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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2958

Health card of Prabakaran is not so rosy as it ought to be

Colombo, 03 July, ( The health condition of Velupillai Prabakaran has become a matter of serious concern among the inner circle of the LTTE. Some sources claim that adverse reports are not forwarded to him fearing that these reports might affect his health. Most of the work load is taken off his shoulders and delegated to trusted cadres.Health profile of the aging Tiger Leader V.PrabakaranHealth profile of the aging Tiger Leader V.Prabakaran

His doctors are most concerned about his diabetes and his bouts of depression. Partly because of this and partly because of security reasons his movements have been restricted. He is no longer seen as the outdoor activists. Even his exercises are confined to indoors. He does not want to set a pattern to his daily routine fearing that his enemies could easily target him by studying the routine.

He has been missing from the public eye after the government started to Target key military installations.

Asian Tribune consulted various reliable sources to put this file together:

Prabakaran 17 yearsPrabakaran 17 yearsHealth Profile of Prabakaran

Name: Prabhakaran. Velupillai

Date of Birth: 26 November 1954

Place of Birth: Valvetiturai, Sri Lanka

Father’s Name: Thiruvenkadam Velupillai

Mother’s Name: Valiipuram Parvathy

Brother: Manokaran (Eldest) Married to Vanajadevi

Prabaharan 1984Prabakaran 1984Sisters: Jegathieswary Married to Mathiaparanam and Vinothini married to Rasenthiran. (Both sisters are elder to him. He is the youngest member in the family.

Velupillai originally from Point Pedro started his life as a clerk in the Government Clerical Service when he was 19 years old and retired from Government service as a Land Officer when he was 58 years old.

Education: Prabakaran studied up to G.C.E. Ordinary level at Chidampara College, Valvetiturai. The last school he attended.

Prabaharan 1987Prabaharan 1987

1. Tamil New Tigers (TNT) - 1972

2. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) - 05 May 1976.

Marriage and Family Life

Married: On 1st October 1984 at a simple Temple ceremony held at Murugan Temple, Thiruporur , Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Wife’s Name: Mathivathani from Punguduthievu

Fathers Name of wife: Erambu

Mother’s name of wife: Sinnammal

Prabakaran’s children: 1. Charles Anthony Seelan - Date of Birth: 18 April 1985, 2. Dhuwaraha - Date of Birth: 02 June 1986, 3. Balachandran - Date of Birth: 10 January 1996.Prabakaran 1989Prabakaran 1989

Presently Wife and three children are away from Sri Lanka.

Maladies (known)

Blood Pressure : Hypertension . His uncontrolled high blood pressure is said to be dangerous which could lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure.

Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes, - non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) Trying to control through diets up to 2004 after that date reports reveals that he is under pills.

Heart related disease - Angina a disease of heart which results in sharp pains in the chest after physical activity or exercise.

Hydrocele : a collection of serous fluid that results from a defect or irritation in the tunica vaginalis of the scrotum - indirect inguinal hernia.

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TIA - A Transient Ischemic Attack: is a transient stroke that lasts only a few minutes. It occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is briefly interrupted. TIA symptoms, which usually occur suddenly, are similar to those of stroke but do not last as long. Most symptoms of a TIA disappear within an hour, although they may persist for up to 24 hours. Symptoms can include: numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body; confusion or difficulty in talking or understanding speech; trouble seeing in one or both eyes. After this only he started wearing spectacles. There were reports that he has had mild attacks twice.

Manic Depression: Bipolar disorder causes dramatic mood swings—from overly "high" and/or irritable to sad and hopeless, and then back again, often with periods of normal mood in between. Severe changes in energy and behavior go along with these changes in mood. Instances of highs and lows episodes of mania and depression were observed by the doctors.

Prabakaran 1999Prabakaran 1999Eating habits

He has been asked to reduce fat.

On Tuesday, Fridays and Saturdays he takes vegetarian meals only

He has given up eating beef, pork and mutton.

He eats chicken with lot of spice, mostly as curry, flesh of Lacerta Iguana (In Tamil called Udumpu) Sea food especially shark and other fish, crabs, prawns, shrimps. He loves to eat sea turtle flesh – considered a favorite delicacy.

Doctor’s Visit : Presently increased to more than 2 times a week

Prabakaran 2002Prabakaran 2002Daily Routine:

Starts the day with gentle walk for 30 minutes – his bodyguards follow and escort him during the walk.

Followed by oil body massage for 20 minutes by his body guards and bath

Breakfast – Food has to be tested before eating. Particular favorite menu is ‘Pittu’ made out of rice flour, Sambol and Murunga (Drum Stick) curry.

Then he visits Sencholai Girls’ Home and Kantharuban Boy’s Home – the orphanage which has a history of producing suicide bombers, mainly women suicide bombers.

Then he visits the handicap centre – mainly centre for disabled ex-women cadres

Prabakaran 2004Prabakaran 2004Next stop: Visit to the computer centre where there are more than 1000 computers of all size and brands. This centre is housed in a massive building and in some section the entry is limited to a handful of hardcore LTTE leadership only.

Afternoon Lunch : Mostly Rice and Curry

Rest watching TV and reading South Indian weekly magazines.

Afternoon siesta

Meeting people, expatriate visitors and selected leaders in the LTTE rank and file.

By 5 PM normally he starts the evening visiting building sites, training centers followed by 30 minutes gentle walk, 20 minutes body massage and bath.

Dinner: meals made out of wheat flour.

Prabakaran 2006Prabakaran 2006Retire to watch videos.

He keeps on changing his sleeping places.

In public he puts up a brave front. His presence at key functions is a hindrance to the public. Recently, he insisted on attend an “arangetram”. The parents had sent out invitations cards. Because of his intention to participate, Prabakaran had insisted that the invitations be cut down to the minimum to protect his security. In the end only handful attended this ceremony.

Note: This report is compiled from information gathered from various reliable sources.

- Asian Tribune -

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