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Partially or totally publication of an article elsewhere is possible only after the consent from the editors.</span></p> (Jirayudh Sinthuphan) (Nukun Boonwong) Thu, 09 Sep 2021 14:16:03 +0700 OJS 60 Introduction Jirayudh Sinthuphan Copyright (c) 2021 Institute of Asian Studies Chulalongkorn University. Thu, 09 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0700 Revisiting Ramayana through Oppositional Telling of Anand Neelakantan’s Asura: Tale of the Vanquished (2012) <p>The Ramayana is a well-known epic in India. It is also widely recognized in many other regions around the world. The myriad forms of presentation of this epic allow for a collective audience’s imagination to thrive and rise. Oppositional tellings of the original storyline make the epic even more intriguing as it caters to the ‘other voices’, who have alternative opinions of Rama and who happen to perceive the epic from differing ideological positions that are in contrast to the original version. Through the Ramayana’s oppositional telling, this article is an attempt to represent the identity of Asura (the Deva’s enemy) and also to demystify Rama’s goodness by analyzing the portrayals of the two main characters, Ravana and Bhadra, in Anand Neelakantan’s popular novel, Asura: Tale of the Vanquished (2012). Employing a subaltern studies approach and concepts of autonomy and lack of, the study reveals that Rama’s goodness is in question as it merely reflects a Brahminical worldview that actually stands in contrast with those of the Asuras and other non-Brahmin-Hindu believers.</p> Natawan Wongchalard Copyright (c) 2021 Institute of Asian Studies Chulalongkorn University. Wed, 08 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0700 The Indic Perspective of the Pro-democracy Agitation (2020) in Thailand <p>The pro-democracy agitation in Thailand, which attacked the institution of Thai monarchy, the strongest pillar of the Thai society, can be interpreted in India as an attack on the Thai branch of the common Indic civilisational roots, exemplified by the royal title Rama. There is a long history of attack on the institution of monarchy in the Southeast Asian neighbourhood of Thailand, from Laos to Indonesia, where a pattern of downfall of royalty followed by gradual weakening of the state can be observed. Thailand can be considered, within the region, as being culturally closest to India, apart from being a key player in India’s extended, and geo-strategically important neighbourhood. India can therefore be justified in feeling concerned about the said agitation, its future course, as well as its geopolitical implications, at the backdrop of a perceivable dimension of an ongoing struggle between Indic and Sinic civilisations.</p> Pulind Samant Copyright (c) 2021 Institute of Asian Studies Chulalongkorn University. Wed, 08 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0700 The Thais in Exile: Repression, exile and emergence of the guerilla in the North East of Thailand (1960-1965) <p>While Thailand’s fate during the Cold War may seem more enviable than that of most of its Southeast Asian neighbors, the country nonetheless experienced greater unrest as the United States were sinking into the War in Vietnam. And the North-East, the poorest region of the kingdom, was among the most affected by the violence which broke out between the Thai armed forces and the Communist Party. In this part of Thailand, the development of the communist forces was possible largely due to the proximity of Laos.The dynamic between the Vietnamese Revolution and the foreign reaction then began to reach the Thai ally of the United States. In this paper, this dynamic is observed through the study of the activities of the “Thais in Exile” and their relations with Laotian and Chinese politicians and how these activities helped the organization of an armed opposition to the Thai Regime.</p> Alexandre Barthel Copyright (c) 2021 Institute of Asian Studies Chulalongkorn University. Wed, 08 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0700 Makin, A. (2016). Challenging Islamic Orthodoxy: Accounts of Lia Eden and Other Prophets in Indonesia. Switzerland, Springer. 244 pages. Jesada Buaban Copyright (c) 2021 Institute of Asian Studies Chulalongkorn University. Wed, 08 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0700