Nalini's book on Rajiv murder released by Vaiko, Thirumavalavan, Seeman

Nalini’s book on Rajiv murder released by Vaiko, Thirumavalavan, Seeman

Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict Nalini Sriharan’s autobiographical account ‘Rajiv Murder: Hidden Truths and Priyanka-Nalini Meeting’ was released in the city on Thursday.

Viduthalai Chiruthai Katchi (VCK) president Thirumavalavan said, “the Eelam crisis is multi-dimensional. And this book, through the eyes of Nalini brings out every dimension accurately.” He added that bureaucratic atrocities often go unnoticed and that this book raises several relevant questions that the government is answerable to.

MDMK founder Vaiko said the book should be translated into other languages and reach all the nations where Tamil speaking people live.

Seeman, coordinator of Naam Tamilar Katchi, said Nalini’s account of prison life was comparable to Henri Charriere’s novel Papillon.

The book titled, “Rajiv Gandhi assasin, hidden truths, Priyanka meeting Nalini” was written by Pa Egalaivan with Nalini’s permission.

Nalini says her life in jail was a little tolerable whenever Jayalalithaa was in power. The jail administration was a bit considerate during the AIADMK regime, she says.

At several places in the autobiography, she says during the DMK government, the jail officials were harsh on her. In 2006, after the DMK returned to power, they threatened to ‘arrest’ her daughter if she was not immediately sent away to Sri Lanka, she says.