Tamils and the Sri Lankan Government Face Off in WAS I A STRANGER IN MY HOMELAND?
The struggle for freedom and peace among the Tamils in Sri Lanka has been quite bloody and plagued with many controversies. BBC News South Asia posted news articles online revealing the British TV station Channel 4's active support for Tamils over the past years in finding out the truth, while most of the other media have been biased and have been siding up with the Sri Lankan government. Young author, Malavi Sivakanesan, of Tamil descent, reflects upon this political turmoil in her newly published memoir, titled Was I a Stranger in My Homeland?
At the crucial moment of the civil war in Sri Lanka, early 2009, Sivakanesan did everything in her power to win back her country, Tamil Eelam, from the Sri Lankan Government. She went to demonstrations every single day and wrote letter after letter to politicians in Norway. At one point, after the May 18, 2009, all the youth who had worked to win back their country got depressed and hurt, including Sivakanesan. She felt that if worldwide demonstrations and emotional letters do not work, she had to try something else. Hence, she published her book.
Sivakanesan's memoir shares her experiences in her "homeland" at the age of eight while visiting Tamil Eelam in 2003. She reveals the truth of what happened in Sri Lanka through the eyes of a young child abroad. This is no political book for political propaganda. It is simply one young lady's identity, culture differences, and how it is to be a Tamil inside the four walls at home but an integrated Norwegian the minute she steps out.