Visvanathan “Rudra” Rudrakumaran for Ozy

Wahoo - more new work out! Visvanathan “Rudra” Rudrakumaran is the Prime minister of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), the government-in-exile fighting for an independent state on Sri Lanka. 

Visvanathan “Rudra” Rudrakumaran, Prime minister of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam
Visvanathan “Rudra” Rudrakumaran, Prime minister of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam

After the Sri Lankan government defeated the Tamil Tigers (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam - LTTE) in 2009 ending the civil war, the TGTE evolved from the LTTE civilian wing. Yep, that's the same Tamil Tigers that M.I.A.'s father was a part of. And the same group that's on the US terrorist list.

The history of Sri Lanka and it's people is way more complex and nuanced though. Begin an understanding by reading Adam Matthews's article - Rudra's Dream: An Independent Tamil State | Ozy