Editorial

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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A sad day

  If there are those who still doubt the Prime Ministers oratory skills then his 22 minute response on the ‘land scam’ would have erased any doubts. By the end of his reply he had managed to create a hero out of a former Gup (now DPT Vice President) who …

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A fledgling grows wings

Changes are coming – in big and small ways.   The fact that Bhutanese contractors did not have a share in the hydropower pie was an issue much wrangled about by Bhutanese entrepreneurs who aimed to make it big in the area. But the government had closed the doors of …

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