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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 ...

IPKF Gets Quit Notice
IPKF gets quit notice

After two rounds of positive talks between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE in May/June 1989, President Premadasa asked India to pull out its troops by 29 July, the second anniversary of the signing of the Indo-Sri Lanka agreement. The two sides also agreed to a cessation of hostilities. Following this, the President directed the IPKF to stop all offensive operations against the Tigers.

It was not as though India was caught off guard. Premadasa got elected on the plank of getting the IPKF out. The mandate was renewed in the subsequent Parliament elections in March 1989. In both the elections, IPKF withdrawal was not just an issue, but the issue. Opposition to its irksome presence was not ...

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