Editorial

Thinking hard like never before

For more than a year or so, the country has been going through a period of unprecedented change and soul searching. Bhutan off late has been experiencing far reaching changes affecting our economy, governance, foreign policy, democratic institutions, media, social media, politics, and etc. The biggest change has been in …

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Leaving it to the few

In December, 2003 when the country faced a grave external threat from militants camped on Bhutanese soil the total number of militia numbered only around 700. This was a low number especially when a prominent western Dzongkhag had promised an inflated number of 500 militia recruits. In short the security …

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For a multi-party democracy, maybe

Six parties will contest in the 2013 elections and it will be a multi-party democracy for Bhutan, unlike the currently lopsided ruling and the diminutive opposition. This is the word on the streets from the men and women on the streets. It’s a version that is largely endorsed by many, …

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Clearing the Denchi cloud

After this paper came out with the Denchi land story titled ‘Denchi land scam controversy,’ the government defended the issue at the National Graduates Orientation Program (NGOP), DPT party meet and through a letter/press release printed uniformly and obediently by virtually every newspaper. While the letters in the papers largely …

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Private media and democracy

The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa party was elected with an overwhelming majority winning 45 of the 47 seats and also securing 67 percent of the total votes. This was the mandate of the people in 2008 and the peoples mandate was accepted by one and all. Therefore it comes as matter …

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Respecting the law

The Denchi case in Pemagatshel Dzongkhag brings to the fore again, serious issues of respect for rule of law and conflict of interest over land involving our elected leaders. The issue at hand is the cabinet bending national laws on to offer a higher rate of land compensation than is …

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Creating a new Crisis?

During the height of the Wall Street Crisis American banks were hit by non performing housing loans and did not have money to lend out. At the time the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke made an important statement while asking the US Congress for a USD 700 bn bailout package. …

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Govt-Media relations have reached an all time low

Until a couple of years ago one of the biggest achievements of the DPT government was the establishment of what was seen as a generally liberal environment for the media. The media wowed at how ministers including the Prime Minister took late night calls and were also an accessible lot …

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Zero tolerance for honesty

The two recent issues of Bhutan Post’s controversial procurement process of city buses worth Nu 44 mn and the defunct domestic airports bring to light again the inherent flaws in our procurement system. While the former is an alleged case of not following procurement rules to favor one party the …

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Strengthening the grassroots

Our Kings have always been major forces and catalysts of economic, political and social change be it the unification of Bhutan, abolition of serfdom, modernization of Bhutan or the introduction of Democracy.   His Majesty the King in continuation of this great tradition has been using his Land Kidu powers to …

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