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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 ...

Tentative Moves for Solution
Tentative moves for solution

On 23 January 2008, that is a week after the government formally ended the truce with the LTTE, the All Party Representative Committee (APRC) submitted its interim report to President Rajapaksa. The two developments, though seemingly parallel, had a connect and they showed that Mahinda, after having given in to hawks in the establishment like his own brother and Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa to go all out and finish the LTTE, wanted to show the world that he was not pursuing purely a military solution to the ethnic conflict. The APRC report, virtually dictated by him, as critics said, came in handy and it was timely too.

On the basis of the report, the President held elections to the ...

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