Coup in Thailand: Generals, Go Back To Democracy!

The Military Coup is Deplorable and Thais must fight back. We in Nepal condemn the army takeover.

The military coup in Thailand yesterday reminded many of us in Nepal King Gyanendra’s Feb 1, 2005 takeover. First, as the global democratic citizens, we strongly condemn the coup and urge the Thai people to fight back the military takeover. Thai Army, with its own history of coups, did what Gyanendra did in Nepal in 2005. Now it’s time for the Thais oo do what we the Nepalis did in April this year. Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin, the coup leader and chief of the army, has said the reason for seizing power was the “government’s misconduct, which has caused conflicts and broken the unity of the people in the country in a way that has never happened before in the history of Thailand.” The army seizing administrative power from the democratically elected (caretaker) government by ordering the dissolution of the House of Representatives, the Senate, the government and the Constitutional Court on any pretext is deplorable.

Like all autocrats and dictators around the world, the Thai General’s aide in the coup, Gen. Prapas Sakultanak, according to New York Times, said that the military did not intend to rule the country and that it would “hand power back to the people.” In Nepal too, Gyanendra had said the same but he took the lives of 22 innocent Nepali people before handing over power back to them. The tactics applied by dictators are same around the world: They ban press from reporting truth, blackout information, jail democratic leaders and claim that all they are doing to strengthen democracy. General Sondhi, according to the Times, vowed that military rule would be temporary. The military, he said, “insists that it has no intention to become the country’s ruler and will return to democracy under the monarchy to the Thai people as soon as possible.”

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is a popular figure in Thailand and the army, with its own ambitions, was unhappy with how the populist Prime Minister was dealing with some issues. Coup is not the solution. If Thaksin needs to be punished, people will punish him in democratic elections; Generals should just salute him and follow his orders.

Some people in this afternoon’s tea session in canteen were relating the coup in Thailand with Nepali situation. All agreed that in Nepal the situation is different now. General Rukmangat Katwal, the newly appointed Chief of the Army Staff, has publicly vowed to work under the orders of the government of Nepal. He should be given the benefit of doubt. Meanwhile, the reform process must continue within the army. It must be intensified. And law that parliamentarians are currently discussing on about the army will be crucial to help democratize the army. The autocrat has been partly tamed and the institution of monarchy must be eliminated in the CA elections, better if that is done earlier than that. King is Thailand is incomparably popular among his people than the king in Nepal. But if he really adores his people, Thai king must distance himself with the coup and direct the military to return the power to people.

Blogs from Thailand:

1. Bangkok Pundit (updates on coup)
2. Thai-Blogs.com
3. Oh! See What The Cat Drags In!

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99 thoughts on “Coup in Thailand: Generals, Go Back To Democracy!

  1. After finishing their mission of reestablishing democracy in Nepal, UWB have gone to Thailand now. Bravo!! Ha ha..

    On the serious note, I deplore the coup in Thailand and strongly urge Thai army to return back to democracy immediately. You must apologize to the Thais. What is the king doing in all this? Just supporting the army? Very bad.

  2. Military coup is very possible in Nepal. With 90,000 armed personnel, NA is desciplined and organized group. SPA needs to appoint strong Defense Secretary to look after NA. At the same time SPA should order Maoists to disband their PLA. If PLA is not disbanded and Maoists’ kidnapping, torturing and forced donations are not stopped NA takeover will be welcomed by the people of Nepal.

  3. “conflicts and broken the unity of the people in the country” this is what nepal is facing rite now and i wish the R(NA) do the same to save the country, b4 its too late the maoist are increasing their influence day by day they now control almost all the urban area also, all they need is to get into the palace or singhadarbar, and if unfortunately that happens no one can stop nepal from being afganistan, and we will also be remembering our king with tears as people in afganistan do these days.

  4. “I wish the R(NA) do the same to save the country”

    Ha ha.. Do you really think your (R)NA and our NA has that huti (capacity and will) to stage a coup here? Those generals who dare to even think about a coup in Nepal will be iliminated from Nepal, my boy. Nepalis are Nepalis, they are fire and no one wants to play with fire. Fire will burn and destroy. Anyone trying to do harm to Nepali democracy will face death and destruction. Take a quick note of this.

    Nepal Army is now willing to be democratic and work under the democratic government. Your wish will never be fulfilled.

