Guwahati: At a time when Bhutan was celebrating its win against Guam in the first leg of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers, what won hearts was Prime Minister Lotay Tshering cheering for the national team from the stands along with the ‘masses’.
While the Himalayan kingdom closed the game 1-0 with Tshering Dorji scoring the crucial goal, the Prime Minister’s simple approach of encouraging his team as a normal civilian struck the chord among netizens.
A football enthusiast himself, prior to the match, PM Tshering wished the country’s team on Twitter saying, “I know you have been practicing hard. I know you have never learnt to quit. I shall cheer for you, along with everyone.” And the premier rightly did so.
Tshering has often been in news for his simple and passionate acts. Earlier last month, he was praised for taking back to his life as a doctor on weekends. While he performs his duties as the Prime Minister of Bhutan on weekdays, he is seen attending to his patients dressed in his white coat on Saturdays.
In an earlier media interview, Tshering had said that he sees patients and does surgery on Saturday mornings, if there is nothing else. He also does academic rounds on Thursday mornings from 7.30 am to 10 am giving advice to trainees and new doctors.
The Himalayan kingdom, famous for measuring citizens’ Gross National Happiness, is setting warm examples for politicians across the world to follow.