Noble king

Bhutan's kings-2A year ago, on 21 July, during the first sitting of the Parliament after the signing of the Constitution, I proposed a motion to nominate His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo for the Nobel Peace Prize. To recall the importance of that motion, I’m featuring a photograph of our beloved kings, taken during the signing of the Constitution, in the banner. And, I’m posting a rough translation of the statement I made in the Parliament last year.

On the 15th day of the 5th month of our calendar, His Majesty the King affixed his signature, in pure gold, to the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan. That historic moment, which took place in the Grand Assembly Hall of the Trashichho Dzong amid the sacred representations of the Lord Buddha, was witnessed by the monks of the Zhung Dratshang; His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo; Their Majesties the Queen Mothers, members of the Royal Family; ministers, members of the Parliament; officers of the security forces, civil servants; and the thousands of people who had congregated from many dzongkhags.

By this royal action, His Majesty the King gifted the Constitution, and, with it, the complete powers of governance, to the people of Bhutan.

In 1907, one hundred years ago, our forefathers had voluntarily given up all powers of the government to our first king, Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck. Since then, under the golden reigns of successive Wangchuck monarchs, the people of Bhutan have enjoyed unprecedented peace, prosperity and happiness.

Now, by introducing democracy, along with the Constitution, His Majesty the King has ensured that the sun of peace and happiness will never set on Bhutan and the Bhutanese people. This is a most precious gift. So, together with all our people, from all corners of our country, I respectfully submit my heartfelt gratitude and tashi delek to His Majesty the King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

The Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan is without equal. No where else in the world, and at no time in history, has a constitution such as ours been constructed. Similarly, no other monarchy in the world, at no time in history, has given their powers to their people. The devolution of absolute powers from the Golden Throne to the people is, indeed, unique to Bhutan. In addition, in no other country has democracy been introduced in an environment of complete peace and stability, for in practically every other country, the transition to democracy has invariably been accompanied by war and strife.

All this has been made possible in Bhutan because of our visionary monarch, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, a true Dharma King. His Majesty has transmitted his noble thoughts and deeds, through the Constitution, to the Bhutanese people. Peace, prosperity and happiness will, therefore, continue to favour Bhutan and her people.

We must also allow other peoples, in other countries, throughout the world, to learn about and to benefit from the unparalleled wisdom and compassion of our beloved monarch. For this, it will be fitting to present His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Prime Minister should, therefore, on behalf of all the Bhutanese people and members of the Parliament, submit a proposal nominating His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo for the Nobel Peace Prize. I propose that the nomination, along with complete justifications, be sent to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, based in Norway, as soon as possible.

The construction of a constitution such as ours is, in itself, sufficient reason to be presented the award. But, in addition, His Majesty has, at the height of his popularity, devolved all powers of government, introduced democracy and abdicated from the throne . His Majesty has ensured peace, stability and the security for our country; developed the social wellbeing of our people; promoted our unique culture and heritage, and protected our pristine environment. This is why Bhutan, a small country, enjoys so much peace and happiness. And, this is why it is most appropriate to present His Majesty the Nobel Peace Prize.

But that is not all. His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, a King of Destiny, has given Bhutan and the world, Gross National Happiness. This timeless development philosophy is already gaining widespread acceptance and is guiding development in many parts of the world.

We, parliamentarians, recently celebrated the signing of the Constitution together. Similarly, I call upon all my fellow parliamentarians to collectively support this proposal to nominate our beloved monarch for the Nobel Peace Prize.


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  1. Even in English translation, I can feel the pulse of this heart-felt speech …

    I trust the nomination has been submitted … ?

    p.s. Part of a phrase seems to have dropped off the screen (the 3rd paragraph from the end).

  2. I have never read and heard of any leaders of any country of the world who gave up his powers voluntarily to the people.

    HM the 4th Druk Gyalpo is not only our King but He is our Father, our guardian and our God.

    Thank you and Tashi Delek to the Homourable Opposition Leader for bringing up auch a noble proposal.

  3. I have never read and heard of any leaders of any country of the world who gave up his powers voluntarily to the people.

    HM the 4th Druk Gyalpo is not only our King but He is our Father, our guardian and our God.

    Thank you and Tashi Delek to the Honourable Opposition Leader for bringing up auch a noble proposal.

  4. Hon’ble OL you spoke of what I feel. Thank you for representing me.

  5. Kinley Wangdi says

    Except for long long time ago, no King have ever led his army to a battle risking his own life to save the nation and it’s people. And sonamG’s comment is also very true and praise worthy. We love, trust and idolize our Kings, we are very thankful to them for the sacrifices they have made for the country and it’s people. Long live our Druk Gyalpo.


  7. Its immaterial whether Nobel peace prize is awarded or not but for us he deserves more than that….Truly People’s King!!!

  8. I disagree with this. The process of selection of the Nobel Peace price winners are terribly flawed. Not only that, what would the chilips know about the sacrifices made by our King? There is too much politics involved in the award of the price and thus, as a grateful subject of the King, I do not want a situation where my King is pitted against people of doubtful qualifications or go unrecognized for the wrong reasons.

    We know what our King did for us and He has the whole nation’s gratitude. That, in my view, is enough recognition and no other award can equal that.

  9. i too agree with Guest……so much so that when our Druk Gyalpo called for us to help him flush out the ulfa/bodo all bhutanese stood by him.

    I remember when ol put this up to the assembly no one supported him. excuse was that our king is simple. WE did not even try.

  10. The birth of His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo had been prophesied in the Ka Thang Dudpa a treasure book unveiled by terton Ugyen Lingpa from the mounts of Potola. hidden by Guru Rinpoche in the 8th century.
    It has been mentioned as; “Bumthang cho nay thri yi zhur cha nem, gyalsi choe thrim chong wai nga trui jon”. so he is non other than the great Guru himself to whose feet we sumbmmit. “LONG LIVE OUR DRUK GYALPO”

  11. We are truly bless to have such good leaders in our country. I could not think anyone worthy of the Nobel Peace prize but our forth Drunk Gyelpo.
    This is a very good initiative from our government and our people, and i pray that it comes through. Long live our Kings!

    • Yes, on second thought – I do agree with most of the comments here that e need not strive for our king to win a nobel peace prize or for that matter nominate. It is within our hearts that we treasure our king for what he has done to the people and the nation. I join other commentators that our King has won more than nobel peace prize from us the Bhutanese citizens.

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