The Great Reform

If there is one thing that marks out His Majesty The King, it is the vision and ability to bring about great and far reaching reforms all the way back from 2006.

These include poverty alleviation through land reform, land kidu and resettlement; better corporate governance and performance through DHI; volunteerism and service through DeSuung; a more intellectual and informed leadership through RIGSS; cutting edge research in education through REC and the Royal Academy; improved government coordination through GNHC; a more modern fighting force through reforms in the armed forces; proactive Kidu to seek out and help the most needy; Gyalpoi Tozey to help poor but promising students; promotion of ICT; the start Bhutan’s space journey and the most important of them all in the Gyalsung program.

His Majesty has also been at the center of successfully facilitating the biggest political reform in Bhutan’s history, which is the country’s transition into a democracy.

Now the next two major reforms in the civil service and education aims to fundamentally transform not only Bhutan as a nation but also Bhutanese for all times to come.

There is a hidden message and even a challenge for Bhutanese in the two Royal Kashos. The message from our King is that we as a nation and people cannot afford to stay in the current status quo given a rapidly changing world and society around us.

The challenge to us from our King is on if we can rise up from this status quo and achieve greatness.

As a small and vulnerable nation surrounded by giants the focus for so long has been on just surviving and being.

However, whether we like to admit or not over time we have gotten complacent and soft and increasingly ignorant to the tremendous sacrifices made by previous generations and leaders to get us here.

His Majesty has realized that Bhutan’s very sovereignty, stability and well being is at stake if we continue on the current course.

The Gyalsung program and the two recent Kashos are a roar from the Thunder Dragon to refuse to fade away with the clouds and mists of history, and to instead dig and set a foundation so deep and strong that that it will stand the test of time and be an example to the world.

“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.”Edmund Hillary

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