“I still remember tales of when our fourth druk gyalpo led the battle against the ULFA and BODO to secure the sovereignty of our country. I was only 6 at the time and did not completely understand. However my father was one of the people on the frontline with His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and I feel honoured.

After 17 years, a similar battle is being fought and this time it is against an invisible force- COVID-19. In attempts to follow in the footsteps of my father, I decided to serve the country as a desuup. When our country faced its first ever lockdown, it was a privilege for me to be able to serve our people. I remember how hard our king and the government worked to keep the people of Bhutan safe and comfortable during the lockdown. While patrolling the borders, I could see how porous our boundaries are. I understand better now why it is so important to seal the boundaries in these times. A single infected person on the loose could destroy the whole protection system.

Despite all of these risks, His Majesty the king visited the southern Dzongkhags frequently to make sure that each citizen was well guarded and safe. I, like all other Bhutanese, feel incredibly lucky to be born as a citizen of the dragon country and am forever grateful for our kings. It is our time now to give back to them by being safe. We can serve our country by taking care of ourselves in this time of dire need. “

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