All set and ready to become an example to the country’s youths he wants to prove that if you have the potential and capability then nothing can bar you from being who you want to be.
The 25-year old political office-aspirant will contest for the 2013 elections as a National Council (NC) candidate from the Dopshari village in Paro.
Sonam Wangchuk started his career as a tour guide at the age of 18 before joining Amankora as an assistant Manager. He gradually retired to join politics last year.
The very reason to start his career early was to face challenges and to stand on his own feet in life.
Sonam Wangchuk who graduated from Madras University feels that it is never too early to start and chase one’s dreams, if one is capable and has the potential.
“I have grabbed the platform to prove to people and also to myself that youth are capable and have the potential to do something for the country and also for the people,” Sonam Wangchuk said,
“If you are capable then experience is bound to come automatically,” he added.
Before his decision to join politics, he consulted people back in his village and family members where he received positive feedback. “They have faith in me and now it is my turn to stand up to their expectations,” he said.
Working in Amankora he was able to interact with different kinds of people from various sections of life and from across the world. This enabled him to improve his social skills and made him think of a political career.
Sonam Wangchuk said that he represents the youth and has been mingling with the people back in the village, understanding their issues at their level.
He said he can be the voice of his people in the parliament to address their issues and problems if elected.
Winning is not important but the platform he will be getting is to earn experience. For him at the end of the day, participation is what counts.
“I will try my best and give the best and at the end, accept the result be it good or bad rather than blaming. Making right decisions is what I want,” he said.
Talking about other contenders for the same post, he said that all his opponents are senior by age and experience, and he has respect for them. But he said people should decide themselves and vote for the right person.
“When people can look at the youth as voters then why not as a candidate? Youth should not be underestimated,” he said.
As of now he is mentally prepared and is waiting for the nomination date from the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB).
Close friends who studied with Sonam Wangchuk said he comes from a middle class family, and the way he carried himself during his school and college days and during his service tenure will pay.
“During his school days, he had leadership qualities and was confident and popular among friends,” said one of his friends.
His father works for the Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) and has served for more than 20 years. His mother is a school teacher and he has a younger brother who is a student in the Royal Thimphu College (RTC).
Chencho Dema / Thimphu