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Thais celebrate King Bhumibol’s birthday, also recognized as World Soil Day

Thais celebrate King Bhumibol’s birthday, also recognized as World Soil Day
Tens of millions of people across Thailand celebrated and paid homage to constitutional monarch King Bhumibol Adulyadej who turned 87 on December 5.

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King of Hearts

Today is a day of joy when the country sets asides political bickering to join hearts as one to celebrate the 87th birthday of His Majesty the King.

His Majesty the King’s birthday is an opportunity for the country to review His Majesty’s hard work for the country. Except for the last decade due to his frail health, he has initiated and overseen thousands of development projects to improve the quality of life of the rural poor and to restore the degraded environment.

For more than six decades he spent most of each year visiting villagers in every nook and cranny to listen to their problems, to ask them what they need before helping them to be self-reliant.

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With new Human Development award, Annan hails Thai King as example for the world

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today presented the United Nations first Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award to King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, hailing the monarch’s tireless 60-year-long efforts to help the poorest and most vulnerable people in his kingdom as an example to the world.
26 May 2006 –
Secretary-General Kofi Annan today presented the United Nations first Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award to King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, hailing the monarch’s tireless 60-year-long efforts to help the poorest and most vulnerable people in his kingdom as an example to the world.
 
“Your Majesty has made an extraordinary contribution to human development.

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The King's Constitutional Powers and Beyond

Continuity and change is now an almost cliched theme of historical study. Yet the story of the Thai monarchy demonstrates very clearly the continued general validity of such an approach. Thailand is now a constitutional monarchy and a country aspiring to become a newly developed society, but the traditional principles of righteous Buddhist kingship and kingly virtues remain of paramount importance to the present monarchy. His Majesty has displayed, and continues to display a profound understanding of constitutional kingship as well as the traditional sources and symbols of Thai monarchical tradition.
By Anand Panyarachun
at Chulalongkorn University
May 20, 1996
 
Continuity and change is now an almost cliched theme of historical study. Yet the story of the Thai monarchy demonstrates very clearly the continued general validity of such an approach.

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“Lèse-majesté”: A Distinctive Character of Thai Democracy amidst the Global Democratic Movement

Recently, certain Thai academics have put forward a proposal that lèse-majesté law in Thailand should be abolished. This call has been met with many comments and criticisms, in favour and against, from Thais and foreigners alike. All these views can be summarized into two main themes. First, a lèse-majesté offence contravenes the democratic principle of freedom of expression, and, second, lèse-majesté allegations have been abused by accusers for political gain.

Recently, certain Thai academics have put forward a proposal that lèse-majesté law in Thailand should be abolished. This call has been met with many comments and criticisms, in favour and against, from Thais and foreigners alike. All these views can be summarized into two main themes. First, a lèse-majesté offence contravenes the democratic principle of freedom of expression, and, second, lèse-majesté allegations have been abused by accusers for political gain.

 

 

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Royal Activities and International Cooperation

The Royal Chitralada Projects. When nineteen-year-old Prince Bhumibol Adulyadej was involuntarily thrust into kingship in 1946 the world was still reeling from six years of global war that had altered the political and socioeconomic landscape. In the Kingdom of Siam (Thailand from 1939), citizens were still adjusting to life under a constitutional monarchy and the successor to the throne was engrossed in studies at Switzerland’s University of Lausanne. Wisely, the young Prince Bhumibol sought to broaden his scope of study to include law and political science in preparation for future life as a monarch. His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) was officially crowned on May 5, 1950 in an auspicious ceremony that took place just one week after his marriage to MR Sirikit who, on Coronation Day, was granted the royal title of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.

 

Published by The National Identity Foundation
Office of the Permanent Secretary
Prime Minister's Office, Royal Thai Government

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KING BHUMIBOL : Strength of the Land

The Royal Emblem depicts the Privy Seal of the Ninth Reign, which is composed of the Octagonal Throne, the Discus (Chakra), in the middle of which is the symbolic letter “Unalome” insignia. Around the Chakra Discus, there are rays radiating all round. Above the Chakra Discus is the Seven-Tiered Umbrella over the Octagonal Throne meaning that His Majesty the King has sovereign power in the realm, for at the Coronation Ceremony His Majesty sat upon the Octagonal Throne and received consecrated water from the eight cardinal points in accordance with ancient royal custom which for the first time was presented by Members of Parliament instead of royal pundits. As for the platform on which rests the Octagonal Throne, it is strewn with nine silver and golden “Bikul” flowers.

Published by the National Identity Office
Office of the Permanent Secretary
Prime Minister's Office, Royal Thai Government

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Democracy and Monarchy in Thailand

Absolute monarchy, which has prevailed in Thailand for seven centuries, was replaced by constitutional monarchy through a coup by middle ranking military officers on June 24, 1932.

Professor Emeritus Dr. Suchit Bunbongkarn

 

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The Future of Thai Monarchy

At Suvarnabhumi Airport's Terminal C and D, international passengers can see a huge golden-framed picture showing a gathering of 28 Kings, Queens and royal members from around the world who came to Bangkok (“City of Angels”) to congratulate the world's longest reigning King in June 2006.

Kavi Chongkittavorn

 

 

 

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