Those co-chairs muttering amongst themselves eating
buttered brussel sprouts had wanted some pretty steep commitments from
you dear. Something about microwaving something or was it implementing
macro economic policies. Yes. I think it was the latter. Though when
writing statements in the midst of so many brussels sprouts one is apt
to be thinking more of cuisine and the microwave.
To be quite on the nose darling, many marriage partners
start bickering due to money problems. And your nuptial knot has been
very loosely tied with the red brigade. Rather like fishmonger
Appuhami's nagging wife - they have behaved, you will agree.
The JVP on the one hand, the LTTE on the other and the
bally co-chairs bopping a good one on your snout the other day. The IMF
behaving every bit like an unconverted Shylock, if I were you I'd run a
mile. But I am not you and neither are you, me. And so you stay on and
on and on. Like a rock, a bad smell, a tedious visitor, a lengthy
speechmaker, if you get my drift.
And what is our floury monopolist Prima up to these days
having got a good rap on the knuckles by that Jeyaraj? I say that chap
can pout his lips around and say anything. Sometimes I wonder if what
comes out of his mouth is ever filtered through his brain. I've no doubt
he has got one. May be the filtering system is a tad faulty. So Prima is
demanding you ante up what you owe them eh? Pay up or put up and shut up
is what I gather they are telling you to do.
Meanwhile the blokes who bought over the CWE@aloss.net
marched over to your doorstep the other day in a huff, a little birdie
tells me, and offered you the CWE on a platter while only demanding you
pay them back the purchase price. Hmm! Curiouser and curiouser. I
thought you nonchalantly mentioned to all and sundry that the deal was
as crooked as a dog's hind leg. If it were so dear, why would these
chappies offer to give it back to you, surely they cannot then recover
the commissions and so on and so forth. I know dear, you do say a lot of
things during elections, after elections and in between the two stages
that mean nothing to you but have immense voter appeal. After all voters
like being led by the nose ring and don't you know it.
Almost in an indecent hurry you shooed them off, saying
you never meant a word of it, and wouldn't dream of taking back the CWE.
As I say darling you've got rupee problems, the sense bit
we knew you never had. But then again having no doubt studied for a
degree in economics at some exotic university yet to be announced, you
will handle this situation with decorum and aplomb and what not. One
cannot forget that during your last tenure it was you rather than the
bespectacled professori who night after night wrote out the annual
budget. So it is time dear for you to get out the abacus, and the old
chewed up pencil and start again. Back to the bally drawing board eh?
Meanwhile the bally co-chairs are chairing this and that
but not getting off their bally bums to help. I am delighted to observe
that the co-chairs are encouraged by the LTTE's release of child
soldiers. However they have wiggled a collective index finger at you and
warned you not to let slip the gains made by Ranil. Oh dear, and we all
thought the only gains he had made were to his waistline.
The people of Batticaloa are in the grip of two
contending terrorist forces. The clash for supremacy between the
mainstream Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Batticaloa -
Amparai dissident faction led by Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias
"Col" Karuna has led to a situation where lives are being
snuffed out without restraint. People are afraid to talk freely as they
do not know who supports Pirapaharan and who supports Karuna.
The latest killing in Batticaloa is that of
journalist Aiyathurai Nadesan writing under the byline G. Nadesan. He
was shot dead by assassins belonging to the Karuna faction. The LTTE is
now trying to capitalise on this death. The Tigers have organised a
worldwide campaign condemning and mourning Nadesanís death to obtain
The LTTE hypocrisy in this is terrible. The LTTE has
killed politicians, journalists, academics, civil servants etc, with
impunity in the past. They have destroyed newspapers, taken over
newspapers, shut down newspapers, etc. They have terrorised journalists.
The LTTE reached an all time low in Batticaloa when
they dug up the body of Rajan Sathiyamoorthy who they had shot dead and
half-burnt the body. The Tigers who defiled a corpse are now honouring
Nadesan in a manner that is despicably revolting.
A team of Tigers led by Senathi went to the funeral
house and wrapped a Tiger flag around the body. Nadesanís sister
objected. The flag was removed.Later Nadesanís body was taken to the
north for cremation at the Aalankatti cemetery in Vathiri.
The LTTE trying to gain political mileage out of the
killing took over the funeral arrangements. Homage ceremonies were
organised in Vavuniya, Kilinochchi, Jaffna and Karaveddy. Nadesanís
body, now wrapped in a Tiger flag lay in state for people to pay their
respects. The LTTE orchestrated large crowds of mourners.
Leading LTTE figures spoke at the various ceremonies
as well as the funeral itself.The LTTE organised a massive
demonstration and hartal in the northeast to condemn the killing. Almost
all the Tiger media are lamenting Nadesanís loss ad nauseam.
Tiger media organs are devoting much time and space to Nadesan.In
typical Tiger fashion fund raising in his memory has
commenced overseas. Fund raising to the LTTE is like a fire hydrant to a
The LTTE Leader Pirapaharan has conferred upon
Nadesan the posthumous title "Naatruppattraalar"
(Patriot). This is an second class honour bestowed upon people who have
supported or assisted the LTTE. First class honour is the "Maamanithan"
(great human) title. By this action the LTTE is trying to show the world
that Nades an was one of theirs.
