Editorial

The Denial Mode

  When the Gyelpozhing story first came out in the news, it was met with fervent denials from the incumbent government, along with pleas of innocence lead by the former Prime Minister. The unquestioning news coverage of those initial pleas of innocence by some major media houses lead many in …

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Conflict of Interest in Education City

The wife of the former Education Minister buying land near the Education City site through a loan taken by the former Education Minister may not be illegal, but it does represent an enormous conflict of interest. The Education Ministry is one of the key stakeholders in the multi-billion Education City …

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Credit and Rupee clouds hang over the nation again

With the primary round of elections in May and the upcoming general round of elections in July, the national focus has shifted from the state of the economy to the electoral race. However, Bhutan’s economic woes seem to be going from bad to worse with no end in sight. The …

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Threatening Free Press

Bhutan’s first democratically elected Prime Minister- the DPT President is angry, and many of his supporters and some neutral observers would say he has the reason to be so. The DPT President, for some time now, has been subject to a barrage of unverified and malicious articles on various social …

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Bhutan’s rapacious tshogpas

One interesting development in the 2013 elections is an increasing realization that as elections, now and in the future, gets more competitive – they cannot be won without strong grassroots party structures. This is being observed due to the re-emergence of the party tshogpas, as a political force, and a …

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Getting the best Candidates

One of the pertinent issues arising in the 2013 elections is that of “horse trading” – first raised by the incumbent party, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT). The position of the party has been that candidates should stick to their original parties, irrespective of the election win or loss.  DPT pointed …

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East is West and West is East

  The 2008 General Elections, though a monumental step taken in Bhutan’s transition to democracy, also showed an ugly side as many close knit families and communities were divided on party lines. Over the last five years, the forgiving nature of most Bhutanese, and most importantly- the unifying institution of …

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What the results tell us

Bhutan’s first ever primary rounds have thrown up several numbers and results subject to several interpretations. It has both confirmed and broken some conventional wisdom on the 2013 elections. One notion that was proven right was that the three top contenders are the DPT, PDP and the DNT with the …

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Right and responsibility to vote

  After all the talk and complaints at dinner tables, social gatherings and among friends, your ability or inability to cast your vote on the poll day will decide if you have an impact or not. A democracy, no matter how decentralized or free, with all its checks and balances, …

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Freedom of Speech during the 2013 Elections

Some recent instances have brought the issue of free speech during the 2013 elections to the fore. There was a formal complaint by the DPT against ‘anonymous users’ of defaming them, and violating social media rules. A look at the social media will show the other parties and its leaders …

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