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How many Schedules does the Constitution have? Two

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Let’s make it simple: Know Your Constitution Schedules are basically an extension of the Constitution that in our case highlight and explain the significance of national symbols and emblems like the national flag, the national emblem and the national anthem.

The reasons for it being there is because it is also part of the Constitution and cannot be easily changed or amended like the other contents of the Constitution.

First Schedule

The national flag and the national emblem are contained in the First Schedule, which comes after all the articles of the Constitution.

The National Flag: 

The upper yellow half symbolises secular tradition. It personifies the Druk Gyalpo whose noble actions enhance the kingdom. Hence the Druk Gyalpo is the upholder of the spiritual and secular foundations of the kingdom.


Meanings

Secular – worldly, non-spiritual
Undefiled – pure, clean
Linguistic – of language, dialect

The lower orange half symbolises spiritual tradition and the flourishing of Buddhist teachings.

The dragon symbolises the name of the kingdom (Druk Yul) that is endowed with secular and spiritual traditions. The white colour of the dragon symbolises the undefiled thoughts of the people that express their loyalty, patriotism and belonging to the kingdom although they have different ethnic and linguistic origins.

The National emblem 

Within a circle are two crossed vajras placed over a lotus. They are flanked on either side by a male and female dragon. A wish-fulfilling jewel is located above them. There are four other jewels inside the circle where the two vajras intersect.

They symbolise the spiritual and secular traditions of the kingdom based on the four spiritual undertakings of Vajrayana Buddhism.

The louts symbolises absence of defilements, the wish fulfilling jewel, the sovereign power of people, and the two dragons, the name of the kingdom.

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