Velupillai Prabhakaran - The Fall of the Tiger in Srilanka
About Velupillai Prabhakaran
Velupillai Prabhakaran was a phenomenon in Sri Lanka for over two decades. His daring exploits against the government for the cause of the alienated Tamils there made a halo of a savior around him. Basking in the sunshine of world sympathy he succeeded in ruthlessly eliminating some of his enemies, and getting many thousand Tamils ready for the glorious sacrifice. Blood flowed freely in Lanka, and he blundered.
Many a journalist penned many books eulogizing his determination and dedication to the liberation of the perennially exploited Tamils in Sri Lanka. Over the years he amassed enough money and means that enabled him take on the combined might of Sri Lankan army and Indian peace Keeping Force as well.
The initial enthusiasm among the Tamils began to vane as they lost their children in teens in thousands. Then came the conscription through intimidation. The hapless mothers – if I borrow Shakespeare’s words – could only smile when they beheld their infants quartered with the hands of war!
3 Mistakes of Velupillai Prabhakaran
The Tiger leader committed three fatal strategic errors.
- The first was his marriage to a beauty abducted from a campus. A charming wife among robust daredevils of his bachelor lieutenants was reason enough to saw seeds of suspicion in his mind.
- There is no other reason for branding Mahathia, the second in command a traitor, and his execution later. This heinous crime would have sent a chill down the spine of everyone of his associates including Colonel Karuna.
- The next was cutting LTTE’s umbilical cord off by masterminding the assassination of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. It put an abrupt end to the moral and material support from India to tigers. Sending a tiger delegation to Norway for mediating a truce between LTTE and the government was the whistle to the final blow to the Tiger movement. Prabhakaran’s close associates falling a prey to worldly temptations during their stay in Norway leading to the betrayal of their leader cannot be ruled out.
The end of the play came very fast. Karuna defected. Prabhakaran’s outright rejection of limited freedom offered on a silver tray by the government through the Norwegian team helped world opinion in favour of President Rajapakse. And the war machines moved fast. The fractured LTTE was no match for Sri Lankan military might. Rest is history.
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