Monday, April 15, 2019

Analysis of His Majesty The King's address to the nation on 111th National Day celebration




Bhutan, for a century, had been served by our successive monarchs, strengthening the noble rule of the monarchy. The legacy of age-old monarchy had marked the history of a peaceful nation when the people of Bhutan unanimously enthroned Sir Ugyen Wangchuck as the 1st monarch of Bhutan on 17th December 1907, in the palace of great bliss.

Every year, 17th December is celebrated as a National Day in Bhutan to commemorate the Coronation of His Majesty the First King of Bhutan, Druk Gyalpo Ugyen Wangchuck on December 17, 1907. His Majesty The King has always focused on the issues of national importance and the 111th National Day address was special for the civil servant like me. His Majesty's address to the nation on 17th December had kept me vegetated in front of the TV as I wasn't lucky enough to be among those fortunate people who had an opportunity to witness in real at Samtse.

The 111th National Day was historic because of the presence of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and His Holiness the Je Khenpo.
In The Royal Address, His Majesty started with an important acknowledgment to the elected representatives and political parties. His Majesty acknowledged the four political parties’ for their pledges with a common goal for the wellbeing of the people. His Majesty also pointed out that the vision of the pledges of the political parties clearly reflected our aspirations as a nation.

The most significant focus of the Royal address on the 111th National Day celebration is the civil service. His Majesty had addressed the nation during the National Day celebration in 2013 about the important roles and responsibilities of the civil service. His Majesty, once again, reminds our civil servants to reflect on the important services provided to the nation by civil servants as a new government takes office and prepares to implement plans of national importance. His Majesty also shares His concerns on the increased works and the associated risks, and to be more alert, concerned, prepared, and mindful than ever before.

His Majesty's address reminded our civil servants to shoulder the responsibility of ensuring continuity in pursuit of our timeless national goals and objectives as our elected governments serve a fixed term in a democracy. His Majesty The King highlighted the most important long term national goals of "enhancing our security and sovereignty; promoting our unique traditions and cultural heritage; conserving our environment; promoting peaceful and harmonious coexistence with other nations, and enhancing the reputation and national identity of our glorious nation of Palden Drukpa."

His Majesty The King awarded the Order of the Druk Gyalpo, Nga Dha Pal Gyi Khorlo, to His Holiness the Je Khenpo on behalf of the people of Bhutan. It is the highest decoration awarded in recognition of a lifetime of service to the people and the Kingdom of Bhutan. His Holiness is the third recipient of the coveted and prestigious Nga Dha Pal Gyi Khorlo or the Order of the Druk Gyalpo.
The Nga Dha Pal Gyi Khorlo was first awarded to Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother, Gyalyum Kesang Choden Wangchuck and 68th Je Khenpo Chab Je Thrizur Tenzin Dendup in 2008.

His Majesty The King awarded Druk Thuksey, Heart Son of Bhutan, as an institutional medal to the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB). The ECB was recognized for the successful conduct of elections in the country since the first parliamentary elections in 2008. His Majesty commended ECB for the successful conduct of numerous elections, educating the voters on elections and election procedures, and making every election better than the other.

His Majesty The King also awarded National Order of Merit (silver) to four employees of BBS for the successful coverage of 2018 elections.