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THE SPEECH - (Keep The Change)

The King's Speech He stood by the podium and smoothly took out his Pencil handwritten note. It was Kerry’s turn to deliver a morning speech.  Bit uneasy and blushed, Kerry stood in faced to his seniors, juniors and classmates.” Hurry up boy; I think it’s going to drizzle soon”. The principal said piercingly. Kerry cleared his throat out of discomfort & started to read.


Honorable principals, respectable teachers, adorable boys and my dear admirable girls. My name is Kerry, and I stand for class 10 section D. I would like to take this opportunity to quote few lines from “The Pleasure of Books” by William Lyon Phelps, I quote “A borrowed book is like a guest in the house; it must be treated with punctiliousness, with a certain considerate formality. You must see that it sustains no damage; it must not suffer while under your roof. You cannot leave it carelessly, you cannot mark it, you cannot turn down the pages, and you cannot use it familiarly. And then, some day, although this is seldom done, you really ought to return it”, I unquote.

For that reason I would like to take this opening of my speech with lines from William as an inspiration and motivation to begin with my speech. “A borrowed sits in the Parliament”, Parliament is one place where no one owns a sit. Be it The President, Speaker, Prime Minister or the Members of the Parliament. Like I said no one owns a sit. It is presently borrowed from the older generations to hand in to the future generations like us.

Democracy came with tranquility in Bhutan with leadership from the Throne up till now. But it doesn’t mean that we made it in defining Democracy with entirely reasonable outcomes.   After all what is democracy, what constitutes democracy, Why democracy, and, how to make it better?  To my first question, what is Democracy?  - I believe Democracy is an elusive concept that has been defined under many different circumstances and levels. Democracy has been shaped by various philosophers and saints. Democracy has been controversial yet logical. Democracy has been implemented by many nations but transformed under dissimilar kinds. For a beautiful Women like Bhutan – I’m addressing Bhutan as a Beautiful woman as she needs to be handled with care like many other nations and women themselves.  So having said that, for a petite nation like Bhutan. Democracy is a Gift Nurturing Happiness (GNH) that needs to be guided with principles on which the citizens have agreed upon the social contract, specifically The Constitution. But the people should also follow the values to condemn the law on Majority basis. As there lays the beauty of Democracy in freedom, liberty, equality and opportunity based on the grounds of Majority.  Bhutan has come an extensive way under the dynamic leadership of kings and warlords to define its territory and in preserving the vibrant culture.

However Bhutan has achieved social-economic development on a rapid and energetic span of time. When I was in class 6 telephones and Mobile phones were Rarity. It was so rare that I dreamed of having it once I go abroad. Fast forward to that; today Bhutan-Telecom has been selling 95 million ngultrum worth pre-paid mobile phone recharge vouchers a month, excluding the post-paid users, telephone fix lines and drunk-net internet service users. And this shows how the People of this tiny Himalayan kingdom are connected to correspond and communicate that would shape our Democracy even in a better ways.  So to my question what is Democracy, I conclude here by stating – it’s a right information and communication amongst people.

Secondly, why democracy? “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” nevertheless even though our system of government was at its best under the vigilant guidance of our Monarchs. The 4th king himself stood-up in the community and said “we are going to carry out Democracy” in hopes that people’s representatives will reach out to his much loved people in every pockets of the country. In expectation that peoples appointed representatives will express people’s needs and make it a collective effort to fulfill. In anticipation that peoples representatives will look into individual’s requests and make it a shared problem to be looked into. So the king himself drafted The Constitution in goodwill of his people and made it obligatory for everyone to understand its value.

I was indeed very small during the whole peaceful transaction taking place, and I still remember watching his Majesty’s address live on Television, and saw my grandfather weeping when, His Majesty was putting an end to 100 years of absolute monarchy that has favored and served the people, with love, compassion, diligence and enthusiasm. So to my question, why Democracy? – I conclude here by stating the gathering of individual’s needs and wants through channelized communication is a reason for Democracy.

Thirdly, how to make it better? As a great saying goes, “There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.” Right information and right demonstration of people’s needs should be looked into appropriately by each members of the parliament. There are many things we are lacking behind compromising being a tiny Himalayan Kingdom. No..No.. My dear Lords in the House, it’s a time Bhutan come up with challenging academic curriculum's, incredible Town Planning, stunning economic balance sheets, spectacular methods of farming,  Impressive foreign relations, notable road connectivity’s, prominent infrastructures, extraordinary environmental development methods, fabulous interpretation of Gross National Happiness and many more to have a glittering Bhutan. Rather than being a reason asking for ones need and changing laws based on ones conceptualization. And then if there is anything left after doing so, Mp’s should keep the Change.

The Principal took over the Podium and asked for Kerry’s note. He looked at the note and found out, “I am easily satisfied with the very best.” You too keep the change. And it started to drizzle…

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