Dorji died of liver failure

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Latest reports coming in confirmed that the Founder-Chairman of the Druk National Congress (DNC), Rongthong Kunley Dorji, also popularly known as ‘RK Dorji’ was receiving treatment in the ICU at the Manipal Institute of Medical Science, Sikkim since two weeks before he was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m. Wednesday night.

According to the General Secretary of DNC, late Dorji, who was 73, died of ‘liver failure’. Doctors at the Hospital had admitted him at ICU (Intensive Care Unit) from 5 p.m. onwards when his heath condition was critical.

General Secretary further informed BNS that the funeral processing is scheduled for Sunday and that the dead body will be kept in the hospital until that time.

Meanwhile, it is reportedly learnt that a group of other exiled Bhutanese leaders from Nepal will travel to Sikkim to pay last tributes to late Dorji sometimes soon.

Late Dorji, who was leading a strategic coalition formed by the Bhutanese Movement Steering Committee, Bhutan Peoples’ Party, Bhutanese National Democratic Party and his own DNC, was based both in Kathmandu and Delhi after the Delhi High Court lifted the ban on his movement outside New Delhi. He was confined within New Delhi for almost 13 years since 1998.

Late Dorji is survived by his two sons, two daughters and wife.

Click here to read a piece by IP Adhikari of BNS on late Dorji’s contribution in Bhutanese movement.
Click here to read late Dorji’s media presence with interviews & articles.

26644 COMMENTS

  1. Oh ! God.I am deeply shocked to learn about the sudden demise of R.K.Dorji.Nonetheless,L pray for PEACE to his departed soul and extend a heartfelt CONDOLENCE to the bereaved family respectively.

    Hem Gurung.
    North,Norway.

  2. Every Year we are loosing leaders who raised the voice of refugees. This has made to feel loosing something that we shouldn’t. We shouldn’t forget his contribution towards the Bhtuanese people inside and outside. I express my heartfelt condolence to his breaved family. I prey for peacefull rest of his soul in heaven. He’ll be alive in the heart of every Bhutanese who loves Bhutan and feel Bhutanese ever.

  3. My tribute to Late R.K.Dorji and condolence to the bereaved family members,
    I personally express this heartfelt condolence to Aum Tshering, daughter Dechen, his two sons and others in the family.
    “Death is universal and it strikes all and spares none. Sorrow is the heritage of everyone. Uninvited we come into this world and unbidden we leave it”. – Buddha
    Rongthong Kuenley was really a man of dynamism who carried with him the highest quality of leadership in the political wisdom for the people suffering for a better change in the country. He had adequate working experience as he traveled his way throughout with diversity of race, culture, language and religion. He was a linguist in terms of regional dialects of Bhutan besides his excellence in Dzongkha language and historical background both in terms of political and spiritual values. Although I was not fortunate enough to carry on with him in exile, I owe him for what I am today, and where I am in this era of modern Bhutan. Had it not been for him, I would not have opened my eyes in terms of political and social aspects of wisdom in life.
    To briefly recall my relationship with him while in Bhutan, he had always maintained highly diplomatic relationship with several government heads particularly those in contact with the palace. It was during my tenure with the High Court, Royal Insurance and the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry that he also maintained his close relationship with me until he left into exile.
    I was a fan of him in terms of his articulation and the way he could influence people that brought him in the influential circle. Further, by virtue of his father’s close association with the 3rd monarch, he had the opportunity of being associated with ruling circle and the elites during his life inside Bhutan.
    I have lot other memories to share about my relationship while in Bhutan.
    It was however unfortunate of me to have been associated with him for a very limited time.
    His untimely demise is not only a great loss to every one inside and in diaspora, but also to the Bhutanese movement as a whole. It is more than a sun set for the people aspiring to bring about change in the country and repatriate those genuine and aspiring citizens belonging to Bhutan.

    May his departed soul find the destination to the Buddha field in peace.

