ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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THAILAND-Growing Student Movement

Growing Student Movement APART from the somewhat distant Indonesian archipelago, Thailand is the most prosperous country of south-east Asia. Its population of 42 million is the largest among the countries of the contiguous landmass of south-east Asia. It has a land-area of 514,000 square kilometres. Absolute monarchy in the country came to an end through a bloodless coup in 1932. One of the stated objectives of the coup was to take sovereignty from the King and give it to the people. But that never materialised. In fact, political power in Thailand has remained concentrated among a handful of people. The Thai pple have never had the chance to eide who should govern. Indeed, until the student uprising in 1973, governments changed through coups, Fifteen coups were staged between 1932 and 1973. During this period, the Thai people also occasionally went through the ceremony of elections. The elections were never to decide who would get the mandate, but rather to give ligitimacy to the members of an already successful coup. This procedure had even been incorporated institutionally.

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