VHP Thailand’s Leadership Meets with Ambassador Nagesh Singh to Forge Stronger Ties for Bharat’s Advancement

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad Association Thailand held a significant meeting with the Ambassador of India, H. E. Mr. Nagesh Singh Ji, on June 11, 2024, at the Embassy of India premises in Bangkok. The meeting marked an important dialogue between the new committee members and the Ambassador, emphasizing mutual goals and shared commitments to the welfare of Bharat. Ambassador Singh shared insights from his extensive experience in global diplomacy and governance, providing valuable guidance and encouragement to the committee.

VHP Thailand's Leadership Meets with Ambassador Nagesh Singh to Forge Stronger Ties for Bharat's Advancement

President Smt. Vaishali Urumkar Ji expressed her gratitude for the Ambassador’s insights, stating, “The Ambassador’s experiences and advice are invaluable to us. His encouragement motivates us to work harder and contribute effectively towards our goals.”

The meeting concluded on a high note with the committee members feeling greatly inspired to take forward the initiatives discussed, aiming to make a lasting impact on both the local and global stage in favor of Bharat.

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad Association Thailand is committed to continuing these engagements, fostering a strong relationship with the Embassy of India, and furthering the development of their community-oriented projects.

Additionally, the VHP association held its Annual General Meeting on May 11, 2024, at Novotel Sukhumvit Soi 20 in Bangkok. During the meeting, the new Executive Committee was announced for the term 2024-2027, with:

  1. Smt. Vaishali Urumkar – President
  2. Shri Jay Shankar Mukherjee – General Secretary
  3. Smt. Durga Mouli – Treasurer
  4. Shri Praveen Lodha – Vice President, Language and Ancient Knowledge
  5. Shri Raju B. Manwani – Vice President, Social and Media Spokesperson
  6. Shri Naveen Batwara – Vice President, Patron & Sponsorship
  7. Shri Deo Kumar Singh – Vice President, Pattaya Branch
  8. Shri Santosh Purkait – Joint Secretary and Social Media
  9. Shri Deepak Kedia – Sewa
  10. Shri Dhanajay Kumar – Joint Treasurer and Youth
  11. Smt. Prachi Jay Saraff – Durga Vahini
  12. Shri Biren Parikh – Membership
  13. Smt. Ketki Kamlesh Shah – Bal Gita Pathshala
  14. Shri Sanjiv Chaturvedi – Health & Sports
  15. Smt. Hemlata Pandey – Cultural

Special Portfolio:

  1. Kumari Prajwal Bhosale – Youth

Suzuki to Halt Car Manufacturing in Thailand, Focus on Electric and Hybrid Vehicles


Embracing Sustainability: Suzuki’s Strategic Shift Reflects Global Trends and Environmental Goals

Suzuki Motor Corp has announced it will stop manufacturing cars and trucks in Thailand by the end of next year, shifting its focus to producing electric and hybrid vehicles in other locations. Despite this change, the Japanese automaker will maintain its presence in Thailand by importing vehicles, including electric and hybrid models, from its plants in other parts of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Japan, and India.

This decision to close the Rayong plant, established 12 years ago with a production capacity of 60,000 units annually and employing around 800 people, is part of Suzuki’s broader strategy to align with global carbon neutrality and electrification goals. By consolidating its production efforts elsewhere, Suzuki aims to streamline its operations and contribute more effectively to environmental sustainability.

Suzuki Motor Corp has announced it will stop manufacturing cars and trucks in Thailand by the end of next year, shifting its focus to producing electric and hybrid vehicles in other locations. This decision to close the Rayong plant, established 12 years ago with a production capacity of 60,000 units annually and employing around 800 people, is part of Suzuki's broader strategy to align with global carbon neutrality and electrification goals.
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Suzuki has ambitious plans for the future, outlining the introduction of six electric vehicle models by the 2030-2031 fiscal year. The company expects to launch its first electric vehicle in India by next year, signaling a significant step towards its electrification targets.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s automotive sector is grappling with significant challenges. The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) reports an uptick in factory closures this year, driven by economic downturns, industry mergers, and escalating operational expenses. This broader economic context adds another layer of complexity to Suzuki’s strategic shift, highlighting the difficulties faced by the automotive industry in adapting to changing market conditions and technological advancements.

