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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 ...

Goodbye Bala!
Goodbye bala!

If 2006 marked the beginning of the decline and fall of the LTTE, the passing of its theoretician Anton Balasingham in December that year followed by the killing of political wing leader S.P. Tamilselvam in an air raid in Killinochi on 2 November 2007 virtually left Prabhakaran orphaned.

Balasingham (68) passed away at his residence in London on 16 December after a brief illness. Prabhakaran said,

The light of our nation is extinguished. There is no Bala with me today to seek counsel and solace and his death comes at a time when we needed him the most, as our freedom struggle intensifies.

Bala was born in Batticaloa in the east. His father was a Hindu and an eastern Tamil while his mother was a ...

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