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Open letter from DCT President

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My fellow Bhutanese, friends and well-wishers,

Druk Chirwang Tshogpa has just been granted registration as a political party. To all our ancestors – the many magnificent men and women who have shaped Bhutan and moved on; to all our sisters, brothers, children and parents – the humble, hardworking and uncomplaining citizens who toil to keep us strong; and to all the wonderful Bhutanese who will form our future generations, I promise this:

Lily Wangchuk (Picture courtesy : Her Facebook)

Druk Chirwang Tshogpa comes ONLY to take Bhutan forward. Druk Chirwang Tshogpa comes ONLY to wipe the tears of every Bhutanese so we may be a truly happy nation. Druk Chirwang Tshogpa comes ONLY so Bhutan may be a nation worth emulating in the comity of nations. So that when other nations look at us, they see not the small boundaries of our country but the limitless generosity of our citizens. They see the strength of our simplicity; they see the vision of our mind that keeps us vibrant economically. And they see a Bhutan in their hearts – wherever they may be in this world – that they want in their own countries. It is for THIS and for this ALONE that the Druk Chirwang Tshogpa comes. But the Druk Chirwang Tshogpa will not do all this by itself. It will do so with every single Bhutanese. It will do so because the goodwill and the blessings of every single Bhutanese will be with it.

It is possible that future generations will judge this to be a historic moment. They might say a party was born that judges its own progress by the progress of the nation, a party was born that just justifies its existence by its open door philosophy where the humblest of Bhutanese will find an ear that shall listen and a hand that shall comfort. A party that believes that the number of seats it wins is merely a mandate to work harder and not the fruits of power to enjoy for itself.

That is for historians to judge. For us, as we welcome Druk Chirwang Tshogpa into this world, we know what each one of us has already conquered to reach here. Bhutan is a nascent democracy. We are only now learning how to open ourselves up to the wisdom of our citizens in ballot boxes; we are only now learning to be political parties that shall be assessed not by themselves but by others. We are only now learning to be OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE.

The first year in anyone’s life is one of celebration. And so it was with our own first democratic election. We had joy because we had a government. We may not have expected too much from them because they were the first, after all. But from the second year on comes judgment in anyone’s life. In a few months, we shall have our second election. This is when choices will be made.

Words will be weighed; actions shall be tested. For, we Bhutanese know better now. So what shall we judge? How shall we generate trust? Druk Chirwang Tshogpa makes no claim that its members shall serve. We have reached this moment only by making service a habit. Druk Chirwang Tshogpa shall not glorify what it does without a thought. We, on the contrary, expect fellow political parties also to make a habit of serving others and not seeking applause for it.

Druk Chirwang Tshogpa believes that glory for Bhutan is when our brothers support and work for the betterment of all our sisters. Glory for Bhutan is when our youth is actively involved and has gainful work so they become influential thinkers, economists, musicians, sportspeople, cinema artistes, politicians, journalists, doctors, engineers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, members of Civil Society – and above all great men and women. Glory for Bhutan is when we do not forsake old friends who have stood by us even as we welcome other nations as new allies. Glory for Bhutan is when we wake at night so the needy may sleep. Glory for Bhutan is when no Bhutanese is left behind, no matter how far away from Thimphu they may live. Glory for Bhutan is when all Bhutanese have the freedom to follow their beliefs and work for the common good – in the best capacity they can.

To all this, Druk Chirwang Tshogpa commits itself. I am fortunate to have a large family of Bhutanese with me at Druk Chirwang Tshogpa who are all people of high skill and honour. We shall give our time, labour, integrity and ability in the service of Bhutan. May Bhutan rise even more and take her place as a thought leader in the fellowship of nations.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. ‘Glory for Bhutan is when all Bhutanese have the freedom to follow their beliefs and work for the common good – in the best capacity they can’
    Your quote clearly shows that even today we have segregated society.
    Nation is built by its citizen and the leadership must acknowledge them. The change has come due to people struggle and not from as the gift of king.
    I hope you and your party will win the heart of all Bhutanese irrespective of their background and geographical attribute.
    I hope Bhutan will prosper and clear her image under your leadership. My wishes for your endeavor but please remember -what we anticipate seldom occurs, what we least expected generally happens.
    Good Luck!

