Tsa Wa Sum

The Idea of Our Na­tion

Business Bhutan - - EDITORIAL -

To­day, the na­tion cel­e­brates the 109th Na­tional Day. To­day the Wangchuck Dynasty turns 109 years. To­day, our na­tion com­pletes yet an­other aus­pi­cious year since its birth and be­gin­ning.

It is a proud mo­ment for all Bhutanese to be a part of this im­por­tant day in the life and time of our na­tion. It is the time to re­mind our­selves about the nu­mer­ous sac­ri­fices made by our fore­fa­thers and the vi­sion­ary lead­er­ship that se­cured the sovereignty of the na­tion through a tur­bu­lent pe­riod.

We need not look be­yond our his­tory to un­der­stand who we are as a na­tion. The sa­cred idea of our na­tion­hood is deeply en­trenched in the unique and spe­cial bond be­tween King, Coun­try and Peo­ple. This ex­tra­or­di­nary re­la­tion­ship is a cornerstone of our na­tional iden­tity, un­like any­where else in the world.

The com­mon in­ter­sect­ing point among these three in­ter­de­pen­dent as­pects of our na­tion is gov­erned by a set of val­ues such as ser­vice, loy­alty, trust, and com­mit­ment to serve each other. This re­la­tion­ship serves as the philo­soph­i­cal foun­da­tion for the Bhutanese polity and its nour­ish­ment is vi­tal for the sur­vival and suc­cess of our na­tion.

Bhutanese are for­tu­nate be­cause Kings have led by ex­am­ple, serv­ing the peo­ple and the coun­try. As torch­bear­ers of such prin­ci­pled, ex­em­plary lead­er­ship, the Monar­chs have strength­ened the bond that con­nects and in­ter­con­nects these in­te­gral el­e­ments of our na­tion.

Need­less to say, the Kings have shaped and molded the na­tion through a pe­riod of ex­treme un­cer­tainty, po­lit­i­cal up­heavals, and eco­nomic and mil­i­tary tur­bu­lence in the re­gion and around the world. Bhutan has made great strides in all spheres of our na­tion’s life dur­ing the reign of the Four Great Kings. Even to­day we con­tinue to en­joy the bless­ings and en­light­ened lead­er­ship of His Majesty King Jigme Kh­e­sar Nam­gyel Wangchuck, who con­tin­ues to rather serve than rule.

In fact, the Dragon Kings of the Wangchuck Dynasty have ded­i­cated them­selves in build­ing the na­tion, with ut­most level of com­mit­ment to­wards peo­ple’s wel­fare, peace and se­cu­rity, and above all, the na­tion’s sovereignty. The Monar­chs have passed down to suc­ces­sive heirs a na­tion that is stronger, more sta­ble, more peace­ful, and more de­vel­oped.

From a Bud­dhist per­spec­tive, it’s the col­lec­tive karma of the peo­ple that we are blessed with noble and com­pas­sion­ate Kings and that we are born in a peace­ful coun­try. Con­tin­u­ing this strong and for­mi­da­ble re­la­tion­ship be­tween King, Coun­try and Peo­ple based on the fun­da­men­tal val­ues of love, re­spect, and kin­ship to­ward each other, will only ac­quire more pos­i­tive merit.

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