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 turbulent years. He looks at the Prabhakaran era, a critical phase in the country's history, objectively, without being judgmental.
When Colombo Was in Flames
Post-tsunami Unity Crumbles
The unity in adversity displayed by Sri Lankans, Sinhalese and Tamils alike, crumbled ironically over a joint mechanism evolved by the government and the LTTE for distribution of international assistance for the victims with the JVP pulling out of the government in protest on 15 June midnight and the Sri Lanka Supreme Court, on a petition by it, striking it down by holding certain provisions as unconstitutional.
Though the tsunami struck Sri Lanka and other countries of the region in December 2004, matters came to a head only in June 2005 after a donors conference in mid-May made it clear that the US$3 billion pledged as aid could be released only upon resumption of talks between the government and the LTTE.