  2. “Druk Chirwang Tshogpa comes ONLY to wipe the tears of every Bhutanese so we may be a truly happy nation.”– more than 100,000 Bhutanese are still in pain and are still neglected, they are still remembering their motherland and their fellow Bhutanese. I wish you and your party would take initiative to welcome these people back to their nation. I wish you would be a leader and the only leader of people not the monarch.

    God bless you and your party!
    Bhutanese Refugee.

  3. ‘Glory for Bhutan is when all Bhutanese have the freedom to follow their beliefs and work for the common good – in the best capacity they can’——> your words are great, greatest should be your action.

    I will vote you!

  4. Lily,
    First and foremost CONGRATULATIONS! for the new party and for being the president.

    I vividly remember our “plus two” days studying Arts in Kanglung. Though not among the best academically in the class, I knew you had the courage and acumen to stand up to the truth and face the challenge.

    It also makes me recall how I used to run away from mr. pradhan’s geography classes and sometimes from the most dreaded Mr. Thakur Powdel’s classes. Of all, I cannot forget Mr. Zangley drukpa’s affection towards me – I don’t know why? That is a sweet reminiscence isn’t it?

    Having said that I would like to advise you that now that you are the leader of a political party it is your duty to live up to the expectations of all the people of our country. You can only fulfil that responsibility if your party is not biased towards any group of people in the country and more importantly only if you don’t get cowed down by the bullish characters like Mr. Jigme Thinley and our “principals” duo. They were our principals/teacher’s during our school days but no more and that teacher student psychology should in no way effect your ability to direct your party freely and openly as an equally important or ever more energetic national force.

    Also, dont forget we the present exiles will also come up as a strong force and we will surely influence the national politics in the coming years and none of the above bullish characters can stop that. And people like you must support us otherwise in the long run we will fail as a nation.

    We wish you success in the coming elections and sincerely hope that your party would secure the maximum votes.

    Note: ignore the grammatical errors above as this a quick reaction to the news item.

    Sincerely yours,

    A Colleague from exile

  5. Dear Lily,

    Congratulations!

    Your statements looks more romantic and less political. I expect a political leader to speak the language of politics. JYT does better , be it romanticism or politics. So what are your chances? Look, there are so many issues that the current political party in power ignores to address. You have a chance now to show that you are of a different color, but you are not doing it. You really are not any different. People care for issues, not vague philosophy. So, mend your ways. What is the use of forming a separate political party if you want to toe the same line which the current politicians are following.?

    I hope to see your political manifesto online and comment further.

  6. Congrats for you party and wish to win majority of seat in upcoming election. And be the first powerful bhutanese women to run the country soon. But I wanna know your view and policies on bhutanese refugees in nepal and around world.

  7. “I hope to see your political manifesto online and comment further” demands Rp Subba. But it must be known that Bhutanese public and politicians alike have no freedom to swerve/deviate from the National manifesto of great GNH (remaining happy in enjoyment of the lot seized from the community that DEMONSTRATED for DEMOCRACY in Bhutan, feasting on the victory of repressing them as ENEMIES OF STATE OVERCOME forever!)

    Helping the Bhutanese to find areas of clashes in the present constitution requiring proper address for correction to fit with GENUINE DEMOCRACY (of the people, for the people and by the people) will be more useful. Who in Bhutan can deny the grandeur of GIFT from the PALACE, seeking to temper it without facing the risk of consequences? As such, please do not tempt our dear sister Lily demanding for Party Manifesto.

  8. “I hope to see your political manifesto online and comment further” demands Rp Subba. But it must be known that Bhutanese public and politicians alike have no freedom to swerve/deviate from the National manifesto of great GNH (remaining happy in enjoyment of the lot seized from the community that DEMONSTRATED for DEMOCRACY in Bhutan, feasting on the victory of repressing them as ENEMIES OF STATE OVERCOME forever!)

    Helping the Bhutanese to track areas of clashes in the present constitution and addressing them for correction to fit with GENUINE DEMOCRACY (of the people, for the people and by the people) will be more useful. Who in Bhutan can deny the grandeur of GIFT from the PALACE, seeking to temper it without facing the risk of consequences? As such, please do not tempt our dear sister Lily demanding for Party Manifesto leaving aside the State Manifesto.

    Dear Moderator,
    Please take this one in place of the earlier posts on this topic if you approve for post.
    Thank you

  9. It is the best time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy.
    I’ve read this post and if I could I want to suggest you some interesting things or tips.
    Maybe you can write next articles referring to this article.
    I want to read more things about it!

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