Friday, May 30, 2014

Martial Law in Thailand

After months of infighting and bickering between the opposition and the government, the Military had it enough with the politicians and declared Martial law and suspended the constitution (except of the part pertaining to monarchy). Although it has been condemned by the U.S. and other countries, it remains to be seen what happens next. Thailand is not immune to military coups and the bickering politicians were just inviting it to stage one, and this is the tragedy of developing countries where the military is powerful and the politicians have no space for tolerating each other. And I am not saying all developing countries have a history of coups as you can well see that India being a developing country has a well flourishing democracy despite all the corruption and the bickering politicians that they have. But the military does not interfere and all is solved at the ballot boxes with much violence and the results are accepted till the next election. Thailand is not the only country to suffer from this bickering politicians and military interventions. Egypt, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and several African countries are also on the list where the tolerance level is low and the charges of rigging in the elections widespread which gives the military to move in and since the military is the only organized institution, people who are fed up with their corrupt politicians long for this kind of intervention. Although you can blame many factors for the dysfunctional democratic process but one thing is clear that unless all politicians and common people develop the level of tolerance needed to support a democracy, these kinds of episodes will continue to happen.

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