The ‘Army of Buddhist Power’ in Sri Lankan Politics

  • Mahinda Deegalle


On 15 June 2014, the activist profile of Bodu Bala Sena—The Army of Buddhist Power—as an extremist Buddhist movement in contemporary Sri Lanka reached its climax.1 The Aluthgama incident,2 for which Bodu Bala Sena claimed no official responsibility, determined its dwindling public support and established a strong negative perception in the Sri Lankan society. Severe critiques of Bodu Bala Sena within Sri Lanka and internationally by outsider observers became more and more intense from that event onward.3


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