Sri Lankan General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thero speaks during a press conference in Colombo on October 7, 2014. The Buddhist Force, or the BBS, said they were in talks with high levels of India's Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a group with close ties to Prime Minister Narendra Modi,  to form a grand alliance. "Discussions are at a high level with the RSS," BBS chief, Buddhist monk Galagodaatte Gnanasara told reporters in Colombo. "We are having a dialogue with the RSS as well as Buddhist organisations in India."We think we can have a Buddhist  Hindu peace zone in this part of the world." He said the objective was to preserve their respective cultures from what he called rising Islamic extremism.  AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S. KODIKARA        (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)