Hello comrades and friends,
For those who are interested in the history of the old LSSP, I attach a recent article from the Sri Lankan newspaper, The Island (December 25th), reporting on a ceremonial meeting of the LSSP in Colombo where the oldest living member of the party, Appavoopillai Patchamuthu, was felicitated.
I was astonished when I saw that they had reprinted my biographical profile on Patchamuttu that I had written in 2010. The newspaper used my original title, “Sri Lankan Socialist with no Regrets.” There is nice irony here at last. If you read this piece, you see that Patchamutthu was referring to his involvement with the LSSP prior to the betrayal of 1964.
I attach the article as well as the link to The Island. Please forward to anyone whom you think might be interested.
On a personal note, I had decided a couple years ago to wrap up my writing on Sri Lankan Trotskyism, having pretty much reported everything factual and solid that I have been able to find through interviews and hard archival work over the previous 45 years. But, much to my surprise, the subject continues to churn up interest in Sri Lanka and India. I’ve been asked to produce a book of biograpical essays on the militants who, like Patchamuthu, were the "foot soldiers of the revolution" - The Pioneers of the Samasamaja Party.
Link to The Island: