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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 Truce
Short-lived truce

Having won an overwhelming mandate for peace from both the Sinhalese and the Tamils, Chandrika naturally extended the olive branch to the Tigers by lifting the embargo on movement of essentials to Jaffna, then under rebel control, and promising a ₹4,000 crore package to rebuild the war-ravaged peninsula. The Tigers used this concession on movement of goods to stockpile weapons. They also used the freedom of movement given to them to regroup, especially in the east.

As a token gesture, more to please the west, the Tigers offered a two-week ceasefire from 8 January 1995. With the government also reciprocating, the ceasefire lasted longer than two weeks until the Tigers were ready to strike again. For the first time, four foreign teams were ...

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