was a sixteen year old teenager when he took up arms and became involved in the political struggle of his people. He was, in other words, a 'child soldier' if we use the language of today. From those early days he has never lived a 'normal' life. As his commitment deepened, he mobilised and organised a group of radical youth who shared his views into an underground guerrilla organisation and launched an armed resistance campaign.
His daring guerrilla attacks brought him to the attention of the state authorities and he became a 'wanted' man living an underground life in Jaffna. His bold armed challenge to the might of the Sinhala state earned Mr. Pirabaharan a noble reputation and he became a heroic figure amongst his people. The shrewdness and intelligence he successfully deployed in challenging the state was viewed by the people as their triumph and an assertion of their pride and identity. Mr. Pirabaharan's sustained and successful armed resistance against mounting state oppression has earned him the mantle of national leader of the Tamil people's struggle for freedom and independence. This noble objective fuels his passion and dominates his spirit. The struggle has become his life and he has become the struggle.
Although Mr. Pirabaharan would never make any pretensions to being a theorist or an ideologue, his politics place him squarely in the camp of a patriotic nationalist. Mr. Pirabaharan's nationalism is not a manifestation of Tamil chauvinism or racism, as many Sinhala critics would like to argue. His national sentiment arose from a determination to resist Sinhala racist oppression that aims at the destruction of his people. In other words, the racism of the Sinhala state made him a fierce patriot, a passionate lover of his oppressed nation.
His deep love for his people, their culture and more specifically their language, fuels his dedication and determination to secure their survival. For him, uncluttered by abstract concepts and theories, the problem confronting the Tamil people is clearcut and simple and the struggle for freedom is just. His psyche is deeply rooted in the soil of his motherland, the Northeast, which he always refers to as Tamil Eelam. He has an unshakeable view that his people have a right to live in peace, dignity and harmony in their historic homeland. His perception of Tamil Eelam is neither secessionist nor expansionist.
For him, Tamil Eelam belongs to the Tamils and they have the sovereign right over their territory. Indeed, he has neither demonstrated nor articulated any aspiration to annex traditional Sinhala territory nor does he dream of an expansionist greater Eelam as projected by some Indian critics.
Mr. Pirabaharan has always maintained individuality and creativity in fashioning the mode of the armed struggle of the Tamil people. Though he was familiar with the history of the national liberation struggles and freedom moments of the other countries of the world, he did not embrace or capitulate to any established models or theories of liberation warfare.
For him, methods of struggle should evolve from the objective conditions unique to each struggle. He devised his own methodology of warfare suited to the necessities and conditions of the struggle of his people. Some of his methods and tactics of warfare have earned him severe condemnation, particularly among the Sinhala political and military analysts. Yet he has defended his 'ruthless' tactics as a necessary means to protect his weak and small nation of people against a strong, powerful and ruthless enemy...."
Meeting Velupillai Pirabaharan - a
Doctor from UK and his wife visit the Vanni , 14 October 2004
My wife and I visited
Vavuniya and Killinochchi an year ago to do some voluntary work,
treating people with eye ailments. We ran some eye camps for
civilians as well as ex militant cadres. When we were coming to the
end of our visit, we were told that an 'important person' would like to
meet with us. It was only when we arrived at the place of meeting
that we realised to our pleasant surprise that the person who
greeted us was Velupillai Pirabaharan.
I felt that I should write an
account of that meeting with Velupillai Pirabaharan, his wife and
son. Such a meeting was not expected nor requested by us when we
visited the Vanni but when it came, it turned out to be a
unique, pleasant and an unforgettable one.
To us Pirabaharan came
across primarily as a soft spoken, deep thinking person with
considerable depth of knowledge in what ever topic we discussed,
with a keen desire to gain a proper understanding of each and every
matter that he came across during our conversation. . We kept
politics and the future of our freedom struggle totally out of the
discussion not by any request but by choice. My wife and I felt
(independently) that we should use the opportunity to be free and
discuss any topic that was raised by the Pirabaharans. They
were our hosts and it seemed entirely appropriate that we should do
exactly what we would do when visiting close relatives or friends.
This was not pre planned but I suppose came naturally to us when
there was no pre conceived idea as to how one should handle such an
Keen to gain knowledge and understanding
What ever explanations Shanthi or I gave on medical matters, as they
were our main topics of discussion, Pirabaharan and his wife as well
listened with keenness and asked very pertinent questions.
Pirabaharan in particular was keen to understand the basis of
various eye disorders that became the main topic both from a
personal point of view as well as with regard to many of the
patients we saw during our short stay in Vanni.
A caring couple
We were both impressed by his desire to know details of many of the
patients we had seen; most of whom he remembered by name and asked
what treatment could be offered to improve their conditions. He was
visibly moved and was very empathetic when we described the effects
of the eye injuries we came across and emphasised the importance of
good medical facilities and after care. The deep knowledge he had of
the extent of the war injuries on the youngsters in particular and
the effects of years of neglect of the health services on the public
at large, made it abundantly clear to us the commitment they both
had for the welfare of our people.
A good father
During the course of our conversation their son who would have been
around 7 years played around with his father, climbed all over him,
threw flower petals on his head and Pirabaharan accepted all that
despite some concern shown by the minders saying that “ let my son
have fun” and asked us if we minded! We shared our experiences as
parents and the discussion often went into raising children and the
social responsibilities of parents and children. It was nice indeed
to share these ideas with a person who seems to have an image
outside only as a strong military leader. When Pirabaharan got
himself excused to go and feed his son the lunch, we saw the face of
a loving father and a dutiful husband who left his wife to discuss
matters that interested her with their guests. His wife discussed at
length with Shanthi in particular the problems faced by parents, by
mothers in particular in bringing up children and they both dwelled
on spiritual matters as well as educational issues. We both were
made to feel so much at home by our hosts and felt as if we had
known them for years.
At lunch our two hosts made sure that Shanthi had her vegetarian
dishes and both supervised personally the servings and Pirabaharan
took a great pride in explaining the various dishes and how many
vegetables and fruits were now grown in Vanni. He made sure all
others at the lunch table ate well too. It was typical Thamil
hospitality at it’s best, showered on us by a person who could have
been very aloof and remote to the two unknown visitors but chose to
be a ordinary man doing his duties as a host as expected by our
traditions and customs, with out any effort but naturally as it
would come to a brother feeding his long lost family. There were
many humorous moments as well during this meeting and we had a
glimpse of the good sense of humour our national leader has. We both
were very moved by the whole experience.
Respect and decorum
When we examined their eyes they both listened with interest and
showed immense respect to us. Pirabaharan asked me very politely, if
I had the time to examine Mr.Thamilenthy. There was no compulsion or
expectation , but a kind request to help a close associate, which I
could have refused if I wanted on the basis lack of time .We were
happy to oblige. When the time came to leave, bodyguards appeared in
the scene for the first time but Pirabaharan got into his vehicle
only when it was made sure that our transport was ready to take us
to Colombo and we will get to the barrier before the closing time.
We left the visit with the feeling of meeting a nice friendly family
but did not fail to notice some of the exceptional qualities of the
leader of a people. Behind the strong, clever and able leader there
is a loving husband and father, a caring person and above all an
intelligent man with an inquiring mind. Not having once raised a
military or political topic we were able to involve ourselves
totally with Mr. & Mrs.Pirabaharan and family and so can be excused
for forming an impression of them even though one feels inadequate
to make a judgement on a person who will be judged one day (if not
already) by history as an intelligent, trusted and caring leader of
the Thamil Nation.