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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 ...

The Bloody Aftermath in Colombo
The bloody aftermath in Colombo

The LTTE, in the first major terror attack in Colombo after the fall of Jaffna, struck on 31 January 1996, at the Central Bank situated close to the presidential palace in the high-security zone where the security was tight though Chandrika stayed in Temple Tree, original residence of the Prime Minister, on Galle Road a few kilometres south of the palace. The idea behind the attack was to harden Sinhala public opinion against a settlement and also send a strong message to the world that the Tigers, though down, were not out.

I reached Colombo a couple of days after the a Tiger suicide bomber brought down the bank building by ramming an explosive-laden vehicle in the ...

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