  5. Now the Duplicate King must be speaking to the Criminal former RNA and the Palace/Mafia, and asking, ” IS THIS THE WAY FOR NEPAL “?

    Of course they will seek “covert-advice” from the US .

    If the SPA & CPN(M) stick by thrir agreements, even with all the problems and road-blocks..
    THERE CAN BE A CHANCE OF REAL-DEMOCRACY IN NEPAL !!

  6. Nepal is not immune from a military coup as claimed by Koirala on Wednesday

    Nepal has seen five massacres, three military coups and three civilian risings since 1804. Mukhthiyar Bhimsen Thapa did twice time massacres in 1804 and 1806, Prime Minister Jung Bahadur Rana also did Kotparba in September and Bhandarkhal Parba in October1846, and Palace massacre in 2001. Three military coups by Jung Bahadur Rana in 1846, late King Mahendra in 1960, and King Gyanendra in 2005.

    Civilian risings were in 1950, which ended the Rana regime; second rising ended the panchayat system during late King Birendra’s regime in 1990 and third ended King Gyanendra’s direct rule on 24 April 2006.

  7. PM says Thai coup “unfortunate”, rules out any such possibility in Nepal

    Kantipur Report

    KATHMANDU, Sept 20 – Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala on Wednesday, reacting to Tuesday’s bloodless coup in Thailand, ruled out the possibility of any such action in Nepal and dubbed the army takeover in Thailand as “unfortunate”.

    Talking to journalists today morning at his official residence in Baluwatar the PM made it clear that there is no comparison between the monarchy in Thailand and that in Nepal.

    The Thai military had launched a coup against Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday night seizing control of TV stations and declaring a provisional authority pledging loyalty to the king Bhumibol Adulyadej. The army commander took over the government and declared martial law in Thailand. The well-orchestrated coup took place bloodlessly on Tuesday night when Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra was in New York attending the UN General Assembly.

    PM Koirala claimed that there lies no such possibility of any coup like that took place in Thailand in Nepal at a time when all the executive, legislative and constitutional powers of the king have been stripped off.

    PM Koirala also said that the political parties in Nepal are responsible and the sovereignty of the country is vested into the countrymen, hence, Nepal’s political scenario should not be compared with the latest political developments in Thailand.

    Similarly, CPN-UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal opined that the army takeover a day earlier in Thailand has definitely induced serious concern into pro-democratic forces in Nepal. Speaking at a programme in the capital today, Nepal expressed that the Thai coup might have encouraged regressive forces in Nepal but said that the democratic forces must remain alert.

    NC-D President Shre Bahadur Deuba speaking at a programme in Dhankuta also expressed his strong objections towards the martial law imposed in Thailand ousting the elected Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

    http://www.kantipuronline.com/kolnews.php?&nid=86727

  8. –Of course they will seek “covert-advice” from the US .–

    Ya we should stop listening to US or Moriyarti or even for that matter Vandeveer.

  9. Ramjaney bro,who is listening to this vandeveer,the maoist agent.I told him times 100 to authenticate his own article.He cannot,he runs away then just pops in for one stupid comment and then runs away.No need to look into his comments and give him any importance.

  10. shree shrestha,
    You are very right.There wont be a coup if the people are satisfied but if maoists continue the way they are then it is a realistic possibility or should say it will give the army a chance and there is a chance for it to succeed against the backdrop of maoist atrocities.I dont know what the SPA and the maoists are thinking.

  11. The Thai Military coup was really unfortunate. Sets a really bad precedent on rule of law as per the constitution and on democracy. No matter how strong the arguments for a coup are if you are a democrat it’s just plain wrong. With the maoists on one side and the royalists on the other all of us freedom loving Nepalis must realise that.

  12. I think , if the situation was happened in Nepal , king G. would be in Africa through October revolution …AM I right Dinesh ji?

  13. This guy is so concerned about Thailand as if its his mama ghar. Bro, first and formost, I think you should look at what is happning in our country. Maoist will soon do a coup here not the RNA. And when it happens, people liks us will be deprived of our basic rights.

  14. A Maoist coup or a military coup? Both sound the same to me. But I guess Maoists or royalists would think that their coup is sweeter.

