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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 ...

Jaffna—A Town in Transition
Jaffna—a town in transition

Whenever I visited Sri Lanka during the IPKF days, I used to pack my bag and hit the road after a few days in Colombo, needed to get temporary accreditation and other papers. This time, it was different as my travel mate was Swapan Dasgupta, then an up-and-coming columnist working for the Statesman. He had been to Sri Lanka once before. But being more a columnist than a reporter, he was more comfortable in the company of Colombo 7 elite than with the embattled Tamils in north and east as language was a barrier for him and he could relate only to the English-speaking people.

However, he wanted to visit Jaffna to gauge the mood of not just the ...

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