The 107th National Day
As the nation celebrated the 107th National day last Wednesday, it was time of joy happiness and pride for each and every Bhutanese. It was the day when all Bhutanese come together as one, irrespective of the sex, religion and ethnic back ground. On this day exactly 107 years ago our First King Gongsa Ugyen Wangchuck was enthroned as the first hereditary monarch of the Wangchuck dynasty.
This year the celebration was more significant as His Majesty the King and His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo celebrated the National Day with the people in Trashigang. It was in the year 1997 that the last time Trashigang hosted the National Day celebration. It was a joyous moment for the people of Trashigang to thank Their Majesties for all the developments activities carried out in the Dzongkhags for the last two decades. The most significant highlight of the 107th National Day celebration was the presence of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo who celebrated the National Day first time outside Thimphu after he handed over the power to His Majesty. People have missed Him a lot and His only presence is the cause of celebration for every Bhutanese.
During the celebration of the National Day in Tashigang His Majesty in his address to the nation revered His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo as an embodiment of Rigsum Gonpo for bringing the nation out of darkness , Vajrapani ( Chana Dorji ) who defended the country bravely when the security of the nation was threatened , Avalokitesharva ( Chenrizing) for taking the cause of well being and happiness of his people and Manjushri ( Jambayang) as the visionary policies still shine and guide us in our path to development
His Majesty while sharing the national concerns said that corruption has been the highest probable risk to development. The national development efforts will be hindered by unchecked corruption. The formulation of plans and programs will be done well for the wellbeing of the people. Huge amount of funds will be allocated to these plans. However due to increase in activities there are chances of oversight and monitoring may fall short, allowing some people to be corrupt.
Corruption is unambiguous- there is no great or small corruption. And no one can be above the law.
His Majesty reminded that ignoring corruption is even a bigger threat. At the time when the corrupt are let scot free those who work and observe due diligence, work hard and professionally are most likely to be discouraged. It will be disheartening to allow them to lose morale by rewarding everyone indiscriminately, irrespective of his or her performance.
As corruption seems to be a bigger threat to our small society lets all follow what His Majesty said “Corruption must be curtailed.”