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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 Peace Package Diluted
The peace package diluted

The government's victory in Jaffna had a negative impact on Chandrika's far-reaching peace package. The opposition UNP felt there was no need to be any more generous now that the LTTE had been defeated in its heartland. The Tigers, who only used negotiations as war by other means and were always averse to talking from a position of military weakness, showed total unconcern about Colombo deliberations among Sinhala and Tamil parties on the package.

The package Chandrika had unveiled in August 1995 led to a divide in the ranks of the Sinhala parties even before the government retook Jaffna as the opposition UNP and even the DUNF, a constituent of the ruling People's Alliance, were more concerned about abolition ...

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