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What is Pluralism?

Containing one-fifth of the world’s population, South Asia is one of the most diverse, most conflict-prone and most volatile regions in the world. On the one hand, religious, ethnic, linguistic and tribal communities compete with one another and engage in violence and armed conflict. On the other, these communities coexist and closely interact with each other on a daily basis as part of every day life and community existence. These conflicts indicate the inability to some respect for those differences in a social, legal, and non-violent manner.

Sri Lanka has gone through a rather violent period of a three-decade insurgency between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Government. The conflict is characterized by three major ethnicities (Sinhalese, Tamils, and Muslims), with three major languages (Sinhala, Tamil, and English), and four major religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity).

Since the Sri Lanka conflict is one fuelled by ethnic tensions, advertising the values of pluralism (i.e., Energetic with Diversity, Understanding Differences, Encouragement of Dialogue, Maintenance of Democracy and Respect for Human Rights and Freedoms of Every Individual and Community) may foster the acceptance of diversity and initiate an end to the conflict.

The Project Pluralism sought to establish a network of practitioners that would continue to support the integration of minorities and promote respectful relationships between cultures, faiths and religions in South Asia.

The National Peace Council Of Sri Lanka in facilitating the project ‘Pluralism in South Asia’. This project is co-funded by the Canadian International Development Association (CIDA) under their Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).


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