  15. Ha! The Thais are going to read the content of this blogsite. Anyway, the coup is very popular, Thais are giving away flowers to the soldiers. Feb. 1st was also popular here except that later on it became unpopular. Not even a single Thai is protesting the coup, as no Nepali came to the street to protest the King taking over.
    Coups are nothing to do with the democratization of the army. It has got to do with the unpopularity of the incumbant govt. Instead of trying unnecessarily to “reform” the Nepal Army why don’t the Nepalese politicians try to “reform” themselves?

  16. sudhir, I guess you completely fail to see the relevance to Nepal? And sure our politicians are a corrupt lot but are you implying that the Nepal Army are angels? People only like authoritarian govt’s if it suits them, that’s for sure! Why is it so difficult to understand how it feels to those who don’t agree? Would you like a Maoist rule?

  17. sudhir,
    You are right.Its the failure of the past governments that brought about the coup by the king in nepal and in thailand the present political turmoil made the army believe that they can pull it off.But shinawatra has enough support from his people specially the rural poor to outlast this.
    Considering our country,a coup is not an imminent possibility but is always a probability.

  18. Mind your own business wagle, you know nothing about Thai people and Thai Country. The coup in Thailand is Thai Style …no guns fired and generals bowed to the people and said they are people’s servant and would not like to stay in power. No military rule is noble rule but if it gave away political outlet for the kingdom whihc has been in termoil much like Nepal with insurgency and political chaos… Thai will smile and welcome their generals…quiet people, quiet coup no tire burning on the street, no military presence in admin office..basically smooth like silk coup

  19. funny,man u are funny.which dictator says i am here to rule u for decades.Its too premature to comment on their intent.First of all if u have any idea of how democracy functions dont tell us snatching power using force and not elections is democratic.Wrong things are wrong and are to be condemed be it in Nepal or in Thailand.

  20. Sudhir Limbu,

    My brother, how can you say “no Nepali came to the street to protest the King taking over” immediately after Feb 1? I was there in Ason on 9th February and our group, around 12 I admit, protested. Took out black flag and we were immediately picked up by the police. And people started protesting slowly and slowly and we saw April.

    And how can you say “coups are nothing to do with the democratization of the army” ? Can you imagine an army coup in the US or in the UK for that matter? No. Because there a soldier is taught about democratic principles and civilian supermacy in the administration from the level 1. Just read memoirs of some of the former generals of the US army (I recommend you My American Journey of General Powell) to have more idea about how much importance American generals give to the civilian leadership at the Defense Department.

    So my point is if we have an army that practices democracy and understands the importance of democracy in society, generals will never dare to go against the democratic government.

    A coup, for whatever reason it is staged, is simply a crime, crime against democracy. It’s an institutional crime perpetrated by an organized group with the help of arms. It doesn’t matter how many people support it or not. There are always some people out there to support any type of crime in the world.

    Let me explain something about democratic people trying what you say “unnecessarily to “reform” the Nepal Army”. What we want to see is an independent army loyal to people and democracy not the army that is only used to do salami, malami and gulami of a family. Army should do the salami to the nation, not to a person. Army should serve to the nation, not gulami of a person and they should die for the nation, for the people, not for a single person who happens to be the head of the state just becasue he was fortunate enough to born in a certain family.

    This is all we want. And so far we are heading toward right direction. I just heard today that army chief Katawl somehwere said that civilian supermacy was important. Such words coming out from chief of the army is indeed a good sign.

  21. Funny pyare,

    Did Gyanendra Shah said he wanted to rule forever when he dismissed democracy in 2005?

    He also said what he did was for the bettermet of democracy in Nepal, didn’t he?

    Thai style! Gyanendra also didn’t fire a bullet while staging the coup, did he? He just send a few majors in the media houses, blacked out international channels, censored media and captured a few leaders. And Thai generals did the same, didn’t they? So there is nothing called this style or that style in coup. Its same all over the world. And only psycho people out of greed for power do the coup. Just like funni ka baje Gyanendra Shah!

    Has, funny has, timra lagi joke nai bhayeko chha yo coup.

  22. Dears, Dears

    Thai coup will bring the Thai king in open whom the king will support to? To Sinawatra who is corrupt but has big popular support or to army who are no less corrupt but has no popular support? The military are trying to rule in the name of king. If the king supports the army, Thai people should farewell the Thai monarchy too.

    Second, as whole of the foreign countries supported us in our struggle for democracy, we should not leave Thai people alone to defend their one. We should think over what can we do and accordingly.

