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[Press – research-based long read] Proud Inheritors or Petty Contractors? Understanding the BBS phenomenon in Sri Lankan politics

 

This article was an effort to outline what the Bodu Bala Sena organisation really represents in present-day Sri Lankan politics. I also wrote to the press about BBS last year. Since then, BBS has grown into a prominent (if not the most prominent) ‘frontline player’ in Sri Lankan politics. Gaining a nuanced understanding of BBS, however, is no easy ballgame, because the organisation has developed a web of influence in the corridors of power, the business sector and the disapora lobbies in a way no other Sinhala-Buddhist outfit has done in the past. However, it is important to keep in mind that BBS operates in Rajapaksa-led Sri Lanka, where the ruling family is unlikely to allow any other outfit to grab the Sinhala-Buddhist power base from their grip.

Ven. Galaboda-atté Gnanasara, Bodu Bala Sena's most vocal personality (left), meeting Ven. Ashin Virathu, head of Myanmar's 969 Movement.

Ven. Galaboda-atté Gnanasara, Bodu Bala Sena’s most vocal personality (left), meeting Ven. Ashin Virathu, head of Myanmar’s 969 Movement.

My article, entitled Proud Inheritors or Petty Contractors? Understanding the BBS Phenomenon in Sri Lankan Politics, was published on Groundviews on Saturday 5 July 2014, and is available here.

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