Updated March 22nd, 2024 at 17:26 IST

PM Modi Bestowed Bhutan's Highest Civilian Award, Becomes 1st Foreign Head of Govt to Receive Honour

PM Narendra Modi bestowed Bhutan’s highest civilian award ‘Order of the Druk Gyalpo’ for his outstanding contribution to the growth of India-Bhutan relations.

Reported by: Abhishek Tiwari
Prime Minister Narendra Modi bestowed Bhutan’s highest civilian award ‘Order of the Druk Gyalpo’ | Image:X- BJP
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PM Modi Conferred Bhutan's Highest Civilian Award: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday bestowed Bhutan’s highest civilian award ‘Order of the Druk Gyalpo’ in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the growth of India-Bhutan relations and for his distinguished service to the Bhutanese nation and people. PM Narendra Modi, who is on a 2-day visit to the neighbouring country Bhutan, was conferred Bhutan’s highest civilian award by King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck also known as the Druk Gyalpo. With this, PM Modi became the first foreign Head of Government to receive Bhutan’s highest civilian honour.

After receiving the historic honour, Prime Minister Modi took to X and said, “Honoured to be conferred with the ‘Order of the Druk Gyalpo’ Award by Bhutan. I dedicate it to 140 crore Indians.”

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The prime minister further added, “Today is a very big day in my life, I have been conferred with Bhutan’s highest civilian honour. Every award is special, but when you receive an award from another country, this shows that both countries are moving on the right path… I accept this honour on the basis of every Indian and thank you for this.”

As per ranking and precedence established, the ‘Order of the Druk Gyalpo’ was instituted as the decoration for lifetime achievement and is the pinnacle of the honor system in Bhutan, taking precedence over all orders, decorations and medals.

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Since the institution of the award, it has been conferred upon only four eminent personalities and the recipients of the award includes the names of Royal Queen Grandmother Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck in 2008, Je Thrizur Tenzin Dendup (68th Je Khenpo of Bhutan) in 2008 and Je Khenpo Trulku Ngawang Jigme Choedra in 2018. 

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Significance of PM Modi's visit to Bhutan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on his two-day state visit to Bhutan on Friday just weeks before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections in India. The trip is in line with the Centre’s emphasis on its ‘Neighbourhood First Policy’ keeping the tradition of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries. PM Modi’s State visit to Bhutan has come up in the wake of Bhutan’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay’s recent five-day visit to India.

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According to the MEA, India and Bhutan share a unique and enduring partnership steeped in mutual trust, understanding and goodwill. This special relationship is governed by the Indo-Bhutan Friendship Treaty of 1949, which was later updated in 2007.

India has been providing financial aid to Bhutan for its socio-economic development since the early 1960s when the country began its five-year plans. The two countries had established formal diplomatic relations in 1968. 

 

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Published March 22nd, 2024 at 16:28 IST