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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 ...

The VIP Treatment
The vip treatment

Veteran journalist Sam Rajappa of the Statesman and I flew to Colombo a week or so after the start of Eelam War II. Unlike during the IPKF days when the entire north and east was under the control of the Indian army, the Sri Lankan government's writ ran only in the east and parts of the north beyond Vavuniya, like Jaffna peninsula from 1995 onwards, until the final battle in April–May 2009, that is 19 years later, leading to the annihilation of the LTTE leadership. Therefore, journalists covering the war had to get the defence ministry clearance.

The procedure was very elaborate. You had to give your name, the organization you represented, your passport number, the registration number of the taxi ...

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