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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 ...

Delhi Cracks the Whip on Prabhakaran
Delhi cracks the whip on Prabhakaran

It must be said to the credit of Rajiv that he did not give up after the Thimpu talks collapsed and the ceasefire linked to its progress died a natural death. In fact, he learnt the right lessons from it, namely that it was too much to expect militant groups which had taken up arms for an independent Eelam to readily think of an alternative. He changed his strategy, feeling that they could be brought into the picture once the contours of a final agreement were reached. For this, he used the TULF which was wedded as much to Eelam as to peaceful means to achieve it and was, therefore, more open to discussing ...

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