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Saturday, April 5, 2014

"King Jigme" saved me from further Interrogation



In the class today, we were informed that there will be a mass demonstration of Red Shirts starting from tomorrow in the vicinity of our University campus. Consequently, we were warned to shut down any plans of moving out at least for this weekend.
Frankly speaking, ‘Protest’ is one word that always numb and paralyzes me with phobia succumbing to an extreme anxiety mode. Needless to mention about participating or observing it in reality, I haven’t heard of it anyway back in my country. Thanks to your Majesty the Kings!!! The heaven must have been stunned to discover that a small nation like Bhutan possessed king of kings.  
So, that moment after my ear was injected with such piece of report, it weakened the muscle of my attention. I experienced the rush of blood into my brain because the thunder due to the march of more than 50,000 pairs of legs will be heard and seen this time. I was not armored in anyways to confront such circumstances since I have never seen one during these 3 decades of life on earth. But, no newspapers ever escaped from my eyes regarding the conflicts and clashes and death tolls ensuing due to the protest. Therefore, to a layman like me, protest was deemed as an equivalent term for ‘gambling a human life’. 
“The United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) begins a three-day rally Saturday that is billed as a show of strength in light of moves by independent agencies which threaten to strip Yingluck Shinawatra of her caretaker prime ministerial post”, the Bangkok Post read. My inbox was already flooded with the alarms of demonstration which was scheduled to take place soon.  
The mail from the International Students Services
Normally, I and my friends always shop groceries and vegetables during the weekends. Fearing that we might miss the market next day, we planned to fill our stocks that evening. Hence, we headed to the market donning with a same tune of mood and excitements as before.
As we were waiting to cross the road, I saw an armed policeman spying on our moves. In the fear of suspicion, I remained dumb without even knowing what to do. And eventually when the traffic was clear, we crossed the road to pass nearby him.
He strolled towards us and said, “You China?”
The kind of language he spoke was not very strange to our ears anymore. Being here for the last 8 months, we are accustomed to the kind of English Thais speak. So, I assumed that he must have mean whether we were from China. So, I quickly responded, “No, sir. From Bhutan”.
He seemed to have missed what I said. So, clearing the throat, he took few steps closer. I scanned him and saw his waist surrounded with weapons and shotgun. On seeing this, my nerves started to shiver and tongue failed to pronounce even those daily words.
I repeated saying ‘Bhutan’ and my friends added it altogether. Hearing the word ‘Bhutan’ repeatedly, he took back few steps, and gazed with his left hand scratching the few mustached chin.    
We looked one another for some time without any clues on why we were interrogated. But suddenly, the serious interrogating face of this armed personnel donned with a smile and said,  
“Oh,…o ….o…… Buuu..taan”
“King Jigme”.
And within no minutes, we echoed his words. 
"Yes, King Jigme. King Jigme"
In fact we clung firmly on the word “King Jigme” as a license to free us from further questionings.
Further, I took out my university student card and passport copy from my bag and explained him that we are from Bhutan and currently the international students at Mahidol University.
He pretended to scan the documents and murmured ‘King Jigme’ for few more times and let us go peacefully.
We still could not understand the reasons for the interrogations but we laughed ourselves for being questioned. My friends further chuckled when I related to thoseBanged Up Abroad’ television shows.
It was funnier that “King Jigme” served more than the university student card and our passport from further probing.
“King Jigme” by the way is the name of our beloved fifth King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.
Popularly known as the ‘People’s King’ in our kingdom and as ‘Prince Charming’ in Thailand, His Majesty is very popular in Thailand after his visit in 2006. His Majesty the King, then the crowned prince, joined with Thais during the 60th anniversary celebration of the King Bhumibol Adulyadej's accession to the Golden Throne. 
His Majesty with the King of Thailand
His Majesty the King and Queen of Bhutan with the Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her husband   Photo courtesy: Click this LINK       
Thank you, Your Majesty, for everything you gave to us. You are truly an incredible human blessed for the Bhutanese. The great Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi was not mistaken to remark,
“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; today it means getting along with people”.
LONG LIVE OUR KING.
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14 comments:

  1. Great quote by John Maxwell. Loved the picture of your King and Queen.

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    1. Thank you Rachna for reading my post. Yup, we too love our King and the Queen. Thank you for visiting.

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  2. Wow...so interesting, as ever, Dumcho.
    I love to visit your wonderful blog...I always learn so much here.
    The picture of your King and Queen is simply amazing...such fabulous colourful costumes!

    Hope you are having a super weekend.:)

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    1. Thank you Ygraine. The beautiful comments from a faraway people who seems more close encourages me to write and update despite my tight study schedule here. I am grateful for your comments every time. Thank you for the visit.

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  3. As always very insightful post. Loved it thoroughly!

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    1. Thank you for your regular visits. I am humbled and encouraged.

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  4. Such a nerve wracking incident... I am happy to hear it went well;-) Take care of yourself ;-)

    Thank you for your comment on my blog.. have a great week ahead :-D

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    1. Thank you Launna for visiting my page. Thank you for the comments. Yup, now I am already at home. I am doing fine. Have a great weekend too.

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  5. I found you in a comment during the A-Z Challenge and I'm glad I did. Adding you to my blog roll. So sorry you had yo go through that but I'm glad that you are okay and can look back on this experience without negativity. Protests seem so simple in Jamaica. You can just go out and demonstrate though wild demonstrations do get police intervention.

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    1. Thank you Sheena for your words of encouragement. I am humbled. I am doing great these days anyways. Thank you for visiting my page.

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