Growing Politico-Cultural Nationalism a Sinhala-Buddhist Version of Hindutva

January 26, 2004

Source: Hindustan Times,00410008.htm

On January 26, 2004 the Hindustan Times reported, "Sri Lanka is now witnessing the beginnings of a revivalist movement, the third in the last 100 years. Political circles here are abuzz with talk of the arrival of politico-cultural nationalism akin to Hindutva in neighbouring India. It is being described as Jathika Chinthanaya or National Consciousness, based on the island's 2,500 year old Sinhala-Buddhist heritage. Sri Lankans are deeply troubled by the political and economic situation in their country...Among the remedies being seriously considered by a growing section of the people is a return to Sri Lanka's Sinhala-Buddhist roots, a tradition-based cultural nationalism, like Hindutva. Atal Bihari Vajpayee's success in making India an economic power house even while subscribing to the creed of Hindutva is influencing Sri Lankans, as an article by Rajpal Abeynayake in The Sunday Times suggests."