Short Guide: King, Thailand and Politics
Who was the Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej?
Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States in 1927, he was educated in Switzerland, and ascended the throne after his Uncle abdicated the throne, and his brother died in a mysterious death, and became King at the age of 19 years old in 1946, and had a successful marriage with Queen Sirikit in 1950, who was beloved by the people. He was known as the “People’s King”.
History of his Monarchy:
The Thai King Bhumibol would oversee more than 30 Prime Ministers, and over 20 Military Coups and Takeovers, that his presence alone became the unification symbol of his Kingdom during a time Thailand faced many different factions that had different views of how Thailand should be ruled. King Bhumibol became the Nationalistic symbol of unification, and thus resulted himself becoming worshiped as the Unifying Power of the Nation. He would rule the Kingdom of Thailand for 70 years at the age 88.
The Rise of the People’s King:
King Bhumibol was a very influential and powerful figure in not just in Thailand, but in the entire Indochina and Southeast Asia region itself. During the Indochina War in the 1950′s-1970′s, he was a very peace loving King, and allowed and accepted many refugees fleeing from the Vietnam War, the Khmer Rouge or the Secret War in Laos, alongside accepting Burmese, Chinese and Malaysian refugees fleeing their war torn countries.
This created Thailand as the sanctuary country for refugees, that he is beloved and regarded in high respect not just by Thai’s, but by many ethnicity groups and cultures, and is held in high regards by neighboring Kingdoms and Nations.
The Rise of Thailand in Southeast Asia:
Thailand would undergo huge economic boom in the 1980′s, creating Thailand to become an economic and political stronghold in Southeast Asia, where all it’s neighbors were war torn and drove deep into economic and political turmoil during and after the Indochina War in the 1970′s and 1980′s. Thus securing the success of Thailand and crediting King Bhumibol overseeing Thailand as a superpower in Southeast Asia.
With Thailand still under the Military Junta that ousted the democratically elected Prime Minister, the death of the King that unified the country, the unfavourable Crown Prince to succeed the King, and an impatient population waiting for the Military to step down from their Leadership, Thailand is a ticking time bomb that can be defused, and if left unchanged, Thailand will see many political unrest and instability at the Capital City of Bangkok.