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Stranger than Fiction: The Rajiv Gandhi Assassination

Author Name: Harish Venugopalan | Format: Paperback | Genre : Educational & Professional | Other Details

Rajiv Gandhi, Former Prime Minister of India, was assassinated on May 21st 1991 in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. A special investigation team was formed by the CBI to investigate the case. The SIT version is that the conspiracy was hatched by Prabhakaran in connivance with Pottu Amman and Akila. Hence the whole act was committed by the LTTE alone. However, both the Verma Commission, which was set up to probe the security lapses leading to the assassination, and the Jain Commission, which was set up to probe the wider conspiracy, have raised enough questions to warrant a suspicion that there is a wider conspiracy and many of the culprits have been left untouched. 

This book investigates whether the LTTE did it alone. Who could have been involved in the conspiracy other than the LTTE? It asks questions that have been asked and questions that have not been asked too. The author has also provided answers but only based on evidence, circumstantial and otherwise. Based on the evidence, the dots can be connected and the question of who the larger culprits are in the assassination can be ascertained.

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Harish Venugopalan

Harish Venugopalan did his bachelor’s degree in English literature and master’s in Public Administration from Madras University and master’s in International Relations from Dublin City University in 2011–12. He worked at the Observers Research Foundation between 2016 and 2018 where he published a couple of papers on the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia respectively. The links to the papers are attached below. He has also written a few articles on international politics in modern diplomacy. For his master’s degree thesis, the crisis in Sri Lanka was one of the case studies that he took up. 

https://www.orfonline.org/research/somalia-a-failed-state/ – Issue Brief about Somalia

https://orfonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/ORF_IssueBrief_139_Venugopalan_Final.pdf –  Issue Brief about the Democratic Republic of Congo