Editorial

Intolerance speaks

 Gross National un-Happiness It has been four years since 2012 and there is now a growing concern about the path that Bhutanese democracy is taking. This is especially so as constitutional bodies and the media is coming under increasing pressure from an increasingly sensitive government. The latest example is statements …

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Lessons to be learnt from the land scams

In the mid 1980s a special committee on land found several irregularities over land cases across the country involving land officials, influential people and judges. Two decades later, the High level committee report of 2003 covering only Thimphu found similar practices involving a similar set of characters. This was despite …

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Bhutanese media should chart its own path

  Bhutan’s young media is currently at crossroads, with many signs pointing to different roads that should be taken. Each signboard has compelling reasons to take a certain road, but other signboards have equally compelling reasons to take their paths. Similarly, at one level the Bhutanese media seems to know …

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Winds of Corruption

As the wind of Democracy swept across Bhutan in March 2008, the day of voting was a solemn but hopeful day. There was hope and optimism that under democracy, everyone would be equal before the law, there would be accountability, abuse of power, nepotism and corruption would be curbed and …

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CDG in retrospect

Recently the Speaker, Jigme Tshultim, in an interview said that CDG is a double edged sword. In the light of the draft RAA report finding numerous lapses and irregularities in the use of CDG, the double edged sword comment now rings more true than ever. This report may also shed …

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Bonding during a crisis

  The rupee crisis has not only hit Bhutan’s economy but it has also stung our national pride and confidence. This is not just an economic crisis for the nation but also a painful and uncertain time for every Bhutanese from humble farmers to business tycoons. However, it is only …

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The value of land

One of the early foundational pillars of modern Bhutan was the emancipation of serfs in 1959 by His Majesty the third king. This meant the abolishment of feudalism and redistribution of land to the landless and vulnerable sections of society. In Bhutan, unlike in the west, land has much more …

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