As poll looms, banish hateful battle cries

As poll looms, banish hateful battle cries

For some fans of the soap opera, Bupphesunniwas (Love Destiny) shows that the past is always more beautiful, more orderly, with its clear class hierarchy. (Photo FB/bupphesunniwas)
For some fans of the soap opera, Bupphesunniwas (Love Destiny) shows that the past is always more beautiful, more orderly, with its clear class hierarchy. (Photo FB/bupphesunniwas)

No matter when the next poll is held, the battle lines are already being drawn.

On one side will be attempts to romanticise the past. An ongoing craze about the Thai drama series Buppesunniwas, or Love Destiny, about a modern-day woman who was miraculously sent back to the time of King Narai of Ayutthaya is reflective of this ideology.

Apart from people who are fans of the male and female leads, or those who relish historical details interwoven into the drama's romantic plot, many members of the audience feel the soap opera has evoked a sense of nostalgia for traditional Thai lifestyles.

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Atiya Achakulwisut

Columnist for the Bangkok Post

Atiya Achakulwisut is a columnist for the Bangkok Post.

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