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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
Echo in Tamil Nadu
Tamilselvan's death in an air raid in Killinochi had its echo in Tamil Nadu which had for quite some time been exercised over the series of military reverses suffered by the LTTE. In fact, the first public outcry over the happenings was after the air raid on an orphanage in Chencholai in Mullaitivu in August 2006 in which over 50 schoolgirls were killed.
Following pressure from the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sent the then foreign secretary, Shiv Shankar Menon, to Colombo in the third week of November 2006, shortly after the LTTE demanded the opening of the A9 highway linking Jaffna and Colombo as a way forward in suspended talks. Menon did not ...