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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 ...

Assassination of Premadasa
Assassination of Premadasa

When President Premadasa was killed in a human bomb explosion in Colombo during a May Day rally in 1993, almost exactly the same way as the former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was killed in an election rally hardly two years prior to that in Tamil Nadu, few believed the police version that the LTTE was the obvious suspect. The reason was the deep division in southern polity, marked by the expulsion of UNP leaders like Lalith Athulathmudali and Gamini Dissanayake after their failed revolt against Premadasa, the resultant formation of Democratic United National Front (DUNF) by them and most strikingly by the gunning down of Athulathmudali in Colombo exactly a week earlier.

No less a body than the Scotland Yard ...

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