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The power of privilege

Don't get me wrong - I like a bit of luxury as much as the next person and nothing I say here should call that into question. What has been vexing me a little lately is the relative privilege that is afforded clergy in Sri Lanka. I first came across it during my first visit when I unexpectedly came across seats in Colombo airport 'reserved for clergy'. It soon became clear that, in most public places, areas and seating were set aside for Buddhist clerics as they travelled or ate. But the phenomenon of clergy privilege is not a sectarian endeavour. Whilst Christian clergy are not afforded special waiting rooms in railway stations or dazzling white seating at Bandaranaike International Airport

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