    ———-
    ༉ བློ་འཕམ་སེམས་གསོ་ཞུ་བ།
    ད་རེས་ སྤྱི་ཚེས་༡༩,༡༠,༢༠༡༡གི་ནུབ་མོ་ ཆུ་ཚོད་༡༡ལུ་ རོང་ཐོང་ཀུན་ལེགས་རྡོ་རྗེ་ ཚེ་ཚད་མ་འཛིན་པར་ མི་རྟགས་ལམ་དུ་ཐལ་བ་དེ་ལུ་ ང་བཅས་ འབྲུག་རྒྱལ་ཡོངས་དམངས་གཙོ་ཚོགས་པའི་ཁ་ཐུག་ལས་ བློ་འཕམ་དང་ སེམས་གསོ་སྦོམ་ཡོད།
    ཁོ་རང་ མ་འདས་སོན་པོའི་དུས་ཚོད་དེ་ནང་ལུ་ འབྲུག་རྒྱལ་ཁབ་ལུ་ དམངས་གཙོ་རིང་ལུགས་དང་ འགྲོ་བ་མིའི་ཐོབ་ཐངས་གཞི་གཙུགས་འབད་ནིའི་ སེམས་ཤུགས་ཅན་གྱི་མི་ངོ་ ང་བཅས་རའི་གྲལ་ལས་ གནམ་མཁའི་འཇའ་ཡལཝ་དེ་ཡལ་སོང་མི་དེ་གྱིས་ འབྲུག་གི་ཉམ་ཆུང་མི་རིགས་ཡོངས་དང་ དམངས་གཙོ་ངོ་མའི་ལཱ་དོན་ལུ་བརྩོན་ཤུགས་ཡོད་པའི་ འབྲུག་ཕྱི་ནང་གཉིས་ལུ་ཡོད་མི་ཆ་མཉམ་ལུ་གྱོངས་རྒུད་སྦོམ་ཕོག་ཅིས།
    རོང་ཐོང་གི་བརྟན་གྲོགས་ ཤུལ་ལུས་ ཨམ་ཚེ་རིང་དང་ བུ་དང་བུམོ་ ཉེཝ་འཁོར་དང་བཅས་པ་ཐམས་ཅད་ལུ་ འབྲུག་རྒྱལ་ཡོངས་དམངས་གཙོ་ཚོགས་པའི་ཁ་ཐུག་ལས་ མྱ་ངན་དང་སེམས་གསོ་སྦོམ་ཡོད་ཟེར་ཞུ་ནི་ཨིན་ལགས།

    གཙོ་འཛིན་ གིས་གཙོས་པའི་ཚོགས་པའི་འཐུས་མི་གེ་ར་གི་ཁ་ཐུག་ལས།

    Thinley Penjore.

  4. We the Bhutanese around the globe have always had the highest regard for Mr. Rongthong Kunley Dorji, the founding member of the Druk National Congress.Few have done as much as he did to nurture the movement for the political change in Bhutan.His demise is a great loss for both Bhutan and the Bhutanese community around the globe.I pray for the departed soul to rest in peace.

  5. I am shocked and saddened by the loss of RKD. I beleive his loss is a greatly felt in the diaspora and as well as inside Bhutan. Losing RKD and his contribution to the movement and his contribution inside Bhutan is a big loss to Bhutan and refugee communities.

    I send my condolences to his family and pray for his soul to rest in peace. Be it inside Bhutan, before his departure in 1990 or in India or in Nepal, RKD has made contribution that will be remembered by the people in side Bhutan before 1990 and out Bhutan since then for democracy.

    Parsu
    Melbourne

  6. We are deeply saddened by the demise of our beloved leader Mr. Rongthong Kuenley Dorji in exile in Sikkim, India. His devotion, dedication and contribution towards the establishment of democracy and human rights in Bhutan will be remembered and cherished by many Bhutanese both within and without Bhutan. Physically, he has left us for good, but his thoughts and spirit will continue to influence and inspire many Bhutanese to work persistently for the consolidation and deepening of democracy in Bhutan.