  23. raj, many times the Thai king has proven that he is not as stupid as ours-though their crown p is as stupid as ours.

  24. “Kart, quote me any dictator who initially said he wants to rule forever.”

    Kirat, consider this. If you are quite rich,as Gyanendra is,(and Birendra was) you can live peacefully any number of places in the world without the problems of being the King. That he has stayed through all this is evidence that he cares about what happens to Nepal, even if at risk to his own life. I am not a royalist but I know human nature and recognise courage.

  25. Nepal is fertile ground for military coup. All the basic ingridients are already there.

  26. Dear SK.
    Let me tell you something. Democracy gives you your basic rights which includes you protesting against the kings movement of Feb 1. But it does not allow you to burn tires and react to unwanted situations. I wish all of us could be proactive and start taking initiative rather then making issues out of situations.

    I do not agree with your hypothetical examples of the British and the American Army. SK, G. Bush is the culprit. He’s been acting against the hopes and dreams of American people. If only American had nothing to do they would all me on the streets protesting against the government like you do at Asan.

    This is Nepal and NA will be exactly like its people “Bhedas”. Too bad, too sad, but its true.

    Again Regarding your following comment,
    “if we have an army that practices democracy and understands the importance of democracy in society, generals will never dare to go against the democratic government.”
    Well don’t you think we need people first to understand the norms and values of democracy in society?

    Would also like to share a little part of article from blog dai ko website.

    “I’ve had it. Finished. Sick of it. Democracy is worthless. Every two-bit dictator and government with something to hide knows they just have to use the word “democracy” to describe any action or atrocity, and the world Media, UN and human rights agencies will bend over and drool like a drunken prom date in a limo.”

  27. baap re baap,

    so amusing to see pre-pubescent ‘jawans’ frolicking and prancing for the coup in Nepal, right after Thai coup d’état.

    haina vanya, manche haru, vagwan le buddi ra bibek badane bella, aachi garnu gayatho ki ke ho?

    how is military junta better than the communist nut cracks? Just because there is a prospect of Parachande/Babu running your life, you rather have it run by some feudal lords. What kind of argument is that?

    Where would you be, in the pack of jackals or wolves? Either way, they will tear your *ss, what fun is that? Hamro Nepal ma, people seems to have preference, who would they live to tear their *ss. Unless you are a hyena– snivel and grovel and fit right in.

    Hehe!!! GOOD LUCK!

  28. Now that leaves with political parties, they are no better. they will sprinkle ‘noon ra khorsani’ in your torn *ss, but in a democratic way.

    call me a pessimist bastard, but the bottom line is, your bottom is not safe, if you are an honest hard working guy, regardless of any ‘tantra’.

    that’s the mantra of the day.

    cioa

  29. Hey Wagle, Mr patrkar saheb:

    You were just berating the US Ambassodor for interfering with the Nepalese domestic issues inyour earlier blog. Then, why in the HELL are you making such a hungama about the Thai military coup. It is Thailand’s internal affair. Does it effect us? No. Do they care about Nepalis (who have suddenly become a beacon of democracy & who dare lecture Thais–my my…)? HELL NO.

    Let us mind our own business & concentrate on our own colossal hole of a grave. We, the people, are responsible for climbing out of the political abyss we are in. Forget what Thais are doing. We need to get our own house in order.

    “Aru ko jeuma jumra dekhne, afno jeuma bhainsee chadhe ko nadekhne!”

  30. Kart,

    Your little head does not understand Thai culture. Not all coup are the same…. Gyane wanted 3 years, Thai generals want only 2 weeks. Behavior of Thai army is envy of hotel receptionsit… did you find that in your Gyane and RNA ? Who cares about the color of the cat as long as it eats the rat? If country is stable and economy gets going with current pace in Thailand…. it will soon be model for ASIA. Ha:) Go Kart Go…. Bihari Style democracy …or Thai style democracy… I prefer the second one. Thai’s do not give damn about what Nepal has to say about Thai democracy. Keep your own house in order else the whole world will laugh at morons like you

  31. Mr. Moderator Sir, may I inquire as to why my comment is still waiting moderation? Is the subject matter so sensitive that even my polite, carefully worded comment is consored? Is there not room here for unpopular truth?

