The seemingly all purpose official gazette of the Bhutanese Cabinet " The Bhutanese " under its 6th April,2015 " Editorial " and " Two highway projects" article confirms that the two crucial South Bhutan highway projects have been shelved because of Indian Army Operation against Militants. The Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay has finally blurted out the truth to the ' The Bhutanese '. The duration of the Indian Military Operation is termed indefinite. It can go on forever.
The Prime Minister of the Bhutanese Nation has near about admitted that South Bhutan Jungles have been taken over by the Indian Military Forces for indefinite period and therefore the two nationally crucial highway projects that run along these very Jungles of South Bhutan had to be shut down. Thank you Prime Minister for at least being honest and voicing out the state of your helplessness.
The Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan bestows upon the royal shoulder of the constitutional Monarch the security of the Nation and the Kidu welfare of the people including the grant of land and citizenship.
So security of South Bhutan is not in the hand of the ruling Cabinet.
A democratically elected Government's main mandate, therefore, seems to be , to shoulder the responsibility of implementing to the fullest the 5 year Development Plan. Possibly for this reason a newly elected Government takes over the rein of governance at the onset of a new 5 year Plan. The elected Government takes over the proposed 5year plan and after incorporating any new additions or deletions in line with its Party manifesto and Election Promises, submits the same to the Parliament for passing the planned activities and required budget. Once that is done, the governing Political Party has the moral and executive responsibility to get the job done. And just as you cannot save the baby if the womb is removed, the 11th 5year Plan does not have a soul if the South Bhutan Highways are shelved. All other nitty gritty and sleeping walking affairs of the nation can be done by an interim government. It is not necessary to have a democratically elected pro active vibrant Executive Government.
I humbly pray to the Prime Minister to please submit his Government's predicament to the Throne. If he is unable to implement his Government's 5 year Plan because of precarious security problem in South Bhutan, do not approach Tenzing Lamzang of The Bhutanese. Only His Majesty the King has the constitutional mandate to ensure ( in this particular case ) the physical internal security of the Kingdom in the South. Not Tenzing Lamzang and certainly never the Indian Army that should dictate how the Bhutanese Government should govern and fulfill its mandate.
The Prime Minister has made extensive reference to the 2003 military campaign led by His Majesty the 4th King to oust the armed insurgent groups of Indian origin from these very Jungles of South Bhutan. The Triple Gem King led the military campaign personally at the head of his own Defence Forces because he realised the grave national risks involved if Bhutan entrusted the Indian Army
to oust the Indian Insurgents from South Bhutan. And now after 12 years the Indian Military takes over.
What is the difference to the sovereign status of the Kingdom of Bhutan between the occupation of South Bhutan by armed Indian Insurgent Groups till 2003 and now the " indefinite period " of Indian Military supposed Operation against Insurgent Groups that requires the Government of Bhutan to lay off its development jurisdiction over South Bhutan? What really did the National Defence Forces achieve in the 2003 military campaign if South Bhutan still lies captive to foreign forces ? And of what use is our Defence Forces if according to the Prime Minister they cannot even ensure safe travel to Bhutanese even if his Government constructed the two highways in South Bhutan ? Forget guarding the Kingdom against external aggression, the Defences Forces of Bhutan cannot be relied upon by the Government to ensure safety of Bhutanese travellers inside Bhutan along the if constructed Southern highways. A fearful reason for national lament.
The Paper quotes the Prime Minister stating that the South Bhutan Highways were shelved, " for domestic reasons and not under any advice or pressure of any foreign Country ". What can a Bhutanese citizen honestly say against such a declaration. It was not any Foreign Country just India or since when had Indian Military Operation become a domestic issue of Bhutan.
In a nutshell , one can assume that the citizens of the Kingdom would be aggrieved that the Government has been prevented from implementing its flagship development activity of the 11th 5year Plan. Therefore, the strong reactions in the social media. However, the Leadership must not feel that the animosity is directed towards it. The animosity should be rightly directed towards the Southern Neighbour which is the cause of South Bhutan highway projects stoppage under whatever national or regional reasons. But grief will be expressed to the national Leadership for where else could the citizens of the Kingdom look for leadership ? It is for the Leadership of the Kingdom to impress upon the Government of India and her Military that South Bhutan cannot be held hostage for indefinite period. I for one deeply respect the Government and upon my soul hold the highest of reverence and faith in the Throne. But the Policy of India towards Bhutan especially in the recent times poses danger to the Nation and therefore to the Throne also. Bhutan needs to gain jurisdiction over its Kingdom and for this reason I am passing this message to India.
Of all the Countries in the world I have genuine reasons to be grateful and like India and her people but by the oath of Pelden Drukpa I love Bhutan above all else and will forever in my lifetime express and practise this loyalty and love for my Country. It is not my responsibility to call upon fellow Bhutanese to join me. A Bhutanese has a sovereign duty to find where his or her heart lies. It should not be in the gut of the stomach. It should be in the nerve centre of self existence in a sovereign Kingdom. We must support our beloved Monarchs and the Prime Minister in the dark hour when even most imperative core development plans and of indispensable national nature are stopped for reasons of Indian Military Adventurism. With Love from Sangey of Haa Wangcha Bhutan.
Pelden Drukpa Lha Gyelo ! ! !