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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 ...

Lanka Ends Truce
Lanka ends truce

The Sri Lankan government formally abrogated the ceasefire agreement with the LTTE in January 2008, bringing to a close an uneasy peace that endured for four years after the signing of the February 2002 pact and bringing into the open an undeclared war that was fought in the east and the north from 2006 onwards. The formal announcement, made on 3 January 2008, signalled the start of an all-out war in the north by the security forces aimed not just at flushing out the Tigers from their last bastions of Killinochi, Mannar and Mullaitivu, but ending ‘terrorism’ once and for all. Eight months into the war, Rajapaksa told a SAARC conference he hosted in Colombo in August 2008 that terrorism ...

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