By Paul Newman-20 Jul 2013
Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam is a third generation Tamil politician from Sri Lanka.He hails from a family of well known lawyers. His father Kumar Ponnambalam, whochampioned the cause of Tamils in a racist milieu, was gunned down in Colombo in2000 by unidentified assailants. A former Member of Sri Lankan Parliament (2001- 2010) and leader of a politicalparty, the Tamil National Peoples' Front (TNPF), Gajen as he is fondly called, is anarticulate, out spoken young politician. He is a qualified lawyer, educated in England.
Gajen says India should recognize the Eelam Tamils as a distinct nation
Gajen is a marked man now. His call foran internationally backed Transitional Administration in Tamil areas of Sri Lanka, andhis fearless crusade for Tamil rights, often taking contrarian positions to that of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has earned him many enemies.In May 2013, four unidentified masked men surveyed his house. The obvious message