Thai PM to Visit India, Boost Strategic Partnership

The Thai government is prepared to enhance Thai-Indian relations, anticipating that this year’s planned visit to India will elevate the partnership to a strategic level.

Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin recently spoke with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, congratulating him on his third consecutive term. Srettha commended Modi’s governance and reiterated Thailand’s dedication to strengthening bilateral ties.

The Thai government is prepared to enhance Thai-Indian relations, anticipating that this year's planned visit to India will elevate the partnership to a strategic level. Prime Minister Modi welcomed Srettha's upcoming visit and expressed his intent to attend the BIMSTEC meeting in Thailand in September, seeing it as an opportunity to further develop bilateral cooperation and economic ties.

In their initial conversation months ago, Prime Minister Modi also congratulated Srettha on his new role. Both leaders expressed optimism about maintaining strong relations between the two countries.

Prime Minister Srettha announced plans for an official visit to India this year to discuss deepening cooperation. This includes regional collaboration and initiatives under the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), aiming to advance the strategic partnership between Thailand and India.

Prime Minister Modi welcomed Srettha’s upcoming visit and expressed his intent to attend the BIMSTEC meeting in Thailand in September, seeing it as an opportunity to further develop bilateral cooperation and economic ties.

BIMSTEC is an international organization comprising seven South Asian and Southeast Asian countries, representing 1.73 billion people with a combined GDP of 5.2 trillion US dollars.

Celebrate Global Cinema: Opening Film of 2024 Contemporary World Film Series at TK Park – SAT 29 JUNE, 4:00 PM

CONTEMPORARY WORLD FILM SERIES RETURNS TO TK PARK!
OPENING FILM OF THE YEAR 2024
‘SEPTEMBER- The Silent Cry’
(‘Septiembre, un llanto en silencio’)
GUATEMALA
DIRECTED BY KENNETH MULLER
1 HR 09 MINS
Supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Guatemala to the Kingdom of Thailand
SATURDAY, 29th. JUNE 2024, 4:00 PM

We are delighted to resume the popular Contemporary World Film Series at TK Park,
this year.

Our Opening Film is from the lush and beautiful Central American country of
Guatemala. This is the first film from the country to be screened in Thailand.
Directed by the country’s most renowned film-maker Kenneth Mueller, the story is a
powerful exploration of love, resilience, and the human spirit.

September opens on a shocking-note with a bomb explosion by terrorists in a bus carrying innocent people. The bomb kills a lovely mother carrying a baby, and the baby becomes deaf.

The bomb-explosion refers to a notorious bomb-explosion by army guerrillas in
Guatemala, on 5 September 1980 (hence, the title).

The incident affected the Director’s life personally, because his mother and brother were on the ill-fated bus. His mother was not killed, but his brother became deaf.

In the film, the baby daughter Theresa is brought up by her father, and the two face many challenges. She grows into a lovely girl, falls in love, but politics is a blockade.

The lead-role is played by a brilliant actor who has starred in many films of the region, supported by a very talented actress (she prepared for her role by interacting with the Director’s deaf brother.)

The film moved audiences at festivals around the world. ‘Profoundly human- the film is a jewel of young Latin American Cinema-’ said the Wall
Street Journal.

We are proud to screen a film that is a rare amalgam of politics and humanity.
The screening of September is supported by the Embassy of Guatemala in Bangkok, who
will serve an array of local snacks and drinks.

The Ambassador of the Republic of Guatemala H.E. Ms. Shirley Dennise Aguilar
Barrera, will introduce the film.

Don’t Miss the Opening Film of TK Park’s 2024 Contemporary World Film Series.

Indian PM Narendra Modi Unveils New Resolutions from the Sadhana in Kanniyakumari

My Fellow Indians,

The biggest festival of democracy, the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections, is concluding today in our nation, the Mother of Democracy. After a three-day spiritual journey in Kanniyakumari, I have just boarded the plane for Delhi.Through the day, Kashi and numerous other seats have been in the midst of voting.

