The State of Affairs: Obvious, Oblivious
Time flies. Thailand struggles with destitution, with the economy reduced in rank among its Asean neighbors and the growing fear among rural citizens about their future.
On 22 May 2014, the Royal Thai Armed Forces, led by General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Commander of the Royal Thai Army, launched a coup d'état, the 12th since the country's first coup in 1932, against the caretaker government of Thailand, following six months of political crisis.
He has made numerous promises to improve the rights and quality of life of citizens. Road-maps, blueprints and the creation of committees to bring about 'happiness' to the masses.
Yet poverty and household debts are increasing, while Bangkok elites and middle-class appear oblivious to homelessness. Though I think they are conscious of the social meltdown, but in an uncaring state. Apathy within the junta-led government seems to be a policy, and that the poor are expected to be collateral damage in this transition to devolution.
|A street vendor gives 20 baht to a homeless man.|
|A homeless man sleeps under the stairs at Bangkok Mass Transit System.|
|With his only possessions in plastic sacks, he catches a nap in the shade.|