A Lost Revolution? Book by Rohan Gunaratna

A Lost Revolution? The inside story of the jvp is a book, written by the world renowned sri lankan author Rohan Gunaratna, which has created a long lasting impression on me. The book not only contains a very good description of how the jvp was formed and transformed into one of the most feared politico-military groups but also the book tries to investigate the causes that pushed a generation of southern youth into a struggle against the system they belonged. I highly recommend this book for anyone who ever thought why Sri lanka had to go through two uprisings and one war in a short time span of 40 years of independence. Something must have gone wrong somewhere isn’t it?
These are the parting words, taken from the book, of Upali Jayaweera the last politburo member to be killed. “Large numbers have died from this war – policemen, military men, JVP activist and innocents. This is such a waste of human lives. Those who should be responsible for this and those who should be blamed for this are nobody, but the capitalist class of this country.”

It’s not the capitalist class that should be blamed. It is us who should be blamed. We sri Lankans. Every one of us. We keep on failing to address our socio- economic problems. We keep on failing to bridge the gap between Colombo and outstations. We keep on producing a high number of educated men and women but keep on failing to provide them with quality jobs. But most of all, we allow these fake nationalist and patriotic sentiments to distract us away from our real problems.


8 responses to “A Lost Revolution? Book by Rohan Gunaratna

  1. where can I buy this book?

  2. Kasun Herath

    Have no idea whether the book is available in book stores. It is published by Institute of Fundamental Studies Sri lanka. As far as i know it has branches only in kandy and colombo. Hope it helped.

  3. David Blacker

    It’s available at Barefoot and Lakehouse bookshops for sure, but I bet the SL section of Vijitha Yapa’s has it too.

  4. Asanga Bandara

    Yes, I agreed what you have told but not every person of the capitalist. Many of capitalist are don’t have an idea about this our country. These are my people. They just need money and never think about people. I suppose JVPs in past are good because they offer their lives to the party with out money not like other (someone consider as the gratest leaders) heroes. They have a idea about country because I have experience with old jvps.

  5. I am not sure about Gunaratna’s credentials. I have heard a few allegations about his tendency to exaggerate etc When I read this, I thought I would see if there was anything to back these criticisms that I have heard through the Sri Lankan grape vine. Found this article : http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/07/20/1058545648013.html

    I know there are many experts and reputed Sri Lankan historians, unfortunately I don’t know enough to recommend specific books on the topic by them. I do know, Sri Lankan academics working in some of the best universities in the US etc who have an international reputation in the field of anthropology and there are many who deal with some of these issues.

    On the general topic of insurgency I am planning to read:
    Violent Politics by William Polk

    Particularly since it looks at insurgencies over 200 years and tries to find commonalities.

  6. Kasun Herath

    Thanks. I would find some time in the next vacation to read this book.

  7. Nandasiri Wanninayaka

    Thanks a lot for the post. I found this while searching more info of the book to write a blog post.

  8. Pingback: SRI LANKA – A LOST REVOLUTION? The Inside Story of the JVP – Professor Rohan Gunaratna | Nandasiri Wanninayaka

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