Manikkalingam, R 1995, Tigerism
and other essays, Ethnic Studies Group, Colombo.
The monolithic unity violently asserted by the Tigers is both the cause of and consequence of Tamil essentialism, and ultimately culminated in a new political ideology -- Tigerism. This analysis can be extended to the Sinhala counterparts of `Tigerism' that seek the erasure of difference by other means, most obviously through the various forms of violence available to the state.
Translating an acknowledgment of coexistence into a viable politics for the future is the formidable task that confronts opponents of both Tigerism and its Sinhala counterparts.
Having secured without competition the front snug of the pub, there among the honest, plain wood and down-at-heels Edwardian decor I read randomly in O'Brien's novel At Swim-Two-Birds, hoping to clear my head of Tigerism
and recover the feel of old Dublin's ironic anti-Romanticism.
Sometime during the ensuing years, as the demand for justice turned to unreflexive violence, and national aspirations into Tigerism, the myriad Tamil liberation movements that had sprouted in the 1980s were crushed one by one by the LTTE.
For many diasporic Tamils the harsh realities of Tigerism had been brought home throughout the late 1980s and 1990s.
"I need to make my behaviour more respectful of the game," was one of many Tigerisms
to emerge from that gathering.