Developer

Giving Bhutan its due

In Doklam stand-off, Bhutan once again came to the rescue of India’s interests, with costs to itself The Doklam stand-off, from the beginning, has been dominated by an India-and-China narrative, but a largely silent but firm Bhutan held some of the most important keys to the eventual resolution. It is …

Read More »

Fake News

Long before Donald Trump misused the term to brand any critical article against him, Bhutan as a nation had discovered ‘fake news.’ In part it was due to the lack of knowledge about the country while it partly has to do with a natural reticence of our people or for …

Read More »

The Sound of a Slingshot

It wasn’t until I visited the 2017 Haa Summer Festival that I knew there was a sound of slingshot that played a significant role. My understanding of slingshot was limited to its stone throwing function. Even the art of weaving one was new to me; I thought it was just …

Read More »

Quality Education

One popular refrain has been on the poor quality of education in Bhutan, especially with even graduates unable to write a decent application letter. Bhutan’s quality of education is poor into two respects. As shown by past surveys of 2006 and 2013-14 we have below average national marks in English …

Read More »

The End of Asia’s Strategic Miracle?

TOKYO – It is too soon to know whether and how the challenge posed by North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs will be resolved. But it is not too early to consider what that challenge could mean for a part of the world that has in many ways defied history. …

Read More »

Penny wise pound foolish?

India’s largest trading partner is China, with whom it has an annual trade of USD (US dollar) 71.28 bn and a trade deficit of USD 51.08 bn as per the 2016-17 financial year. This deficit is allowed to continue in spite of the economic, geo strategic and military rivalry between …

Read More »

For 24/7 Water Supply

Every day we hear people complaining how they face water shortage in their locality. And for a small city like Thimphu, some people feel that our pipes should never run out of the water. While we can tolerate shortcoming sometimes, we should never have a situation wherein we are always …

Read More »