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Father of Thai democracy, forever misunderstood

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Eight decades after the 1932 revolution, Pridi Banomyong's controversial economic plan was the subject of a lively debate held Saturday to commemorate the 113th anniversary of the former leader's birth. 

FOUNDING FATHER: A Thammasat University student pays her respects Saturday at a statue of Pridi Banomyong at the Tha Prachan campus. (Photo By Thiti Wannamontha)

The draft proposal was drawn up in 1933, a year after the Khanarassadorn, the group of civil servants of which Pridi was a key figure, overthew the absolute monarchy. But when the plan, which called for the nationalisation of all land and labour, was violently rejected, Pridi went into voluntary exile.

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