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Modi Honored with Bhutan’s Supreme Civilian Award

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The King of Bhutan on Friday conferred the Order of the Druk Gyalpo on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who became the first foreign head of government to receive Bhutan’s highest civilian honour. The Order of the Druk Gyalpo holds immense significance within Bhutan’s honour system, symbolising a lifetime of outstanding achievements and contributions to society.

Since its institution, the award has been conferred upon only four eminent personalities.

Previous recipients of the award include Queen Grandmother of Bhutan 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. Je Khenpo is the chief Abbot of the central monastic body of Bhutan.

“Honoured to be conferred with ‘Order of the Druk Gyalpo’ Award by Bhutan. I dedicate it to 140 crore Indians,” Modi posted on X soon after.

The King of Bhutan announced the recipient of the honor on December 17, 2021, during the 114th National Day celebrations. It was given to Prime Minister Modi on Friday during his two-day State visit—his third since assuming the position in 2014.

“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,” read a statement released by the Indian Embassy in 2021, the year the announcement was made.

PM Modi arrived in Bhutan on Friday after his scheduled visit was postponed for a day due to inclement weather conditions at Paro International Airport. Modi said he was grateful to the Bhutanese people for according to him a “memorable welcome” to their beautiful country and hoped that India-Bhutan friendship “keeps scaling new heights.”

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