I refer to your article, ''Ayutthaya and Qum become sister cities'' (Life, May 14).
You say links between the two countries traditionally dated from 1602.
I wish to ask, How did you arrive at this date?
Sheikh Ahmad arrived in Ayutthaya at the turn of the 17th century, but the exact date has never been determined, and he never had the suffix Qumi. According to our family history, he and his younger brother Muhammad Said came to Ayutthaya from a town called Guni.
When I was permanent secretary for foreign affairs (2001-2004), I discussed this matter with the then ambassador of Iran, telling him that according to my reading, Guni should be in the Mazandaran/Astarabad area south of the Caspian Sea.
He kindly reported to Teheran and not long afterwards sent me photographs of such a town in the area I had mentioned.
I write to remind the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran and to inform your readers of this matter, which is important to my family history and to Thai-Iranian relations.
In need of a history lesson
Re: ''Plodprasop to portray ex-king at water summit'' (BP, May 14).
Historical records are not always reliable. King Richard III of England booted the corrupt Bishop of York out of the country to France.
Unfortunately, the bishop's apprentice, St Thomas More, wrote Richard's biography.
He was given the rap for murdering the Princes in the Tower for which he was probably innocent.
Now Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi will play the part of King Mangrai at the 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit recalling the uncontrollable flooding in Wiang Kum Kam.
Mr Prodprasop insists the show will be truthful: ''I confirm the play will not distort history. Those who say otherwise are lying.''
If Mr Prodprasop has detailed knowledge of the period, he can perhaps educate other Thaksin acolytes about the events which took place.
Most of them have extreme difficulty in acknowledging the truth about what has happened since 2006.
Lose the flab, Plodprasop
Wouldn't it be more appropriate to rename Plodprasop Suraswadi as ''Plopraslop''? This guy has sags where they shouldn't be, plopping all over the place. How about someone a bit younger with some sort of body that is still without flab? Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra worries about her image, the image of Thailand. Suddenly she isn't worried about the image this minister is presenting? I hope the performance will be at night, in the dark, without lights.
Voters, not court, decide
Burin Kantabutra's suggestion (PostBag, May 13) that Karun Hosakul should have to pay for the by-election in Don Muang which has resulted from his defaming his opponent in the 2011 general election would be fine provided that Karun was allowed to run again.
Karun may have defamed his opponent but there is no proof that this act had any effect on the election's outcome.
The only way to establish that is to rerun the election now that voters are aware of the true situation and see if it makes any difference to their decision. I do not regard Karun as a suitable candidate and I wouldn't vote for him but in a democracy it is the right of voters in the constituency to choose their representative, not the court.
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