28 November, 2020

Killer Hyena

We would never know who actually plotted the assassination and for whom the LTTE killed Rajiv

Killer Hyena

To talk about the Rajiv Gandhi assassination in times of demonetisation may seem diversionary. Well, Nalini, being a prisoner, probably did not know about the cash crunch outside the jail. Her memoir was launched on ­November 24 in Chennai. And the publisher offered us excerpts, which point at a possible conspir­acy to eliminate, rather than arrest, Siva­rasan, the one-eyed chief of the Liberation Tigers of ­Tamil Eelam terror module tasked to carry out the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. We have transla­ted these excerpts from the Tamil original.

Any incremental piece of information adds to the complex narrative of the Rajiv ­Gandhi ­assassination. With every new layer of doubt and detail, the story ­becomes more and more murky, pushing us to believe that there is more to the assassination than what meets the eye. Though the late Anton Balasingham, the LTTE ideologue, had sought an apology for the murder, later the LTTE’s ­political wing chief, S.P. Thamilselvan, in one of his last interviews before his death, said that his...



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