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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 ...

Prabhakaran in the Dock
Prabhakaran in the dock

When LTTE ideologue Anton Balasingham announced to a small group of local journalists in Killinochi that Prabhakaran would meet the press on 10 April 2002, little did he realize that it would attract worldwide attention and more important, that it was not prudent to expose a leader, who had eliminated all those who questioned him and remained reclusive all his life, to the media when he had a lot to answer for. More than the press conference, the world media had an idea of what life was like in the Tiger country. Nearly 200 journalists, representing both print and electronic media, descended on Killinochi, the provisional capital of the rebel-held territory.

The first thing that struck journalists, more so ...

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