Tamil Tigers – Freedom Struggle or Myth?

Aug 24, 2010

The Tamil Tigers waged a 33-year battle against the Sri Lankan government for an independent Tamil state. Many in the diaspora backed their fight, but was it a righteous cause, or just a myth?

In the 61 years since independence from Great Britain, Sri Lanka has had its fair share of problems with governance. Most former colonies faced similar issues. But don't let people tell you that there ever was an ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. Nothing could be further from the truth.

From robbing banks and killing fellow Tamils who opposed his violence, Vellupillai Prabhakaran and the Tamil Tigers went on to exploit the grievances shared by most people living in developing countries. He almost became the sole representative of all Tamils on the island. In a world where we believe that good always prevails over evil. It's safe to say that evil succumbed.

The time has finally come where every Tamil child has the chance to become Sri Lanka's next leader. Let's just hope that it stays that way.



The LTTE had a concept that if any person from a family joined the organization as a suicide cadre, the other members of the family would not be recruited into the organization – and the family would be treated as a "Maveerar Family" [Hero family] and provided for in regard to all their needs.

This fact prompted me to decide [that this was] the best way to protect my family – to protect my sisters and brother from being recruited, and at the same time drawing respect from others toward my family.


This post was originally published on Bailaman in July 2009.