Book Review Title: Legacies of His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo
Book Title: Immortal Lines: Speeches of the 4th Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck
Publisher: Bhutan Times Ltd., Thimphu.
Year of publication: May, 2007
Immortal Lines is a collection of speeches of His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck. It is almost like a sequel to the ‘Gems and Jewels’ the review of which I presented earlier. Published in May, 2007, Immortal Lines covers address of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo including the last National Day Address at Trashiyangste and the Royal Kasho declaring the stepping down of the 4th Druk Gyalpo from the Golden Throne.
Like I mentioned in the review of the ‘Gems and Jewels’, the ‘Immortals Lines’ shares additional thoughts, visions and aspirations of His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo for Bhutan and her people through the various royal addresses.
Many of whom haven’t come across the Royal Khasho (Edict) issued on 9th December, 2006, His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo said, “I am confident that a very bright and great future lies ahead for Bhutan with leadership of a new king and a democratic system of government that is best suited for our country, as enshrined under the Constitution. I have every confidence that there will be unprecedented progress and prosperity for our nation in the reign of our Fifth King.’
The last Kasho (Edict) issued by His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo is followed by the 99th National Day Address of His Majesty The King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck on 17th December, 2006 at Changlimithang where in His Majesty The King said, “Addressing the nation on the auspicious occasion of the National Day of Bhutan, I find myself at a loss for words. For 34 years, His Majesty the King has been the heart and essence of the nation, her King and guardian, our parent and inspiration.”
“To our parents, elders and many generations of Bhutanese I offer my deep gratitude for your loyalty to His Majesty the King, my father.” (His Majesty The King, December 17, 2006)
“To our youth, I say, that as the leaders of the future you will find in His Majesty’s reign the inspiration, motivation and example for our own road ahead.” ((His Majesty The King, December 17, 2006)