20A is vital for Buddhist supremacists to achieve their long-held dream of establishing a Buddhist state in this country.

20A is vital for Buddhist supremacists to achieve their long-held dream of establishing a Buddhist state in this country. They may not have spelt out their objective in those specific terms yet, but if one cares to study seriously the implications of the slogan, One County One Law, their claim that the country belongs only to Sinhala Buddhists and that others are ‘resident aliens’, and their agitation for a new constitution altogether, one would understand the direction in which they are moving. What started as Buddhist religious awakening during the closing decades of 19th century, evolved into political Buddhism, expressing itself through Sinhala nationalism after independence, and matured after the civil war in to a Buddhist supremacist movement aiming to convert the country into a Buddhist state. This is what the Islamists are striving to achieve in some parts of the world.  While they are resorting to violence as means, Buddhist supremacists in Sri Lanka are using the democratic process to reach their goal. However, the end is the same for both: death of democracy and entrenchment of autocracy.   

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