Dare to be different

Ajith P. Perera, Chief Organiser, Bandaragama, UNP – අධිනීතිඥ අජිත් පී. පෙරේරා, ප්‍රධාන සංවිධායක, බණ්ඩාරගම, එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය

JVP ‘child soldiers’

Posted by Ajith on March 23, 2008

In its shameless four decade history Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) the extremist and perhaps most chauvinistic political party in Sri Lanka had no principles at all in exploiting school children for its political purposes.

Even in the pre-1971 period JVP had a significant percentage of high school students in its cadre. (One of them was Sunanda Deshapriya, who later became a district leader in the 1971 insurgence.) The innocent but gullible students were shamelessly used by JVP leaders to do their dirty work varying from pasting posters and protesting to, in times of fighting, robbing and perhaps even killing.

In 1987-9 period JVP brought students to roads to shout slogans ‘Palamuva mavbima devanuva igenuma’ (Country first and education second) Little did these children know they were not doing anything for the country but unfortunately destroying their own future.

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Image: The unrest in a school in Southern province recently was alleged to be planned by JVP

I remember how JVP henchmen tried to bait us when we were doing A/Ls. This was immediately prior to the 1987-9 insurrection and when JVP was more an underground party. We were not stupid to swallow their ‘Seeni Bola’. Understanding it was a fruitless task trying to brainwash us, they focused on some other victims. The difference is while most of us who did not listen to them doing well in our professions today, while some of those who listened to them are no more with us. It looks like some of my pro-JVP ex-classmates have just vanished to thin air.

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Image:student unrest in a Southern school.How many of them were brainwashed by JVP?

JVPs ‘policies’ in exploiting school children in political work, that is if they have anything called policies, was not different from those of LTTE. They hardly worry about the means as long as those means justify the ends. Many other political parties, even extremist parties like JHU would think twice before engaging school children in their political work, but JVP has no shame at all doing it. To JVP they are the necessary sacrifices to be made in their way to the ‘Viplavaya’ – a goal that no rational individual sees ever materializing.

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Image: LTTE using students in their political work, in this case throwing stones at an effigy of the President

In this backdrop that we see JVP is back to their old tactics. Significant participation of School children, some in their school uniforms was noted at the annual propaganda meeting of Samajavadi Shishya Sangamaya, the student wing of JVP last week. (Principals of several schools and parents have already condemned this act) According to Ministry of Education, it is prohibited for students to participate any other activity not related to their studies, let alone political activities for extremist parties.

Both in 1971 and 1989, hundreds and thousands of mothers and fathers lost their children, thanks to the day dreams of JVP terrorist leadership.

Do we want a repetition of the same?

Should we anymore tolerate, be it JVP or LTTE exploiting innocent children for their political activities?

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