The Making of My Nation

And thus the nation was made. The space was there as nature gave it. It had to be peopled and thus humans came. The beacon hailed and we heeded. We animated vacant expanse and called it to life. A covenant was made. Destiny was sealed.

We found a way to organize our life and called it governance. Sovereignty, we discovered, was the soul of the land we defined as ours. And thus we made our nation: a covenant of space, people, governance and sovereignty. We claimed the sky that arched over us, the peaks that stood and the plains that spread. Flora and fauna, rivers and streams, mines and minerals were ours by right and responsibility.

The outlines were carved and the template formed. But the shaping of the nation took centuries. It took the prophecy of saints and sages and the genius of visionaries and leaders. It took the virtues of the land and merits of the people. The making of the nation took wars and battles, struggles and sacrifices, commitment and perseverance. Tensions had to be resolved, contradictions reconciled and priorities aligned.

The outer and the inner, the ideal and the real, the soul and the substance had to be harmonized. Institutions and instruments, codes and frameworks, policies and practices had to be in place. National themes and aspirations needed to be clarified. World-view had to be crystallized.

Centuries have rolled on. Generations have come and gone. But the task of nation-building continues. It continues in the sacred imperative of succeeding generations to preserve the soul of the nation and the sovereignty of the land. It carries on in the sublime urge of a people for solidarity and fellowship. The task of nation-building goes on as each generation cherishes the collective memories and shared experiences that bind them together as fellow-citizens.

The making of a nation is a sacred act of faith. It is a constant renewal of pledge. As much as my humanity comes from my belonging to the family of human beings, so my identity comes from my belonging to my nation. As much as I live in my nation, my nation lives in me. I live in its history, in its triumphs, in its struggles and its successes. I partake of its joy and its pains. I share in its dreams and its hopes. This is a very special relationship.

We may be in the frontline in battle-gear or shoulder big responsibilities. The making of the nation needs big deeds and small deeds. It needs clean minds and pure hearts. The making of the nation takes mouths that do not tell lies. It takes hands that do not steal. It takes healing where there are wounds and soothing where there are hurts. We build our nation on trust and goodwill, on friendship and brotherhood.

We build our nation on a daily basis – in the quality of our thoughts and the morality of our actions. Each time we think a good thought and do a good deed, to that extent, we advance the goodness of our nation. Each time we generate positive energy and expand opportunities for understanding and harmony, to that extent, we make our nation stronger.

As I am, so is my nation. The content and character of our nation will be the content and character of our Bhutanese people. We may not send a man to the moon or navigate outer space today, but like the old faithful, if we are upright and industrious, that will give us the invincible strength of the right and the good. The building of our nation takes the creative genius of all our peoples, the marvels of the Bhutanese mind and the skills of our hands.

The making of my nation takes place in shared memories and common dreams; it happens in communal thanksgiving and collective anticipation. The making of nation takes place through renewal and reassurance as was so evident, for instance, on November 11, 2015 when His Majesty the King paid our collective tributes to Drukgyal Zhipa and announced the anticipated arrival of our royal prince. My nation gained in strength and in hope at that supreme moment as the Bhutanese people cheered in joy and fulfillment.

At this supreme moment, as we celebrate the legacy of a monarch extraordinary and call up the finest resources of our being, may the Triple Gem shower their choicest blessings on His Majesty our Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck to lead our country to ever greater heights of peace, prosperity and happiness for all the Bhutanese people for all times to come.

Today, we celebrate the visions of a leader who gave us his all and receive the blessings of a new gift for us to treasure. Today, we call up our best virtues to build the virtues of our land – in gratitude and in faith for the benedictions we have had, in trust and in hope for the joys we pray for.


Contributed by

Thakur S Powdyel.


3 replies
  1. vkshrotryia
    vkshrotryia says:

    A verse that explains the nation and its making so appropriately with the brilliance of the person narrating. I thought there was so much more to read further as it kept me engrossed. Nation-building is much greater a challenge then just making it and this small yet big nation has lot of potential to carry it forward.

    MIGNIEN says:

    What a marvellous dream ; what a hope in your country ; it is the first time i read a so romantic text written by a Bhutanese . What a faith in your country ! I apologize .
    But the question stay : how the youngs think about those words . I think to the 9000 Jobseekers , I think to the whole who are about the 10% who are out of GNH ! I think to the poor Young farmers who cannot have a descent livehood and who come to the big town because of the cloudy horizon where they live in there remote villages! And fall in bad affairs ( drugs , robbery ) .

    I hope this text would give strengh and love in the country for everyone ; and replace despair in the future ( I quote the youths ) by hope and faith in there country . The gap between the ideal and the reality is becoming a bit less huge. But Butaneses have yet mainy problems to solve.

    Democraty is a difficult long way . But I think many cultivated Bhutannese can have so good ideas to manage the country that I hope they will join Policy makers in the future elections , do not they ? This is why in my comments , I try to offer tiny ideas to get better the wellbeing of the country .

    If your Loved king read thoses words of Thakur s Powdyel , I am sure He will be very pleased !

    As for me , I translate on the top this text in French so that the french TCB buthanese speaking guides whom text I send them can transmit to the tourists a dream of this country I love so much ; although the inner problems which every country has to struggle with .

    Let the Lord , Under His wisdom KING , give a better wellbeing of all Buthaneses ; that my wish before the end of the year!

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