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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
United National Party Wins on Peace Plank
Reversing a string of seven consecutive defeats, comprising two presidential, two parliament and three provincial council elections, the opposition UNP led by Ranil Wickremasinghe won the December 2001 Parliament election, the first in eight years, on the promise of halting the hostilities and talking to the Tigers with the help of Norway to find a permanent solution to the ethnic conflict.
The same war-weary people, Sinhalese as well as Tamils and Muslims, who brought in Chandrika as Prime Minister in August 1994 and Executive President in December 1994 and, except the Tamils, gave her a second term though on a reduced mandate in December 1999, one year ahead of schedule, felt the UNP ...