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Inside an Elusive Mind: Prabhakaran: The First Profile of the World's Most Ruthless Guerrilla Leader

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Biography of Velupillai Prabhakaran, b. 1954, Tamil political extremist and guerrilla leader and head of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam, subversive group from Sri Lanka.
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published July 2003 by Literate World, Inc.
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Latha
Nov 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Written by my uncle!
Abdul Basith
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well organised account about V. Prabhakaran. I've known him as the LTTE head and frankly nothing more. Mr. Swamy helps knowing him as a person, self-taught guerilla and finally a diplomat. Since this was written before the war ended, Mr. Swamy ends it this way, "..the destiny of Sri Lanka with its 20 million people would still be in the hands of one man: Velupillai Prabhakaran.". This statement would have exhilarated more if I'd read this earlier before 2009.

Besides the depiction of the bloody
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Srinivasan Iyengar
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Prabhakaran's story told by someone who knew him the best as an outsider. A story of determination to bring justice to Tamils in srilanka And the resulting struggle that Prabhakaran had to go theough his entire life....... Salute to the man who brought pride and dignity to the life of a Tamil in Srilanka. His death will not be in vain and his dream of ELLAM (independence) will be achieved..... One day
Thaths
Jan 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
One of the few biographies of the elusive head of the dreaded Tamil Tigers. Growing up in Madras in the 80's I was peripherally aware of the alphabet soup (LTTE, TULF, EPRLF, TELO, etc.) that was Sri Lankan Tamil groups fighting the Sinhala-dominated Sri Lankan government demanding nationhood for North and Eastern Sri Lanka (A country they called Eelam).

The demands of these groups and the turns that their struggles took was very much a part of the milieu I grew up in. At that time I did not full
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Shreyas Iyengar
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
For anyone interested in politics of the Indian sub-continent reading about LTTE and Sri Lanka is a must. Not many books about LTTE their works and their leaders are available.this book gives a terrific perspective of the Eelam wars in Sri Lanka, keeping Prabhakaran's role as a central theme throughout chapters. The good part about the book is that while it thoroughly describes Prabhakaran's life and times during their struggle, it doesnt praise him or criticise him neither does the book foot th ...more
Suraj Alva
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not so much a biography of the man as the history of his rebel group.
Venky
Apr 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
On the 19th of May, 1982, the Tamil Nadu police arrested two Sri Lankan youth who had unsuccessfully made an attempt on each other's lives outside a cinema theatre in the bustling setting of Pondy Bazaar in the Metropolis of Chennai (then known as Madras). The arrest created immense flutters in both the nations of India and Sri Lanka. Back room machinations and complex negotiations emerged as there were bids to both release the arrested and also to deport them to Sri Lanka. Tirelessly goaded on ...more
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