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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2961

LTTE sponsored lectures cancelled as UK refused visa to the speaker

By Rangajeeva Rajakaruna

London, 12 January, ( LTTE circles in London had to cancel a series of lectures they paid for in three places in London when the speaker they hired, retired Colonel R. Hariharan, was refused a visa to enter the United kingdom by New Delhi’s UK High Commission.

“We have postponed the lectures; please leave your email address so that we could inform you the new date he is coming to London to deliver the lectures ,” said a spokesman of the Tamil Information Centre when callers inquired about the retired Colonrl Hariharan lectures.

At the three lectures organized by Ravi Sundadaralingam and Velupillai Kuhenendran, LTTE circles wanted to deeply discuss about India’s role on Sri Lankan conflict at present, insiders of the LTTE in London said.

The first lecture was to be held at the Hall of Academy of Arts and Sciences of the London University on January 12 and the second lecture was to be held, January 13 at the Tamil Information Centre at Kensington.

The third discussion was scheduled to be held at an undisclosed LTTE friend’s house in East London.

Retired Colonel R. Hariharan, who is currently working as a South Asian Affairs analyst is classified as a counter insurgency expert and was a commander of the Indian Peace Keeping Forces, who lost a war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). He served the IPKF as an intelligence officer.

The Tamil Tigers who lost all their links with India at an official level after Prabhakaran and his intelligence chief Pottuamman who are being proclaimed as to have allegedly conspired in killing Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is now anxious to go back to its former relations with Sri Lanka’s giant neighbor. In fact, the Tamil Tigers were initially trained, funded and armed by RAW, India’s equivalent of the CIA in Indian Army camps.

LTTE insiders in London said they could learn from retired Colonel Hariharan, how to plan their strategy in the future, in order to launch an ambitious plan, to win back India to their fold like in the past.

- Asian Tribune -

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