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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 ...

Thondaman Averts a Crisis
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The assassination of Amirthalingam and Yogeswaran was closely followed by the murder of PLOTE leader Uma Maheswaran, again in Colombo. India and other Tamil groups conveniently put the blame on the LTTE. But D. Sitharthan, who succeeded Uma Maheswaran, was candid enough to admit to me that Uma was a victim of an internal revolt. With these assassinations taking place in the Sri Lankan capital, that too hardly days before the deadline was set by Premadasa for the pull-out of the IPKF, India desperately cited them to strengthen its weak case. It argued that if this could happen to top Tamil leaders, the lives of ordinary Tamils in the north and east would become even more vulnerable once ...

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