The 107th Na­tional Day

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

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.”

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