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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 ...

Uneasy Peace in North, Reign of Terror in South
Uneasy peace in north, reign of terror in south

If the 29 July 1989 agreement on the IPKF pull-out brought a respite in the northern and eastern part of the province, the 18 September agreement firmed it up, in that India agreed to pull out all its troops by 31 December. Of course, the deadline was tentative. India dropped its demand on Colombo improving upon the devolution package as the Premadasa administration did not have the requisite two-thirds majority in Parliament to further amend the 13th amendment to the Constitution dealing with devolution of powers to the provinces. Instead, it asked Colombo to make the north-east provincial council functional by devolving powers already available under the 13th ...

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