  32. Bedeshi:
    This moderation policy is just insane and stupid. It is based on a program (javascript funtion)that picks up on certain words and it will make it await moderation. I hate it and so does everyone else. But what do you expect from Wagle? What pisses me off even more is that, despite all the protests, Wagle doesn’t explain himself.
    It’s not as sofisticated as you think.

  33. This government activities are no less than thai militiary coup and king’s coup. They are neither listening to the people nor making major decisions consulting people. It is quite surprised, how come this dead parliament doing such major decsions, although everybody knows, if the same faces go to the public hardly 10% will win the election. How come they are supremo of the supreme until and unless another election occured? and who gave them authorities to make such decisions? We are watching like a dumb and listening thoughts.

    One thing everyone should understand if the political activities and economic aspects brings frustratation to the people that country either have to suffer with the militiary coup (whoever exist or not) or civil war. People prefer military coup rather than civil war in each and every country. Not only Nepal and Thailand but even South American and African countries where king is not there but army is very strong due to the weak political situation, and many dictators are borning. Now even in Nepal people started to imagine about coup might be occured soon. But maoist coup is seems more probable due to their strength, threaten and their good strategies. It has been heard that 30,000 government armed forces are already with the maoist. In addition they have 35,000 forces themselves with 100,000 militia. People will not get surprised if maoist attempt coup in October, mentally people are already prepared.

  34. Zone,
    You quote:

    “PM Koirala also said that the political parties in Nepal are responsible and the sovereignty of the country is vested into the countrymen, hence, Nepal’s political scenario should not be compared with the latest political developments in Thailand.”

    I’m afraid PM Koirala should not have claimed that our political parties are responsible compared to the Thai political parties. The Thai’s are far ahead in this respect. It is unfortunate that their country went for a coup to restore political order, but most of the people seem to welcome this as well. I have heard that the Thai PM was becoming very autocratic in his ways not unlike our own GPK, MNK and Prachanda.
    However, it is not up to the opposition party who are part of the coup endorsers to determine who the leader of their rival party is – I hear that they had boycotted elections because the ousted PM was still the leader of the party.
    In defense of the PM who was allegedly involved in high level corruption and favouritism of vested business groups, the economy under him was doing well. Personally, I would rather have a PM like Thaksin here in Nepal with all his negatives over any of our useless bunch.

  35. “Kart, quote me any dictator who initially said he wants to rule forever.”

    Kirat, consider this. If you are quite rich,as Gy@nendra is,(and Birendr@ was) you can live peacefully any number of places in the world without the problems of being the Kinq. That he has stayed through all this is evidence that he cares about what happens to Nepal, even if at risk to his own life. I am not a royalist but I know human nature and recognise courage.

  36. is g.p.koirala out of his mind? does anyone as responsible and EXPERIENCED as him take things so lightly as his remarks on Thai coup suggests? wasn’t February 1 a military coup?
    i’m certain that “democracy” was restored much too earlier than what should have been.
    politicians’ deeds now make me feel as if they wouldn’t come in right track until another 2017 BS to 2046 BS (30 years) take place.2059 Asoj 18 to 2063 Baisakh 11 (4 years) was simply not enough for them.

  37. SK: Don’t lecture here on British and the Amercian army here alright? We have seen enough of their fighting capacity with the orders of a civilain leadership in Iraq and Afghanistan. No upright General like POwel would have allowed his soldiers to go into that hell like Baghdad and have his men killed each day. Just because Bush has got money from the Saudis and Dick Cheney has got a contract for the Iraqi oil campany, they sent their troops to Iraq in this endless war. That’s what a civilian leadership is all about?
    The politicians should change, they should always feel that they are accountable to the people who elected them and not behave like dictators otherwise coups will happen and countries like the USA will keep on supporting them. Has the U.S. condemned the coup in Thailand? NO. NO. No.

  38. Report based on 9/7/06. This report is prepared by Maximiliano Herrera’s Human Rights Site which is dedicated to the promotion of democracy and freedom worldwide.

