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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 ...

Mahinda Strengthens His Hands
Mahinda strengthens his hands

Having won the presidency in November 2005 with a narrow margin, and that too with the support of mainly the Sinhalese voters and the hardline JVP and the JHU, Mahinda Rajapaksa took measured steps to consolidate his base. In taking a stand during the campaign that any solution to the ethnic conflict should be within the unitary, and not united, framework of Sri Lanka as espoused by the JVP, Mahinda distanced himself from his predecessor Chandrika who evolved what was more than a quasi-federal model, a union of regions with an enlarged Tamil province as the centerpiece with substantial powers. He also wanted the ceasefire agreement reworked, if not scrapped. He felt Norway was way too biased in ...

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