On the auspicious occasion of the National Day of the Kingdom of Thailand on 5th December 2018, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand H.E. Mr. Chutintorn Gongsakdi hosted a reception on 4th December 2018 at the Royal Thai Embassy in New Delhi.
The reception was graced by Ambassador Gongsakdi and the Chief Guest Smt. Vijay Thakur Singh, Secretary (East). During the reception, the guests enjoyed three Thai cultural performances by artists from Thailand, and various types of Thai cuisine, including the well-known dishes like Som Tum and Tom Yum Gung from the Residence of the Ambassador of Thailand, Prawn Wontons courtesy of CPF, and exquisite traditional Thai desserts flew in directly from Thailand.
Ambassador Gongsakdi gave a warm remarks on this auspicious occasion, portraying the importance of the 5th of December, which is celebrated as Thailand’s National Day, Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX and Father’s Day. Although His Majesty the Late King passed away in 2016, by Royal Command of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, the present king, the Thai nation continues to observe the 5th of December as our National Day as well as Father’s Day.
One of His Majesty the Late King’s legacies is the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy, a means to attain the SDGs. As agreed between the Prime Ministers of Thailand and India, the Royal Thai Embassy has published the “Sufficiency Economy and The New Theory” booklet in Hindi. The Indian side would publish Indian Constitution in Thai. “Sufficiency Economy and The New Theory” booklets were available to the guests at the reception and e-version will soon be available on our website.
The 5th of December also has been declared by the UN General Assembly as “World Soil Day” in recognition of His Majesty the Late King’s lifetime work on soil utilization and research, including its preservation in areas of severe deforestation. The theme for World Soil Day 2018 is ‘Be the solution to Soil Pollution’.
Ambassador Gongsakdi’s remarks also referred to another auspicious occasion of the opening of the newly constructed chancery building of the Royal Thai Embassy. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn inaugurated the chancery on 26 November during her 18th visit to India. The new chancery is a symbol of the confidence and investment in the future of relations between India and Thailand. A robust exterior with a beautiful interior represents the strong relations between Thailand and India, built on historical and cultural ties, with the Bodhi tree that has been nurtured from a sapling provided directly from Bodh Gaya, a special corner celebrating Rabindranath Tagore’s visit to Siam in our library, and the big golden Garuda, the Great Seal of the Kingdom of Thailand, which is also Lord Vishnu’s mount according to Indian mythology on the main entrance. Ambassador Gongsakdi expressed that he was pleased to move back to the Chanakyapuri Diplomatic Enclave, where some six decades ago, Thailand was among the first group of friendly nations that recognized a newly independent Republic of India and established our ‘Thai House’ in this great country.
Beginning next year, Thailand will hold the ASEAN Chairmanship, in addition to the 3-year coordinatorship for ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations that Thailand has assumed since July this year. Thailand look forward to working closely with ASEAN Member States and India under the theme of “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability” to develop an ASEAN Community that is people-centered, leaves no one behind and looks to the future.
At the end of his remarks, Ambassador Gongsakdi invited the Chief Guest and distinguish guests to join him in a toast to the good health of His Majesty, King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, Rama X; to the memory and legacy of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX; and to the good health of His Excellency Shri Ram Nath Kovind, President of the Republic of India, His Excellency Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India, to the prosperity of the Republic of India, as well as the long-lasting friendship between the two countries and peoples.