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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 ...

Chandrika Gets a Fresh Lease of Life
Chandrika gets a fresh lease of life

Frustrated by the stalemate on the political front with the main opposition, UNP, stalling her devolution package pending before a parliamentary select committee and military reverses in the north, President Chandrika Kumaratunga opted for an early re-election in December 1999, nearly a year ahead of schedule. It was a political blunder that nearly cost her dear and she might well have lost the election to UNP's Ranil Wickremasinghe but for an assassination attempt by the LTTE which she survived with loss of vision in one eye. The attempt, made on the last day of the election rally in Colombo, led to a last-minute surge of Sinhala support for her and helped her ...

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