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.