His Majesty’s 110th National Day Address
H is Majesty The King began His 110th National Day address by offering is warm Tashi Delek to all the people in the 20 Dzongkhags who had gathered to celebrate the most auspicious occasion and to all Bhutanese who are working and studying abroad.
His Majesty The King reminded His people that the National Day is a momentous event where there is a convergence of time that embraces our glorious past, our vibrant present and our aspirations for our future. Paying homage to our forefathers from the depth of the heart His Majesty The King said that the well being of our country and people is through their sacrifices and tireless service. He added that it is the time for this generation to reaffirm our pledge to serve the country and people with aspirations and prayers that the future be brighter than ever.
His Majesty The King said that that 2017 has been a year of peace and tranquility and was a productive year during which the Nation had made a tremendous progress in socio economic development. The country did not face any major obstacles and the government led by Prime Minister Dasho Tshering Tobgay has achieved the development goals through hard work and clarity of vision.
Regarding the national sovereignty and security His Majesty The King said that there are two dimen- sions to the threats that can undermine the sovereignty and security of a nation, which is external and internal.
On the external threat His Majesty The King said that in today’s interconnected world any event in a distant part of the world has repercussion in our own country. Giving an example of how the economic recession in the distant economy has direct impact on our own economy. His Majesty said that inflation due to economic policies in other country leads to immediate impact on prices.
On the internal stability His Majesty The King said that Bhutan has been fortunate to have a close knit society and the age old tradition of Tha Damtshi (loyalty and dedication) and our personal bonds and rapport will continue to remain strong.
Addressing the youth His Majesty The King said that youths must not wait for the government initiatives and handouts and for the parents to push them to launch their careers. His Majesty said that in the fast moving high tech world where the only limit is our imagination youths must learn to take charge of the transition and inevitable evolution.
His Majesty’s National Day address was more focused on the need to stand united and strong and said that no matter how perilous the crises are as long as we stand resolute and strong nothing can harm us.