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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 ...

Undeclared War
Undeclared war

Prabhakaran's call to arms unleashed a wave of violence by the LTTE starting with attacks on the army in Jaffna within days of his 27 November Heroes’ Day speech. It spilled over to 2006. Before the year was out, the violence turned into an undeclared war, marked by major battles in the east over the opening of the sluice gates of Mavil Aru, the clashes in the Muslim town of Muttur as well as in Sampur in Trincomalee, attempts on the lives of commander Sarath Fonseka and Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa, attacks on unarmed sailors going on home leave and on the Galle port and the massacre of international NGOs in Mutur by the army and an air raid in an orphanage ...

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