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...Hinduism in Thai society is a good example to show our common cultural roots. Since ancient times, Thai people have believed their kings are avatars of Lord Vishnu. That’s why the word ‘Rama’ is always a part of the names of Thai kings. Our former capital, Ayutthaya, too got its name from Lord Rama’s city Ayodhya. South Indians would be happy to know that the Thai version of the Ramayana, closely resembles the Tamil version of the epic, attesting to interactions across the ocean since the Chola era. Around 1 lakh Thai buddhist pilgrims visit Bodh Gaya every year. The similarity in our cuisines is marked. The use of coconut milk and spices like tamarind, turmeric and long pepper (pippali) in Thai dishes is influenced by Indian, especially south Indian cuisine. ...TOI on Aug. 31, 2017, 7 a.m.
... It is an honour and a privilege to be able to offer a few words to capture this great moment in India-Thai relations. It is also a great joy that this important moment in our history comes at a time when the outlook for our two countries is brighter than ever. India and Thailand have historical and cultural roots that reach back much beyond our 70 years of diplomatic relations. Both countries have been shaped and remain linked by the great forces of history and culture that span thousands of years. A visit to the National Museum in New Delhi will only confirm this. Indeed, Thai academics have found that our close historical and cultural ties somehow seem to have been interrupted and now need to be rekindled. ...Indian Express on Aug. 1, 2017, 12:05 a.m.