- Thai princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, daughter of the Thai king, has won a formidable international reputation as a scholar, historian and development expert
- Her awards include the Magsaysay prize for public service and the Indira Gandhi prize for sustainable development
- A scholar of Sanskrit, Pali and Buddhism, she is fluent in four languages, an expert on the different versions of the Ramayana, and on India's historic links with Southeast Asia
- She has helped establish many academic and scientific ties between India and Thailand
***She is certainly not in the Princess Diana mould, nor in the jet-setting mode of European royalty who ski in the Alps and waltz down the Danube for pleasure. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand practises her Sanskrit, reads Pali scriptures and traipses around rural India looking at development projects to emulate for her people. And she goes to Tata Motors to check out the...