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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
The battle for control of Mavil Aru in eastern Trincomalee district between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan forces marked a watershed in the Eelam struggle as it set off a sustained operation by the army to flush out the rebels from the east and then advance on the north in full strength. The confrontation began on 26 July, six days after the LTTE closed the sluice gates, and continued well after 8 August when it opened them after failing to put up any more resistance in the face of a massive air and ground attack.
Mavil Aru had always been a bone of contention between the two sides not merely because of its strategic location but because it was conceived to cater ...