PM Modi leads India-Bhutan Relations to New Heights with Prestigious Honor: Order of the Druk Gyalpo

In a significant development, Bhutan's king awarded PM Modi the Order of the Druk Gyalpo, cementing the strong bond between the two countries.

By Megha Badiger
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Bhutan has marked another milestone in the strong and longstanding relationship between the two neighboring countries. During his two-day trip, PM Modi received the prestigious honor of the Order of the Druk Gyalpo from Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, further cementing the bond of friendship and cooperation between India and Bhutan.


The Order of the Druk Gyalpo, or the Bhutanese Order of the Dragon King, is the highest civilian honor of the Kingdom of Bhutan. The prestigious award is reserved for individuals who have made significant contributions to the country’s peace, prosperity, and development. PM Modi’s consistent efforts to strengthen the India-Bhutan relationship and his vision for a vibrant and prosperous Bhutan were recognized by the King through this special award.

Strengthening Ties through Mutual Cooperation

The India-Bhutan relationship has always been driven by mutual respect, trust, and understanding. The two countries share strong cultural, historical, and economic ties, and have been strategic partners for several decades. Bhutan has always been a key partner for India’s development initiatives, with the two countries cooperating in various areas, including hydroelectric power, education, health, and trade.


During his visit, PM Modi expressed India’s commitment to further deepen this cooperation and assist Bhutan in achieving its development goals. One of the highlights of his trip was the inauguration of the prestigious Mangdechhu hydroelectric project, a joint venture between the two countries. This project will not only boost Bhutan’s energy production but also contribute to its economic growth and provide employment opportunities for its people.

Shared Vision for Regional Peace and Stability

India and Bhutan also share a common vision for maintaining peace and stability in the region. Bhutan has always been a strong advocate of India’s stance on regional and global issues, and the two countries firmly believe in the principles of non-violence, peaceful co-existence, and cooperation. PM Modi’s visit to Bhutan allowed the two leaders to discuss various issues of mutual interest and explore ways to enhance their partnership for the greater good of the region.


The two countries also signed 10 MoUs in areas such as education, space research, and health, reflecting their intent to collaborate in areas of strategic importance. Additionally, PM Modi’s “Neighborhood First” policy and Bhutan’s “Benefit for All” vision have enabled the two nations to strengthen their engagement and work towards a common goal of regional peace and development.

A Stronger Partnership for the Future

With PM Modi as the chief architect of India’s foreign policy, the India-Bhutan relationship has witnessed unprecedented growth and development in recent times. His frequent visits to Bhutan and the personal rapport he shares with the Bhutanese leadership have helped to take the bilateral ties to new heights. The conferment of the Order of the Druk Gyalpo on PM Modi is a testament to his efforts in strengthening the bond between the two countries.

PM Modi’s visit has also provided a much-needed boost to Bhutan’s economy, as India has pledged financial assistance of Rs. 4,500 crore to the country. This investment will not only support Bhutan’s economic growth but also contribute towards its social development and infrastructure. The strong and cooperative partnership between India and Bhutan has set an example for others in the region to follow.

In conclusion, PM Modi’s visit to Bhutan has added another chapter to the already strong and multifaceted relationship between the two nations. With continued cooperation and mutual trust, India and Bhutan can work together to achieve greater heights and emerge as role models for other nations in the region. The conferment of the Order of the Druk Gyalpo on PM Modi is a symbol of the enduring friendship and shared values between the two countries, and it has cemented this bond for all times to come.

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