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In Bad Faith

47:57 Min

How did politicians exploit Sri Lanka’s ethnic divisions by funding extremist monks of the Bodu Bala Sena to divide and rule the country?

 

In Bad Faith

In Bad Faith - S1E3: Inside Militant Buddhism

29 Mar 2022 10:00pm

How did politicians exploit Sri Lanka’s ethnic divisions by funding extremist monks of the Bodu Bala Sena to divide and rule the country?

 

In Bad Faith

About the show:

IN BAD FAITH examines how collusion between religious and political groups are causing societal divide and violence in some parts of Asia.

The pages of history are rife with examples of a “weaponization of religion”. From Nazi Germany to ISIS, political parties and religious nationalist groups have often relied on marginalising minorities in a bid to solidify political gains.

IN BAD FAITH follows 3 modern-day religion-based political groups across Asia, with aggressively nationalist objectives: the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in India, the Islamic Defenders Front in Indonesia and Sri Lanka’s Buddhist outfit Bodu Bala Sena to investigate their strategies and motivations.

We also discover the plight of minorities and observe the work of inter-faith groups struggling to counter a growing narrative built on paranoia and hate.

What is causing the rise of religious nationalism in India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka? How could this impact peace and stability in these countries? And why does this matter to other societies in the region, and elsewhere in the world?

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