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Study: New Buddhist Extremism and the Challenges to Ethno-Religious Coexistence in Sri Lanka

The evolution of the role of Buddhism in Sri Lankan society and politics has taken a new step with the emergence of aggressive and extremist Buddhist organisations.

by: Shonali Thangiah | August 22, 2018
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ICES Study: Religious Interface and Contestations between Buddhists and Muslims in Sri Lanka

When the term conflict is applied to Sri Lanka, it is often preceded by the term “ethnic”. While this may have rung true in the past, post-war conflicts in the country currently tend to stem from religion instead, marking a shift in the conflict dynamics of the state. To examine this claim, ICES undertook a study of multi-religious heritage sites in Sri Lanka to discern whether conflicts have indeed taken on a religious turn.

by: Shonali Thangiah | August 20, 2018
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කළු මාර්තුවක අඳුරු සටහන්

2018.මාර්තු 05 වන දා සිට දින කීපයක් පුරා දිගන හා ඒ අවට ප්රදේශයන් හි මුස්ලිම් ප්රජාවට එරෙහිව එල්ලවූ ජාතිවාදී ප්රහාරයන් පිලිබඳ මතක ශේෂ දිගන , මහනුවර , අඹතැන්න , අකුරණ මාස කීපයකට උඩදී මෙරටේ බොහෝ දෙනෙකු බිය ගැන්වූ නගර කීපයකි. එහෙත් දැන් ඒවා මාස කිපයකට කලින් කටට හුරුවූ නම් කීපයක් බවට පමණක් පත්ව තිබේ. දිගන ට දැන් මොකද? කවුරුත් අසන්නේ නැත. සිංහල වේවා, මුස්ලිම් වේවා, දෙමළ වේවා කිසිදු දේශපාලකයෙකුට දැන් මේවා තවදුරටත් මාතෘකාවන් නොවේ.

by: Ishara Danasekara | August 03, 2018
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மதங்கள் அன்பை மட்டும் போதிப்பவை வெறுப்பை அல்ல

“அன்பும் சிவனும் இரண்டென்பர் அறிவிலார் அன்பே சிவமாவது யாரும் அறிகிலார் அன்பும் சிவமும் ஒன்றென்று அறிந்தபின் அன்பேசிவமாய் அமர்ந்து இருந்தாரே”

by: Kajaluxsy S. | August 03, 2018
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My Village

Today, I will be speaking about ‘My Village’, she said, as she stood shyly before her class. I love my village. It is beautiful.

by: Marisa De Silva | July 24, 2018
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The Online Ethnic Crisis

Sri Lanka is a highly networked society. By some accounts, the number of Sim cards outnumber the number of people. We’re also pretty much addicted to social media and have become reliant on it as a source of relevant information about what is happening in the country. This, as one can imagine, leaves us open to all sorts of dangers, fake news is just one of them. With the already rather lacklustre status of journalistic ethics further eroded in the online landscape, users on social media can use all manner of subtle and not-so-subtle techniques to spread hate and misconceptions that can ultimately cause great damage to national unity.

by: Abdul Halik Azeez | July 24, 2018
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Identity, Politics, Division

Sri Lanka is famed for a few things, tea, #islandliving, cricket, warm smiles and hospitality towards tourists, and ethnic violence and xenophobia between our own. The waves of ethnic violence have been attributed to various factors. More often that not, ethnic violence has been a result of and reduced to one man’s political ambition; if they are not pandering to the ethnic majority, they are conning the ethnic majority in to a xenophobic fit to create just a little chaos for them to thrive on.

by: Tmalu | July 24, 2018
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Religious Censorship of Artistic Expression

Tolerance is widely accepted as an essential component of developing harmonious societies. However, societies often pursue methods of censorship (somewhat ironically) in order to successfully achieve tolerance between communities. Free speech is often trampled on in the name of preserving religious sensibilities—either through self-censorship or legislation that censors.

by: Annouchka Wijesinghe | July 24, 2018
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Unpacking Evil: Why Violence in Sri Lanka is a Spectator Sport

‘The Juwes are the men that will not be blamed for nothing’. This quote has been attributed to a mysterious figure that spread terror through the streets of Whitechapel in the 1800s. Found scrawled on a wall close to the crime scene of a well-known serial killer – a mysterious figure known to the public only by the name Jack the Ripper. That name evokes a range of reactions, from horror to quiet fascination.

by: Raisa Wickrematunge | July 23, 2018

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