Demanding sacrifice: War and negotiation in Sri Lanka
Publication date: 
1998
Accord issue: 
4

Buddhism exerts a powerful influence over Sri Lankan political life. Priyath Liyange discusses its relationship to politics in post-colonial Sri Lanka. She claims that although Sinhala nationalists use the existential threat to Buddhism as a tactic to spoil federalism or devolution, moderate Sinhalese reject this and the non-violent dimensions of Buddhism are ascendant. There is a general consensus that devolution is necessary, and that the distinction between legitimate Tamil demands and LTTE provocation must be made.