Highlights Of The Year Long Bhutan-India Golden Jubilee Celebrations Which Wrapped Up On 8 Feb 2019
“The events reminded us how deep our economic, spiritual and cultural links are,” said the Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, Jaideep Sarkar.
By Tshering Palden | Kuensel
Coinciding with the day the Indo-Bhutan Treaty of 2007 was signed, the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Bhutan and India ended on 8 February with as much grandeur as it began in January last year.
Her Majesty the Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck launched a book and documentaries called The Golden Jubilee: The Enduring Friendship (1968-2018) at the event.
It was released to mark the end of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Bhutan and India.
Published by the National Organising Committee, the book is a compilation of a year long celebration covering over 100 events. It also includes several important speeches from these events.
Her Majesty also awarded mementos to former ambassadors of Bhutan to India and the Indian Ambassador Jaideep Sarkar.
Highlighting some of the events which marked the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Bhutan-India Friendship
Some of the major events which marked the year include: Bhutan Week at the Indira Gandhi Arts and Crafts Centre in New Delhi, the visits of His Holiness Je Khenpo and Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering to India, retired Indian teachers honoured on teacher’s day, opening of a consulate office in Guwahati, and the inauguration of the Chukha-Damchu bypass.
As part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations, the Royal Bhutanese Embassy in New Delhi in partnership with the Ministry of External Affairs of India, the Indian Council of Cultural Relations and the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) organised 'Bhutan Week' at IGNCA Complex in New Delhi, from 23rd to 30th September 2018.
Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bhutan
The two countries have also hosted many other social, cultural and academic programmes to boost people to people contact, in celebration of the relationship.
The chairperson of the National Organising Committee, former Thrimchi Sonam Tobgye said that His Majesty The King and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had initiated the celebrations of the golden jubilee of diplomatic relations to strengthen the existing bonds of friendship between the two neighbours.
“It was a truly special moment in history when the ground-breaking ceremony of the golden jubilee lhakhang was held in the sacred Buddhist site in Rajgir by His Holiness the Je Khenpo,” Sonam Tobgye said.
The exemplary friendship forged on principles of mutual trust and respect for one another has established a special bond between the two countries.
Foreign Minister, Dr Tandi Dorji said it was also an opportunity to pay tribute to the immense contributions that the visionary leaders have made to the excellent and exemplary relations of the two countries.
Bhutan and India are bound by a ‘shared’ destiny of peace, harmony and prosperity
“We have shown to the world that asymmetries in size are not barriers but opportunities for forging close ties of mutual beneficial friendship and cooperation.”
The Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, Jaideep Sarkar said that celebrations held in the two countries reflected the ‘splendour and diversity’ of the relationship.
In celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the formal diplomatic relations between India and Bhutan, both countries jointly unveiled the ‘ logo'.
Photo: News Bharati
“The events reminded us how deep our economic, spiritual and cultural links are,” he said.
The driving force, motivation and the inspiration behind all that has been achieved have been credited to the wise kings of Bhutan.
“As we look to the next 50 years, we will depend on the wisdom and hard work of the new generation to carry forward this magnificent legacy,” he said.
The Prime Minister, Chief Justices and Cabinet ministers joined representatives from the international communities, as well as senior government officials for the event at the convention centre.
“I hope that the new generation will see our relationship as one of shared values, mutual respect and affection, and common interests.”
This article first appeared in Kuensel and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.