His Majesty had the following words to say after announcing his decision to step down from the throne. “In taking note of the progress that our nation has made over the past thirty four years, I would like to state that whatever we have achieved so far is due to the merit of the people of Bhutan.” His Majesty has also repeatedly reminded that “the future of the nation lies in the hands of the people.”
His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck has not only ushered a brave new age for Bhutan, but empowered and nurtured a population ready to reap the benefits of an unprecedented era of peace, liberty, and well-being for all Bhutanese people. Stepping into such hallowed shoes should be daunting for most young men but not for His Majesty Jigme Khesar.
Already, the fifth King of Bhutan has covered every district in this rugged and beautiful land, investing a great deal of time and sincere effort studying the needs of people from all walks of life, deliberating on the new draft Constitution for democratic changes in government, and listening to what the people have to say. The new democratic government, in that sense, will be the shared legacy of two Kings.
This article is the final article in this series of 9 articles titled “Paeans to the King”.
Reprinted from “Paeans to the King”, a free complimentary advertisement booklet with the 11th November 2007 issue of the Bhutan Times.