Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Major Policy and Political shift by Bhutanese Parliament

On 22nd January, 2014, the 2nd session of the 2nd Parliament of Bhutan held it’s opening ceremony. The Speaker Jigme Zangpo in his address expressed the gratitude of the Parliament to His Majesty the King, His Holiness the Jhe Khenpo and the other “two eminent Lams venerable Namkhai Ningpo and Dzongsar Jamyang Khentse” (reference Kuensel Dzongkha edition of 23rd January, 2014).

Traditionally the Speaker on behalf of the Parliament expressed thanks and gratitude to the King, the Jhe Khenpo and the Dratsang. The Institutions of Monarchy and the Central Monastic Body are symbols of national sovereignty and identity that represent nation-hood in conjunction with the people and the geographical structure of the Kingdom. However, in this 2nd session of the 2nd Parliament, it seems that the Dratsang has been relegated by the Parliament and His Holiness the Jhe Khenpo and the venerable Lams Namkhai Ningpo and Dzongsar Jamyang Khentse have been placed at par. The opening session of the Parliament is graced by His Majesty the King. There are also representatives of foreign countries and agencies as well as senior officials of the Royal Government. The event is also live telecast. So what is stated in such an august Hall reverberates. It seems that the Speaker has exposed a major shift in the political and celestial affairs of Bhutan.  


  1. There will never be another Haap Wangcha Sangay. Kudos!!!
    Also I am sick of seeing this Drukpa Gyalwa Lama news on Kuensel all the time, to the entend reporting all the way from Ladak. its time we give importance to our Zhung Dratsang.

  2. living in Bhutan, one should seriously introspect as to who had unified the country, made it stable and many years down the line, our kings were truly brilliant enough not to fall into the trap of the Sikkim syndrome. The only way we can protect our sovereignty is to project a united front to the world and one way is to uphold the zhung dratshang instead of these globe trotting Tibetan lamas. I have respect for both the nyingma and kagyur but uphold the zhung dratshang as supreme in our country, simply because I don't believe in petty power plays and want our country to be independent at ALL COSTS!!!.

  3. The King and the Je Khenpo is fine but why the two Lams? What is the reason given for their mention? This is not to say that these two Lams do not deserve respect but in what ways were their roles significant in the governance of the country?