Rohana Wijeweera

Patabendi Don Nandasiri Wijeweera or Rohana Wijeweera (14 July 1943 – 13 November 1989) was a Sri Lankan Marxist politician and the founding leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna.cite news|url=|title=Wijeweera murder investigation not priority : JVP|publisher=BBC News|date=10 November, 2004] cite web|url=|title=SRI LANKA:THE UNTOLD STORY Chapter 40: Rohana Wijeweera's killing - still a mystery|publisher=Asia Times|date=May 18,2002]

Early life

He was born on July 14, 1943 (Bastille Day) to a parents of father "Patabendi Don Andris Wijeweera" and mother "Nasi Nona Wickrama Kulutota" who lived in "Kottegoda" a coastel fishing village situated in southern Sri Lanka and belong to the Karava caste hierarchy.

. He has a younger brother "Ananda" and a younger sister "Chitranie" also lived there.

Wijeweera had his primary education at Goda Uda government school in Kottegoda from 1947 to 1953. In 1954 he entered Goda Uda government senior school to obtain the secondary education and was there until mid 1959. He entered Ambalangoda Dharmashoka college in July 1959 to study GCE - Ordinary Level examination.

In September 1960 he went to USSR and entered into the Lumumba University to study medicine. He completed the Russian language examination within seven and a half months by obtaining a distinction and spent his holidays by travelling through the USSR and also worked as a agricultural worker at Moldavian Rupublic. He did the medical studies well up to third year and further has done the political economics by obtaining a distinction in 1963. In late 1963 he suffered from illnesses and received medical treatment from a hospital in Moscow but finally he requested a full academic term of medical leave and returned to Sri Lanka.

His father was an active member of Communist Party of Sri Lanka (pro-Russian wing) and very close to Dr.S.A. Wickramasinghe. He was disabled after an attack by the thugs believed to be the members of an opposing political party during the 1947 Parliamentary election campaign for the candidate Premalal Kumarasiri, and he passed away in 1965. [Rohan Gunaratna's SRI LANKA - A LOST REVOLUTION (ISBN-10-9552600049), Chapter 1, pages 1-3]

Political career

Wijeweera returned to Sri Lanka without completing the studies and managed to form a new Marxist political party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna or JVP, on the May 14, 1965 after a discussion held in a house at Akmeemana of Galle district, southern Sri Lanka.cite web|url=|title=A Lost Revolution: The JVP Insurrection 1971|publisher=WWW Virtual Library - Sri Lanka]

Further reading

* "SRI LANKA - A LOST REVOLUTION? The Inside Story of the JVP" by Rohan Gunaratna []
* "Insurgency – 1971 : An Account of the April Insurrection in Sri Lanka" by Justice A.C. Alles []


External links

* [ Official Website of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)]

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