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New history textbook claims NCPO established true Thai democracy

‘The winners write history,’ said many Thai netizens last week in criticisms of a Thai history textbook which praises the military government for establishing “true democracy” in Thailand.   “Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha as Prime Minister has carried out a policy of reforming the country, reforming politics to be truly a democracy, eliminating corruption and using moral principles to lead the country to be truly a democracy.”   This is a direct quote from page 195 of “History of the Thai Nation,” a history textbook published by the Ministry of Culture’s Fine Arts Department. The Department issued the controversial book in 2015 at the request of the National Council of Peace and Order (NCPO), but it recently went viral when an influential scientist, Jessada Denduangboripant, posted a snippet of the book on Facebook last weekend.    The NCPO asked the Department to write the book with the goal of fostering...

 

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