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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 ...

Prabhakaran's Last Hurrah
Prabhakaran's last hurrah

Prabhakaran's Heroes’ Day speech, delivered on 27 November 2008, turned out to be his swan song. Little did he know then that his end was hardly a few months away. But defiant he remained till the end as his speech showed, though Defence Minister Gothabaya Rajapaksa had predicted that the LTTE leader's 2007 speech would be his last, meaning he would be finished before November 2008.

The speech showed the bitterness of a man against the entire world which had dubbed him a terrorist and a war-monger despite his group's participation in several rounds of talks with the Sri Lankan government from Thimpu of 2005 and which had failed to condemn Colombo when it unilaterally abrogated the ceasefire agreement and launched ...

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