The Tiger Vanquished: LTTE's Story


This book tells the story of why the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) lost the war that it 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 ...

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This book tells the story of why the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) lost the war that it 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. A product of the author's extensive research on the issue for more than two decades, the book reveals the dangerous lives led by LTTE guerrillas and previously unpublished information about India's silent involvement in the Norwegian-sponsored peace process. This book will interest a wide readership including journalists, South Asia study specialists, Sri Lanka study specialists, politicians and any general reader who is interested to know about Sri Lanka.

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Editorial Reviews

The Book Review

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.

Asia Times Online

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.

Freedom First

The book is a well researched study of the rise and decline of Prabhakaran and his Tamil Tigers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788132104599
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/13/2010
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Key years in LTTE history xiii

The final conversation: May 2009 xv

Introduction xvii

Testimonies of LTTE cadres lxxiii

Testament I-Saroja's story

Testament II-Vani's story


1 Why does LTTE make pro-India noises? 3

2 Turmoil in Tiger land 8

3 "Only a snake understands a snake" 14

4 Can tsunami bring peace to Sri Lanka? 16

5 The tsunami, and Prabhakaran 18

6 Tribute: Shankar Rajee 20

7 Kadirgamar assassination will kill peace process 24

8 Norway has to recalibrate Sri Lanka peace process 26


9 Switzerland taking deep interest in Sri Lanka 31

10 Solheim not to quit peace process 33

11 India clawing back to Sri Lanka's northeast 35

12 A book is a window to knowledge 37

13 Indian PM urges Rajapaksa to save Tamils in Trincomalee 40

14 Suicide bomber blows up Sri Lanka's peace process 42

15 Prabhakaran's pride: Or why he refused to meet Akashi 44

16 Co-chairs' forthright Sri Lanka edict will please India 46

17 Indian trader brutally killed, two missing in Sri Lanka 48

18 Pro-LTTE website attacks Karunanidhi 51

19 Armed with parrots, Tamil girl flees to India 53

20 In war torn Sri Lanka, a widow remembers 55

21 Be patient please, Sri Lanka to tell India 57

22 Faltering Sri Lankan peace process 59

23 Solheim calls Karuna allegations "complete lies" 62

24 Experts suggest "genuine power sharing" in Sri Lanka 64

25 Balasingham epitomized LTTE's love-hate ties with India 66

26 Sri Lanka needs new truce agreement 69


27 Why George Bush cannot match Sonia Gandhi? 75

28 Misery, epidemic go hand in hand troubled Sri Lanka 77

29 Sri Lanka's abduction industry has top academic in its grip 79

30 War material seizure signal LTTE bracing for guerrilla war 81

31 LTTE cannot be defected militarily, US tells Sri Lanka 83

32 India concerned over LTTE explosives smuggling 86

33 Husband dead, Tamil woman wants to return to Sri Lanka 88

34 A historic accord few remember today 90

35 On to Tamil Eelam: From bicycle to aircraft 92

36 Amid war, Indian's emerging Sri Lanka tilt 94

37 How to tell Tamils they don't belong to Sri Lanka? 96

38 Action above ideology for Black Sea Tigers 98

39 Use dignified language, Bhagwati tells Sri Lanka 100

40 Two decades later, LTTE suicide bombers live on 102

41 "Why no memorial for the IPKF in India?" 104

42 India-Sri Lanka accord: Does it Still flicker? 106

43 Britian favours "regime change" in Sri Lanka 110

44 Tamilchelvan's killing a disaster to LTTE-and Sri Lanka 112

45 Sri Lanka gained upper hand over LTTE in 2007 114


46 LTTE man's arrest for abduction plan first since 1991 119

47 India covert role in Sri Lanka's Ceasefire 121

48 India meddling in Sri Lanka affirs, says JVP 124

49 I want to bring peace to Sri Lanka: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar 126

50 India's Sri Lanka power project runs into Tamil storm 128

51 Sri Lanka cannot negotiate with LTTE, says diplomat 130

52 In Sri Lanka, LTTE territory shrinks and shrinks 132

53 We have failed to convince the world: Sri Lanka defence secretary 134

54 Normay-LTTE ties sour over theft of NGO vehicles 136

55 India under attack in pro-LTTE media 138

56 Tamil Nadu ferment stuns Rajapaksa but war will go on 140

57 India to send 2,000 tonnes of relief goods to Sri Lanka 142


58 Kilinochchi's fall a major setback to LTTE 147

59 Prabhakaran cannot escape from Sri Lanka, says former aide 149

60 After 25 years, cornered LTTE faces deathly crisis 151

61 Tamil man recounts tales of horror in Sri Lanka war 153

62 Vaiko has been an undisguised supporter of the LTTE 155

63 Has LTTE executed its military spolesman? 157

64 LTTE media targets Sonia over war debacle 159

65 Playing politics with Tamil lives in Sri Lanka 161

66 Is LTTE in secret, indirect talks with US to surrender? 163

67 Prabhakaran: From catapult killer to ruthless insurgent 165

68 Prabhakaran was with 18 men when he was killed: Karuna 168

69 Displaced Tamils to be resettled by 2009-end: Rajapaksa 170

70 Swat the fly, kill the foe 172

71 So, the Tamil Tigers were mortals after all… 175

72 How the tide turned 177

Postscript: A new dawn 181

About the author 189

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