Editorial

Pilgrim tours

Every winter thousands of Bhutanese pilgrims head to neighboring countries like India and Nepal, for religious pilgrimage. It is also around  the same time we get a spate of bad news of people dying in horrific accidents, people getting lost and even cheated. Once a Bhutanese leaves the territorial jurisdiction …

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The real show

A lot of the current debate around the non-certification of the movie ‘Hema Hema’ has focused on the issue of creative freedom in Bhutan, centering around films. However, the issues at hand are much more complex than just this with this incident touching on and revealing various aspects of our …

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No time for Consultation

Last year, there was much controversy over the Ada Rachu decision of the Home Ministry, which for a while attempted to enforce a dress code in the colour and type of Rachu that can be worn. The decision, it seems, came as a recommendation from the ranks of cultural officers …

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Court language

Apart from its main decision on the Dasho Benji case, the Bench five of the Thimphu District Court in its court findings section, has challenged the contention that Dzongkha is the language of the court. It says that the inability of litigants to understand the language used in the court …

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A year of celebrations

As Bhutan was just finishing celebrating the 60th Birth Anniversary year of The Great Fourth in 2015 the beginning of 2016 had more celebrations in store with the Birth of His Royal Highness the Gyalsey on 5th February 2016. The birth was an auspicious one coinciding with the birth year …

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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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