de facto Owner of the Soil

‎It is in any case not a challenging feat to assess the outcomes of the military rulers since they came into power. On their, his, own confession, they have made innumerable mistakes; but it is probably a sign of their lack of understanding about politics, the perseverance of young people, that the institutional forces have failed to win them over. 

They sought, in the beginning, to take gigantic and rapid strides towards cowing society. Civil obedience and moralistic doctrine were expected, of society and in particular the rural poor. 

Little more could be elaborated, yet the same cycle of redundancy that democracy needed reform, according to them, and that communities had to toe the line for nationalism. Or what's perceived as the love for the nation. Amateurish, perhaps, but on ‎that was done in wholesale fashion. 

The common man, the ordinary citizen, directed by the institution - and provided he sympathised with the regime - was dressed in his little brief hour of authority. After all, the masters felt contempt for the inferior man, and had a need to uphold the social class hierarchy. A dictator was established and opposition of every kind was suppressed with what, even to the outsider, seems savage and cruel. 



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