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The Prabhakaran Saga

The Prabhakaran Saga
The Rise and Fall of an Eelam Warrior

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

June 2012 | 392 pages | SAGE India
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 judgemental.

Foreword V Suryanarayan
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
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
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
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
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

[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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