Stoking hatred may be a productive campaign strategy, creating as it does wedge issues and energetic voting blocks. But what makes for successful campaigning makes for bad governance.
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Myanmar's leaders and people deserve great credit for embracing democracy and political transition. However, further steps are needed to consolidate reforms and social progress.
The Pali Canon offers a prescription on ethics, conflict resolution and social harmony. Likewise, the Qur'an and Sunnah embody similar social harmony principles that could be the basis for inter-faith dialogue.
Even where hyperbolic leadership "works" in the short run, to produce a political decision ("victory"), the long run price is steep.
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