Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has welcomed BMA plans to install statue of Indra; the most frequently invoked deity in Rig-Veda, also referred as the king-of-the-gods; riding four-tusked white elephant Airavata which emerged from "Churning of Ocean" and became vehicle of Indra.
Quoting from ancient Hindu scripture Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, suggested BMA to strive constantly to serve the welfare of the Bangkokians, act selflessly without any thought of personal profit, keep welfare of public always in mind; and added that action was better than inaction.
Some newly appointed Thailand cabinet ministers in 2011 reportedly paid homage to Hindu deities before stepping into new jobs. In the past, Thailand brought out postage stamps of Hindu deities Ganesa, Brahma, Narayana, and Siva. Thailand is popularly called “golden land” and is known for its warmth and hospitality, white sandy beaches, and fertile rice fields. About 95% of Thailand’s population follows Theravada Buddhism. King Bhumibol Adulyadej is head of the state while Yingluck Shinawatra is the prime minister.
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