Na­tional Day cel­e­brated in New York

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T he Per­ma­nent Mis­sion of Bhutan in New York cel­e­brated the 107th Na­tional Day by host­ing a re­cep­tion at the In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion. In­vi­tees in­cluded Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and diplo­mats of sev­eral Mis­sions to the United Na­tions in New York, Of­fi­cials of the United Na­tions sys­tem, friends of Bhutan, of­fice bear­ers of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Bhutanese in New York and Bhutanese work­ing at the United Na­tions.

In her wel­come ad­dress to the gath­er­ing, Kut­shab in­formed that this year’s event is of spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance as it co­in­cides with the year­long cel­e­bra­tion for the 60th birth­day of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck that was launched on 11 Novem­ber 2014 as a trib­ute to His Majesty’s Self­less Ser­vice to the Peo­ple of Bhutan. She re­called that His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo had as­sumed the enor­mous re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Throne from the ten­der age of 16, with the prom­ise to gov­ern his coun­try and peo­ple with ut­most ded­i­ca­tion. She said that His Majesty had self­lessly held true to that prom­ise dur­ing the 34 years of his leg­endary reign and that in the true spirit of the clas­sic War­rior-Philoso­pher-King had ush­ered in an era of un­prece­dented peace, progress and pros­per­ity for the peo­ple of Bhutan.

She in­formed the gath­er­ing that guided by His Majesty’s de­vel­op­ment phi­los­o­phy of Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness, Bhutan has achieved re­mark­able so­cio-eco­nomic progress with­out com­pro­mis­ing its pris­tine en­vi­ron­ment and rich cul­tural her­itage. She un­der­scored that less than a decade after as­sum­ing the Throne, His Majesty had ini­ti­ated a pro­gres­sive pol­icy of de­volv­ing power to the peo­ple that grad­u­ally cul­mi­nated in Bhutan’s first demo­cratic Par­lia­men­tary elec­tion in March 2008.

Stat­ing that a hall­mark of a great leader is in giv­ing credit to the peo­ple that he or she leads - in­spir­ing them to tran­scend their ap­pre­hen­sions and em­pow­er­ing them with the con­fi­dence to char­ter their own des­tinies and achieve re­sults far beyond their imag­i­na­tion, she re­called the fol­low­ing state­ment from the Royal Procla­ma­tion of His Majesty’s ab­di­ca­tion:

“What­ever we have achieved so far is due to the merit of the peo­ple of Bhutan… I re­pose my full faith and belief in the peo­ple of Bhutan to look after the fu­ture of our na­tion, for it is the Bhutanese peo­ple who are the true custodians of our tra­di­tion and cul­ture and ul­ti­mate guardians of the se­cu­rity, sovereignty and con­tin­ued well-be­ing of our coun­try.”

Kut­shab stated that shoul­der­ing the tremen­dous bur­den of na­tion build­ing in a man­ner that with­stands the test of time and leads to last­ing ben­e­fits to the peo­ple has been a time-hon­ored duty of our Mon­archs. She said that the peo­ple of Bhutan were most for­tu­nate that His Majesty King Jigme Kh­e­sar Nam­gyal Wangchuck con­tin­ues His fa­ther’s legacy as a ‘Peo­ple’s King’. She paid trib­ute to His Majesty the King for self­lessly up­hold­ing the noble prom­ise made to the peo­ple of Bhutan dur­ing His Majesty’s Corona­tion Ad­dress in 2008, which she re­called for the gath­er­ing as fol­lows:

“Through­out my reign I will never rule 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 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.”

In con­clud­ing, Kut­shab said it was an honor for the Per­ma­nent Mis­sion of Bhutan to pay homage to the coun­try’s beloved and deeply revered Mon­archs, and spe­cially ded­i­cate this year’s re­cep­tion to com­mem­o­rate the cel­e­bra­tion of the 60th birth an­niver­sary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Kut­shab raised a toast for the long life and good health of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, His Majesty the King, Mem­bers of the Royal Fam­ily and the peo­ple of Bhutan.

The re­cep­tion con­cluded with a cul­tural per­for­mance by mem­bers of the Bhutanese com­mu­nity liv­ing in New York.

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