Editorial

A civil discourse

After the 9/11 attacks in the United States, it’s former President coined the controversial ‘with us or against us’ phrase. This seems to be emerging social media culture in Bhutan, where there is little space for intelligent and civil discourse. Instead, it is becoming an increasingly vitriolic space with people …

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Talking Racism

Bhutan is progressing by leaps and bounds, not only economically, but also socially on everything from women’s rights to the latest being accepting gay and transgender people. Many of us spent an entire election cycle condemning Trump for a lot of bad behavior, including his perceived racial bias and the …

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Phone time

In an essay competition in a Thimphu school a young child wrote that he wished he was a phone so that his parents would spend more time with him. There are similar feelings being voiced out in different ways by young children who are not even in their teens. In …

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Fake news

As the 2018 polls approaches Bhutan’s social media scene is becoming host to deliberately created ‘fake news,’ that spins tall and sensational yarns with mainly a political twist or aim. The surprising thing is that a lot of what is posted as fake news is being accepted as the truth …

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Dubai calling

The rescue of Bhutanese girls from Gulf countries brings to light several cross cutting issues in Bhutan. The current government has carried out a series of mass employment programs from schemes like the GEP of the labour ministry to opening new State Owned Enterprises to sending youth abroad. A consequence …

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Democracy or ‘Particracy’

As Bhutan is in its ninth year of democracy heading into the 2018 polls there is a real danger of Bhutan turning into a ‘Particracy.’ Particracy is a modern political term that defines a  form of government where one or more political parties dominate the political process, rather than citizens. In 2008, strong party differences that …

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Fiscal Incentives

An interesting development in the Parliament is on the controversy surrounding fiscal incentives. The Finance Minister, in line with the Fiscal Incentives (FI) of 2010 and 2013, had recently presented the 2016 fiscal incentives in the Parliament as a report for information along with the Budget, which was separately treated …

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The Permanent Government

The social media furor triggered by the recent pay hike for Local Government functionaries establishes, once again, that Bhutan’s social media is still largely an echo chamber dominated by civil servants. This has been the same case with past online forums. The combination of education and knowledge of the system …

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Don’t begrudge the LG hike

Sections of the social media saw some civil servants and anonymous accounts questioning the local government pay hike and asking the same for civil servants. The local government pay hike is applicable to only 1,499 members of whom the real issue seems to be with the 205 Gups. The pay …

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