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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 ...

Accord Eludes Geneva II
Accord eludes Geneva II

Only an incurable optimist would have expected a breakthrough in the hurriedly called meeting between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE in Geneva in the last week of October 2006 to de-escalate the conflict. The atmosphere was so vitiated by months of violence that there was hardly any meeting ground. Norway, which brought the two sides to the table, did not even think of an agenda. As a result, the LTTE focussed on issues of immediate concern like reopening the A9 highway, which was closed by Colombo after the battle in Muhamalai, Jaffna, in September and Colombo's adherence to the ceasefire agreement. The Sri Lankan government wanted discussion on substantive issues like restoration of democracy and pluralism ...

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