The Prabhakaran phenomenon: towards an explanation

Letter to Editor by Charles Ponnuthurai Sarvan Berlin, Germany. A Sri Lankan Tamil friend wrote to me wondering why thousands of Tamils, both within and outside the Island, devoutly followed the Tiger leader. Even more, why do so many – more in the diaspora, he thinks, than within Sri Lanka – still ‘believe’ in him? Why did they ignore evidence which pointed to major errors and crimes committed by him? Why do they refuse to see them even now?  The murder of Rajiv Gandhi is just one instance of Prabhakaran’s fatal…

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