An explosive memoir written by LTTE's political leader of the Women's Wing Thamilini which was launched in Kilinochchi on Saturday (19) hits out at LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and his son Charles Anthony for their conduct during last stages of the war.
Earlier suggestions were made by Police to make changes in the cover page of the book to avert any attempt of glorifying the LTTE but with timely intervention by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe such attempts were thwarted.
The book launch ceremony was presided over by Poet Pon. Kanthan, this took place at the Co-operative College Hall, in Kilinochchi. Two books were released on Saturday at the event with Thamilini's Autobiography and An Anthology of Poems. Charles Anthony came to wield considerable power, and the brash young chap thought nothing of snubbing senior commanders. Worse still, it was he who insisted on compulsory conscription of all youth in the region under Tiger control, alienating the public at large, she has noted.
In her reminiscences, now making waves in the pro-LTTE communities, she says she was aghast that anyone, least of all the Tiger rebels, avowedly fighting for the rights of the Tamils, should seek to prevent those fleeing for safety.
"Not a morsel of food, not a drop of water, not an inch of land to stand on...the rebel artillery stationed in the last places of refuge, firing at the government positions and the Army retaliating furiously, it was horrifying...the hapless civilians had been moving from place to place for months now, since the latest phase of the war had begun three years earlier...what else could they do but swallow their pride and move over...anyway they were received well, given food, medicine and some rudimentary accommodation as well...It was only then did I realize something was seriously wrong with us...we were no more the saviours, we had turned on our own people..." (PA)