Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Monday, September 24, 2018 04:33:41 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Commentary

Thailand must try democratic alternative

By Editorial Desk
19th-Aug-2015       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Thailand fell victim to terrorist attack on Monday when a powerful blast at a popular shrine in a busy commercial hub rocked Bangkok killing 22 people and injuring 123 others. When the Thai authorities were busy to deal with the crisis a smaller blast was reported again on Tuesday however without casualties. Meanwhile, the question that immediately hits the impassionate mind anywhere is whether terrorism can be the right way to seek justice or fight back injustices in a particular society.
The Thai government is yet to know who have carried out the blasts but the question arises whether violence can be able to bring any benefit to people who perpetrated the crime of killing so many innocent lives.
More important is the question why despite a military government in power the terrorists could blast the bombs. But in our time, in the name of fight against terrorism what we are doing, as advanced by the West, is not proving helpful. The Western policy appears to prescribe that a strong government is necessary to fight terrorism. This is a basic mistake in the policy of the USA and other Western countries. In Thailand, the people's disaffection was met with military rule. Now real terrorism is emerging in an otherwise peaceful country. But in reality the undemocratic governments are terrorizing their own people to remain in power and eventually forcing the extremists to take up terrorist acts to hit back. The people also tolerate private terrorism.
It can't be said that Thailand is quite peaceful in recent years as the nation is sharply divided in domestic politics and fighting factional clashes. But the powerful bomb blasts and terrorist attacks appear to be a new experience to suggest that criminalization of the Thai society is entering into a new phase endangering the life of a peace-loving nation where people are always smiling to visitors with open-hearted hospitality. Many fear that these are the acts of militant groups opposed to the military regime which took over in 2014 removing an elected government; some others believe that Muslim insurgents from the south may have struck. There may be some other causes as well.  But what cannot be denied is that the people are unhappy, angry and divided. The solution is not a military government.
We are emphasising on the lesson to be learned. Fight terrorism with weapons targetedly, but avoiding civilian causalities. In the fight against terrorists, help the governments to practice democratic rule of law and respect human rights. Don't allow the governments to become terrorists and expect to defeat terrorism.    
Nobody has so far claimed the responsibility but the fact is that someone has carried out it and so many lives were lost. News report said the Thai parliament which is hand-picked by the military regime and comprised of senior police and military officials and royalist bureaucrats is going to adopt a new Constitution for the country next month. Most democratic forces have already criticized the draft as undemocratic and intended to prolong the military's grip on power denying democratic rule and politics.
We want Thai military government to think of democratic alternative.  Political solution has to be found politically. So it should begin the process of reconciliation and unity. 

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Attack on Iran`s elite guards


IRANIAN Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused US-backed Gulf Arab states of carrying out a shooting attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, almost half of them members of the country's elite Revolutionary Guards. Khamenei ordered security forces to bring to justice those responsible for one of the ...

Sports »

Bertens defeats Tomljanovic to secure Korea Open win


AFP, Seoul :Kiki Bertens defeated Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic in the Korea Open final on Sunday, securing her third WTA Tour singles title of the season to continue her career-best year.The second-seeded Bertens came back from break down in the deciding set to defeat the Australian in two hours and 22 ...

International »

World leaders gather at UN under threat from unilateralism


AP, United Nations :With rising unilateralism challenging its very existence, the United Nations convenes its annual meeting of world leaders Monday and will try once more to tackle problems together as a community of nations, addressing threats ranging from Mideast conflicts to the effects of global warming - and also ...

City »

National Professor Anisuzzaman seen among others at the cover unveiling ceremony of a book marking the 80th birthday of eminent writer Hasan Azizul Haq organised by Bangladesh Culture at Jatiya Press Club yesterday.


Entertainment »

Nazira Mou to debut in film with Indraneil


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Viewers’ choice popular actress Nazira Mou has been acting in small screen for many days. She got many offers for acting in big screen. But she did not agree to act due to disliking stories and her roles in those works. When Mou got the proposal from ...

Editorial »

CPJ reveals weakness of journalists by appealing to President


THE Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in a letter to the Bangladesh President has expressed deep concern about the Digital Security Act 2018, which was passed by the Parliament on September 18, and urged him to return it to Parliament for a review afresh.   If this legislation was allowed to ...

International »

Modi faces calls for resignation over French jet deal


Reuters, New delhi :Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced calls for his resignation over allegations of corruption in a military jet deal with France after former French president Francois Hollande was quoted as saying New Delhi had influenced the choice of a local partner.Indian political parties have been gunning for ...

International »

US official in Russia probe suggested taping Trump: Report


Reuters, Washington: The US official who oversees the federal investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election suggested secretly recording President Donald Trump last year and recruiting Cabinet members to invoke a constitutional amendment to remove him from the White House, the New York Times reported on Friday.Deputy Attorney ...

Football »

Tabarez renews with Uruguay until Qatar World Cup


AFP, Montevideo :Despite failing health the veteran coach Oscar Tabarez has signed a four-year contract extension to remain at the Uruguay helm until the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the South American country's football federation said on Friday.Tabarez, who suffers from a nerve disorder that forces him ...

City »

People of the Shia community brought out a Tazia procession in the city on the occasion of Holy Ashura. The snap was taken from Azimpur area on Friday.


Entertainment »

Rishi Kapoor, Juhi Chawla to reunite for a comedy The film will reunite Kapoor and Chawla 22 years after their last film 'Daraar'


Frequent collaborators Rishi Kapoor and Juhi Chawla will reunite for a family comedy produced by Sony Pictures International and MacGuffin Pictures, reported Variety.The untitled film will be co-written by Hitesh Bhatia and Supratik Sen (Parched, Kai Po Che!), and directed by Bhatia. The film will reunite Kapoor and Chawla 22 ...

Editorial »

Rohingya crisis: UN is helpless without active cooperation of int'l community


THE United Nations was established with a mission to stop brutality and promotion of human rights across the globe but at present is apparently helpless to stop the Myanmar military atrocity on Rohingya ethnic community. Though the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the ...

Cricket »

India rout Pakistan by eight wickets in Asia Cup


AFP, Dubai :India crushed Pakistan by eight wickets in their long-awaited Asia Cup match which failed to live up to its hype in Dubai on Wednesday.Pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-15) and part time off-spinner Kedar Jadhav (3-23) sent Pakistan, who won the toss and batted, collapsing to just 162 all ...

Football »

We aim to play SAFF U-16 Women's final: Choton


Bangladesh U-18 national women's football team head coach Golam Rabanni Choton said they aim to play the final of the SAFF U-18 Women's Championship which is scheduled to be held from September 28 to October 7 in Thimpu, Bhutan.He was speaking at a pre-departure press conference on Thursday at the ...

International »

US-North Korea relations making 'tremendous progress': Trump


President Donald Trump on Wednesday said US relations with North Korea are making "tremendous progress" from the days before his presidency when the two countries appeared close to "going to war."Trump said a recent letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un confirmed the positive track, which he said has ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news