    COUNTRY RISK OF COUP RISK OF CONFLICTS

    AFGHANISTAN MEDIUM GUERRILLA
    ALBANIA LOW LOW
    ALGERIA LOW GUERRILLA
    ANDORRA NONE NONE
    ANGOLA LOW HIGH
    ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA VERY LOW VERY LOW
    ARGENTINA VERY LOW VERY LOW
    ARMENIA MEDIUM MEDIUM
    AUSTRALIA NONE NONE
    AUSTRIA NONE NONE
    AZERBAIJAN MEDIUM MEDIUM
    BAHAMAS NONE NONE
    BAHRAIN MEDIUM MEDIUM
    BANGLADESH MEDIUM MEDIUM
    BARBADOS NONE NONE
    BELARUS MEDIUM HIGH
    BELGIUM NONE NONE
    BELIZE LOW MEDIUM
    BENIN LOW LOW
    BHUTAN LOW LOW
    BOLIVIA MEDIUM HIGH
    BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA LOW MEDIUM
    BOTSWANA VERY LOW LOW
    BRAZIL VERY LOW LOW
    BRUNEI VERY LOW VERY LOW
    BULGARIA VERY LOW VERY LOW
    BURKINA FASO MEDIUM MEDIUM
    BURUNDI HIGH GUERRILLA
    CAMBODIA LOW LOW
    CAMEROON LOW MEDIUM
    CANADA NONE NONE
    CAPE VERDE VERY LOW VERY LOW
    CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC HIGH CIVIL WAR
    CHAD HIGH CIVIL WAR
    CHILE VERY LOW VERY LOW
    CHINA NONE LOW
    COLOMBIA LOW GUERRILLA
    COMOROS HIGH HIGH
    CONGO BRAZZAVILLE MEDIUM GUERRILLA
    CONGO KINSHASA HIGH GUERRILLA
    COSTA RICA NONE NONE
    COTE D’IVOIRE HIGH CIVIL WAR
    CROATIA VERY LOW VERY LOW
    CUBA LOW LOW
    CYPRUS NONE VERY LOW
    CZECH REPUBLIC NONE NONE
    DENMARK NONE NONE
    DJIBOUTI LOW MEDIUM
    DOMINICA VERY LOW VERY LOW
    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC VERY LOW VERY LOW
    ECUADOR MEDIUM MEDIUM
    EGYPT LOW MEDIUM
    EL SALVADOR VERY LOW VERY LOW
    EQUATORIAL GUINEA MEDIUM MEDIUM
    ERITREA LOW MEDIUM
    ESTONIA NONE VERY LOW
    ETHIOPIA LOW HIGH
    FIJI HIGH MEDIUM
    FINLAND NONE NONE
    FRANCE NONE VERY LOW
    GABON LOW LOW
    GAMBIA HIGH MEDIUM
    GEORGIA LOW HIGH
    GERMANY NONE NONE
    GHANA LOW MEDIUM
    GREECE NONE VERY LOW
    GRENADA VERY LOW VERY LOW
    GUATEMALA LOW LOW
    GUINEA HIGH HIGH
    GUINEA BISSAU HIGH HIGH
    GUYANA MEDIUM MEDIUM
    HAITI HIGH HIGH
    HONDURAS LOW VERY LOW
    HUNGARY NONE NONE
    ICELAND NONE NONE
    INDIA VERY LOW MEDIUM
    INDONESIA LOW MEDIUM
    IRAN LOW MEDIUM
    IRAQ MEDIUM GUERRILLA
    IRELAND NONE NONE
    ISRAEL NONE TERRORISM
    ITALY NONE NONE
    JAMAICA VERY LOW LOW
    JAPAN NONE NONE
    JORDAN LOW MEDIUM
    KAZAKHSTAN LOW LOW
    KENYA MEDIUM MEDIUM
    KIRIBATI VERY LOW LOW
    KUWAIT VERY LOW LOW
    KYRGYZSTAN HIGH HIGH
    LAOS LOW GUERRILLA
    LATVIA NONE VERY LOW
    LEBANON HIGH TERRORISM
    LESOTHO MEDIUM LOW
    LIBERIA MEDIUM HIGH
    LIBYA LOW VERY LOW
    LIECHTENSTEIN NONE NONE
