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Sectarian socialism: the politics of Sri Lanka's Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)

Venugopal, Rajesh (2010) Sectarian socialism: the politics of Sri Lanka's Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). Modern Asian Studies, 44 (03). pp. 567-602. ISSN 0026-749X

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0026749X09004028


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 agenda of peace with market reforms. This paper examines how the JVP's Marxism relates to its Sinhala nationalism, and how it fits within the Sri Lanka's Marxist tradition as a whole. It argues that the JVP's increasing emphasis on Sinhala nationalism post-1999 has occurred in the context of de-radicalisation and parliamentary habilitation, and discusses the relevance of its ideological orientation to the material basis of Sinhala nationalism and its relationship with the social democratic state.

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Additional Information: © 2010 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > International Development
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2012 10:47
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2021 00:51

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