Selvarasa Pathmanathan (KP) Blog
, 8 July 2009
Pathmanathan abducted in Kuala Lumpur, 7 August 2009
and Concerning KP
- Nadesan Satyendra, 6 August 2009 ]
It is my opinion that it will be very useful to
exchange some of my opinions with you through these
Through this exchange of views over the immediate
future, I wish to share my views, feelings and
thoughts and take in your opinions, advices, reviews
The reasons for this are many.
In the struggle for right to self determination of
Eelam Tamil nation, we are at a crucial but
It is time to reflect on the path of struggle that
we had adopted, learn the lessons through that
experience and move forward on next steps based on
Having understood the need to think collectively, I
had earlier made known an email address to receive
your opinions and advice.
I have received hundreds of correspondences to this
address in the form of opinions, advices, reviews
I took time to read these and found many of them to
be extremely useful.
I wish to thank those who took the effort to send in
By reaching out to the people and communicating with
them, I realised whole heartedly that there was a
lot to learn.
I had also direct conversation with many in the past
few days and had extended discussions and exchange
of opinions as to the next steps in our freedom
struggle. I spent several hours on the phone
discussing these crucial issues. These meetings and
discussions were very useful. I also realised the
need to speak with many on the same issues reaching
out broadly. I also felt that many who spoke
displayed clarity and I was invigorated.
I also realised the importance of sharing of
opinions with many who were not in a position to
share opinions with me through direct means.
How do I achieve this?
In this advanced cyber era I soon realised that it
was possible through a blog posting. This is why
have I chosen to out to you using this method.
The dimension of expressing opinions through
political statements is very different to the
dimension of distributing opinions through the web.
It is not appropriate to release all opinions as
political statements and notices.
The internet gives me an opportunity to be close to
the people and exchange views. I was attracted to
this form of communication because of the ability to
be able to reach many quickly.
Still, I was hesitant.This is different to the tradition we have followed
within our liberation movement.
The role I play today is very different to the one I
have played for over 30 years in our freedoms
struggle. For a long period contact with people was
not part of my work.
These were the reasons for my hesitation.
However, in this period of many challenges, to move
forward our struggle, I realised the need to reach
out to our people and decided to post this section
from today in English (08.07.2009) as Pathmanathan
Pages. These pages will appear weekly, in Tamil on
every Saturdays and in English on every Wednesdays.
Picture 1: On the occasion of Thalivar�s (Leader�s)
It is already 33 years since I joined in the Tamil
freedom struggle. I have been a part of this
struggle, joining forces with our leader since 1976.
I have been a close support to him during very
crucial periods. In 1984 when our leader got
married, I had the good fortune to be his best man.
This long association is indescribable by words.
Through this long heartfelt relationship, I have
followed our leader as an older brother, as a guide
and as a friend. I have exchanged freely with him
the things I felt were right or wrong and continued
my role in pursuit of freedom.
Understanding the critical geographical and regional
implications that our freedom struggle will
encounter well ahead of time our leader had
entrusted me with a strategic role that was critical
to the struggle. As a result, even with other
responsibilities at hand, I had to engage with the
internationally dispersed Tamil Diaspora. In my
journey of the freedom struggle, I had the
opportunity to work for a short while closely with
our senior leader Col. Kittu and our political
Picture 2: At �Kadalpura� boat with senior leader
Kumarappa and other cadres...
The oath of affirmation I took with my leader and
other military leaders after the heroic death of our
senior leaders including Kumarappa and Pulendran
still lives in me as an unflickering flame. In fact,
I too should have been on the boat �Kadal Pura� that
had carried Kumarappa, Pulendran and other cadres.
On that fateful day, my leader had called me to
travel with him and I had obliged. If not, I too
would have attained martyrdom on that occasion.
The dreams we had shared of the future in 1989, in
the jungles of Vanni together with Bala Anna and
Col. Shankar are still alive in me. I have decided
to publish some details of these relationships and
activities that I had undertaken with my leader and
with senior cadres from time to time in appropriate
sections of these pages.
Picture 3: In the jungles of Manalaru with Thalivar,
Bala anna and Shankar anna...
In 1995, the Sri Lankan forces had occupied the
Jaffna peninsula that was under the control LTTE
through a military offensive code named �Sooriya
Kathir�. Our leader, a few senior military leaders
and a limited number of cadres had decided to
withdraw to the Vanni. A vast majority of the people
lived in Jaffna too were displaced towards Vanni.
The people and the soil of Vanni took care of our
leader and the displaced people. These people from
Vanni became the support and strength for all the
victories we achieved since 1996 and stood stead
fast to face the challenges ahead.
The role of the Diaspora is an important one in the
period after 1995. The work carried out in the
international arena was directed by me in the period
between 1996 and 2002. Prior to this, since the mid
1980s, I have worked hard amongst the Diaspora to
establish the organisational structure that was
needed to fight our freedom struggle by visiting
them from house to house and country to country. The
people who had worked for a long time in our freedom
struggle and the early supporters know my role and
involvement very well. Some Tamil people are
confused about the identities of KP and Selvarasa
Pathmanathan and state Selvarasa Pathmanathan is a
new face but KP is an older, senior member. Please
do not be confused; both KP and Selvarasa
Pathamanathan are the same person.
In the period between 1996 and 2002, we were able to
deliver 20% more than what was expected from our
leader. It was heart warming to know that we too an
important part for the proud victories that were
achieved to the astonishment of Tamil Eelam nation
and the world during this period.
After 2002, it was the wish of my leader to
coordinate all activities from our home land. He
felt the need for all leaders responsible to operate
in close proximity to him. He beckoned me too. As I
was getting ready to go, understanding the
difficulties in mobility too well, he wanted me to
be patient until he was able to make suitable
arrangements for travel.
Bala Anna and Brigadier Tamilselvan took measures to
organise my travel. The travel arrangements made
through an international procedure was getting
delayed due to some practical problems that were
encountered. At this point I had asked my leader to
give me permission to travel through my own
arrangements. He forbade me and convinced me to wait
until the right opportunity arose. As per my
leader�s wish all operations were coordinated from
our homeland. I waited for my leaders instructions
while maintaining contact with him.
My leader must have felt that the right time had
come; on the first day of 2009 he appointed me as
the head of International relations of the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. On the 12th of
January that year he informed the world leaders that
I will take responsibility, as head of the unit, for
all future diplomatic moves, as the spokesperson and
as the primary foreign relations delegate.
I wish to share with our people the letter and its
translation that our leader had sent the world
There are two important statements in the letter
that are noteworthy. Our leader had established a
new department for international relations. This was
the first time has our movement established an
International Relations department. Our leader had
felt the need to fill the gap that had been left
after the demise of our political ideologue Anton
Prior to announcing my appointment, my leader had
discussed many important issues with me in detail.
He emphasised the importance of international
support for the victory of our freedom struggle. We
discussed the challenges associated with this in
Many more details including the situation on the
ground at the time of my appointment, the approach
the international community had taken in this
problem and the choices that were available in front
of our leader during the final stages of the war
will all be discussed next week (15.07.2009).
Please send forth your opinions that you wish to
share to the email address below. I wish to publish
some of these in this web site. Please inform me if
you do not wish your comments to be made public.
The email address to receive your comments or
opinions is: [email protected]