In this thesis, I will investigate the prevailing perception of the JVP’s (Peoples Liberation Front) 1987-1989 Insurrection. Focusing on the highly influential works of C. A. Chandraprema and Rohana Gunaratna, I will argue that the ideology of the JVP’s Insurrection has been misrepresented. Furthermore, by establishing a connection between the prevailing arguments of JVP scholarship and the diffusionist approach to Third World nationalism – espoused by well-known nationalist theorists Ernest Gellner and Tom Nairn – I will also critique the framework in which the JVP’s 1987-1989 Insurrection is commonly viewed. Drawing on interviews with three former cadres of the JVP, this thesis will ultimately present the JVP’s 1987-1989 Insurrection firmly in the Third World Marxist-Leninist tradition
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