Editorial

The essence of the National Day address

His Majesty’s 109th National Day address was unique in not only coinciding with His Majesty’s 10th year of Reign but also for its multilayered symbolism of being held in Trongsa. The address, as always, touched on some consistent and important national aims and vision like sovereignty, unity, democracy, decentralization and …

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109th National Day

The 109th National Day this year will be a special one as it is the same year when His Majesty The King completed 10 years of reign. The fact that the National Day is being held in Trongsa has a lot of symbolism, as it was here 12 years ago …

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A King for the times

When we talk of our Kings we often tend to equate them on the same plane forgetting that His Majesty The King has the unique distinction of being King in an era of Democratic Constitutional Monarchy with competing political parties, elected governments and democratic institutions. Despite this unique position His …

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Promoting the National Language

First of all there are some fundamentals for Dzongkha which cannot be compromised with. It is the national language and as such must not only be promoted, but it must also be strengthened and celebrated. Dzongkha is also a part of Bhutan’s own national cultural identity and it is the …

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Land acquisition and management

If there is a survey of people who have lost the most land to public projects then the residents of Hejo would surely top the list. While the older generation saw land going to the  Golf course, Indian Embassy and the National Assembly, the current generation is seeing additional land …

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BBIN reality check

The BBIN is a sub-regional initiative of India, including Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal after Pakistan pulled out of a SAARC Motor vehicle agreement. Though Bhutan had nothing much to gain or do with the agreement, the government played along to be a part of India’s sub-regional diplomatic effort. However, the …

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Hydro relations

Bhutan, over the decades has taken great care to nurture and strengthen its relationship with India mainly due to India’s economic assistance to Bhutan. The assistance started as aid in the early 1960’s that supported our five year plans. However, starting with Chukha and Tala India started playing an equally …

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Dissecting the North Thimphu verdict

It has always been recognized that the North Thimphu by-election is no ordinary by-election coming just around 20 months before the big General Election of 2018. While the PDP and DPT did not say so, their actions spoke louder than words in the strong campaign launched by both the parties, …

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The significance of North Thimphu

Ordinary Bhutanese can be forgiven for thinking that 2018 is already on their doorsteps, with both the ruling PDP and the opposition DPT going in all guns blazing for the North Thimphu prize. Mathematically, it is just one seat and a win or loss for either party would not make …

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A more urban 12th plan

The 10th and 11th plans share a common similarity of spending huge amounts on rural infrastructure with the aim of not only developing rural areas but also curbing rural-urban migration. This huge expenditure is on account of a now outdated idea that people can be somehow convinced to stay back …

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