Unsettling history of assassinations (Rajiv et al)


It was on July 29, 1987, that then Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi flew to Colombo to sign the agreement with president J.R. Jayewardene in a bid to end a raging Tamil separatist drive.

For the first time in Sri Lanka’s troubled history, the country was formally recognised as a multi-religious, multi-ethnic and multi-lingual society. It also brought about the only major act of constitutional reforms, devolving powers to minorities in the form of provincial councils with judicial, civil and police services.

The fighting between the LTTE and Indians not only led to the death of nearly 1,200 Indian soldiers and hundreds of Tamils, combatants and non-combatants

இது செய்திThe accord’s 20th anniversary.


இப்பொழுது புத்தகங்கள்:1. “Royal Murders” by Dulcie M. Ashdown (Sutton, 1998) – murders of European rulers

2. “Political Murder” by Franklin L. Ford (Harvard, 1985) – The most successful political assassins, he believes, approximate the pop-culture stereotype of lone killers who act primarily to earn a place in history, snuffing out useful lives so that their meaningless ones will be remembered.

3. “Killing No Murder” by Edward Hyams (Thomas Nelson, 1969) – Murderous anarchists would plague Europe and America for more than a decade.

4. “Assassination” by Linda Laucella (Lowell House, 1998) – looks at assassins as individuals

5. “American Brutus” by Michael W. Kauffman (Random House, 2004) – Kauffman’s Booth is the author of the 19th century’s most complex assassination conspiracy, designed to cripple the country’s command structure by eliminating the president, vice president and secretary of state in a single night’s work.

Fetherling, a Canadian novelist and poet, is the author of “The Book of Assassins” (John Wiley).

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