Jigme Singye Wangchuck (born November 11, 1955) was the fourth Dragon King (Druk Gyalpo) of Bhutan from 1972 to 2006. He acceded to the throne at the age of 17, in 1972, after the sudden death of his father, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. When he was formally crowned on June 2, 1974 he was the youngest monarch in the world and the coronation was noted for inviting foreign dignitaries, thus signalling the end of the long isolation of the country. He is also called "Druk Gyalpo," meaning "Dragon King". He was educated in Bhutan and the United Kingdom.
In late 2003, he ordered Bhutan's first military campaign in well over a century, to oust Assamese separatists who were using Bhutanese territory to launch raids against targets in India (see History of Bhutan). Singye rule was based on the Buddhist principles of compassion and harmony. He also coined the term Gross National Happiness,which champions individual and environmental rights over policies of greed and materialism. This concept which helped guide the economic and development plans of Bhutan.
Singye was named as one of Time magazine's 100 People Who Shape Our World in 2006. He appeared in the May 8, 2006 issue of Time. His reign is marked by phenomenal development. Roads and bridges, schools and hospitals, basic services in agriculture and livestock now reach deep into the remote corners of the country.Bhutan has also made tremendous progress in the field of communications, hydro-electric power development, financial sector, environmental protection, and industrial and infrastructural development during the king's reign.
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A memorandum of understanding was signed in the presence of King Jigme Singye Wangchuk and the Indian prime minister, Mr Manmohan Singh, to connect Bhutan to the Indian rail network.(Bhutan/ India)
Mar 01, 2005; A memorandum of understanding was signed in the presence of King Jigme Singye Wangchuk and the Indian prime minister, Mr Manmohan...