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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 ...

Ups and Downs in Talks
Ups and downs in talks

After the first round in Sattahip, Thailand, talks between the LTTE and the Government of Sri Lanka saw several ups and downs, with the rebels in a major concession agreeing to consider a federal alternative to an independent Eelam, upping their ante after they were kept out of the Washington preparatory meeting of donor countries, straining the truce by smuggling in arms, leading to skirmishes with the monitors, and finally walking out of the talks, but not abrogating the truce agreement, in April 2003. Under sustained international pressure, the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE came out with their set of proposals on the contours of a peaceful settlement. However, one cancelled out the other. Finally, ...

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