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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
Peace Talks Begin
The first round of peace talks between the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE, held in Sattahip naval base in Thailand between 16 and 18 September, led to the two sides deciding on a step-by-step approach to the resolution of the ethnic conflict, showing that there could be ‘no quick-fix solution’ to a problem that had been festering for so long, as Lankan negotiator G.L. Peiris put it.
The Norway-brokered talks, aimed essentially at breaking the ice and establishing personal rapport between negotiators of the two sides, Peiris and the LTTE ideologue Anton Balasingham, decided that the first priority should be rehabilitation and resettlement of about one million people uprooted from the war zone, reconstruction of the north and east ...