Ilankai Tamil Sangam
17th Year on the Web
Association of Tamils of Sri Lanka in the USA
A Fleeting Moment in My Country
The Last Years of the LTTE De-Facto State
by N. Malathy, Clarity Press, US & Canada, available September 30, 2012
Little is known about the Tamil liberation cause and struggle, as it has been widely dismissed by global powers of all persuasions—the USA, Russia, China and India—each driven by their own realpolitikconcerns and self- interests. This book, written by a Diaspora Tamil engaged in human rights work in the Tamil-controlled area of Vanni up until it was overrun by Sri Lankan forces, provides a compelling insider’s look at the motivations, issues and complexities of this largely secret civil war.
Isolated in their struggle and condemned by world opinion, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) nonetheless proved capable of withstanding all external forces for a period of decades, drawing large numbers of Tamils, both inside Sri Lanka and outside in the Tamil Diaspora, to support its cause.
The LTTE created a progressive internal movement that succeeded in
breaking down ancient caste barriers that had resisted the political
inducements and leadership of figures such as Gandhi, and inculcated a
climate of social justice and equality.
This book describes what life was like on the ground inside Tamil-
controlled territory where the forces of war were held at bay—what the
author has referred to in the title of this book as "The Fleeting Moment...".
described when it was overrun by the Sri Lankan army and the Tamil
"Can the readers who did not experience this imagine
what it is like to watch the complete destruction of one’s
country: the physical destruction, the destruction of the
governance structures, the complete dispersal of its
people, and massacres on a massive scale? Has there
ever been such complete destruction of a country in
history? The only reason why it is not seen as such is
because my country was only in the minds of its people,
but was not recognized by the global system of
states." N. Malathy
Preface by Radha d'Souza
Girl in makkal thodarpakam
Janani and Senchoolai
Educating peace makers
Debates on society
Women’s liberation Vanni-style
Vanni social space
Consolidation during ceasefire
The slow walk to Mullivaikaal
The internment camps
No nation is an island
Appendix: A brief note on Tamil history
Radha d'Souza practiced as a barrister in the High Court of Bombay and taught at the Universities of Auckland and Waikato in New Zealand and presently teaches Public International Law and Development at the University of Westminster.
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A Tamil version will be out in Chennai by the end of the year.