In the shadow of a sword: the memoir of a woman leader in the LTTE

By: Thamizhini
Contributor(s): Nedra, Rodrigo [Translator]
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New Delhi Sage Publications India 2021Description: xx, 197 p.: ill.ISBN: 9789353886837Subject(s): Women guerrillas | Guerrillas | History - Srilanka | Tamilila Vitutalaippulikal (Association)DDC classification: 363.325092 Summary: Thamizhini joined the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at the age of nineteen and spent eighteen years as a combatant, educator and, for some time, head of the women’s division of its Political Wing. Her memoir, In the Shadow of a Sword, weaves back and forth between reminiscences of her childhood experiences of state violence and her decision to join the LTTE. It recounts the many projects she undertook for the civilian population; her participation in the Peace Talks of 2002; the freedoms granted and constraints placed upon her during the armed struggle; and her experiences in combat training, on the battlefield, and in political negotiations and diplomacy. It is a narrative weighted with grief and remorse yet glistening with moments of humour and thick with compassion. The memoir contains wry observations on gender roles and media manipulation in times of war and is a valuable archive that rescues female combatants from oblivion. https://in.sagepub.com/en-in/sas/in-the-shadow-of-a-sword/book277379
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Originally published in February 2016 in Tamil by Kalachuvadu Publication as OrukkuvaaLin Nizhalil.

Table of Contents

Cover
Contents
Foreword
Translator's Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 The Road Opened
2 I Was Born into War
3 The Political Cadre Undergoes Combat Training
4 The Tamil People and the Armed Conflict
5 The Female Fighter and an Unchanged Society
6 Memories of the Eastern Soil
7 A False Peace and Disrupted Civilian Life
8 We Lay Down Our Arms
9 Surrender and the Prison Cell
10 Rehabilitation
Glossary
About the Author
About the Translator

Thamizhini joined the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at the age of nineteen and spent eighteen years as a combatant, educator and, for some time, head of the women’s division of its Political Wing. Her memoir, In the Shadow of a Sword, weaves back and forth between reminiscences of her childhood experiences of state violence and her decision to join the LTTE. It recounts the many projects she undertook for the civilian population; her participation in the Peace Talks of 2002; the freedoms granted and constraints placed upon her during the armed struggle; and her experiences in combat training, on the battlefield, and in political negotiations and diplomacy. It is a narrative weighted with grief and remorse yet glistening with moments of humour and thick with compassion. The memoir contains wry observations on gender roles and media manipulation in times of war and is a valuable archive that rescues female combatants from oblivion.

https://in.sagepub.com/en-in/sas/in-the-shadow-of-a-sword/book277379

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