    May the Blessed-One bestow upon him ‘NIRVANA’. Our deepest and heartfelt condolence to Dasho Ama and all the bereaved members of the family.

    With fervent prayers,
    Jogen and Family,
    South Australia.

  7. “No one ever really dies as long as they took the time to leave us with fond memories”.Chris Sorensen is right in his line. And I felt that late Rongthong Kinley Dorji had lived a historic life. Late Kinley lived most reverend life serving (advocating) for Human right and Democracy.

    Albeit, this is a very big loss for the Bhutanese in exile yet, the path he walked is a source of inspiration and greatest contribution, for those who wish to die the death of dignity and respect. History doesn’t judge person How Long one lived rather how ideal s/he lived.
    Now it’s high time for us to review on our outlook and see where we stand. (Do we stand for the Humanity or merely as human being?) It is you and I to shape history. Let the departed soul rest in peace and the bereaved family gets the strength to bear the loss. Mehlam Tashi

  8. The great and must honorable respect to Mr. Rongthong Kunley Dorji would only be made when we Bhutanese in diaspora and inside Bhutan hold his spirit of devotion, dedication and contribution towards the establishment democracy and human rights in Bhutan.

    One real freedom fighter from Bhutan is missed.

    May the departed soul remain in peace!

  9. It’s our unluck to miss the great quality of leadership in bhutanese communities.he is the one who always in regards of goodwill in bhutanese future.but unfortunately the natural cycle made us deeply sadden in his demise.i personaly would like to express my heartfelt condolence to Mr RK dorji for peace and prosperious life rest in heaven and to their bereaved family for living peaceful, successful and hopeful in their rest of the life ahead.

  10. Hearty condolences to all the members of Mr. Rongthong Kuenley’s family. He lived a very eventful life. Only those that live eventful lives are recorded by history. The bigger the events, bitter the events – sweeter the rewards history will confer on them. The life of Mr. Rongthong Kuenley is filled with many such events. And even though, he is no more with us, these stories will go down in history and immortalize him. Late Kuenley was definitely a person of high stature, who devoted a lengthy part of his life, for the people’s cause. In the history of Bhutan, this is a rare example. That is why, today he stands tall – taller than any one in the red robes. Had he followed those that supported the absolutism of the monarchy during the 90s – which he chose not to – his journey probably would have been very different. He would have died just an ordinary death.

    The wishes and the ‘khadas’ that the people are offering from across the lines today is a mark of his greatness -a true greatness that will remain deeply engrained in the hearts of all the Bhutanese people.

  11. It is deeply saddened to learn about the demise of Mr. Rongthong Kuenly Dorji, the founding chairman of the Druk National Congress. Mr. Dorji was a brave and firm leader and staunch believer in the ideals of democracy who stood as a solid voice and campaigner of democracy in Bhutan. The people of Bhutan, both inside and in exile, have seen how fearlessly and tirelessly that he fought for his people and community. It is no doubt that Mr. Dorji was one of the instrumental figures in bringing democracy in Bhutan. Today Bhutan and the Bhutanese people have lost their true leader.

    The greatest tribute to Mr. Rongthong Kuenly Dorji will be to remember and honor his selfless contribution towards the community. Let the passing away of Mr. Dorji not create void in his party as well as in the struggle for true democracy in the country.

    On behalf of the Organization of Bhutanese Communities in America (OBCA) I want to extend my sincere condolence to dasho ama, other family and DNC party members. Pray for Dorji’s departed soul rest in eternal peace.

