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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 ...

Battle for Jaffna and Operation Food Drop
Battle for Jaffna and operation food drop

By early 1987, India had grown impatient with the stalemate in negotiations, with the militants becoming more and more intransigent. The Sri Lankan government too embarked on a military offensive in Jaffna in retaliation for the LTTE's attempt to set up a parallel administration.

In February, that is, one month after the first wave of the offensive, characterized by massive air strikes on civilians and militant targets alike, an exasperated Rajiv Gandhi issued a strongly worded statement calling for immediate cessation of hostilities, lifting of the economic and communication blockade, a firm commitment on the part of Colombo to the Dec 19 proposals and a return of the combatants to the negotiating table.

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