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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
When India became the arbiter of Tamils’ destiny by directly entering into an agreement with the Sri Lankan government, it required three elements to make it a success—Tamil people's support, cooperation of militant groups, particularly the LTTE, and the Sri Lankan government's earnest in implementing the provisions of the accord, for example, the all-important 13th amendment providing for meaningful devolution of power to the proposed Tamil province.
India sent its first batch of troops to Jaffna within two days of the agreement to counter any opposition from the Sinhalese rather than from Tamils or their leaders. Initially, India was taken in by the heroes’ welcome accorded to them by the war-weary Jaffna people. But the LTTE pretended to go along with India, given ...