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Political fallout from the Dhammakaya case

 Political fallout from the Dhammakaya case   

   To the average bystander, the recent brouhaha over the Dhammakaya temple raises many questions with few answers and just about no clarity.For Thailand's political environment, it was a storm in a teacup that exposed the raw socio-political divide of the past dozen years.For the government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, it was an ominous confrontation between the state and a Buddhist sect with downside political costs and few upside gains.For Buddhism in Thailand, it was an imperative for religious reforms mirroring broader changes that Thai society has been looking for in its search for a new balance.

link:  www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1216081/political-fallout-from-the-dhammakaya-case

 

THITINAN PONGSUDHIRAKAN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AT CHULALONGKORN UNIVERSITY


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