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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
The Mullaitivu Attack
The destruction of the Sri Lankan army's camp in Mullaitivu in the eastern coast by the LTTE was an important event in the armed struggle as it demoralized the army and marked the first of a series of setbacks to Chandrika's war-for-peace strategy. In the battle mounted on 18 July 1996, over 1,200 soldiers were killed. According to the UTHR, the LTTE also appeared to have burnt alive hundreds of Sri Lankan soldiers who had surrendered.
The LTTE followed it up with a bomb blast in a commuter train in Dehiwala on the outskirts of Colombo on 24 July, killing 70 civilians. The technique of simultaneously exploding multiple bombs in several carriages was used in this attack. The military offensive and ...