Thai PM says democracy suffers due to lack of spirituality

Thailand PM Prayut blames lack of spirituality for country’s political turmoil

THAILAND’S democracy has never been fully fledged because the country has lacked spirituality, especially during the past 20 years of political turbulence, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha says.

Addressing his weekly TV programme on Friday night, General Prayut said the country had faced a number of problems because of the absence of spirituality, which provides what he calls “a moral blanket” against ill practices.

The premier said he did not want to blame anyone, but was reminding everyone about this point so people would come to help one another and get out of this sticky situation.

Dharma-based democracy, he said, was something that people did not talk about much, but it was actually crucial because it is rational. Democracy without dharma, he said, would find no peace and stability. To achieve moral society, this principle should be taken into consideration. It was also the starting point for reconciliation, he said.

“I just want you to be thoughtful about the country a bit and have conscience enough to be able to think of some religious principles that we can apply to our present political problems,” he said. – The Nation

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