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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 ...

Pathmanabha Murder
Pathmanabha murder

Prabhakaran was in many ways like a tiger which marked its prey and crouched for the spring. Many of his victims were in his hit list for years before they were finally eliminated. One such was EPRLF general secretary, K. Pathmanabha. Those who looked for a method in Prabhakaran's madness were like Shakespearean critics who looked for motive in Iago's motiveless malignity, as Coleridge put it. It was plain from the very outset that Prabhakaran brooked no opposition and anyone who crossed his path did so at his own peril. No wonder, fellow militant Pathmanabha should have been marked for killing.

When Prabhakaran's men killed over 70 members of the EPRLF, PLOTE and ENDLF, including PLOTE's Vasudeva, in one fell swoop in September ...

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