A Janatha Mithuro movement
Nov 21, 2010 7:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
There was a time I was associated with an organization called the National Movement Against Terrorism (NMAT). It was an agitational front that grew out of or was a new avatar of a group that called itself Janatha Mithuro, formed in the early nineties and led principally by Patali Champika Ranawaka and Ven Atureliye Rathana Thera. The members were mostly young graduates and undergraduates who took issues with the Premadasa Government as well as the fascist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna.
There were others too, like M D Daniel, a long standing Maoist and a campaigner for the rights of farmers and his twin-like comrade-at-arms, Sunny who was involved in an attack on the US Embassy in 1971, along with G I D Dharmasekera (later ‘Anagarika’) or so the legend goes. The Janatha Mithuro (JM) were interested in green socialism and advocated a different paradigm of development which factored in different methods of assigning value to things.