    LITHUANIA VERY LOW VERY LOW
    LUXEMBOURG NONE NONE
    MACEDONIA LOW MEDIUM
    MADAGASCAR LOW LOW
    MALAWI HIGH MEDIUM
    MALAYSIA VERY LOW LOW
    MALDIVES LOW MEDIUM
    MALI LOW MEDIUM
    MALTA NONE NONE
    MARSHALL ISLANDS VERY LOW VERY LOW
    MAURITANIA HIGH MEDIUM
    MAURITIUS VERY LOW LOW
    MEXICO VERY LOW LOW
    MICRONESIA LOW LOW
    MOLDOVA LOW MEDIUM
    MONACO NONE NONE
    MONGOLIA LOW LOW
    MONTENEGRO LOW LOW
    MOROCCO VERY LOW LOW
    MOZAMBIQUE LOW MEDIUM
    MYANMAR HIGH HIGH
    NAMIBIA LOW MEDIUM
    NAURU LOW LOW
    NEPAL HIGH CIVIL WAR
    NETHERLANDS NONE NONE
    NEW ZEALAND NONE NONE
    NICARAGUA LOW LOW
    NIGER HIGH MEDIUM
    NIGERIA MEDIUM HIGH
    NORTH KOREA MEDIUM MEDIUM
    NORWAY NONE NONE
    OMAN MEDIUM LOW
    PAKISTAN HIGH HIGH
    PALAU LOW VERY LOW
    PANAMA VERY LOW VERY LOW
    PAPUA NEW GUINEA LOW MEDIUM
    PARAGUAY MEDIUM LOW
    PERU LOW MEDIUM
    PHILIPPINES HIGH GUERRILLA
    POLAND NONE NONE
    PORTUGAL NONE NONE
    QATAR LOW LOW
    ROMANIA VERY LOW VERY LOW
    RUSSIA VERY LOW MEDIUM
    RWANDA LOW HIGH
    SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS VERY LOW VERY LOW
    SAINT LUCIA VERY LOW VERY LOW
    SAINT VINCENT /GRENAD. VERY LOW VERY LOW
    SAMOA LOW LOW
    SAN MARINO NONE NONE
    SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE HIGH LOW
    SAUDI ARABIA LOW LOW
    SENEGAL LOW HIGH
    SERBIA LOW MEDIUM
    SEYCHELLES LOW LOW
    SIERRA LEONE MEDIUM HIGH
    SINGAPORE NONE VERY LOW
    SLOVAKIA VERY LOW VERY LOW
    SLOVENIA NONE VERY LOW
    SOLOMON ISLANDS HIGH HIGH
    SOMALIA HIGH CIVIL WAR
    SOUTH AFRICA VERY LOW LOW
    SOUTH KOREA VERY LOW VERY LOW
    SPAIN NONE VERY LOW
    SRI LANKA MEDIUM GUERRILLA
    SUDAN MEDIUM CIVIL WAR
    SURINAME MEDIUM VERY LOW
    SWAZILAND MEDIUM MEDIUM
    SWEDEN NONE NONE
    SWITZERLAND NONE NONE
    SYRIA HIGH MEDIUM
    TAIWAN LOW MEDIUM
    TAJIKISTAN MEDIUM MEDIUM
    TANZANIA LOW LOW
    THAILAND MEDIUM GUERRILLA
    TIMOR LESTE MEDIUM HIGH
    TOGO MEDIUM HIGH
    TONGA LOW MEDIUM
    TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO LOW LOW
    TUNISIA LOW LOW
    TURKEY LOW MEDIUM
    TURKMENISTAN HIGH MEDIUM
    TUVALU VERY LOW VERY LOW
    UGANDA LOW GUERRILLA
    UKRAINE LOW MEDIUM
    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES LOW LOW
    UNITED KINGDOM NONE NONE
    UNITED STATES NONE NONE
    URUGUAY VERY LOW NONE
    UZBEKISTAN MEDIUM HIGH
    VANUATU LOW MEDIUM
    VATICAN CITY NONE NONE
    VENEZUELA MEDIUM LOW
    VIETNAM VERY LOW VERY LOW
    YEMEN LOW MEDIUM
    ZAMBIA HIGH MEDIUM
    ZIMBABWE MEDIUM HIGH

