This is in response to your profiled speech on Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness that you delivered in New York earlier this month. I am very surprised and pleased to hear a fundamental truth as told by you. I don’t know whether you were aware of the fact that you were refuting this time to a long-term lie the king was emphasizing.
Dear Prime Minister, I loved the way and the very truth that you have said in response to a questioner who asked on the application of GNH to the regime created refugees. To quote your answer, “it is the effort of the Bhutanese government which forced it to take actions that have resulted in a situation that you (the questioner) have just mentioned”. Yes, the refugee problem is indeed the result of effort and actions of the Bhutanese government.
Dear Thinley, the king has never accepted that we were from Bhutan and that his royals including you are responsible for creating refugees. If the same questioner have further asked on the type of efforts and actions taken to evict them, I do not know how your tyrant self would have narrated the atrocities committed on these Bhutanese farmers, who finally fled the injustice. It is not surprising for us to hear lies that are a decade-long tactics used by the regime to cheat the world. But, the world might listen to the cursing dog because we did not cooperate to fight the injustice and the world is innocent of our suffering. Next, you are the same person who had encouraged students of northern origin to gang attack southerners, of course, with the assistance of another democrat in your own words, Zangley, back in 1991, on December 17 in Sherubtse College, Kanglung; the result of which ultimately resulted in this hell of sorrow.
Dear Prime Minister, you as an element of sorrow and one of the most loyal servants of the fourth king Jigme, are responsible in implementing policies of denepalizing Bhutan thereby talking to the face of the world about the shroud that cover the sins of demoralizing human. We are helpless here to see and do nothing!
As I continued to view your video, hatred filled me; I went on listening to the lies and shrouding GNH. Indeed, I was compelled once again to summarize and recall those atrocities very vividly in my mind and sat to write something about to the best of my capacity. I know, whatever one writes or says is never sufficient to describe the inherent cruelties.
Dear Thinley, the Buddhist methods of atrocities must be brought to light as this will help the world to remain alert and safe from ambitious, rude and unfathomable cruel rulers like you since you pretend as savior and human friendly, but the realities are exactly opposite. The world is gradually learning that GNH is the promulgation of a shroud to cover your ill doings on the citizens. Everyone needs happiness but there is difference in meaning to happiness, which the world is seeking, and what the Bhutanese tyrants are floating.
Dear Prime Minister, while the world seeks happiness on grounds of humanity and total democratic norms, every Bhutanese knows what it is for them; it is not to complain of injustice, not to oppose those in power, to believe southern Bhutanese as traitors, to bow before any government official and to smile at and not to tell the atrocities committed by the authority to any foreigners. This is it! In fact, every Bhutanese knows to whom the real happiness is meant. Also, a section of people around the world has already discovered that Bhutan has a machinery to inculcate a sense of above listed postulates of gross national happiness to its people except to those of eastern and southern Bhutan.
Dear PM, I curse myself and moan over my own living by questioning that I have lived to see and hear these principles of cruelties foster and the death and decay of human values, history and dignity. I also know very clearly that all this has happened due to our own false belief towards your regime.
Dear Thinley, you haves told the reason behind the third country resettlement. You must be ashamed in saying that the third country resettlement was due to the justification that the cruelties as just and our plead of justice was unjust. Indeed, you said it boldly, and nobody dared to dispute!
You also remembered to mention that Bhutan was alarmed at the rapid growth of the southern Bhutanese, but failed to acknowledge that the government formulated policies to call for unrest in the south and take the opportunity to take actions to decrease the southern Bhutanese population through rape, torture, murder and eviction. To me this is a fundamental truth that resulted in unrest in the country. During one fine night, the master of the drama, the cruelest of the cruel, a curse and burden to the nation by the name Jigme, dreamt that southern Bhutanese were traitors. He woke up to implement his dream of denepalizing Bhutan and he did it because he was powerful and the poor farmers were very helpless in every sense.
Dear Prime Minister, the world know that if any outsider is interested in Bhutanese GNH and plan a trip for learning the ground realities, I bet, you will never allow such an outsider to have an access to every part of eastern and southern Bhutan. Your government will instead arrange some songs and dances during such visits, try to lure visitors with whatever your bureaucrats can, arrange for artificial public, but prevent outsiders from contacting the sufferers. Therefore, such outsiders need to steal their way out in Bhutan to learn the truth. If you believe on what I am telling, everyone who tried in that manner in the past has failed. Doubtlessly, the days of dictator like Hitler are a history to the world but Bhutanese are silently suffering this treachery.
Dear Thinley, you have lied to the crowd of high-level dignitaries. You lied on their face by repeating that southern Bhutanese are Nepalese economic illegal migrant who have migrated to Bhutan in and around 1960s using the porous border. This is a total lie. The brave, hardworking, loyal and master obedient Nepalese were invited to Bhutan in two phases and history has clearly mentioned it.
Dear Prime Minister, if I need to remind you the history of Nepali-speaking citizens, the first lot was taken to Bhutan in 1624 AD when Shabdrung himself requested the then Gorkha king Ram Shah for masons and engineers to build fortress for his new founded land or the present day Bhutan, and the second is an invitation through a decree issued to Ugyen Dorji, the father of Jigme Palden Dorji or the Queen Mother’s brother by Jigme Namgyal, father of the first king in 1898 AD to settle Nepalese in the southern border. It is not a coincidence but this invitation and the subsequent settlements have occurred in a time where the British were ever heading towards the Himalayas.
Lastly, you as the Prime Minister of the youngest democracy have once more taken the good occasion to tell another lie in the face of the world about the origin of the southern Bhutanese who, indeed, have coined the name “Bhutan” to this dear land. The Tibeto-Bhutanese or the group of people who mistakenly think that Bhutan is theirs and other races are their slaves and that they have limitless power over the other groups, call Bhutan as ‘Druk’, rather a nasty and non-Bhutanese name, for dragon or Druk is not unique to Bhutan but is a terrorizing symbol used in many Asian countries, and undoubtedly it is linked with the cruel intension of the ancient rulers of those lands.
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Editor’s note: The views presented in the article are entirely author’s expressions and do not necessarily reflect the official stance of the Bhutan News Service.