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eBook Sinhalese Buddhist Nationalist Ideology: Implications for Politics and Conflict Resolution in Sri Lanka (Policy Studies (East-West Center Washington)) ePub
Author: Neil DeVotta
Language: English
ISBN: 1932728643
ISBN13: 978-1932728644
Publisher: East-West Center Washington (October 19, 2007)
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Subcategory: History
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This study argues that political Buddhism and Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism have contributed to a nationalist ideology that has been used to expand and perpetuate Sinhalese Buddhist supremacy within a unitary Sri Lankan state; create laws, rules, a. .

This study argues that political Buddhism and Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism have contributed to a nationalist ideology that has been used to expand and perpetuate Sinhalese Buddhist supremacy within a unitary Sri Lankan state; create laws, rules, and structures that institutionalize such supremacy; and attack those who disagree with this agenda as enemies of the state.

Neil DeVotta is Associate Professor of Political Science at Hartwick College and Visiting Associate Professor in the Departments of Asian Studies and Government . Publisher: East-West Center Washington (October 19, 2007).

Neil DeVotta is Associate Professor of Political Science at Hartwick College and Visiting Associate Professor in the Departments of Asian Studies and Government at the University of Texas at Austin during 2007-08. Series: Policy Studies (East-West Center Washington). Perfect Paperback: 87 pages.

Academic journal article Policy Studies. This study argues that they have also contributed to a Sinhalese Buddhist nationalist ideology that is now fully embedded and institutionalized as state policy. Sinhalese Buddhist Nationalist Ideology: Implications for Politics and Conflict Resolution in Sri Lanka. Academic journal article Policy Studies. A fundamental tenet of that nationalist ideology is the belief that Sri Lanka is the island of the Sinhalese, who in turn are ennobled to preserve and propagate Buddhism.

Published December 1st 2007 by East-West Center (first published October 19th 2007).

Sinhalese Buddhist Nationalist Ideology: Implications for Politics and Conflict Resolution in Sri Lanka. This study argues that political Buddhism and Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism have contributed to a nationalist ideology that has been used to expand and perpetuate Sinhalese Buddhist supremacy within a unitary Sri Lankan state; create laws, rules, and structures that institutionalize such supremacy; and attack those who disagree with this agenda as enemies of the state. Published December 1st 2007 by East-West Center (first published October 19th 2007).

Sinhalese Buddhist nationalist ideology : implications for politics and conflict resolution in Sri Lanka.

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Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism is a political ideology which combines a focus upon Sinhalese culture and ethnicity with an emphasis upon Theravada Buddhism, which is the majority belief system of most of the Sinhalese in Sri Lanka. It mostly originated in reaction to the colonisation of Sri Lanka by the British Empire and became increasingly assertive in the years following the independence of the country.

October 19, 2007, East-West Center Washington.

Sinhalese Buddhist Nationalist Ideology. Sinhalese Buddhist Nationalist Ideology. 1 2 3 4 5. Want to Read. October 19, 2007, East-West Center Washington. Perfect Paperback in English. Libraries near you: WorldCat.

DeVotta, Neil, ‘Sri Lanka’s Ongoing Shift to Authoritarianism’, East West Center Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 201 . 201 (22 February 2013). DeVotta, Neil, Sinhalese Buddhist Nationalist Ideology: Implications for Politics and Conflict Resolution in Sri Lanka, No. 40, Policy Studies (Washington, DC: East-West Center, 2007). Deegalle, Mahinda, ‘ Foremost among Religions : Theravada Buddhism’s Affairs with the Modern Sri Lankan State’ in Whalen-Bridge, John and Kitiarsa, Pattana (ed., Buddhism, Modernity, and the State in Asia: Forms of Engagement (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

This study argues that political Buddhism and Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism have contributed to a nationalist ideology that has been used to expand and perpetuate Sinhalese Buddhist supremacy within a unitary Sri Lankan state; create laws, rules, and structures that institutionalize such supremacy; and attack those who disagree with this agenda as enemies of the state. The nationalist ideology is influenced by Sinhalese Buddhist mytho-history that was deployed by monks and politics in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries to assert that Sri Lanka is the designated sanctuary for Theravada Buddhism, belongs to Sinhalese Buddhists, and Tamils and others live there only due to Sinhalese Buddhist sufferance. This ideology has enabled majority superordination, minority subordination, and a separatist war waged by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The study suggests both LTTE terrorism and the ethnocentric nature of the Sri Lankan state, which resorts to its own forms of terrorism when fighting the civil war, need to be overcome if the island is to become a liberal democracy. The present government of President Mahinda Rajapakse is the first to fully embrace the Sinhalese Buddhist nationalist ideology, suggesting that a political solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict is unlikely. Meaningful devolution of power, whereby Tamils could coalesce with their ethnic counterparts amidst equality and self-respect, is not in the offing. A solution along federal lines is especially unlikely. Instead, continued war and even attacks on Christians and Muslims seem to be in store for Sri Lanka as the Sinhalese Buddhist nationalist ideology is further consolidated. The study recommends that the international community adopt a more proactive stance in promoting a plural state and society in Sri Lanka. In addition to countering the terrorist methods employed by the LTTE, the international community should initiate and support measures to protect fundamental civil liberties and human rights of Sri Lanka's ethnic and religious minority communities. This is the fortieth publication in Policy Studies, a peer-reviewed East-West Center Washington series that presents scholarly analysis of key contemporary domestic and international political, economic, and strategic issues affecting Asia in a policy relevant manner.
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