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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
Sympathy for Tamils, Not for Their Cause
The black July unleashed a wave of sympathy in Tamil Nadu for the Sri Lankan Tamils and there was clamour from leaders like M. Karunanidhi, of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), for a Bangladesh-type intervention in Sri Lanka to carve out an independent Eelam. Indira Gandhi did not fall for that, and for very valid reasons.
East Pakistan had an elected leader in Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to whom Pakistan refused to hand over power. This led to a revolt by the people, arrest of Rahman and the consequent armed rebellion by the so-called Mukti Bahini, leading to further repression and massacre of hundreds, including intellectuals, and the resultant exodus of 1 million refugees to ...