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The Tiger Vanquished
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This book tells the story of why the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) lost the war that they had always dreamt of winning in Sri Lanka. It is a collection of news stories and commentaries penned by the author from 2003 to 2009 on the ethnic conflict in the country. Each piece is provided with an introduction that places it in the context in which it was written. The unfolding of the drama is brought about through conversations with Sri Lankan leaders, Tamil activists, Indian officials, Norwegian and other diplomats, human rights activists, former LTTE guerrillas and civilians. The Tiger Vanquished: LTTE's Story provides a detailed account of the critical years when Sri Lanka's internationally backed peace process slowly led to a vicious war that the LTTE decisively lost. The introduction provides previously unpublished information, including India`s covert involvement in the Norwegian-sponsored peace process and the silent war that the Indian intelligence waged against the LTTTE. Also, among other things, an inside account of what went wrong with the Tigers is given by two young women who served in the LTTE.
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Table of Contents

Key Years in LTTE History The Final Conversation Introduction Testimonials of LTTE Cadres 1: 2003-2005 Why Does LTTE Make Pro-India Noises? Turmoil in Tiger Land 'Only a Snake Understands a Snake' Can Tsunami bring Peace to Sri Lanka? The Tsunami, and Prabhakaran Tribute: Shankar Rajee Kadirgamar Assassination will Kill Peace Process Norway has to Recalibrate Sri Lanka Peace Process 2: 2006 Switzerland taking Deep Interest in Sri Lanka Solheim not to Quit Peace Process India Clawing back to Sri Lanka's Northeast A Book is a Window to Knowledge Indian PM Urges Rajapakse to Save Tamils in Trincomalee Suicide Bomber Blows up Sri Lanka's Peace Process Prabhakaran's Pride: Or why he refused to meet Akashi Co-chairs' forthright Sri Lanka Edict will Please India Indian Trader Brutally Killed, Two Missing in Sri Lanka Pro-LTTE Website Attacks Karunanidhi Armed with Parrots, Tamil Girl Flees to India In War Torn Sri Lanka, a Widow Remembers Be Patient Please, Sri Lanka to Tell India Faltering Sri Lankan Peace Process Solheim calls Karuna Allegations 'Complete Lies' Experts Suggest 'Genuine Power Sharing' in Sri Lanka Balasingham Epitomized LTTE's Love-hate ties with India Sri Lanka Needs New Truce Agreement 3: 2007 Why George Bush Cannot Match Sonia Gandhi? Misery, Epidemic go Hand in Hand in Troubled Sri Lanka Sri Lanka's Abduction Industry has top Academic in its Grip War Material Seizure Signal LTTE Bracing for Guerrilla War LTTE Cannot be Defeated Militarily, US tells Sri Lanka India Concerned over LTTE Explosives Smuggling Husband Dead, Tamil Woman wants to return to Sri Lanka A Historic Accord Few Remember Today On to Tamil Eelam: From bicycle to aircraft Amid war, India's Emerging Sri Lanka Tilt How to tell Tamils they don't Belong to Sri Lanka? Action above Ideology for Black Sea Tigers Use dignified Language, Bhagwati tells Sri Lanka Two Decades Later, LTTE Suicide Bombers Live on 'Why no Memorial for the IPKF in India?' India-Sri Lanka Accord: Does It Still Flicker? Britain Favours 'Regime Change' in Sri Lanka Thamilchelvan's killing a Disaster to LTTE - and Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Gained Upper Hand over LTTE in 2007 4: 2008 LTTE Man's Arrest for Abduction Plan First since 1991 India's Covert Role in Sri Lanka's Ceasefire India Meddling in Sri Lanka Affairs, says JVP I Want to Bring Peace to Sri Lanka: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar India's Sri Lanka Power Project Runs into Tamil Storm Sri Lanka Cannot Negotiate with LTTE, says Diplomat In Sri Lanka, LTTE Territory Shrinks and Shrinks We Have Failed to Convince the World: Sri Lanka Defence Secretary Norway-LTTE Ties Sour over Theft of NGO Vehicles India under Attack in Pro-LTTE media Tamil Nadu Ferment Stuns Rajapaksa but War will go on India to Send 2,000 Tonnes of Relief Goods to Sri Lanka 5: 2009 Kilinochchi's Fall a Major Setback to LTTE Prabhakaran Cannot Escape from Sri Lanka, says Former Aide After 25 years, Cornered LTTE Faces Deathly Crisis Tamil Man Recounts tales of Horror in Sri Lanka war Vaiko has been an Undisguised Supporter of the LTTE Has LTTE Executed its Military Spokesman? LTTE Media Targets Sonia over War Debacle Playing Politics with Tamil Lives in Sri Lanka Is LTTE in Secret, Indirect talks with US to Surrender? Prabhakaran: From Catapult Killer to Ruthless Insurgent Prabhakaran was with 18 Men when He was Killed: Karuna Displaced Tamils to be Resettled by 2009-end: Rajapaksa Swat the Fly, Kill the Foe So, the Tamil Tigers were Mortals After All... How the Tide Turned Postscript: A New Dawn

About the Author

A graduate of Delhi University, M R Narayan Swamy took to journalism in 1978. He began his career with the United News of India (UNI), a premier Indian news agency. After over eight years, he switched over to the French international news agency AFP where he served for more than 13 years. And after a stint in Singapore, he returned to India and joined the IANS news agency in 2001, where he is now the Executive Editor. Narayan Swamy is the author of two previous and path-breaking books on Sri Lanka. The first, Tigers of Lanka (1994), details the origins and growth of Tamil militancy, including India's overt and covert involvement. The second, Inside an Elusive Mind (2003), is the only biography--albeit unauthorized--of the now dead LTTE chief, Velupillai Prabhakaran. Both books are considered a must read for all those trying to understand Tamil militancy in Sri Lanka.

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The book is a well researched study of the rise and decline of Prabhakaran and his Tamil Tigers. -- Freedom First The Tiger Vanquished comes as a fitting finale of a trilogy that can be rated as the finest collective reference guide to the devastating three-decade-long war in Sri Lanka's north and east. -- Asia Times Online It is an essential read for anyone trying to get his intellectual keel on extremist philosophy. At a time when even the most pacifist of thinkers cannot imagine a world without a war between `good' and `evil' , and `civilization' and `medievalism' , it is good to read about a group that started it all. -- The Book Review

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