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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 ...

IPKF's Strategy
IPKF's strategy

Curiously, the IPKF was not caught totally off guard when the war broke out with the LTTE. In the three months’ interregnum, the IPKF military intelligence had studied the LTTE even as the LTTE's own network kept a wary eye on the Indian troops. The Indian army realized that there cannot be two swords in a sheath and a clash was bound to happen sooner or later. There were two schools of opinion in the IPKF. Those at the top had a grudging admiration for the way the LTTE was run like a professional army, and the cadres’ iron discipline and steely resolve and courage. At the middle and lower level, the tendency was to dismiss the LTTE as an irregular army ...

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