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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 ...

Short-lived Hope of Peace
Short-lived hope of peace

Chandrika Kumaratunga, who ruled Sri Lanka from August 1994 to November 2005, for a mere four months as Prime Minister and then for two consecutive terms as President, brought with her a new hope of peace and reconciliation. Her term ended on a note of frustration with her efforts foiled by an uncooperative opposition, the UNP, on the Sinhala side and the LTTE on the other side of the ethnic divide. During her tenure, the LTTE made mincemeat of her War for Peace strategy by attacking the Katunayake airport off Colombo, the Central Bank in the capital and a holy shrine of Buddha in Kandy, climaxing with an attempt on her life on the eve of her re-election ...

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