Punishing Rajiv Gandhi: Two Moments

Michael Roberts 

The Thuppahi items on the Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi have recently attracted a range of “Hits” …. that is, visitors/viewers. I am puzzled as to why; but list them below – with added reference to the first hit on Rajiv on 30th April 1987 when a Sinhala nationalist seaman from Ratgama attempted to assail him for imposing what is known as the “Indo-Lanka Pact” on Sri Lanka in a conscious move to assist the Tamil liberation movement. Wijemuni De Silva’s blow in fact hit Rajiv’s shoulder in a glancing blow because of the Prime Minister’s quick reaction. It could have been fatal (see “Clobbering …….…,” at https://thuppahis.com/2019/08/08/clobbering-rajiv-gandhi-as-chastisement-in-1987-a-guti-dheema/).


Kaarthikeyen’s book on his excellent investigation is a must-read on the topic.





Annadoure, courtesy of the Sri Lanka Guardian and Times Now TV …. …………. SEE http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2012/01/inside-story-rajiv-gandhi-assassination.htmlfor Part I et seq AND http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/01/killing_rajiv_gandhi_dhanus_sa.htmlf

Michael Roberts:Killing Rajiv Gandhi: Dhanu’s sacrificial metamorphosis in death?  n South Asian History and Culture, Vol. 1, Number 1 …  http://www.informaworld.com/rsac

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One response to “Punishing Rajiv Gandhi: Two Moments

  1. Sachi Sri Kantha

    MIchael, your puzzle is easily solved. Few days ago, by Supreme Court order, the remaining six Rajiv assassination case convicts have been released, after 31 years. Please check the following link.

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