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All in the Cause of Duty by Nicholas Bennett

By Nicholas Bennett

This can be the tale of 1 man's 40 12 months odyssey operating to aid lessen 3rd international global poverty, and provides desire to a couple of the main morginalised and exploited humans on this planet. all through his lengthy profession Nicholas Bennett labored in the most distant and hard locations on this planet, confronted common coups and revolutions, when whilst elevating his kin.

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The contrast between the non-violence of the students and the callous killing by the soldiers produced an upsurge of middle class opposition to the military officers in power. It was one thing to overthrow the military using non-violent methods, and quite another to influence the Government that came in its place, a Government controlled by elitist bourgeois politicians. The student leaders were full of socialist ideals, and believed that their mission was to create a more egalitarian and just society in Thailand.

Once more they would be shaken awake by their peon for their afternoon tea, thereafter would pack away their files and return home from a hard day at the office, without being bothered by any visit from the public. The peon would then drag the furniture back into the building, lock up, and return home himself. Challenged by me some months later as to why they were not actively involved in the Government’s land reform movement, they complained that they were understaffed. Visiting primary schools in Eastern Nepal one Monday, we were surprised to find that none of the schools were operating.

Schools are closed for examinations, for preparing for examinations, and for marking the exams. Schools universally close for national day celebrations, and for extensive preparation for these celebrations. I have even found in one case the school closed for the inspector’s visit! It is not uncommon for the 180 to 210 days to be reduced to around 110 days. This would be bad enough, but since the scheduling of the academic year is not based on the agricultural calendar, children are also often absent.

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