All these efforts help to reinforce the impression
that Nadesan was a Tiger scribe.The truth however is
different.This typical LTTE deception only helps to reinforce the Karuna
group charge that Nades was a Tiger associate.
The LTTE has damaged Nades after his death by trying
to "coopt" his image for their benefit. By doing so the LTTE
has distorted and diluted the widespread condemnation that should
have arisen because an independent journalist was assassinated. Instead
Nadesan is being depicted as a Tiger in journalist garb. If the Karuna
faction has taken Nadesanís life, the LTTE is destroying his
When Nadesan was killed the Karuna faction accused
him of being a pro-LTTE scribe. They called him a "Wannippulip
pathirigaiaalar." (Wanni Tiger journalist).The harsh reality
however is that the Karuna faction suspected him of being one. The
bad blood between the Karuna faction and Nadesan started due to the Tamil
Alai (Tamil wave) newspaper.
When Karuna started the Tamil Alai newspaper
Nadesan too wrote for it regularly under pseudonyms. But Nadesan stopped
writing for it after the Karuna rebellion. If one examines his columns
for Virakesari during the Karuna revolt period between March 3 to
April 12 one detects a soft-pedalling tone. Nadesan became more critical
of Karuna after he went into hiding.His reports to the pro-LTTE radio
IBC in London too were hard hitting.
There is an eastern school of thought which believes
Nadesan was killed due to the last article he wrote for the Virakesari
of May 30. He wrote about the growing pattern of violence in
Batticaloa in recent times. He was critical of Karuna and skeptical
about the recent appointment of Gen. Shantha Kottegoda as overall
operations commander for the east. Nadesan counted the number of
killings in recent times and expressed concern over the future.
Tragically, Nadesan himself became the next casualty.
The Karuna factionís Ďneruppuí
website outlines the reason for Nadesanís execution. It says that
Nadesan went to Kokkatticholai on the Western shore and met with LTTE
Eastern Political Commissar, Kaushalyan. It says that Kaushalyan asked
for Nadesanís cooperation in building up the mainstream LTTE in
Batticaloa and that Nadesan agreed with the rider that Karuna should be
removed. This alleged meeting is given as the reason for Nadesanís
The last time I spoke to Nades was in early May. So I
am not aware of such a meeting. Family members however say Nadesan never
went to "paduvaankarai" (Western shore) on May 30. From
my personal knowledge of Nadesan I do not think he would have ever
agreed to support the Tigers in that manner.
He was neither a complete believer nor a naÔve fool
to have done so. My own suspicion is that Nadesan was marked for death
after the killing of Eastern University Economics Professor Kumaravelu
The Thambiah factor
The Tiger mouthpiece Tamil Net and other LTTE media
have projected an impression that Prof. Thambiah was killed by Karunaís
men. TamilNet stated that Thambiah went to the north after Karunaís
rebellion and returned only after Karuna went away.
The truth however is different. Thambiah though from
Aasikulam in Vavuniya was married in Batticaloa and was for all
practical purposes an eastern Tamil. He hated Jaffna hegemonism and was
in the forefront of the pro-eastern school of thought at the Batticaloa
Thambiah never went to the north after Karunaís
rebellion in March. He stayed put in Batticaloa as he had nothing to
fear from Karuna. Thambiah fled to Colombo and then to Vavuniya only in
April when Karuna left Batticaloa and the pro - Pirapaharan LTTE
men took over. He feared death at their hands because of his Karuna
He later got "clearance" from the new
Eastern Tiger Leader, Ramesh and returned to Batticaloa. The pro-Tiger
media succeeded in distorting reality and projected a picture that
Thambiah had been killed by Karunaís men.
Thambiah was killed by Pottu Ammanís operatives
despite the clearance given by Ramesh. The LTTE after shooting Prof.
Thiruchelvam and government agent Mounaguriswamy issued statements
condemning the attacks. In the same way the Tigers raised a big fuss
over Thambiahís shooting too. Kaushalyan wanted an inquiry. The ever
obliging peace monitors were ready.
Most Batticaloa people however know that Thambiah was
killed by the Tigers. The contrasting manner in which the LTTE dealt
with Nadesanís killing and Thambiahís killing demonstrates who
killed whom. Thus my feeling is that Karunaís men killed Nadesan in
revenge for Thambiah. Both were northerners who had married and settled
down in Batticaloa.
Though the Tigers are now beating their breasts over
Nadesanís killing there is no doubt that they too would have killed
him if he had taken an openly pro-Karuna line. Though most Tamil
journalists take a pro - Tiger line for purposes of survival, the
Nadesan killing shows that pro-Tiger scribes too now face danger in
The killing of Nadesan by Karunaís henchmen has to
be condemned severely. At the same time the LTTEís hypocrisy in trying
to project Nadesan as a Tiger scribe should also be condemned. The false
impression created by the LTTE in showing Nadesan to be a Tiger can only
help strengthen Karunaís accusation that Nadesan was a ĎTiger
One faction has taken Nadesanís life while the
other faction is destroying his reputation and in the process justifying
the reason for a killing. Irrespective of the views he espoused, Nadesanís
killing has to be condemned forthrightly.
ó D.B.S. Jeyaraj