My mind is filled with so many experiences and emotions… I feel a boundless flow of energy within myself. The 2024 Lok Sabha elections are the first in the Amrit Kaal. I began my campaign a few months ago from Meerut, the land of the First War of Independence of 1857. Since then, I have traversed ac-ross the length and breadth of our great nation. The final rally of these elections took me to Hoshiarpur in Punjab, the land of the great Gurus and a land associated with Sant Ravidas Ji. After that, I came to Kanniyakumari, at the feet of Maa Bharti.

It is natural that the fervour of the elections was echoing in my heart and mind. The multitude of faces seen in rallies and road shows came in front of my eyes. The blessings from our Nari Shakti… the trust, the affection, all of this was a very humbling experience. My eyes were getting moist… I entered into a ‘sadhana’ (meditative state). And then, the heated political debates, the attacks and counter-attacks, the voices and words of accusations which are so characteristic of an election… they all vanished into a void. A sense of detachment came to grow within me… my mind became completely detached from the external world.

Meditation becomes challenging amidst such huge responsibilities, but the land of Kanniyakumari and the inspiration of Swami Vivekananda made it effortless. As a candidate myself, I left my campaign in the hands of my beloved people of Kashi and came here.

I am also grateful to God for instilling in me these values from birth, which I have cherished and tried to live up to. I was also thinking about what Swami Vivekananda must have experienced during his meditation at this very place in Kanniyakumari! A part of my meditation was spent in a similar stream of thoughts.

Amidst this detachment, amidst the peace and silence, my mind was constantly thinking about the bright future of Bharat, the goals of Bharat. The rising sun at Kanniyakumari gave new heights to my thoughts, the vastness of the ocean expanded my ideas, and the expanse of the horizon continuously made me realise the unity, the Oneness, embedded in the depths of the universe. It seemed as if the observations and experiences undertaken in the lap of the Himalayas decades ago were being revived.

Friends,

Kanniyakumari has always been very close to my heart. The Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanniyakumari was built under the leadership of Shri Eknath Ranade ji. I had the opportunity to travel extensively with Eknath ji. During the construction of this memorial, I had the opportunity to spend some time in Kanniyakumari as well.

From Kashmir to Kanniyakumari… this is a common identity that is deeply ingrained in the heart of every citizen of the country. This is the ‘Shakti Peeth’ (seat of Shakti) where Maa Shakti incarnated as Kanya Kumari. At this southern tip, Maa Shakti performed penance and waited for Bhagwan Shiva, who was residing in the Himalayas at the northernmost parts of Bharat.

Kanniyakumari is the land of confluences. The sacred rivers of our country flow into different seas, and here, those very seas converge. And here, we witness another great confluence – the ideological confluence of Bharat! Here, we find the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, a grand statue of Saint Thiruvalluvar, Gandhi Mandapam, and Kamarajar Mani Mandapam. These streams of thought from these stalwarts converge here to form a confluence of national thought. This gives rise to great inspirations for nation-building. This land of Kanniyakumari gives an indelible message of unity, especially to any person who doubts Bharat’s nationhood and the sense of unity.

The grand statue of Saint Thiruvalluvar in Kanniyakumari seems to be looking at the expanse of Maa Bharti from the sea. His work Thirukkural is one of the crown jewels of the beautiful Tamil language. It covers every aspect of life, inspiring us to give our best for ourselves and for the nation. It was my great fortune to pay my respects to such a great figure.

Friends,

Swami Vivekananda once said, “Every nation has a message to deliver, a mission to fulfil, a destiny to reach.”

For thousands of years, Bharat has been moving forward with this sense of meaningful purpose. Bharat has been a cradle of ideas for thousands of years. We have never considered what we have acquired as our personal wealth or measured it purely by economic or material parameters. Therefore, ‘Idam-na-mama’ (this is not mine) has become an inherent and natural part of the character of Bharat.

