May 30, 2014

Growing Threat of Buddhist Fundamentalism

Vishal Arora, The Diplomat

The Associated Press

Buddhist fundamentalism seems to be fast spreading its tentacles in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand, as newspapers report violent attacks on religious minorities and shrill demands to ban “blasphemy” against Buddhism.

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