The nation observes the 6th Coronation day
Bhutan observed the sixth coronation day yesterday and the citizens pay their humble tribute to their king in the little way they can. November 1st is the day when His Majesty the King received the sacred scarf’s from the alter of Sabdrung Nawang Namgyel from the Machen in Punakha Dzong and took over the reign of the Golden Throne. The country had enjoyed continued peace and prosperity and had achieved high level of economic growth and stability.
His Majesty began his reign by laying the strong foundation of democracy in the country by presiding over the last sessions of the National Assembly, were the important laws including the electoral laws, land reform and other impor-
tant issues were deliberated. He stated that the responsibility of this generation of Bhutanese was to ensure the success of democracy. He also travelled extensively around the country to encourage participation in the upcoming democratic exercises, speaking mainly to the youth of Bhutan on the need for Bhutanese to strive for greater standards in education, business, civil service and the need for people of a small country to work harder than those of others. He also grants scholarships to students from different parts of the country. The recipients of His Majesty’s Scholarship Kidu go to various colleges and schools in Bhutan, India, Thailand, The Philippines, Singapore, Japan and Europe. Several scholarships, like the Trongsa Penlop Scholarship, have been offered by universities abroad to His Majesty as a gesture of goodwill, and appreciation.
He signed a new treaty of friendship with India in February 2007, replacing the treaty of 1949. Many government initiatives were undertaken by the new King with a view to strengthening the system in preparation for the democratic changes in 2008. The Constitution of Bhutan was adopted on 18 July 2008, by the first elected parliament.
His Majesty launched the National Cadastral Resurvey in March 2009 in order to resolve all the land related issues as His Majesty firmly believes that land is the only asset that we can hand it over to our children. The programme is aimed at resolving long-standing land issues of excess land that affects every Bhutanese household. The King has also been giving land Kidu to landless farmers around the country. The on-going project takes the King to remote villages and communities
Bhutan as a land locked country has been faced with many challenges and in order overcome such challenges His Majesty had maintained excellent with its neighbors including India. His Majesty’s visit to Japan, Thailand and Singapore has created strong relations not at the diplomatic levels but also at the people to people level.
His Majesty as rightfully called as “People‘s King “and this is what His Majesty precisely said in his coronation speech: “Throughout my reign I will never rule you as a King. I will protect you as a parent, care for you as a brother and serve you as a son. I shall give you everything and keep nothing; I shall live such a life as a good human being that you may find it worthy to serve as an example for your children; I have no personal goals other than to fulfill your hopes and aspirations. I shall always serve you, day and night, in the spirit of kindness, justice and equality.”