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|The Killing of Pirapaharan! - New Delhi's RAW & the Media... What do Karuna, Ram's Hindu, Lanka Truth, Asian Tribune, B.Raman, & Chandrika Kumaratunga have in common? - a RAW commitment to truth?|
|Tamil Voice International Editorial, 1 June 1990 - "In India, (there is) the widespread suspicion that RAW has been planting "stories" with the help of obliging editors and reporters in order to wean away popular sympathy from the Eelam Tamil cause. Where they failed to suppress Eelam Tamil nationalism through cloak and dagger methods on Eelam Tamil soil, they now resort to a continuous campaign of disinformation through the Indian media." more|
|Pirabaharan's Premature Obituary in the Madras Hindu - Sachi Sri Kantha, 2 May 2001 "..Before Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in 1991, the motley brand of spies belonging to India's Intelligence Agencies had plotted to kill Pirabaharan. Among my collection of Pirabaharaniana, nothing beats the following news item, which appeared in the Hindu newspaper of July 24, 1989. The caption was, "Prabhakaran reported killed in LTTE shootout". more|
|The ‘Death’ and ‘Rebirth’ of Prabhakaran - S.Sivanayagam, 5 December 2002 "..India’s state-owned electronic media, both All India Radio and Doordarshan made their listeners and viewers happy across the sub-continent. Chief Minister of Northeastern province and the IPKF’s poodle Varadaraja Perumal said he was absolutely certain that Prabakharan was dead. No doubt he was seeing visions of a rosy future for himself..." more|
Tsunami & the LTTE - B Raman, Observer Research Foundation, Chennai Chapter, 5 January 2005 " The LTTE is a ruthless organization and Prabakaran was the most ruthless terrorist leader in the world.One need not shed any tears over his death, if he is really dead..."
Pirabhakaran Mystery: a Response to the Hindu Editorial
- Sachi Sri Kantha, 12 January 2005 "To describe the faked
anguish of N.Ram, the editorialist of the Hindu, my borrowing from
Brooks’s line will be “It’s like he stuck a pen in his gall bladder and
it didn’t even go through his mind on its way to the page.”
The Chennai Hindu newspaper carried an editorial in its January 11th issue. It was entitled ‘Where is Prabakaran?’.." more
New Delhi's RAW & its Running Dogs - "Prabhakaran dead! Body found!"- Karuna Amman, 14/15/18 January 2005 "...Karuna Amman speaking to our reporter yesterday, Karuna Amman said more than 500 top level cadres of the Wanni Tiger organization died when tsunami waves battered the coastal belt in Sri Lanka on 26th December and among them were Piripharan and Pottuamman. Prabhakaran’s body was found on the 12th at about 11.30 a.m. A group of Tiger members who had been searching for his body using a few boats that survived tsunami waves found the body said Karuna. Though the body was in a decomposed stage the Tiger members were able to recognize it as that of Prabhakaran’s. My associates in Wanni had informed me that top Tiger leaders who have survived tsunami had been looking for Prabhakaran for the last few weeks..."more
|On Rumour-mongering, Sinhala Chauvinism and Hindu's Ram - S.Sivanayagam, 23 January 2005 "The recent vicious instance of rumor-mongering was the spread of false rumours reporting the death of Tamil leader Velupillai Pirabakaran. Reports of the "death" of Mr. Pirabakaran are nothing new..." more|
|Desperately Seeking Intelligence - Sachi Sri Kantha, 30 January 2005 "Now that the rumors of LTTE leader Pirabhakaran’s death due to tsunami on December 26th have been shredded as whimsical hot air of intelligence-challenged individuals in Colombo, it is not irrelevant to delve a little into the mentality of pseudo-experts who gulped such hot air. The Tweedledum and Tweedledee of Chennai, sharing the same name [N.Ram and B.Raman] crosses one’s mind. The folly of Tweedledum N.Ram – the editor of the Hindu newspaper - has been aptly critiqued by the Oru Paper editorial of January 23. The Tweedledee B.Raman also deserves some scorn...Last year, in the aftermath of V.Muralitharan’s [aka Col.Karuna] sacking by the LTTE, I was informed by a Tamil Nadu-born reader of my commentaries that this same B.Raman was a top intelligence official serving the Research and Analysis Wing of Indian bureaucracy..."|
The ‘Death’ and ‘Rebirth’ of Prabhakaran
5 December 2002
|The first-mentioned ‘sad’ event took place in the year 1989! The
happy ‘rebirth’ occurred within 72 hours!
