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The Will to Freedom: An Inside View of Tamil Resistance
The Will to Freedom: An Inside View of Tamil Resistance
by Adele Balasingham
Edition: Paperback

8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars only buy if studying LTTE!, 22 April 2006
This is an interesting book and an important one to read if, like me, you are studying the LTTE. However, do not open it expecting an objective account of the history of the organisation. Adele Balasingham is the Australian wife of Anton Balasingham, a Tamil nationalist and the main ideological 'guru' of the LTTE. She is therefore clearly biased in the LTTE's favour, and is extremely selective and biased in her telling of the history of the organisation. For example, none of the high-level political assassinations that the LTTE have been implicated in, including that of Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, are mentioned in the book. Nor are any of the LTTE terrorist attacks in which civilians were killed.

The book switches back and forth between a detailed but selective telling of the general history of the LTTE, the author's personal recollections of events, and attempts at sociological and academic observations of some of the issues raised. The general and personal 'history', though selective, will be extremely useful to anyone doing an in-depth study of the LTTE. The attempts at academic observation are next to useless as such due to their frequent contradictions and obvious bias, but they are occasionally interesting and helpful as examples of LTTE propaganda.

It should also be noted that the book is extremely badly written, with many ungrammatical sentences and some ineffective and grating attempts to be literary and poetic; the frequent switching back and forth between the different elements of commentary detailed above adds to this to make the book a frustrating read.

My basic advice would be not to buy this book unless you are doing any kind of in-depth study of the LTTE. If you are, however, it may well be very helpful, due to the selective but detailed historical information contained in it, and as an example of LTTE propaganda.


The Terrorist  (Theeviravaathi) [1998] [DVD]
The Terrorist (Theeviravaathi) [1998] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ayesha Dharker
Offered by rightpricediscs
Price: £13.99

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty dreary, 11 April 2006
I was excited about the prospect of seeing a film about the Tamil 'Tigers' and about suicide bombing, since I am researching this topic for a dissertation. However, I was sorely disappointed by this - the plot could be explained in two sentences: woman gets chosen to assassinate politician for Tamil cause; woman loses nerve when she realises she's pregnant. It gives no insight into what inspires terrorism or suicide bombing beyond this simplistic and patronising premise, and practicaly no insight into the Tamil Tigers' organisation or the situation in Sri Lanka generally. There are some arty, reasonably well filmed shots and sequences, but nowhere near enough to cover for the wafer-thin plot and atrocious acting. This would have made a reasonably interesting ten or fifteen-minute short, if only because some of it is nicely filmed; as it is it's dull, dull, dull. Avoid.


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