Dr.Charnvit Kasetsiri, a well-known social scientist from Thammasat University, started a petition to change the name of Thailand back to “Siam”. The petition says “Siam” represents the acceptance of diversity of ethnicity, language, and cultural identity in the country. Also it follows the unity principle.
The petition cites the 1939 constitution ruling the change of the country name from “Siam” to “Thailand” for the reason of “ethnicitism” which was factually and historically incorrect. There have been a few attempt to change back to Siam, i.e. 1949 and 1968 constitutions.
Personally, I totally understand and agree with the petition because ethnically I am not Thai (and I do not know the “real” Thais are still majority of the population) My bloodlines actually are combined between Chinese and Black Tai (Tai-Dum). But I am proud to be categorized as Thai. However, I don’t know about how the change would affect me as a citizen individually.
But if it is the case to bring peace back to the country, any name is fine for me as long as people live peacefully.
Perhaps I do not get the whole concept or logic of this movement. Maybe I need more information. Maybe I physically and spiritually live too far from my home country, so I lost some important context (I hope not). Maybe social scientists might be sensitive than others. But how such movement will be successful without the understanding of such an ordinary people like me?
Could anyone tell me what rationale behind it exactly?