Reflections from the 115th National Day

The historic 115th national day which was observed in the capital in full glory after almost two years of subdued celebrations due to the coronavirus pandemic was indeed a historic milestone which will go down the rich annals of our hallowed history.

As His Majesty stepped of the dais to address the nation, hundreds of thousands remained glued to the television screens throughout the country as a feeling of unity and nationhood grasped their hearts. Every year the nation and the government take cues from His Majesty’s visionary national day addresses which has become the sacred document that guides the country.

While reminding citizens of their fundamental duties, this year too His Majesty the King gave us thought-provoking insights into the overall affairs of the nation. His Majesty while thanking the government and civil servants of their unfailing duty towards the state, He also stated that the bedrock of Bhutan’s unity and sovereignty lie in the fact that we are always united in our thoughts and efforts.

He said the government of the day has been unfailing in their duties, especially in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic which shook the conscience of the global community with some of the mightiest countries falling down on their knees as health care system collapsed and economies ruptured.

While our country too was visibly shaken, His Majesty said the collective will and prayers of the people, aided by an apt government, see us successfully sail through the predicament. However, His Majesty cautioned that the growing threat posed by the proliferation of drugs remained the single biggest threat facing our youth today, and which could turn out to be a scourge that will threaten our the wellbeing of our future generations.

The caution comes at a time when the youth of our nation are continually coming to wrong terms with law enforcing agencies including the police. In recent times, the number of youth and school children coming in conflict with the law has substantially increased. The main curse, as hinted by His Majesty, is the proliferation of drugs and contrabands into our streets and towns.

This should be a caution to us all, this it is time we tackle this evil before it takes over the conscience of our children. It is a well known fact that 99 percent of these drugs and contrabands comes through the bordering towns of Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrupjongkhar.

And without the law enforcers, especially the Royal Bhutan Police, being involved in the operation we think it is virtually impossible for these contrabands to seep into our towns and markets. It is a cautionary tale for us all to collectively fight this social malice, and while the RBP must up their ante, it is a role that can be played by our teacher, parents and responsible citizens that we must help fight this scourge once and for all.

It is time we take the issue of drugs seriously.