OPINION

Why Ritual effigies get pinned with brooches

A week-long Jana Chidey Kurim, for the peace and prosperity of the country and the well being of all sentient beings, is an annual religious ritual conducted at Pangrizampa College of Astrology in Thimphu. The annual Kurim was presided over by the former Dorji Lopen Sangay Dorji with over more …

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COMPENSATION: The Subliminal Bhutanese “Soch”

One word that has always intrigued me that every news media in Bhutan – whether print or visual – used unfailingly: COMPENSATION. I have always been bewildered why anyone would write or say that the farmers, who had suffered occasional natural calamities, would be compensated by the Dzongkhag or that they are …

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India’s Social-Media Lynch Mobs

NEW DELHI – Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case …

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A higher calling called RIGSS

The Royal Institute for Governance and Strategic Studies (RIGSS) has trained more than 800 participants from various establishments over the last five years, and it is reassuring that the numbers will only swell hereafter. My enrollment with RIGSS has been a dream come true in every sense of the word. …

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Some thoughts on the upcoming 2018 polls

Keep it real As the 2018 polls come around the corner, I can understand that politicians will want to give it their all. However, they should avoid setting impossibly high standards of piety or overnight development, and in the process raise unrealistic expectations. Democracy is not a silver bullet to …

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