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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 Puts a Cat among Pigeons
Prabhakaran puts a cat among pigeons

By surfacing before an international media and making right overtures to both India and Sri Lanka, the most-wanted LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran virtually put a cat among pigeons as could be gauged from the reactions in Colombo, New Delhi and Chennai.

By reiterating his commitment to consider a federal alternative to a separate Eelam, Prabhakaran put the onus on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and caused unease in the camp of the PA. By declaring that India was a regional superpower which had a role to play in the peace process and asking New Delhi not to let the Rajiv Gandhi assassination, a ‘tragedy that happened more than ten years ago’, to decide its stand on ...

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