The Hindu of Madras, known as the “Mahavishnu of Mount Road” reported Prabhakaran’s “death” in its issue of July 24, 1989, under the headline – PRABHAKARAN REPORTED KILLED IN LTTE SHOOTOUT.
The report, along with a picture of the LTTE leader, said:
When I began newspaper life nearly fifty years ago, I was told of
a golden rule in journalism: Check, recheck and check again before
you publish anything. Apparently the “Mahavishnu” in its anxiety to
finish off Prabhakaran the easy way did not bother either to check,
or to recheck or check again before it went headlong into print.
The “Mahavishnu” of course did not feel the need to make any apologies. But it did have the good grace to quote in its issue of the 27th, a denial made by one of the LTTE representatives in London, Mr.Guhan, who said:
Meanwhile in Colombo, the Oxford-educated Sri Lankan Agriculture
Minister Lalith Athulathmudali (once powerful under Jayawardene but
later cut to size by Premadasa) announced the death of the LTTE
leader at a meeting with foreign newsmen on the morning of July 24.
He was certainly not wearing a mournful face when he made the
India’s state-owned electronic media, both All India Radio and Doordarshan made their listeners and viewers happy across the sub-continent. Chief Minister of Northeastern province and the IPKF’s poodle Varadaraja Perumal said he was absolutely certain that Prabakharan was dead. No doubt he was seeing visions of a rosy future for himself.
PTI reporting from Colombo managed to get hold of a man called Dr.G.S.Kanda – faction leader of the Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) – as saying:
So the story spread like wildfire and went from mouth to mouth from Delhi to Madras to Colombo. The most grotesque crime against newspaper ethics was the one perpetrated by a Tamil daily in Tamil Nadu, the Dinamalar (founder: Rama Subba Iyer) and published simultaneously in five centres including Madras and Madurai.
This high-voltage newspaper went to town on July 24 screaming with an 8-column headline on Page 1. The 2-inch high headline – PRABHAKARAN SHOT DEAD was followed by an entire page of shocking details that would have done credit to the best practitioners of spy fiction. Three double column pictures of the “deceased” Prabhakaran and Kittu and another double column picture of the “assassin” Mahattaya also adorned the page. The report began:
The exhaustive report went on to say:
On the following day the Dinamalar exceeded even its previous day’s imaginative journalism. The main headline said – FRIGHTENING GUNFIGHT IN VAVUNIYA JUNGLE. The sub-headline said – Mahataya’s hunt for Prabhakaran’s supporters. The report said:
The paper had more juicy stuff for its faithful readers. The report continued:
The biggest laugh came when the paper carried the following boxed item calling their readers’ attention:
There is a small postscript to all these in which this writer himself figured. Living in India at that time, I sent a humorous “middle” to The Indian Post in Bombay which the paper carried in its issue of August 10, 1989 under the strap line – “S.Sivanayagam on how obituaries are not to be trusted.” Written wholly in a light vein, I had mocked at the Dinamalar without referring to the paper by name. The paper’s editor rose to the bait two weeks later. The Indian Post in its Letters column published the following letter in its issue of August 26 under the headline – A CLEVER TRICK, BUT WE’RE NOT AMUSED:-
Editor Krishnamurthy had of course every reason to be unhappy on
having inflicted on his readers two days of atrocious journalism on
July 24 and 25. Such a man cannot be expected to have a sense of
humour either. Nakeeran and this writer of course had the last
One does not have to accept all what the Sunday Times correspondent said as correct or factual. But the openness and the lack of inhibition shown in discussing the ways and means of killing Prabhakaran is something which should be remembered by his friends and foes alike. Newspapermen who recently flocked to the Vanni to get a glimpse of Prabhakaran in person and then started whining at the heavy security checks they had to undergo should do well to read and digest this fellow scribe’s description of the dangers that surround the LTTE leader. A bogus Indian journalist supplied with a RAW Press accreditation card could not have been ruled out.