Let’s pledge to live up to his expectations

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

As the na­tion cel­e­brates the 60th birth an­niver­sary of our fourth Druk Gyalpo , peo­ple from all walks of life come to­gether as one. The fes­tiv­ity is in the air and var­i­ous pro­grams are in put in place to mark this his­toric oc­ca­sion.

His Majesty the King Jigme Singye Wangchuck was born in the wood sheep year as proph­e­sized by the great trea­sure finder Ter­ton Drukda Dorji in the 18th cen­tury in a place called Wam­tang, the for­mer name for Dechench­hol­ing. His Majesty was ed­u­cated in Bhutan in both tra­di­tional stud­ies and Bud­dhist stud­ies. He at­tended his school­ings in St. Joseph Col­lege in Dar­jeeil­ing and went to Lon­don to study for a year. Af­ter re­turn­ing back to Bhutan in 1970, His Majesty un­der­went to study at Ugyen Wangchuck Acad­emy in Paro. Un­der the guidance of His Majesty the Third Druk Gyalpo His Majesty re­ceived train­ings from his fa­ther on all gov­ern­ment mat­ters.

Due to the sud­den demise of His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in 1972, His Majesty be­comes the fourth Dragon King in July, 24, 1972. His Majesty was just 16 years old while any or­di­nary Bhutanese will be grad­u­at­ing from any high schools. He be­came the youngest monarch in the world to shoul­der the daunt­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity of steer­ing the na­tion on the path of progress. The for­mal corona­tion took place on 2nd June, 1972 where many dig­ni­taries from neigh­bor­ing coun­tries of In­dia, Bangladesh and Nepal joined the cel­e­bra­tion.

The young king in his corona­tion ad­dress pledged to serve the na­tion and its peo­ple with com­plete ded­i­ca­tion and to the best of his abil­ity. His Majesty said: “As far as you, my peo­ple, are con­cerned, you should not adopt the at­ti­tude that what­ever is re­quired to be done for your wel­fare will be done en­tirely by the gov­ern­ment. On the con­trary, a lit­tle ef­fort on your part will be much more ef­fec­tive than a great deal of ef­fort on the part of the gov­ern­ment. If the gov­ern­ment and peo­ple can join hands and work with de­ter­mi­na­tion, our peo­ple will achieve pros­per­ity and our na­tion will be­come strong and stable…If ev­ery­one of us con­sider our­selves Bhutanese, and think and act as one, and if we have faith in the triple gem, our glo­ri­ous king­dom of Bhutan will grow from strength to strength and achieve pros­per­ity, peace, and hap­pi­ness.”

As a king, he has al­ways put so much of trust and con­fi­dence in his peo­ple. He con­sid­ers his cit­i­zens as a true cus­to­dian of our tra­di­tion and cul­ture and as an ul­ti­mate guardian of the sovereignty and the se­cu­rity of the na­tion.

On His Majesty‘s 60th birth an­niver­sary let pledge to live up to his ex­pec­ta­tion.

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