Vickramabahu

Vickramabahu 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.

With a 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 leadership.

While being brilliant in education, he excelled as a sportsman and a sculpture artist as well.

While 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. Jayawardhane.

Since then, he dedicated his life for left politics.

He always actively participated in struggles of workers and for the rights of the communities that were marginalized gender wise, racial wise and economic wise.

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

Dr. Vickramabahu Karunarathne is contesting Presidential elections as the candidate of the Left Front.

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