Editorial

Bhutanese democracy since 2008

While the 2013 general election is the main topic of discussion these days what is more relevant to Bhutan is the growth of our young democracy from 2008 to 2012. The last four years of our democracy have been importantly mainly from the point of the evolution of our young …

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Good communication

A peculiar practice common to most Bhutanese meetings is that getting official feedback from the members present is almost as difficult as finding mineral water in the Sahara desert. However, as soon as decisions are made and the meeting is over then the powerful medium of rumor mongering, distortions, ineffective …

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The underside of Elections in 2013

  While the 2013 elections are an important part of Bhutanese democracy there are also several, less than desirable, political, social, economic and other effects. In the social sense it is once again a time where communities and families still recovering from the political divisions of 2008 will once again …

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The Rupee Problem and the Indian Economy

As the Rupee crisis rages on in Bhutan, the only possible medium term solution is to get some help from the Indian government. The key solutions are to increase the rupee borrowings from Rs 3 bn to Rs 10 bn from the Government of India (GoI), and to allow Bhutan …

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Impact of the Bhutanese Media since 2008

The Bhutanese media has had a major impact on the evolution of Bhutanese democracy, government policies, laws, corruption, individual mindset and governance. Serious and credible newspapers using thorough research, reliable information networks, ethical norms and also a certain degree of boldness has created a significant impact especially in the last …

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A crash landing for Bhutan’s private sector?

The Bhutanese economy is currently heading into a brick wall and the driver at the seat is using the accelerator instead of the brakes. This is how many, especially in the private sector are describing the series of panic driven and credit crunching measures taken by the Royal Monetary Authority …

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Democracy and political prospects in 2013

With four political parties now and 2013 nearing the political scene is getting warmer. In the first parliamentary elections, the People’s Democratic Party was a strong favorite with many predicting a PDP win. This was while the underdog, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa went about its rounds in what many say was …

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Bhutanese Media: a reality check

Bhutan has dropped six places in the World Press Freedom ranking from the 64th position in 2010 to the 70th position in 2011-2012 out of 179 countries. The organization that conducts this survey ‘Reporters without Borders’ say that indicators like financial pressure on the media, self censorship, freedom to criticize, …

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Understanding the Rupee Report

The Rupee Shortage Task force report submitted on 5th March 2012 is overall a comprehensive report that gives dire warnings if measures both short term and long term are not taken to curb the crisis. The strength of the report is indisputable facts and figures that show that the Bhutanese …

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Controlling the Media through advertisements

The lifeblood of a vibrant democracy in Bhutan is a free media that practices two key principles of a democracy, which are the freedom of speech and the right to criticize. One of the easiest ways to destroy free media is to hit media houses where it hurts the most, which …

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