Neville Jayaweera’s Vavuniya Diaries on the JVP Insurgency of 1971

THE VAVUNIYA DIARIES (recollecting the first JVP uprising 5th April 1971 – 19th August 1971)

by Neville Jayaweera, Government Agent Vavuniya Administrative District 1970-1973

CONTENTS
  Page
Introduction to Vavuniya  ………………………………………………………………….xi
Foreword – Susil Sirivardana and Marshal Fernando ……………………………01
Author’s Preface – Neville Jayaweera…………………… ……………………………..05
Chapter 1 : Demotion, wilderness and despair…….. ………………………………09
Chapter 2 : A 180-degree turnaround in Consciousness ……………………….. 13
Chapter 3 : The JVP …………………………………………. ………………………………..17
Chapter 4 : The curtain goes up…………………………… ……………………………..19

First Published 2017

THE VAVUNIYA DIARIES
© Neville Jayaweera
ISBN : 978-955-7560-42-7
Cover Design : Hasitha Wickremasinghe & Immanuel Kitnan

Dedication

  • For my late lamented beloved daughter MANOHARI whose premature departure has, but for the ever present Christ, snuffed out the light from my life.
  • For my parents Robert and Constance Jayaweera To whom I owe more than words can express “Thou shalt honour thy father and thy mother” From the Ten Commandments.
  • For Trixie my eternally patient, forbearing, and loyal wife
  • For Edmund my born-again son-in-law, currently my rod and my staff,
  • and for Maximillian our grandson and our hope and light for the future

SOME IMAGES from the 1971 insurgency

Wijeweera addressing a crowd –before the April insurgency

ALSO SEE ; Zarah Imtiaz: “Bloody Memories: The JVP Insurrection 1971,”  5 April 2017, https://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/bloody-memories-the-jvp-insurrection-1971/

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