Bharat’s welfare benefits our planet’s journey to progress as well. Take the freedom movement as an example. Bharat gained independence on Aug 15, 1947. At that time, many countries around the world were under colonial rule. Bharat’s independence journey inspired and empowered many of those countries to achieve their own freedom. That same spirit was seen decades later when the world came face to face with the once in a century Covid-19 pandemic. When concerns were raised about the poor and developing countries, Bharat’s successful efforts provided courage and assistance to many nations.

Today, Bharat’s governance model has become an example for many countries around the world. Empowering 25 crore people to rise above poverty in just 10 years is unprecedented. Innovative practices such as Pro-People Good Governance, aspirational districts, and aspirational blocks are being discussed globally today. Our efforts, from empowering the poor to last-mile delivery, have inspired the world by prioritising individuals standing at the last rung of society. Bharat’s Digital India campaign is now an example for the entire world, showing how we can use technology to empower the poor, bring transparency, and ensure their rights. Inexpensive data in Bharat is becoming a means of social equality by ensuring the reach of information and services to the poor. The whole world is witnessing and studying the democratisation of technology, and major global institutions are advising many countries to adopt elements from our model.

Today, Bharat’s progress and rise are not just a significant opportunity for Bharat alone, but also a historic opportunity for all our partner countries around the world. Since the success of the G20, the world has been increasingly envisioning a bigger role for Bharat. Today, Bharat is being acknowledged as a strong and important voice of the Global South. The African Union has become a part of the G20 group at the initiative of Bharat. This is going to be a crucial turning point for the future of African countries.

Friends,

The development trajectory of Bharat fills us with pride and glory, but at the same time, it also reminds the 140 crore citizens of their responsibilities. Now, without wasting a single moment, we must step forward towards greater duties and larger goals. We need to dream new dreams, convert them into reality and begin living those dreams.

We must see Bharat’s development in a global context, and for this, it is essential that we understand Bharat’s internal capabilities. We must acknowledge Bharat’s strengths, nurture them, and utilise them for the benefit of the world. In today’s global scenario, Bharat’s strength as a youthful nation is an opportunity from which we must not look back.

The world of the 21st century is looking towards Bharat with many hopes. And we will need to make several changes to move forward in the global scenario. We also need to change our traditional thinking regarding reform. Bharat cannot limit reform to just economic reforms. We must move forward in every aspect of life towards the direction of reform. Our reforms should also align with the aspirations of a ‘Viksit Bharat’ (developed India) by 2047.

We must also understand that reform can never be a unidimensional process for any country. Therefore, I have laid out the vision of reform, perform, and transform for the country. The responsibility of reform lies with leadership. Based on that, our bureaucracy performs, and when the people join in with the spirit of Jan Bhagidari, we witness a transformation taking place.

We must make excellence the fundamental principle to make our country a ‘Viksit Bharat’. We need to work quickly in all four directions: Speed, Scale, Scope, and Standards. Alongside manufacturing, we must also focus on quality and adhere to the mantra of ‘zero defect-zero effect’.

Friends,

We should take pride in every moment that God has blessed us with birth in the land of Bharat. God has chosen us to serve Bharat and fulfil our role in our country’s journey towards excellence.

We must redefine our heritage in a modern way while embracing ancient values in a modern context.

As a nation, we also need to reassess outdated thinking and beliefs. We need to free our society from the pressure of professional pessimists. We must remember that freedom from negativity is the first step towards achieving success. Success blossoms in the lap of positivity.

My faith, devotion, and belief in the infinite and eternal power of Bharat are growing day by day. Over the past 10 years, I have seen this capability of Bharat grow even more and have experienced it firsthand.

Just as we utilised the fourth and fifth decades of the 20th century to impart a new momentum to the freedom movement, we must lay the foundation for a ‘Viksit Bharat’ in these 25 years of the 21st century. The freedom struggle was a time that called for great sacrifices. The present times call for great and sustained contributions from everyone.

Swami Vivekananda had said in 1897 that we must dedicate the next 50 years solely for the nation. Exactly 50 years after this call, Bharat gained independence in 1947.