    DJ Khaling

  12. ༉ བློ་འཕམ་སེམས་གསོ་ཞུ་བ།
    ད་རེས་ སྤྱི་ཚེས་༡༩,༡༠,༢༠༡༡གི་ནུབ་མོ་ ཆུ་ཚོད་༡༡ལུ་ རོང་ཐོང་ཀུན་ལེགས་རྡོ་རྗེ་ ཚེ་ཚད་མ་འཛིན་པར་ མི་རྟགས་ལམ་དུ་ཐལ་བ་དེ་ལུ་ ང་བཅས་ འབྲུག་རྒྱལ་ཡོངས་དམངས་གཙོ་ཚོགས་པའི་ཁ་ཐུག་ལས་ བློ་འཕམ་དང་ སེམས་གསོ་སྦོམ་ཡོད།
    ཁོ་རང་ མ་འདས་སོན་པོའི་དུས་ཚོད་དེ་ནང་ལུ་ འབྲུག་རྒྱལ་ཁབ་ལུ་ དམངས་གཙོ་རིང་ལུགས་དང་ འགྲོ་བ་མིའི་ཐོབ་ཐངས་གཞི་གཙུགས་འབད་ནིའི་ སེམས་ཤུགས་ཅན་གྱི་མི་ངོ་ ང་བཅས་རའི་གྲལ་ལས་ གནམ་མཁའི་འཇའ་ཡལཝ་དེ་ཡལ་སོང་མི་དེ་གྱིས་ འབྲུག་གི་ཉམ་ཆུང་མི་རིགས་ཡོངས་དང་ དམངས་གཙོ་ངོ་མའི་ལཱ་དོན་ལུ་བརྩོན་ཤུགས་ཡོད་པའི་ འབྲུག་ཕྱི་ནང་གཉིས་ལུ་ཡོད་མི་ཆ་མཉམ་ལུ་གྱོངས་རྒུད་སྦོམ་ཕོག་ཅིས།
    རོང་ཐོང་གི་བརྟན་གྲོགས་ ཤུལ་ལུས་ ཨམ་ཚེ་རིང་དང་ བུ་དང་བུམོ་ ཉེཝ་འཁོར་དང་བཅས་པ་ཐམས་ཅད་ལུ་ འབྲུག་རྒྱལ་ཡོངས་དམངས་གཙོ་ཚོགས་པའི་ཁ་ཐུག་ལས་ མྱ་ངན་དང་སེམས་གསོ་སྦོམ་ཡོད་ཟེར་ཞུ་ནི་ཨིན་ལགས།

    གཙོ་འཛིན་ གིས་གཙོས་པའི་ཚོགས་པའི་འཐུས་མི་གེ་ར་གི་ཁ་ཐུག་ལས།

  13. Late Dasho R.K Dorjee lived the life of a soldier for change in Bhutan. He has a big share of contribution in the political changes so far taken place.Salute to the late leader from the entire democracy loving people of Bhutan.

    I was previlaged to work with him when he was elcted as the Chairperson of United Front for Democracy in Bhutan (UFD). He was a forward looking leader and always aspired for a true and inclusive democracy.His dynamism and charishma as a leader shall always be hailed by the people inside and in exile. He was a visionary leader at the same time very practical and humorous.His demise is not only a big loss on exiled leadership but to the entire nation which is in a transitional phase for a true democracy.

    To the best interset of the country and its people the rulers in power should refer to his suggestions enshrined in his several memorandums sent to the fourth and fifth kings and Prime Minister of Bhutan.His vision reflected are based on his long practical experiences and ground realities in Bhutan and in the region. He was a rare person who had the oppertunity of working closely with the third and fourth kings and finally came up with a political party for a democratic change.He had high respect to the kings but was a staunch supporter of Democracy.

    I am confident his departed soul shall rest in peace and shall receive Nirvana as he has done the best duty of a human being and the duty of a true son of the soil.

    I extend my grief and deep condolence to aum Tshring, family members and the members of Druk National Congress.Death is universal which does not spare anybody. It is the law of nature and we have to undergo it one day or the other.We stand as one Bhutanese all around the globe to offer our tribute to the late leader.
    With Prayers,
    Durga Giri, Manchester, UK.