Of royal wedding

Published on Sep 24 2011 // News Analysis
By Tshering Penjore

In 7th century before the Christian era, the area (today’s Bhutan) was ruled by Kooche Sangaldip from Kooch (today’s Cooch Bihar) Assam, India. Thereafter, his descendants ruled this area until 7th century A.D as tutelage of Kamarupa in Assam. In 650 A.D after the death of ruler Bhaskaravarman, it got separated from Kamarupa and exposed itself to incursion from Tibet by Bhuteas. Then, no king was able to impose authority over all this area and this area got split into small units that fell easy prey of hungry Tibetans’ incursion that swept this tutelage of Kamarupa, Assam under control of Bhuteas from Tibet (BHUTAN by Nagendra Singh 1978: 18 and forward by the King Jigme Singye Wangchuk).

People of this area
As this area was ruled by Indian rulers until 650 AD, the inhabitants of this area were mostly Koche-Meche and other Indian origin. Besides this, there were other tribes like Brokpas, Doyas, Totas, and Sarchopas. Only after mid of 7th century Bhuteas from Tibet (Bhot) started immigrating to this area (today’s Bhutan) and by the beginning of 9th century this area was heavily swarmed by Bhuteas from Tibet (Bhot). They liked this area so much that most of them did not like to return Tibet (Bhot) and such deserters were called “Milog” by then Tibetan rulers. In later centuries the immigrants (Bhuteas) from Tibet started displacing Indian people from this area (today’s Bhutan) including their kings on different pretext. Such attitude still found persisting in the blood of Bhutea rulers of Bhutan, which has evicted more than one hundred thousands of bonafide Bhutanese of Gorkha/Nepali ethnicity since 1990.

From 12th century more lamas started pouring here as missionary workers and most of them settled; never to return Tibet. Even successor of Gro-Gong Tshangpa Gyalras, Phajo Drukgom Sigpo immigrated here from Ralung in central Tibet and settled in Cheri-dordom.

Including present royal dynasty and majority aristocracy from western Bhutan claims descent of Phajo Drukgom. Thus, the ruling Drukpas of Bhutan are never an endangered species as they claimed until recent days as they are having millions of blood relatives in Tibet and elsewhere. Of course Gorkha/Nepalis were the latest immigrant to this land and they started immigrating since early 15th century but later on many people immigrated after obtaining edict from rulers. Many were taken in by then rulers of Bhutan and were settled in southern and western parts of Bhutan for various reasons.

Royal marriages in Bhutan
Present royal dynasty came into existence only in 1907 due to political interest of British-India and continues to rule Bhutan under the shadow of unique democracy. Co-incidentally or purposefully all kings of Bhutan married in the month of October and this time too the king of Bhutan Jigme Kesar Namgyal Wangchuk is supposed to marry in October this year. This really sounds coincidence but the history of Bhutan also will never forget the purposeful killing of monk Gomtshen Karma from Tashigang Bhutan, that too in the month of October 1997 by the regime for demanding equality on all religion.

In past, Bhutanese citizens did not observe much about the marriage of the previous kings, but the marriages of 4th king Jigme Singye Wangchuk was celebrated by the people in grand fashion nationwide in 1988 when he married four daughters of Yab Ugen after a long courtship. It could be due to own historical facts. First, the first queen Dorjee Wangmo, to be a divorcee of Mr Kuenley Wangdi, a Bhutanese who was arrested and imprisoned in U.S for carrying some kilogram of heroin. Second, declaring a 8 years old son (today’s king) as crown prince on third day of official royal marriage.

After the royal marriages in 1987 the southern and eastern Bhutanese had to face horrendous situations in their own country. Not only over 100,000 southern Bhutanese tagged illegal immigrants and criminal, easterners too experienced arrest, imprisonment and killing including a monk Gomtshen Karma for demanding equality on all religion.

Buddhism in Bhutan
Nyingmapa sect of Mahayana Buddhism was introduced in Bhutan in 8th century by Guru Padmashambhava (also called Rinpoche) and is followed by most Sarchops from eastern Bhutan, where as the Drukpa Kagyupa, followed by the present ruling elite of Bhutan is a off-shoot of Nyngmapa founded by Gro Gong Tshangpa in Ralung, Tibet. Cold war continued in Bhutan between these two religions on issue of supremacy.

Effect of royal marriage in October
After almost digesting southern problem, the harmful dragon has turned its red eyes to the eastern Bhutan with an attractive royal marriage proposal to eastern Bhutanese girl where bait casted is present king of Bhutan. The regime has adopted two vital strategies of this marriage. First, convert all eastern Bhutanese to royal in-laws and make them to forget their identity gradually. This also will avoid the opposition from east in future. Second, bring Nyingmapa sect of Mahayana Buddhism under the control of its own off shoot, Drukpa Kagyupa in the days to come. These strategies are popularly termed ‘kill without pain’.

Now, in such crucial hours, the intellect, farsightedness, philosophy and wisdom of eastern Bhutanese will be testified.