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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 ...

LTTE Offers Truce, Colombo Spurns it
LTTE offers truce, Colombo spurns it

A militarily weakened LTTE offered a 10-day unilateral ceasefire to coincide with the eighth SAARC summit held in Colombo on 2 and 3 August, but the Sri Lankan government firmly rejected it while the regional powers that attended the meeting remained noncommittal not just on the truce offer, but on the issue of terrorism in the host country though it was the focus of discussion.

The LTTE's political wing, in a statement, said it was offering to stop fighting from 26 July 26 to 4 August to coincide with the summit as a goodwill gesture and to extend its support to countries of the region—India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives.

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