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The Prabhakaran Saga
The Rise and Fall of an Eelam Warrior

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  • S. Murari - Formerly Associate Editor, Deccan Herald, India


June 2012 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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 turbulent years. He looks at the Prabhakaran era, a critical phase in the country's history, objectively, without being judgmental.


 
Foreword V Suryanarayan
 
Preface
 
THE ACCORD THAT FAILED
 
When Colombo Was in Flames
 
Uneasy Peace in Jaffna
 
The Deep Ethnic Divide
 
Sympathy for Tamils, Not for Their Cause
 
Delhi Cracks the Whip on Prabhakaran
 
Battle for Jaffna and Operation Food Drop
 
India’s Vietnam
 
IPKF’s Strategy
 
Jaffna under IPKF Rule
 
Progress to North-east Provincial Council
 
Enters Premadasa … and IPKF Is Caught in a Bind
 
IPKF Gets Quit Notice
 
Jaffna—A Town in Transition
 
Murder, Most Foul
 
Thondaman Averts a Crisis
 
Uneasy Peace in North, Reign of Terror in South
 
End of a Misadventure
 
EELAM WAR II
 
Thirteen-month Honeymoon Ends
 
The VIP Treatment
 
Pathmanabha Murder
 
Dismissal of Karunanidhi Government
 
The Turning Point
 
The Impeachment Drama
 
India Hits Back, Gets Isolated
 
Assassination of Premadasa
 
Wijetunga’s Uninspiring Tenure
 
CHANDRIKA ERA
 
Short-lived Hope of Peace
 
From PM to President
 
Short-lived Truce
 
The Battle for Jaffna
 
The Bloody Aftermath in Colombo
 
The Peace Package Diluted
 
The Mullaitivu Attack
 
Unceasing Battles
 
Chandrika Gets a Fresh Lease of Life
 
The Siege of Jaffna
 
Devolution Package Falls Through
 
Short-lived PA Government
 
THE LONG AND UNEASY TRUCE
 
United National Party Wins on Peace Plank
 
Prabhakaran in the Dock
 
Prabhakaran Puts a Cat among Pigeons
 
Peace Talks Begin
 
Ups and Downs in Talks
 
LTTE Opts Out, but Ranil Does Not Give Up
 
A Missed Opportunity
 
Chandrika Steps In, Norway Steps Out
 
Karuna Splits LTTE
 
Yet Another Split Verdict
 
When Tsunami United Lanka
 
Post-tsunami Unity Crumbles
 
THE LAST PHASE
 
Mahinda Wins, with a Little Help from the LTTE
 
Undeclared War
 
Operation Watershed
 
Accord Eludes Geneva II
 
Mahinda Strengthens His Hands
 
Goodbye Bala!
 
LTTE Takes to Wings
 
Tit-for-tat Air Raids
 
Echo in Tamil Nadu
 
Lanka Ends Truce
 
Tentative Moves for Solution
 
LTTE Offers Truce, Colombo Spurns It
 
Prabhakaran’s Last Hurrah
 
LTTE Citadels Fall
 
The Final Battle
 
The Bitter End
 
Epilogue
 
Index

[The book] offers an easy narration of the complex history of the rise and fall of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, through the multiple axles of politics and violence in Sri Lanka, India and the Sri Lankan Territories occupied by the Tamil Tigers. The Chronological account of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka is the core of the book. The unfolding of events is presented with comprehensive details so that even a novice in the subject can become quite well versed in the same. 

The Financial Express, 12 August 2012

The chronological coverage of melange of conspiracies and assassinations, politics and perfidy, and the tragedy of mindless violence enables the reader to understand the complexities of war and its root causes. Written in journalistic style, factual account has all the ingredients of a fictional one...the book is full of interesting first-hand-anecdotes and vignettes of backroom political machinations that went on in Sri Lanka, India and elsewhere...the book also covers critical developments in Sri Lanka to broaden the understanding of the issue. The author’s observation on events as they unfolded before him make the book useful for students of contemporary history...the book, besides outlining the history of Lanka’s Tamil problem, provided a few lessons on how to handle insurgencies and their aftermath. A good buy.

The Pioneer, 15 July 2012

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