A True Leader
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.