Sectarian Socialism: The Politics of Sri Lanka's Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)

  title={Sectarian Socialism: The Politics of Sri Lanka's Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)},
  author={Rajesh Venugopal},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={567 - 602}
  • R. Venugopal
  • Published 27 July 2009
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • Modern Asian Studies
Abstract This paper explores the politics of Sri Lanka's Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in the post-1994 period, when it re-created itself as a mainstream parliamentary political party and came to play a critical role in the collapse of the 2001–2004 peace process. The fundamental analytical enigma of the JVP lies in explaining its hybrid Marxist/Sinhala nationalist persona, which enabled it to craft a highly effective campaign of opposition to the Ranil Wickremasinghe government's two-track… 
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