    We have high risk of coup and civil war, and our PM GPK is saying we don’t have any risk it seems llike our country is running very smoothly under his rule. I request GPK to stay civilian like us then you will understand the true situation. How we are suffocated mentally and maybe physically in future. He can go to any places of the world if coup or civil war occured, but where do we go? Take it very seriously if you are in government. The only thing people respect you that you are in favour of democracy, but bad- democracy neither give mental peace nor physical which head to coup and civil war.

  39. agree with Kirat. Military coups are never ever the solution. Nepal has now the chance to develop democratic forces within a proper system, people need education and at the same time the economy is to be reinforced. Tourists will not go to countries withe military commanding.Maoists should see they have reached maximum in empowering ‘people’, now change came, and has to be implemented. If it goes too fast it would unbalance.

  40. …if the maoists intention r genuine..maybe there will be a peaceful result..if their sole intention is to cum to power by hook or crook…..then dark stone age will return….

    …as for the Coup…it’s possible only will international support and a high-spirited commander…so the chances are very low…..

  41. Ever been to Thailand, ever been abroad. Nobody outside Nepal would compare Thailan with Nepal

  42. “Your little head does not understand Thai culture.”

    Funny bhaiya,

    Well it seems your big head has completely understood the coup culture that is why you are seeing significant difference between Gyanendra’s three years and Genera’s Sondhi’s two weeks. And your big head also believes that General Sondhi will install a democratically elected prime minister in the next two weeks? And your big head also seems to have understood that what General Sondhi did isn’t a coup at all because there is no king Gyanendra in Thailand! Army le gareko pani coup hunchha ra, haina ta funny bhaiya? Lage raho funni bhai, lage raho.

  43. This to the gentleman or woman who says Wagle did wrong by posting the blog above:

    Keep quiet if you want but for us, the world events really matter a lot. And living in a global village we need to voice our concern about democracy. Yes, that is different than the foreign interference. Democracy and human rights are above politics and interference.

  44. Oye Kirat Ghonchu

    Wait for two weeks, and comment on this…For your kind information, coup leader is not Sondhi, it is Sonthi. The SET index was little slugish initially but has become bulish again. Good people keep their house in order before poking nose on beautiful house of others. You may be happy in yourself that you have LOKTANTRA that Singpore does not really have press freedom, but BECHARA you need another 100 years to catch up with Singapore. Lets call it “AAtma-Rati”

  45. “Wait for two weeks, and comment on this…”

    The one who sees spelling error in General Sondhi’s name doesn’t see that Kart is not Kirat. Its not funny, Funny pyare!

    And you didn’t answer if your big head has understood that General Sondhi (or sonthi as both spelling are widely used by the media) will hold a democratic election in two weeks and install a democratically elected prime minister in two weeks? Or do I have to tell you that general Sondhi will install a person out of his ‘pocket’ as the Thai prime minister?

    Plus, for people like you who are fully satisfied with daily dose of dal bhat but don’t feel like stimulating your brain for argumentative discussion in independent environment, economic progress is everything. For your Singapore thing:

    Sachi, North Korea le pani Nuclear Bomb banayo ni hai, without democracy! But look at that poor Japan, they can’t build a bomb because they have freedom and democracy, haina ta? Funny, life is not really funny just because you have a belly full of dal bhat.

  46. I have a high regard for the King of Thailand. If anyone had been to Thailand they would have noticed that the majority (all that I met but I would’nt want to sound absolute) love their King and trust him completely and have faith that what he does is for the good of the nation. Although personally I felt PM Thaksin was doing a decent job, I guess the Thai’s feel otherwise. As far as the coup is concerned I believe the opposition party has very much endorsed it and it has been done after several months of political stalemate.

    The greek form of democracy (or Western if you wish) has been the examples we refer to, however I personally believe that a universal form of democracy does not suite everyone and it has to be insitutionalised as per the culture, history, topography etc. of the nation. There are too many instances especially in developing nations where this greek democracy leaves big questions and is misunderstood and misrepresented, especially when even casting one’s vote is not a simple democratic act with numerous cases of vote rigging (boothe capturing, threatening, buying votes, multiple voting, exclusion from voting etc. etc.),

    So when something is done without going to the vote and through the red tape concerned but with the knowledge that the entire nation supports it – what can be more democratic? I think it is unique that a nation has such a person like their King who has taken the country through difficult times and successfully so, someone who understands not only the daily grind of his nation but also the heartbeat of his citizens. If the people in this blog were assured that the majority of Thais’s support the coup would you still call it anti-democratic as in “against the will of people”, because after all what else is democracy but the simple “will of it’s citizens”?

  47. engage in intelligent discussion…..dont sound like barking bhusya doggies…

    saat dadaparee coup has appeared…and our kids are plannin to hide underground….its a pity…

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