7th January 2014
With the end to 30 years of civil conflict caused by ethnic tensions, Sri Lanka is now witnessing an escalation of religious intolerance. The rise of fundamentalism has resulted in debates over secularism and pluralism, not only in Sri Lanka but also across the South Asian region.
SAPRI hosted a colloquium on ‘Challenges to pluralism in South Asia’ The well attended event was held at the BMICH in Colombo on 7th January with an international panel of four eminent scholars comprising Prof. Rajeev Bhargava (India), Prof. Radhika Coomaraswamy (Sri Lanka), Dr. Christophe Jaffrelot (France) and Ms Asma Jahangir from Pakistan who made presentations on the issues of religious tolerance, peaceful coexistence, secularism and pluralism in South Asia. The sessions were moderated by Dr. Deepika Udagama and Prof. Savithri Goonesekere. Club de Madrid’s Dr. Clem McCartney summarized the deliberations.
This event was organized by SAPRI with the participation of Club de Madrid.