Monday, December 17, 2018

The significance of our National Day

111 years have passed since Bhutan emerged out of the dark shade of its history and embarked on a new political journey. The enthronement of Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck as the first hereditary monarch of Bhutan on 17th December 1907 sealed off an era of political turmoil and civil wars, and opened a new chapter in the history of modern Bhutan. Since then, we have been enjoying uninterrupted peace and harmony under the leadership of our visionary kings. Today, we have a nation in our hands which we can hand over to our children as proudly as we have inherited it from our forefathers. As the people of Bhutan are celebrating the 111th National Day today throughout the country with the main event being held in Samtse to commemorate that historic moment, it is time for us to revisit our past and pay respect to our beloved kings who have successfully guided our nation through some of the most critical junctures of its history and transformed our lives. Had it not been for their selfless contributions and wise leadership, we could not have reached where we are today.

Monday, December 3, 2018

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018

It’s unfortunate that I can’t physically see the world around me, but I always find a great comfort in the thought that the world is seeing me leading a meaningful life everyday. The painful experience of having to lose sight at the age of 9 and the ensuing years of hardships and struggle added a new meaning to my life and shaped my future. Among all the factors that have played a part in making me who I am today, I should say that education was the most important tool that actually crafted my destiny. Had I not been given the opportunity to go to school, I can’t even imagine how pathetic and painful my life would have been today. It is education that has widened my horizons and unlocked my door to independence and freedom. Today, the world sees me as a happily married man blest with a beautiful family and a successful career. But not all persons with disabilities are as fortunate and privileged as me. In many communities, disability is still seen as a major barrier to social inclusion and mass participation. As a result, there are many persons with disabilities who are still locked up in their homes, deprived of the right to participate in the mainstream social, economic, political and public life. If we can break all the social barriers and give them the voice they are entitled to, they would definitely be able to come out of their closets and contribute to nation-building. This was the gist of the theme for International Day of Persons with Disabilities observed throughout the world today.