Today, we have the same golden opportunity. Let’s dedicate the next 25 years solely for the nation. Our efforts will create a strong foundation for the coming generations and the coming centuries, taking Bharat to new heights. Looking at the energy and enthusiasm of the country, I can say that the goal is not far away now. Let us take swift steps… let us come together and create a Viksit Bharat.

(These thoughts were penned by PM Modi on 1st June between 4:15 PM and 7 PM during his return flight from Kanniyakumari to Delhi.)

Thailand Aims for Key Victories in World Cup Qualifiers

The Thailand national football team, under the guidance of head coach Masatada Ishii, embarked on their journey to China on Sunday (June 2), with a clear objective of securing vital victories in the Group C matches of the Asian zone qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup. Their campaign kicks off with a significant encounter against China in Shenyang on June 6, followed by a match against Singapore on June 11 at Bangkok’s Rajamangala National Stadium.

Thailand currently holds the third position in the group standings, accumulating four points, trailing behind China with seven points and group leader South Korea with ten points. Singapore occupies the bottom spot with merely one point. To progress to the subsequent qualifying stage, Thailand must clinch victories in both of their remaining matches, as only the top two teams from each of the nine groups will advance.

Ishii has expressed confidence in the team’s level of preparedness, highlighting their adaptive approach to counter any changes in the coaching and playing style of the Chinese team since their previous encounter.

Veteran striker Teerasil Dangda has also conveyed the personal significance of the upcoming matches, suggesting that these could mark his final appearances in World Cup qualifying matches due to his advancing age as he nears the conclusion of his international career.

The forthcoming match against China will be broadcasted live on Thairath TV (Channel 32) at 7 p.m. this Thursday.

Reopening of Naka Cave in Bueng Kan!

The renowned Naka Cave, celebrated for its serpent-like rock formation, has reopened to the public after a month-long closure for natural rehabilitation. Located within Phu Langka National Park, the cave now welcomes up to 1,000 visitors daily, with spots available for both walk-ins and advance bookings.

In celebration, special wrist straps were given to the first 100 visitors. Explore this geological wonder and immerse yourself in its cultural significance.

Bangkok Boost: Thai Government Unveils Three-Phase Economic Stimulus to Revive Tourism

BANGKOK – The Thai government has rolled out a comprehensive three-phase economic stimulus plan to invigorate its tourism sector and draw more foreign visitors amidst ongoing economic challenges. The Cabinet unanimously agreed during a meeting on May 28 that stimulating tourism is crucial for rapid economic recovery, given the country’s sluggish GDP growth and escalating public debt.

Bangkok Boost: Thai Government Unveils Three-Phase Economic Stimulus to Revive Tourism

Economic Objectives and Short-Term Measures

The short-term strategies aim to rake in no less than 3 trillion baht (approximately $81.91 billion) in tourism revenues by the end of 2024. Notable measures include:

  • A visa exemption extended to visitors from 93 countries (previously 57), permitting stays up to 60 days.
  • The expansion of the Visa on Arrival (VOA) program to 31 countries, up from 19.
  • Introduction of the Destination Thailand Visa (DTV) tailored for remote workers, freelancers, and participants in various cultural and educational activities.

Features of the Destination Thailand Visa (DTV) The DTV targets skilled foreign talent, digital nomads, and freelancers. Key benefits include:

  • Eligibility extends to spouses and legal children under 20 of DTV holders.
  • A substantial proof of financial support or guarantee of at least 500,000 baht is required for the duration of stay.
  • The DTV allows an initial stay of up to 180 days, extendable for another 180 days with a visa renewal fee of 10,000 baht, valid for five years.

Enhancements for Foreign Students Foreign students will benefit significantly from eased restrictions:

  • Those pursuing bachelor’s degrees or higher can now find it easier to work and remain in Thailand post-graduation.
  • A new provision allows for an extended stay of one year post-graduation for job hunting, traveling, or engaging in other activities, with certification from the Ministry of Higher Education.

Medium-Term and Long-Term Strategies Set to commence in September 2024, the medium-term measures include simplifying the Non-Immigrant visa categories and reducing health insurance requirements for certain visas. By June 2025, the government plans to implement a robust Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) system, leveraging technology to enhance foreign national screening processes.

