OPINION

The Inner Search in Schools

When Meditation was first introduced in schools a few years ago, it was received with good humor. Students found it funny in the beginning and boring gradually. Most teachers never believed in it and some believers soon forgot it. I never really understood why this was happening. But I tried …

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Dropping down the list

I wonder if Dasho Karma Ura, Sonam Gyamtsho,  Lyonchhen Jigme Yoser Thinley, Dr Saamdu Chettri happened to catch this article, ‘Bhutan drops six places in business ease index’, and the overwhelming implications it has for Bhutan or the Bhutanese people.  The irony and paradox of this article appearing just a few …

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Evolution of Bhutanese Democracy –Part 1

Phub Wangdi pursuing his studies in Australia gives his take on Bhutanese Democracy so far As the 2013 elections draw near, the country is embroiled in a tumultuous wave of gossip and speculation about everything from ‘scams’ to corruption to political gamesmanship and horse-trading. A sense of enthusiasm and edginess …

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Saving our Dzongs and Lhakhangs from Fire

Haa Dzongrab Jamba Tsheten, takes a historical look at how fire has ravaged our important heritage sites and suggests some practical and workable solutions to prevent such further disasters Our country is endowed with a very rich cultural diversity handed down our forefathers. This heritage is losing its battle to …

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Big fishes back in the river?

This is in reply to the OAG’s decision on the “Gyelpozhing” Land case/scam recently covered in the newspapers. The majority of our people are not satisfied with the OAG’s decision. We think and in fact feel this decision is unfair for the reasons stated thus. Firstly OAG is the Legal …

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Bhutan’s Security Council bid

Recently, I read an article in which the author, a Bhutanese National wrote that, understanding and making GNH work at home is a prerequisite before anyone in Bhutan or elsewhere will accept and more importantly attempt to implement it as an economic development strategy. At present, GNH reminds me of …

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Response to Sonam Gyamtsho’s article on GNH

I read with great bemusement, Sonam Gyamtsho’s, response ‘GNH Is a Better Development Paradigm’ to my article in Kuensel. I am worried that Gyamtsho’s comments belie the arrogance and hubris which seem to pervade so much of the dialogue about GNH in Bhutan.  For example, Gyamtsho writes, “Bhutan’s development philosophy of …

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