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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 ...

Dismissal of Karunanidhi Government
Dismissal of Karunanidhi government

Article 356 of the Constitution was one of the provisions often abused by the Government of India to get rid of state governments for partisan reasons. It was misused as many as 100 times until the Supreme Court cried a halt to it in 1993 by introducing sufficient checks in the famous Bommai case. The Karunanidhi government was dismissed on 30 January 1991, on the ground of breakdown of constitutional machinery. Was it constitutionally and morally defensible? It is debatable.

The reason given was that Karunanidhi gave a blank cheque to the LTTE to use Tamil Nadu as a hinterland of the conflict in Sri Lanka, thus imperilling India's own security. This was the first time that President R. ...

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