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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 ...
When Colombo Was in Flames
The Final Battle
The Sri Lankan troops launched the ‘final assault’ on the LTTE, especially targeting its leader Prabhakaran, on 21 April 2009. At the same time, a mass exodus of Tamil civilians from the no-fire zone got under way.
On 22 April, the LTTE media coordinator Velayuthan Thayanithi alias Daya Master and a top interpreter Kumar Pancharathnam alias George surrendered to the advancing army. This came as a rude shock to the rebel leadership.
By 25 April, the area under the LTTE was reduced to 10 kilometres. While the Tamil exodus from the no-fire zone continued, the United Nations (UN) estimated that around 6,500 civilians might have been killed and another 14,000 wounded between January and April 2009. According to the BBC, the land ...