Insulting dead kings

2 12 2013

University World News has an article considering the impact of the recent court decision that has bizarrely applied the lese majeste law to dead kings of this dynasty, effectively making the law “lese dynastie” if such a term is even comprehensible to thinking people.

The article notes that Thai academics are worried by the neanderthal ruling, although presumably not the academics who run about screaming for monarchy and for an end to electoral democracy.

Kullada Kesboonchoo Mead, a political historian at Chulalongkorn University stated:

“In the past, most history and social science academics exercised self-censorship in how they described the present monarch. The latest ruling would render all future study impossible, whether dealing with the monarchy only in the present or in the past…”.

It seems to PPT that the ruling is not meant to deter historians who lavish treacle on the present dynasty and dance for their royalist masters, much like monkeys dancing for the organ grinder. It is only meant to deter serious scholars seeking to reveal the truth of Thai history.

Kullada, author of well-known English-language study, The Rise and Decline of Thai Absolutism, “said the ruling directly affected her work, which looks at past monarchies.” As she prepares a Thai-language version, she has been advised that the book “should be reviewed to ensure it complies with the wider interpretation of the law.” We doubt that it would pass given that the recent court ruling was made on comments that alluded to well-known historical circumstances about the existence of slavery.Locked books

Kullada revealed that:

the Thai studies programme at Chulalongkorn University had banned her book, along with those of Somsak Jeamteerasakul and Suthachai Yimprasert, Thai historians known for their critical research on the Thai monarchy.

Is there no end to the royalist stupidity at Chulalongkorn University. Are the administrators all yellow-shirted to the extent that they have forgotten what it means to be an academic and to seek truth and expand knowledge? It seems not.

While the authorities may not choose to enforce the new understanding of lese dynastie, the chill it creates set back serious scholarship in Thailand about several decades. The royalists want a new dark age in Thailand, filled with half-truths, careful omissions and complete lies.

In all of this, the stunning silence from the palace means that they condone academic feudalism.


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5 12 2013
Lese majeste law a cruel farce | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] amongst all of the royalist nonsense, it should not be forgotten that the lese majeste law is now applied to dead kings and the whole of this dynasty. This farcical interpretation is yet another chilling reinforcement of a feudal law in modern […]

5 12 2013
Lese majeste law a cruel farce | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] amongst all of the royalist nonsense, it should not be forgotten that the lese majeste law is now applied to dead kings and the whole of this dynasty. This farcical interpretation is yet another chilling reinforcement of a feudal law in modern […]

18 10 2014
Royalists attack royalists | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] However, this may not amount to anything before the madness of the royalist courts in Thailand. “Insulting” dead kings has led to jail for a defendant who made mention of the reign of King Mongkut involving people in slavery, a clear […]

26 12 2014
Of fools and other officials II | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] madness of royalists might be dismissed were it not known that “insulting” dead kings has led to jail for a defendant who made mention of the reign of King Mongkut involving people in slavery, a clear […]

26 12 2014
Of fools and other officials II | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] madness of royalists might be dismissed were it not known that “insulting” dead kings has led to jail for a defendant who made mention of the reign of King Mongkut involving people in slavery, a clear […]

24 08 2015
Sulak’s latest lese majeste case and its investigation | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] or others. Even so, the royalist judiciary has, in recent years, been more pliable on lese majeste, ignoring the letter of the law to including those long deceased, and not known to be resting, having a kip, stunned or pining for […]

24 08 2015
Sulak’s latest lese majeste case and its investigation | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] or others. Even so, the royalist judiciary has, in recent years, been more pliable on lese majeste, ignoring the letter of the law to including those long deceased, and not known to be resting, having a kip, stunned or pining for […]




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