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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
Devolution Package Falls through
It was a tragedy for Sri Lanka that the far-reaching devolution package, finalized by the Chandrika administration through an agreement with the opposition UNP on 30 June 2000 after five years of arduous negotiations, was finally consigned to the dustbin of history. It was the farthest any Sinhala leader could go to meet the Tamil's demand short of separation. But it was rejected by all Tamil parties thanks to the Tigers’ all-or-nothing approach. The UNP backed out in the last minute with an eye on the impending Parliament elections. Finally, the constitution reforms bill incorporating the agreed proposals was never brought before Parliament before it was dissolved in August 2000 to pave the way for fresh elections.
The LTTE ...