The Order of The Druk Gyalpo, Ngadag Pelgi Khorlo, Bhutan’s highest civilian recognition, was conferred to His Excellency Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India by His Majesty The King during the 114th National Day celebration on 17 December.
It is a mark of deep appreciation from the people of Bhutan for his leadership and personal efforts towards strengthening the exceptional relations between Bhutan and India.
His Excellency Shri Narendra Modi further strengthened the great tradition of exemplary friendship and cooperation between Bhutan and India by building upon a legacy founded over 50 years ago.
The importance he attaches to the close and special relations between our two counties was evident in his choice to choose Bhutan for his first international visit as Prime Minister in 2014, and the continued gestures of support, including initiating new partnerships in space technology.
And, as the world faced the difficult challenge of COVID-19 pandemic, PM Modi led his nation in extending support to many countries including Bhutan by providing, amongst others, 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines. This provided immense impetus for the successful conduct of nationwide vaccination.
The people of Bhutan deeply appreciate this extraordinary gesture, which reflects the noble spirit of selfless generosity of the people of India. This award honors Bhutan’s special bond with India, who is our closest neighbor and friend.
The Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji received the award and has been entrusted to deliver personally to PM Modi any time soon.
Responding to a tweet from the Prime Minister of Bhutan, PM Modi tweeted: “I am deeply touched by this warm gesture, and express my grateful thanks to His Majesty the King of Bhutan”
“I have been privileged to receive the utmost love and affection from our Bhutanese brother and sisters, and take this occasion to convey my greetings to all of them on the auspicious occasion of the National Day of Bhutan.” he said.
“India will always cherish Bhutan as one of its closest friends and neighbours, and we will continue to support Bhutan’s development journey in every possible way.”
PM Modi further said he admires Bhutan for its unique model of sustainable development and the deeply spiritual way of life. He said the successive Druk Gyalpos – Their Majesties the Kings – have given a unique identity to the Kingdom, and nurtured the special bond of neigbhourly friendship that our nations share.
Prime Minister Modi has visited Bhutan twice in 2014 and 2019; both visits have contributed significantly to the growth of Bhutan- India relations into new areas of cooperation.