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    The failings of absolute power

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 12/03/2017

    » Images of joyous disciples and monks were visible in the wee hours yesterday at the sprawling campus of Wat Phra Dhammakaya in Pathum Thani's Klong Luang district after Thailand's premier investigative agency -- the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) -- and the military government failed to find the elusive monk.

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    Dhammakaya saga's cost is too high

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 05/03/2017

    » Over the past 15 plus days, the country has witnessed a standoff that not many people would have thought would have been possible, especially in an era of military rule where anything said is set in stone and must be followed, but the famous Wat Phra Dhammakaya continues to defy the people's beliefs and the standoff continues.

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    Heads may roll over temple saga

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 19/02/2017

    » The past week saw Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha use the superpower of Section 44 for the 127th time since he seized power in May 2014. Its latest use declared the area of Wat Phra Dhammakaya and its vicinity as a "specially controlled zone" after authorities had tried in vain to summon Phra Dhammajayo, the elusive former abbot of the temple.

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