—Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Thai political scientist and Associate Professor at Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.
Unlike the traditional, especially Western idea of monarchy where the king is a despotic ruler who wields unchecked powers over his subjects, the Siamese form of
By Huzaima Bukhari & Dr. Ikramul Haq monarchy boasts of a benevolent person who is looked upon as a father-figure by the people - a father who nurtures his children with loving care and affection and provides them with the much needed
Maha Vajiralongkorn, the to-be King of Thailand security that comes from a sound economy and protection from enemies. Since 1238, Siamese rulers have been the custodians of their people and have carried titles as Head of State, Head of the Armed Forces,