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This is the story of the man who defined the armed struggle for an independent Eelam for over three decades and who lived by the gun and died by the gun—Velupillai Prabhakaran. A home-grown guerilla who built the LTTE into a ruthless war machine and controlled its world-wide network from his hideout and ruled territories under his control with an iron fist; who defied the world and eliminated whoever came in his way, including former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi; who had fighters ready to kill and die in thousands for him … yet he failed, leaving the future of Sri Lankan Tamils a big question mark.

The book is a first-person account by the author based on his innumerable visits to Sri Lanka during its ...

Progress to North-east Provincial Council
Progress to north-east provincial council

A major setback for Prabhakaran in his attempt to bring about a truce was the death of MGR, as the then Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. G. Ramachandran was affectionately known, in December 1987. Prabhakaran was MGR's blue-eyed boy. In his last message to Rajiv in November, that is a month before his death, MGR urged India to act on the Jaffna municipal commissioner, C.V.K. Sivagnanam's appeal for a ceasefire. The Government of India sent Minister of State for External Affairs Natwar Singh to clarify to MGR that Sivagnanam's locus standi with the LTTE was unknown and there was no word from the LTTE that it would lay down arms and support the accord.

It was during ...

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