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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 Citadels Fall
LTTE citadels fall

Prabhakaran's last Heroes’ Day speech closely followed the start of the battle for Killinochi, the LTTE's administrative capital. Unlike the sparsely populated Mankulam, Pooneryn or even Mannar in the north, which had all been captured by the Sri Lankan forces, Killinochi was a bustling town. Therefore, the forces had to hasten slowly to minimize civilian casualties.

The Sri Lankan army started the offensive on 23 November 2008. Troops attacked rebels’ defences from three directions. However, the LTTE offered a stiff resistance, and the prolonged attack resulted in heavy casualties on both sides. On 1 January 2009, the troops captured Paranthan, located to the north of Killinochi along the A 9 route. The fall of Paranthan isolated the southern periphery of the ...

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