And that will be the 26 year old actress Kezang D. Wangmo of the Bhutanese film Industry, who joined the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the 2013 race for office.
In an interview with this paper, she said that a woman represents hope and change which can strengthen democracy to bring a better change in the lives of people, “especially for the women and youth of our country”.
She said that by joining politics she hopes to encourage and motivate capable and dedicated women to participate in democratic governance. It would further contribute to the overall social, economic and political development of the country.
“As a woman politician one can be focused and determined in setting up things in the right direction with high integrity and transparency, which the current system calls for urgently,” she said.
Asked about her reasons and interest to join politics she said that she is inspired by the noble and farsighted visions of His Majesty the Fourth King and His Majesty the King who have always placed tremendous faith and confidence in the youth of Bhutan.
On top of that “I have always been passionate about making a difference in the lives of our people through every means,” she said.
Therefore considering her ‘undying passion and will to work for the community’ she wanted to join politics.
Joining politics for her means that it will be possible to contribute more toward community and above all, doing so at a young age would mean to encourage other women and youth to participate in the democratic process.
Kezang said this can make the society realize the crucial need for women participation at various levels of the decision making process. For the next 2013 election, she will contest from Dogar-Shaba constituency in Paro. So far she has received good support from elders and people of her constituency.
“But it’s too early for me to pass down any judgment until the Election Day,” she said. Nonetheless, she remains optimistic that given the opportunity she will prove to be an eligible candidate for the country and for the party.
The 26 year old is fully aware that her constituency will have competent contenders who will be either incumbents or new candidates. To that she said “it’s good for my constituency to have good candidates who can offer a range of alternatives and options to the people”.
However, she said politics is all about how committed you are to fulfill the aspirations of the people and gain their support and confidence.
The actress very much seen onscreen in the role of the ‘girl next door’ observed that Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) had done well but has not been impressive in its first five years. She said the ruling government was a mere shadow though they won the first election by an overwhelming majority.
“It has been bogged down by the first constitutional case, an unimpressive economic performance plagued by an unprecedented rupee crisis, the lottery scam and host of other policy failures coupled with serious allegations of corruption,” she said.
However she said that in this period of five years there is a need for some serious introspection by all the Bhutanese. “Are we doing any better than before or are we losing sight of what we all have ventured out to take on, after all democracy was gifted to us from the Golden Throne,” she said.
She added that people have already started looking for other parties, in particular PDP, to fulfill their aspirations for a better democratic Bhutan.
To join PDP was her own decision though she was invited by other political parties. Inspired by the party ideology and policies, she said that PDP, who represents common people, is in a much better position to serve the country and people through its enlightened ideology and dedicated candidates.
“PDP was born with the noble ideology of “Power to the People” and still today the party continues to actively uphold the true elements of a democratic system of governance in the country,” she said.
She hopes that 2013 election will chart a better course for the future of the country and bring a change that one can look back with joy and relief. Even though she is passionate with her acting profession, she now feels that she should play a positive role by being a responsible citizen participating in the democratic process.
“With the increasing role of women in politics and good governance, I am optimistic that the nation will support a candidate who is based on values and convictions, without perceiving on gender,” she said.
The aspiring candidate Kezang D. Wangmo did her general schooling from Chapcha Higher Secondary School. With her personal interest and strength in National Language and Culture she went to the Institute of Language and Culture Studies (ILCS), Simtokha under the Royal University of Bhutan.
After her five years of education at ILCS she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Language and Culture in 2008. During her school days she was not only known for her academic performances but also for active participation in co-curricular activities.