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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 ...

Murder, Most Foul
Murder, most foul

My casual chat with Colonel Hariharan in the Taj hotel lobby is etched in memory. I even remember the date—13 July 1989. Because it was on that day that a three-member LTTE squad shot dead TULF leader A. Amirthalingam and former Jaffna MP V. Yogeswaran in Colombo. Party president Sivasithamparam escaped with serious injuries. The Indian high commission was hosting a dinner for Tamil leaders at the hotel that evening, obviously to lobby for a graceful exit of the IPKF, and Colonel Hariharan told me Amirthalingam and others were expected to attend. That was at six in the evening. The killers struck around 7:30 pm when I was at the Katunayake airport. I got the news from a fellow journalist ...

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