Friday, February 4, 2011

A floral tribute to Jigme Dorji Wangchuk of Bhutan who was hored with Padma Vibhushan in 1954 as flashed on the f.b. on Feb.4,2011.

Bishwa Nath Singh

Our grateful nation India had honored five towering personalities of our country (out of five, two in the field of Public Affairs whereas one in Science & Engineering and another in the field of Arts) besides one who was a leading personality of Bhutan in Public Affairs in 1954.Do we remember who was that great personality from Bhutan? He was none else than Jigme Dorji Wangchuk who was awarded in the field of Public Affairs in 1954 by Govt. of India. .Let us have glimpse of his life history in brief!


..(Photo of Jigme Dorji Wangchuk )

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Bishwa Nath Singh :

Jigme Singye Wangchuck was born on November 11, 1955 at Dechenchholing Palace in
Thimphu in Bhutan. He was the fourth Dragon King (Druk Gyalpo) of Bhutan from 1972 to 2006. He acceded to the throne at the age of 17, in 1972, after the sudd...en death of his father, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. When he was formally crowned on June 2, 1974 he was the youngest monarch in the world and the coronation was noted for inviting foreign dignitaries, thus signalling the end of the long isolation of the country. He is also called "Druk Gyalpo," meaning "Dragon King". He was educated in Bhutan and the United Kingdom..The fourth king continued his father's policies of slow modernization and socio-economic development for the country while still trying to preserve Bhutanese culture. In 1988 he instituted the policy of Driglam Namzha (Etiquette and Manners) which required all citizens to wear traditional clothing while in public, and established the requirement of teaching Dzongkha (the national language) in schools. In 1998, he voluntarily reduced the scope of his absolute powers, and began to formally rule with the advice of his government. He is the man behind Bhutan's constitution and the country's first democratic elections in 2008.In late 2003, he ordered Bhutan's first military campaign in well over a century, to oust Assamese separatists who were using Bhutanese territory to launch raids against targets in India . Singye also coined the term Gross National Happiness, a concept which is used to help guide the economic and development plans of Bhutan.On December 17, 2005 he announced his intention to abdicate in 2008, leaving the throne to his son In a royal edict issued on December 14, 2006, the king announced that he would begin handing over power to his eldest son Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck immediately. He had ordered a parliamentary election to be held in 2008.Singye was named as one of Time magazine's one hundred People who Shape Our World in 2006. He appeared in the May 8, 2006 issue of Time. His reign is marked by phenomenal development. Roads and bridges, schools and hospitals, basic services in agriculture and livestock now reach deep into the remote corners of the country.Bhutan has also made tremendous progress in the filed of communications, hydro-electric power development, financial sector, environmental protection, and industrial and infrastructural development during the king's reign.Jigme Singye Wangchuck is married to four queens (all of whom are sisters) who areDorji Wangmo Wangchuck,TsheringPemWangchuck,,AshiTsheringYangdonWangchuck and Sangay Choden Wangchuck   and  has five sons and five daughters. Several of his children have been educated abroad.He was honored with the second highest civilian award of India Padma Vibhushan. In a royal edict issued on December 14, 2006, the king relinquished office in favour of his eldest son, now King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck (born 21 February 1980) is the Dragon King of Bhutan and fifth monarch of the Wangchuck dynasty.His title, in Bhutanese, is Mang-pos Bhur-ba'i rgyalpo, Druk Gyalpo (His Majesty the King of Bhutan).The King is the oldest son of the former Bhutanese king Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who abdicated the throne in his son's favour, and his third wife, H.R.H. Princess (Ashi) Tshering Yangdon (born 29 December 1957).He has a younger full sister and brother and also four half-sisters and three half-brothers by his father's other three wives (all of the former king's wives are sisters). The King is unmarried. As Crown Prince of Bhutan, he attended Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 60th Anniversary Celebrations on 12 June-13 June 2006 in Bangkok along with royals from 25 countries. Known in the Thai press as Prince Jigme, the prince, at 26 the youngest of the visiting royals, caused a sensation, giving rise to a legion of female fans in Thailand. The Thai press dubbed him "Prince Charming" and ran daily stories and photos about him and tourism in Bhutan for several weeks after he had departed Thailand.[A poll run by the ABAC polling center at Assumption University listed Namgyal as the most popular of the visiting royals. However, the poll is thought by some to be making light of a solemn occasion involving the Thai monarch. Hours after the poll was released, the ABAC center's director, Nophadol Kanika, retracted its results Internet visitors of the Thai Internet forum flooded the website with postings about the crown prince. Among the posts is a photo of him with an unknown woman. Thai-language daily newspapers later featured the photo. The country's Department of Special Investigation launched a probe into the source of the image, whose publication is considered to be an invasion of privacy, and threatened ,prosecute anyone who distributed it in the future.



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