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Bhutan should learn from Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is in the midst of much economic turmoil. Not long ago, it was South Asia’s fastest growing economy with the highest per capita income. However, a combination of populist tax cuts which halved the value added tax rate just before the pandemic, heavy borrowing for two decades, pandemic …

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Dignity of an Artist and plagiarism in Bhutan

Tracing from a projecting image (literally from a projector) of an old drawing (by a Traditional Artist) onto a canvas and tracing it to paint as your own is plagiarism. Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, with or without their consent, by incorporating it into …

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Talk to the Press

Bhutan’s press freedom rankings have moved up quite a bit from 65 in 2021 to 33 in 2022. This is a cause for cheer as it shows how we are doing compared to other countries. This is not due to any special effort by the government, but it is more …

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Soft Power After Ukraine

CAMBRIDGE – As Russian missiles pound Ukrainian cities, and as Ukrainians fight to defend their country, some avowed realists might say, “So much for soft power.” But such a response betrays a shallow analysis. Power is the ability to affect others to get the outcomes you want. A smart realist …

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Stabbing and Mobocracy

The stabbing of an ACC Director of Investigation and the assault on an ACC Commissioner in the Supreme Court in full view of the full bench of the Justices is a dark day for our democracy. It is not only a dark day for the incident that happened but what …

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Elon Musk’s Twitter Test

LONDON – With Elon Musk set to buy Twitter for $44 billion, commentators are scrambling to understand what the “free speech absolutism” espoused by the world’s richest person will mean for the platform. But the principle could also create headaches for Musk himself. With the European Union and the United Kingdom about …

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The Social Media Crisis

When the social media first made its presence felt in Bhutan around a decade ago it was primarily seen as a force for good. The power of the press was now in the hands of every citizen, and what could possibly go wrong? However, around a decade later social media …

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