Financial Implications and Outlook Although these measures will decrease annual government revenue by about 12.3 billion baht ($335.7 million), the projected increase in tourism revenues—ranging from 800 billion to 1 trillion baht ($21.8 – $27.3 billion)—affirms the government’s decision. This strategic shift aims to not only revitalize Thailand’s key economic sector but also strengthen its appeal as a vibrant, accessible destination for global travelers.

Charlotte Tamason: A Catalyst for Transformation and Healing

Charlotte’s vision extends beyond individual well-being to encompass global healing. She believes that true transformation begins within each person. Her life’s mission is to empower individuals to unlock their inner power. According to Charlotte, true healing isn’t just about fixing what’s broken; it’s about reconnecting with one’s intuition, the voice that guides towards health, balance, and authenticity.

A Unique Approach to Coaching

Combining her robust academic background with energy healing techniques, Charlotte offers a holistic framework for well-being. Her unique approach integrates personalized coaching sessions, guided meditations, and workshops fostering “conscious leadership.” Through these methods, she equips her clients with the tools to navigate life’s complexities using their intuition as their compass.

Impact and Reach

Charlotte’s work has touched the lives of hundreds of individuals and workplaces globally. Currently based in Bangkok, she continues to collaborate with individuals and corporations to help them meet their health goals and unlock their greatest healing tool: their intuition.

Community and Connection

Understanding the importance of community, Charlotte is an active member of various women’s groups. She founded Soul Sanctuary, a group for spiritual practitioners to meditate, share, and rise together. Additionally, she is a member of the We-Women network, a nurturing group that supports women both personally and professionally. Charlotte values this network for its diverse membership, uniting women from various careers and cultures with a common goal of sharing wisdom and supporting one another.

Empowering Transformation

More than just a coach, Charlotte is a catalyst for transformation. She empowers people to tap into their inner wisdom, make empowered decisions, and ultimately, live a life that feels vibrant and true. Her holistic approach and dedication to healing have made her a respected figure in her field, helping many find their path to a healthier and more authentic life.

By Dr. Manisha Bose
Lecturer, ABAC
Chapter Head #WomenPower a Global Movement Thailand.
Manishabose1974@gmail.com
We-Women Network

Free Event Alert: Celebrate the 10th International Day of Yoga in Bangkok – June 16, 2024

Get ready to stretch, breathe, and embrace wellness at the 10th International Day of Yoga in Bangkok! This year, the global celebration of yoga takes a special turn with a grand event scheduled for June 16, 2024, at the heart of Thailand’s vibrant capital. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a curious newcomer, this event promises a day filled with peace, positivity, and holistic health.

Event Details:

Date: June 16, 2024
Location: Central Bangkok (For exact venue details, visit IDY Thailand)
Time: Start your day with us from sunrise to sunset
Cost: Absolutely Free!

Why You Should Attend:

The International Day of Yoga aims to promote both the physical and mental benefits of practicing yoga. Yoga is more than just physical exercise; it is a holistic approach to well-being that integrates mental, physical, and spiritual disciplines. By participating, you’ll not only enhance your own health and well-being but also join a community of like-minded individuals committed to improving their quality of life.

What to Expect:

  • Expert-Led Yoga Sessions: Engage in sessions led by renowned yoga instructors from around the world.
  • Workshops and Talks: Participate in workshops that delve into the philosophy and techniques of yoga, enhancing both your practice and understanding.
  • Community Yoga Mats: A large number of mats will be available for use free of charge, though participants are encouraged to bring their own if possible.
  • Cultural Performances: Enjoy a variety of cultural performances that celebrate the rich heritage of yoga and its origins in India.

Get Involved:

Whether you’re coming alone, with friends, or with family, there’s something at the event for everyone. This is a fantastic opportunity to deepen your yoga practice or simply spend a relaxing day surrounded by a welcoming community. No prior registration is required—just come with an open heart and a willingness to try something new.

For more information, program schedules, and any updates, please visit IDY Thailand.

Join us as we breathe, stretch, and aspire towards a healthier and more balanced life at the 10th International Day of Yoga. Namaste!