Bhutan is today celebrating the most important event in the country’s annual calendar – the 114th National Day. It is an occasion where we remember our ancestors reposing their faith in Trongsa Penlop Ugyen Wangchuck and enthroning him as Bhutan’s first hereditary monarch. Today is the day that provides us the sacred opportunity to pay homage to our past leaders and ancestors who sacrificed their comforts and contributed immensely to transform Bhutan into a modern nation, recognized and acknowledged by the world. Additionally, the 114th National Day celebration’s significance and sanctity is augmented as we are observing it at a time when we are a bit secured from the threat of the pandemic that brought humanity to its knees. Today is the day for every Bhutanese to go back - a century or more, but more profoundly a year and few months into the past– and remember the events that followed after March 6, 2020, especially the selfless and self sacrificing actions of His Majesty, our King, which insulated us and ensured that the pandemic did not strike Bhutan brutally like it did in many parts of the world. We have seen media coverages of His Majesty abandoning the luxuries of the palace and walking under the scorching sun, the heavy downpours and other inhospitable conditions of nature, to monitor, rally, inspire and guide us as we fought the pandemic. Today is the day to permanently seal those images in our heads and hearts, never to be forgotten, and to pay our gratitude to His Majesty for the Herculean tasks undertaken and making the formidable seem so simple. As we battled the pandemic, the National Resilience Fund (NRF) was established at the command of His Majesty to provide economic relief to people through the Druk Gyalpo’s Relief Kidu (DGRK). However, His Majesty commanded that efforts to replenish the NRF should neither disrupt the economy nor affect development plans and projects. His Majesty was against using government budget and borrowings from within and outside Bhutan. In an unprecedented move, the NRF was funded in its entirety from His Majesty’s Kidu Fund and the Sungchob Fund. Between June 15 and July 15, 2021, 15,640,000 shares held in the names of Sungchob Fund and Kidu Fund were sold. Today is the day to think about this majestic altruism, make it an eternal part of our cerebral fluids and to always remember His Majesty in our daily prayers. The way in which Bhutan handled the pandemic has been appluaded by development partners, especially the extraordinary leadership displayed. His Majesty has given leadership a new meaning and raised its benchmark. Every Bhutanese ought to reflect and feel where we would stand, if we didn’t have a guardian like His Majesty. Today is the day to measure, assess, think and with an indelible colour write in our cerebrums, the importance of the Monarch and how indispensable the Institution is for us. Since December 9, 2006, we have seen His Majesty epitomising love, humility and altruism. In His Majesty, we find the personifications of sympathy and empathy. The rays of His Majesty’s generosity has touched all of us directly and indirectly. Today is the day to pledge in all sincerity, our unconditional loyalty and devotion to His Majesty. Today is His Majesty’s day!
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