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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 ...

Unceasing Battles
Unceasing battles

The capture of Jaffna by the Sri Lankan forces was more than offset by the loss of Mullaitivu to the Tiger rebels. This hardened the stand of the main opposition UNP at the all-party meetings on a broad political package Chandrika had evolved to resolve the ethnic strife. As a result, she had to show more military gains in the north to sell her package to Sinhala hardliners in the south. It was a Catch-22 situation as such gains only made the hardliners more inflexible. Their thinking was, ‘since the Tigers are losing, why should we show more accommodation towards them’. This proved to be the undoing of Chandrika's war for peace strategy in the long run.

After a few limited operations in ...

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