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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 ...
When Colombo Was in Flames
Mahinda Wins, with a Little Help from the LTTE
When the LTTE leader, V. Prabhakaran, indirectly helped the SLFP candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa win the presidential election in November 2005 by forcing the Tamils to boycott the polls, his calculation was that a hawk at the helm would help him go back to war without attracting denunciation by the international community. For Mahinda contested with the support of ultranationalist and anti-Tamil JVP while his rival and UNP leader Ranil promised to continue efforts for a negotiated settlement.
The LTTE originally decided to stay neutral between known devil Ranil and unknown angel Mahinda. But when Prabhakaran realized that the battle-weary Tamils might root for Ranil, however flawed the ceasefire might ...