Keerthi Balasuriya

SEP in Sri Lanka pays tribute to Keerthi Balasuriya

By our correspondent, 20 December 2017

Balasuriya’s untimely death in December 1987 “cut short an invaluable and devoted service to the cause of international socialism.”

Sri Lankan SEP marks 25th anniversary of Keerthi Balasuriya’s death

By our correspondent, 19 December 2012

SEP members and supporters attended the memorial ceremony in the Colombo General Cemetery.

The enduring significance of the life and work of Comrade Keerthi Balasuriya

18 December 2012

Comrade Balasuriya was convinced that the only force upon which the struggle for socialism could be based was the international working class, and that the principal task of revolutionary Marxists was to forge the political independence of the working class by saturating it, to use the well-known expression of Lenin, with socialist consciousness.

In Memory of Keerthi Balasuriya

By David North, 18 December 2012

Notwithstanding the immense political and economic changes of the past two decades, the issues and problems with which Keerthi grappled remain no less urgent and relevant today than they were at the time of his death.

SEP-ISSE memorial meeting in Colombo

WSWS speaks to workers and youth about Keerthi Balasuriya

By our correspondents, 28 December 2007

WSWS correspondents spoke with a number of people attending the recent public meeting held by the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and the International Students for Social Equality (ISSE) in Sri Lanka to mark twenty years since the death of Keerthi Balasuriya. Keerthi was general secretary of the Revolutionary Communist League (RCL), the forerunner of the SEP, from its founding until his sudden death from a massive heart attack on December 18, 1987. He played a leading role in the post-war international Trotskyist movement. We publish below interviews with participants in the Colombo memorial meeting.

Greetings to Colombo memorial meeting for Keerthi Balasuriya

27 December 2007

We are publishing below messages to the memorial meeting in Colombo on December 23 from the Socialist Equality Parties of Germany and Britain. A message from the National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party of Australia, Nick Beams, was published in the WSWS report of “Sri Lankan SEP Marks 20th anniversary of Keerthi Balasuriya” on December 20. On December 18 and 19, a two-part article by David North, National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party of the US and Chairman of the International Editorial Board of the WSWS was published, “Twenty years since the death of Keerthi Balasuriya.”

Keerthi Balasuriya as revolutionary fighter during 1970-1971

By Vilani Peiris, 21 December 2007

In this article, Vilani Peiris recalls Keerthi’s life in 1970-1971, a critical period in the RCL’s formation. Keerthi, then in his early 20s, led the party through these testing experiences and made important contributions to the perspective of the International Committee of the Fourth International.

Twenty years since the death of Keerthi Balasuriya

Part one

By David North, 18 December 2007

This is the first of a two-part article. The second part will be posted Wednesday, December 19.

SEP-ISSE memorial meeting

Twenty years since the death of Sri Lankan Trotskyist leader Keerthi Balasuriya

5 December 2007

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and the International Students for Social Equality (ISSE) in Sri Lanka will hold a public meeting in Colombo on December 23 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of Keerthi Balasuriya.

SEP public meeting in Colombo

Fifteen years since the death of Keerthi Balasuriya

20 December 2002

The Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) is holding a public meeting on December 21 in Colombo to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the death of comrade Keerthi Balasuriya, the founding general secretary of the Revolutionary Communist League (RCL)—the forerunner to the SEP.