was born in March 08, 1943 at Lunugala in Badulla in a traditional
teacher's family. His father was late Mudiyanse Karunarathne.
Mother was late Vimala Kothalawale; both retired as principals.
He received primary education at Ananda Shasthralaya, Mathugama. Joined Ananda College Colombo in 1953. Passed university entrance from Ananda College, Colombo in mathematics stream and entered the Engineering faculty of the University of Ceylon. He graduated as a first class electrical engineer and qualified for a commonwealth scholarship to read for a doctorate at the Cambridge University.
doctorate from Cambridge he returned
to Lanka in 1970. As an under graduate he joined the LSSP in 1962. He
was elected to the Central Committee in 1972. But in the same year he
was sacked from the party for opposing opportunist politics of the
While being brilliant in education, he excelled as a sportsman and a sculpture artist as well.
teaching at Peradeniya University, he was thoroughly engaged in
politics. In 1978, he was sacked from university and jailed for
hoisting black flags against the draconian constitution of J. R.
Since then, he dedicated his life for left politics.
participated in struggles of workers and for the rights of the
communities that were marginalized gender wise, racial wise and
He was in remand for long periods and in 88 he was shot by the JVP for defending the rights of the Tamil speaking people
Vickramabahu Karunarathne is contesting Presidential elections as
the candidate of the Left Front.
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