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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 ...
When Colombo Was in Flames
Wijetunga's Uninspiring Tenure
When the mantle of presidency was thrust upon Wijetunga, he was seen as a stopgap as the next presidential and parliamentary elections were hardly a year away. Yet, once in power, he tried to assert himself with disastrous results for the ruling UNP. With an uninspiring Commander-in-Chief at the helm, the army suffered one defeat after another with the LTTE overrunning the Mankulam and Pooneryn bases in the north in spectacular operations.
The Pooneryn operation was carried out by what the slain Defence Minister Ranjan Wijeratne contemptuously called the Baby Brigade. A video of the Pooneryn operation, telecast by the LTTE after the battle, was shown to me by D.R. Karthikeyan, head of the CBI's SIT which probed the Rajiv Gandhi ...