Monday, November 11, 2019

A tribute to His Majesty the Fourth King of Bhutan on his 64th birthday

Photo of His Majesty the Fourth King of Bhutan. Image courtesy: Kelly Dorji's Facebook page

On this very day 64 years ago, we were blest with a Dragon prince whose extraordinary leadership qualities and wisdom would transform our lives and strengthen our foundation during his thirty-four years of kingship. Since the day he ascended the Golden Throne in June 1974 as the fourth hereditary monarch of Bhutan, His Majesty King Jigme Singye Wangchuck took upon himself the sacred responsibility of defending, guarding and protecting our liberty and freedom. He showed through his own example how we should reach out into the future without forgetting our past. It was through his wisdom that we learned how to embrace modern socio-economic developments with values, without exploiting our rich culture and pristine natural environment. As we are celebrating his 64th birth anniversary today, I want to dive back into the past and cherish those special moments I personally had with my beloved king during my school days.

During my eleven years of stay in Khaling as a student, I had the opportunity to meet His Majesty the Fourth King twice, both times at a juncture when Bhutan was going through a critical period in history. When he visited my school in 1992, our nation was reeling with political turbulence in the south but I was too young to feel the pain His Majesty was dealing with when he was interacting with us. I was only 12 years old and was studying in 2nd grade. Despite the stressful situation he was going through at the time, he managed to push it aside and gave us the smile that could light up the entire atmosphere in the school. After talking to us and listening to our songs, he gifted each of us a pair of shoes and a Gho/Kira which we gracefully wore during special occasions in the school. That was the greatest gift I had ever received in my life.

The next time His Majesty visited us was in the year 2000 when Bhutan was going through yet another turbulent time in history. He was on a nationwide campaign to mobilize support from the public in stepping up measures to defend our national interests against the Indian militants who were taking refuge in our jungles. I was studying in 12th grade then. It was so kind of him to visit our school in Khaling to see us despite being in such a stressful situation. The memory of that moment when His Majesty came to each of us, asking about our dreams/aspirations, cracking jokes and laughing with us has remained with me forever. He advised us to study hard and become responsible citizens. It was one of the biggest moments of my life.

On this special occasion today, I would like to join my nation in wishing His Majesty the Fourth Dragon King of Bhutan a happy and peaceful life forever. May the Sun of Peace continue to shine over us and bless us with eternal happiness!

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