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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 ...

Thirteen-month Honeymoon Ends
Thirteen-month honeymoon ends

If the presence of the IPKF brought the two sworn enemies, the LTTE and the Sri Lankan State, together, it was only logical its exit should lead to their parting of ways. For only the naïve believed that the 13-month marriage of convenience would lead to an enduring relationship. Unfortunately, among the naïve was President Premadasa. A street-smart politician, he was used to straight fights, not intrigues of the ruling class or a guerilla force like the LTTE which would sup with the devil to achieve its goal. He genuinely believed all the 13 months that the charade of talks went on that the LTTE was truly interested in peace and that it would get down to brass tacks once ...

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