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  • OPINION

    Longevity in power is no cure-all

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 19/11/2017

    » A common theme of two elder statesmen who were in Bangkok on Thursday to attend the Bangkok Post's first international forum was that leaders need to be in power longer than just one term of 4-5 years so that the policies they implement are longer-term in nature and can help countries move forward.

  • OPINION

    Thailand must pass English test

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 12/11/2017

    » It would not come as a surprise to anybody that the latest English proficiency index showed that Thailand's standing remained close to where it was a year ago. Thailand was ranked 53rd out of 80 non-native English-speaking countries and territories in the EF English Proficiency Index 2017. This was a slight improvement from its 56th position out of 72 countries in 2016 and 62nd place out of 70 countries in 2015.

  • OPINION

    Prayut must clear decks ahead of vote

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 05/11/2017

    » Once again the working of the military government has come under public scrutiny and those involved in the gaffe are acting as though the general public is nothing but a bunch of fools who would forget as long as those involved in the incident keep their head below the ground.

  • OPINION

    Duterte can take nothing for granted

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 29/10/2017

    » Ever since Rodrigo Duterte became the 16th President of the Republic of Philippines, the world has watched and read about his unorthodox way of handling situations, at times going above and beyond what one might expect from a head of state.

  • OPINION

    PM must pick allies with more care

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 22/10/2017

    » Once again a key ally of our dear leader Prayut Chan-o-cha has become embroiled in yet another controversy, and in the days and weeks ahead it is very likely that the prime minister is going to come out to defend this action.

  • OPINION

    Bangkok's flood crisis needs action

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 15/10/2017

    » Waking up Saturday, I had hoped it would be the usual routine of getting changed at my condo and heading back to my house for breakfast with the family. Expecting it to be the usual 10-15-minute drive it takes on weekends to reach home, I set out on a journey that would take more than an hour because many parts of the road leading up to my house were inundated from the heavy downpour overnight.

  • OPINION

    Regime is destroying rule of law

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 08/10/2017

    » Bending the law and going back on words seems to have become the norm ever since the coup that ousted the elected government in 2014. Over the past week the supporters of the coup must have had a field day as their idol managed to have an audience with the head of state of a country that until recently was considered to be the beacon of democracy.

  • OPINION

    Hypocrisy of double standards

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 01/10/2017

    » Thailand's political landscape saw a dramatic change on Wednesday when the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions handed down its verdict to imprison former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra for five years for negligence of her duty as premier.

  • OPINION

    Democracy puts limits on protests

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 24/09/2017

    » Just over a decade ago, friends knew they had to go to either Sanam Luang or Siam Square to find me after work. I was not there selling goods on the pavements, but instead I was being the typical democratic-minded youth looking for fairness from the government that I had not voted for.

  • OPINION

    Airship loss produces much hot air

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 17/09/2017

    » "Personally, I would agree if there is a call for a malfeasance probe. This would ward off criticism which emerged without proper information," Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda was reported to have said on Friday when the issue of the waste of 340 million baht on an airship was raised by the media.

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