A True Leader

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

As Bhutan ob­served the eighth corona­tion day on 1 Novem­ber, 2016, it was one of the most aus­pi­cious day on which the Bhutanese paid trib­ute to their King.

His Majesty King Jigme Kh­e­sar Nam­gyel Wangchuck re­ceived the sa­cred scarves of five colours from the Machen Lhakhang in Pu­nakha Dzong on 1 Novem­ber 1 2008.

Through­out the na­tion, cel­e­bra­tions took place in schools, in­sti­tu­tions, monas­ter­ies, arm forces com­pounds. The peo­ple lighted but­ter lamps to the ku­par of His Majesty the King.

The coun­try has en­joyed con­tin­ued peace and pros­per­ity and achieved high level of eco­nomic growth and sta­bil­ity thanks to a suc­ces­sive line of Kings.

His Majesty be­gan his reign by lay­ing a strong foun­da­tion of democ­racy in the coun­try by pre­sid­ing over the last ses­sions of the Na­tional Assem­bly where im­por­tant laws, in­clud­ing the elec­toral laws, land re­form and other im­por­tant is­sues were de­lib­er­ated.

His Majesty said that the re­spon­si­bil­ity of this gen­er­a­tion of Bhutanese was to en­sure the suc­cess of democ­racy.

His Majesty has granted 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, among oth­ers.

Sev­eral schol­ar­ships such as Trongsa Pen­lop Schol­ar­ship have been of­fered by uni­ver­si­ties abroad to His Majesty as a ges­ture of good­will and ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

His Majesty 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 can be handed over to chil­dren.

The pro­gramme is aimed at re­solv­ing long­stand­ing is­sues of ex­cess land that af­fected ev­ery Bhutanese house­hold. The King has also been giv­ing land Kidu to land­less farm­ers around the coun­try. The on­go­ing pro­ject takes the King to re­mote vil­lages and com­mu­ni­ties.

This year the cel­e­bra­tion of the corona­tion was lit­tle dif­fer­ent as His Majesty The King trekked over two weeks across the most dif­fi­cult places in Bhutan, His Majesty The King ar­rived at Se­phu, the first set­tle­ment since Thanza in Lu­nana.

His Majesty’s reign has been marked by ev­er­last­ing and tire­less con­cern for the well­be­ing of the peo­ple of Bhutan, which shines through bril­liantly from His Majesty’s trav­els across all parts of Bhutan– heed­less of land­scapes, weather, or time.

He is a true leader and we are all blessed to have a King like him.

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