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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 Jaffna
Uneasy peace in Jaffna

The indefinite curfew continued in southern Sri Lanka even after Rajiv Gandhi left for New Delhi after signing the peace agreement with Jayewardene. It was relaxed only on 31 July. I joined a group of journalists, led by K.V. Narayanan of United News of India who was the only one among us who had been to Sri Lanka before. We left for Jaffna in a mini bus at 6:00 in the morning. The driver had assured us that we could reach Jaffna before 5 pm when the night curfew would come into force.

As he predicted, we reached Jaffna at 4.30 pm. We were stopped by a boy, hardly a few inches taller than the AK-47 he was carrying, ...

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