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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 ...

Enters Premadasa … and IPKF is Caught in a Bind
Enters premadasa … and IPKF is caught in a bind

One of the parting kicks of Jayewardene before relinquishing office as President was the replacement of the first-past-the-post system by a proportional representation system for elections to Parliament so that none of his successors would have the kind of brute, four-fifths majority that he enjoyed. In a way it was good in that ethnic minorities got due representation in Parliament. He also dissolved Parliament simultaneously with the announcement of election to the post of President on 19 December 1988, ostensibly to see that the new parliament was elected under the new system. But in reality, it was his way of getting back at Ranasinghe Premadasa, a ...

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