He is a king who finds pleasure in combing every part of the country to meet his people and hear their plights. He is a king who treasures the nation’s young people and finds time to share golden moments with young graduates entering the job market. He is a king who goes out of his way to inspire our leaders with his invaluable wisdom. He is a king who is the first leader to console his people when natural disasters strike them and who takes time to share important news to his people. He is a perfect role model to the young people, a dutiful son, caring father, and a champion of “kindness, justice and equality”. Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is the People’s King!
In his heart-warming coronation speech to the nation, His Majesty made the following promise, “Throughout my reign I will never rule you as a King. I will protect you as a parent, care for you as a brother and serve you as a son. I shall give you everything and keep nothing; I shall live such a life as a good human being that you may find it worthy to serve as an example for your children; I have no personal goals other than to fulfill your hopes and aspirations. I shall always serve you, day and night, in the spirit of kindness, justice and equality.”
And a decade on, His Majesty has truly lived up to his national promise. His Majesty is a role model to many young people in the country and his unwavering dedication towards the welfare of the people inspire young minds. His Majesty has a strong faith in the young people of Bhutan and always makes it a point to address them.
If I am to describe a moving scene, it will always be that of His Majesty the King bowing to the Father King in a respectful gesture during the national events. The Father King bows before the King in a reciprocating manner, and such is a moving scene that I will cherish forever. Such is a shining example of a mutual respect between a father and a son. His Majesty is truly, the people’s King.
In early 2011, His Majesty had announced his Royal intention to wed Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema like a dutiful son informing and seeking his parents’ consent to marry a love of his life. Like a responsible son, His Majesty also introduced to the people of Bhutan his beautiful Royal bride with great humility and openness, and Bhutanese people in return showered the Royal couple with immense love and blessings.
Such an act of seeking blessing from the people has moved the Bhutanese people to tears and they felt immeasurably proud of being witnesses to the historic Royal Wedding. People in large numbers thronged everywhere to celebrate the historic event overridden with joy that their hearts could hardly accommodate. Their King is finally getting married to fulfill one of his sacred Royal duties! King Khesar is, undoubtedly, the people’s King!
Because people are important to him, His Majesty made them feel extra special and ecstatic being privy to such a happy news. His Majesty once again chose to celebrate the birth of the Gyalsey with the people and named him in presence of thousands of Bhutanese people gathered to witness the Naming Ceremony of the Gyalsey at the historic and sacred Punakha Dzong. King Khesar is the people’s King!
His Majesty is a charismatic, wise and visionary like his own Father. People’s King is a dynamic leader, a guiding star and a carrier of hope for the 21st Century Bhutan. This is made amply clear in His Majesty’s 2012 National Day address: “I believe that the Golden Throne is not a Throne of wealth, power and prestige. The Golden Throne of Bhutan is a unique Throne of Destiny to serve our People and Nation.”
As we celebrate the tenth Anniversary of His Majesty’s accession to the Golden Throne, I would like to join my fellow Bhutanese in extending my humble prayers and best wishes for His Majesty’s long life, good health, and fruitful reign; may peace and prosperity prevail in the Land of the Thunder Dragon.
(The above piece was published in The Bhutanese edition of Friday, December 9, 2016. Pictures are from the His Majesty's Facebook Page)