Internationally, politics has predominantly possessed the tendency to turn violent. Thailand, too, has never stepped aside from being an exception to this notion. This has increased diabolical thoughts, that even though the nation's forces and population tend to exist in galvanized harmony at one moment, the next moment, the leader of a mass demonstration must turn himself over to the same people to plead innocent against charges of insurrection.

The Thai conundrum still debates as to whether the protests are benevolent or malevolent. But there is one thing peculiar in this movement. Even though every section of the society has something to associate to with regards to the corruption they have faced, the protesters have shown signs that they have lost trust in the essence of a democracy-rule by the people, for the people, and of the people.

Although no one trashes the fact that the Thai political system needs reforms, many feel that the elections have been defamed- not just because of a voice raised against corrupt governance, but, because they have a hindsight that that is reminding them about their loss, just a replica of the previous five contests to Bangkok. This is especially highlighted by the fact that PM Yingluck Shinawatra's call for elections on February 2nd, post the dissolution of the assembly on December 15th last year, had been welcomed with the months of continuous protests.

The upheaval's roots can be traced back to her brother, Thaksin's rise in 2001 - the home to Asia's biggest financial crisis' aftermaths. His actions, such as clearing the IMF's debts, the universal health care system, and the one million baht fund for each village won him a mass following. But, as they say, too much of anything isn’t good. Too much power spun his mind. From buying votes to many others, he had laid the road for his downfall. The canon fodder was served when Thaksin got the revenue department to exempt his feudal family's stake in an involvement in the communication sector. Even after being ousted, he managed to puppet the Thai regime form foreign soil.

Back to the recent past, Yingluck faced protesters focused on staging rallies, and later, turned voracious enough to shut government offices down. Ex-parliamentarians contend on the fact that elections need reform, but never raise a question against appropriate selection of the candidates from their respective parties.

There has been a constant wobble between the incumbency and anti-incumbency wave. That was sure to have severe effects on the polling.

Unfortunately, violent protests masked the voting that would have broken the deadlock post King Bhumibol's 86th birthday. In places that were expected to swing in Yingluck's way, protesters marred the booths with demonstrations causing 18% of the voters, the inconvenience of not casting their vote, and the defending PM, herself, to cast her vote to the wrong box. After the annulment of the elections, the situation seems to be treading down the plundering line. What comes next has become harder to predict, and the neighbors in south-east Asia face serious repercussions in all avenues that concern good civilized governance.

Now how does all this factual description visibly and invisibly affect the nation of Thailand? No third party being involved, polarized outcomes are all but sure. If Yingluck is defeated, the Redshirts (the opposition as they are commonly called) shall invade Thailand's parliament. The alternative outcome is another Pheu Thai (the Shinawatra party) rule once again on their corrupt lines. This shall, however, not dampen the opposition's resolute prohibition for any Thaksin-related rule to dig its roots deeper in the Land of the White Elephants, neither will it end the strong middle-class backing it holds to. But for the ones neutral, it is always a fear of when this shall culminate in a civil war. In essence, Thailand's political pandemonium does not seem to end.

Viewpoints still do not justify the side that is justified, correct – both- morally and politically, and true. But whatever the ultimatum and mandate of any of the opposing forces may be, both of them should recognize the fact that the true will off the common people off Thailand has to be acknowledged and accepted at some point in the course of time.

comments powered by Disqus

Table of Contents