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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 ...

LTTE Opts Out, but Ranil does Not Give up
LTTE opts out, but ranil does not give up

In what critics like Chandrika called step-by-painful-step approach, the LTTE opted out of further negotiations with the Sri Lankan government, pending implementation of what had already been agreed upon. It boycotted the Tokyo donors’ conference held in June where donor countries pledged US$ 4.5 billion to be spent between 2003 and 2006, but tied to progress in talks.

In a letter dated 3 April 2003 to Ranil, Balasingham said the LTTE was forced to take ‘this painful decision’ to suspend negotiations pending implementation by Colombo of the normalization aspects of the ceasefire agreement to ‘restore confidence in the peace process'’. He, however, reiterated the LTTE's commitment to seek a ...

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