Editorial

Walk the talk on GNH

It is a welcome development that a host of international experts are working on the New Development Paradigm (NDP) in Thimphu, an endeavor which has implications way beyond this small Himalayan Buddhist state. Bhutan in many ways has the historical credibility and moral authority to propose and host such a …

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Bhutan’s apolitical political parties

There is a saying that a ‘Democracy is only as healthy as its opposition.’ In other words a successful democracy should have an efficient check and balance on the powers of the ruling government, which includes a strong opposition party. In Bhutan’s case the Opposition party is the smallest in …

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His Majesty at the Republic day

Saturday morning, many Bhutanese will be glued to their television sets  as His Majesty the King graces India’s 64th Republic Day as the Chief Guest. There is no doubt that this is a great honour for Bhutan and a moment of pride for every Bhutanese. Millions of Indian and foreign …

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Deteriorating Air Quality

Data from the National Environment Commission is showing worsening air quality standards in urban areas especially in Thimphu and Phuentsholing. However, for many Bhutanese living in these two towns the NEC data will come as confirmation of what they already know and experience. Anyone living in Thimphu need only note …

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Move from Elective to Participatory democracy

Bhutan is winding up its first five years of democracy with the general elections approaching soon. In the past five years Bhutan has defined itself as a fairly competent elective democracy but there is still a lot to be done to make it a participatory democracy. Though elections are an …

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Democracy in Rural Bhutan ?

While here in the urban areas we carry on the norms of democracy by expressing our views, criticizing the government, holding it accountable and asserting our rights, the story is very different in the rural areas. A close observation of rural life will lead many to conclude that democracy is …

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Gauging the National mood

If the National Statistical Bureau conducted a survey of how happy the Bhutanese are they will definitely register a significant drop in the national ‘happiness level’. The national mood especially in the last one year has become gloomy, grim and depressing. One of the main reasons would be the worsening …

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The rural vote

One of the key arguments of those who believe in a DPT win in 2013 is that they will get the rural vote. It is reasoned that since the bulk of the 10th plan has focused on rural infrastructure like farm roads, electricity and drinking water the rural votes should …

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The IT Park fiasco

The failure of the IT Park to attract investors and generate employment is a matter of concern, not only for the economy and the government but also for the Bhutanese youth. As with many things in Bhutan the IT park was planned and implemented with good intentions. On paper, the …

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Respecting Women

The molestation of two Bhutanese women in Bangalore has sparked Bhutan’s own debate on the safety of its female students and professionals who are studying or working outside its borders. However, while what happens outside our borders are outside our control, there is a lot more to be concerned  about …

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