Shanthikumar Hettiarachchi holds a PhD on majority–minority ethnic and religious conflict, from Melbourne College of Divinity, University of Melbourne. He is a lecturer in Religion and Conflict, St. Phillip’s Centre for Study and Engagement, Leicester, UK. He is the founder Co-ordinator of the Luton Council of Faiths, Bedfordshire, UK. His primary research interests are in diaspora communities – their religious affiliations in the UK, Europe and Australia; their social adjustment processes; radicalisation of religious faith; land, history and notions of chosen-ness as political tools to define identity. He has published widely on related topics.