Tsa Wa Sum
The Idea of Our Nation
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.