The Al Jazeera English program The Stream recently devoted an entire episode to the issue of Buddhist nationalism in Sri Lanka. Here’s a description of the episode from their website:
Hardline Buddhist monks are targeting Muslims and Christians in Sri Lanka, where the civil war’s end has spurred a new wave of sectarianism bent on preserving Sinhalese culture. Since the conflict ended nearly five years ago, groups like Bodu Bala Sena have emerged as Sri Lanka’s self-appointed watchdogs of Buddhism. At 19:30 GMT, we discuss the violent side of Sri Lankan Buddhism.
On this episode, The Stream speaks to:
Executive member and coordinator of the Bodu Bala Sana
Reader in Study of Religions, Philosophies and Ethics at Bath Spa University
Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations
Co-spokesperson for Rally for Unity
Glad to see Buddhist monk and scholar Mahinda Deegalle in there among the guests!
You can watch the whole episode below, and read/see more at Al Jazeera English’s website here.