Sivasubramanium Sivakamy, alias Thamilini, who headed the Women’s Political Wing of the LTTE says that Prabhakaran’s deep seated fear of the LTTE being disarmed as a result of a peace process, prevented him from going for a political settlement with the Sri Lankan government.
In her book “In the Shadow of a Sharp Sword”, written a few months before cancer claimed her life in October 2015, Thamilini says that Prabhakaran firmly believed that his security as well that of the LTTE rested only in the possession of weapons.
According to Thamilini’s husband, Jeyakumar Mahadevan, she pointed out that several opportunities to strike a peace deal with Colombo went unutilized because of the fear of losing the gun.
Thamilini has also identified the principal causes of the LTTE’s defeat in war.
Among them were war fatigue, having fought for 30 long years continuously, and infiltration of the LTTE’s set up by Sri Lankan intelligence.
The advancing age of the commanders was also a factor where she said many of the top commanders were 45 to 50 years old at the time of the 4th Eelam War.
Thamilini recalls how many of them could not even run a mile.