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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 ...

Yet Another Split Verdict
Yet another split verdict

The April 2004 Parliament elections threw up yet another split verdict with the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) comprising in the main the SLFP and the JVP defeating the UNP-led UNF and yet failing to get a majority on its own, thanks to the proportional representation system.

An obvious inference was that the people were fed up with dual authority with a Prime Minister enjoying majority in Parliament belonging to one party and the all-powerful Executive President hailing from another and the two not able to cohabit, as the experience of two years of ceasefire and negotiations with the LTTE carried on by the UNP government over the head of the President had shown. Another pointer was that ...

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