ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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CEYLON-What JVP Laid Bare

August 28, 1971 THE Janata Vimukti Peramura was founded by a group of Maoist radical youth in 1965. Most of them, including the movement's leader Mohan a Wijeweera who had been involved in pro-Poking politics as a student at Lumumba University in Moscow, belonged then to the CP (Peking wing). The radicalisation of the mass movement in Ceylon in 1963-64, the formation of a coalition government by the leadership of the LSSP and CP (the two major working- class parties) in collaboration with the SLFP, and the rallying of breakaway groups calling themselves 'revolutionary, were completely new developments that shaped the political consciousness of youth. The weakness of the traditional Left was decisively exposed and confidence in its revolutionary image was shattered. Youth soon turned away even from the old leadership of the breakaway 'revolutionary' groups, and began to search for alternative programmes and paths. Thus both the CP (Peking) and the LSSP underwent new splits.

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