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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 ...

A Missed Opportunity
A missed opportunity

After the Tigers pulled out of the talks in April 2003, the Sri Lankan government came out with a set of proposals in July for an interim administrative structure for the north and east. To keep the Tigers in the loop, it sent the proposals to them and they came up with their own set of counter-proposals calling for an Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) for the north-east. No attempt was made to find a common ground between the two sets of proposals. May be because, as the Tigers’ luck would have it, their ISGA proposals were released in November when UNP Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe was having a running feud with Executive President Chandrika Kumaratunga. At a time when ...

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