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A Fluttering solution to our prayer-flag dilemma

Back in the days when trees were aplenty and permission to cut them down was not required (this was at least so in rural Bhutan), people would normally erect 108 prayer flags in the name of a dead person. Erecting prayer flags is believed to deliver the dead person’s soul from …

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Getting it right

A bevy of mainly Indian news outlets in recent days have published news or mentioned the visit of the Chinese Ambassador to Delhi’s wife, Dr. Jiang Yili to Bhutan. However, all of them have got the dates and the context horribly wrong. These media outlets have shown the visit being …

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The hydro mirage

In 2008 a grand pronouncement was made of 10,000 MW by 2020 by the then government. This was seen as the silver bullet to all of Bhutan’s economic challenges, including the biggest one of being a country that is economically not self-sufficient. In the subsequent years the entire government machinery …

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The art and story of making special tea

It was an early May morning. Along with my two colleagues, I was at Bengali Market in New Delhi. There was a rustle on the street, as this small town was just beginning to resume its regular activities. Cleaners were brooming the streets, vendors were packaging goods and loading on …

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Bhutan is neither a ‘vassal’ nor a ‘protectorate

This is just a correction of certain terms being used by Chinese and Indian media outlets to describe Bhutan. Recently a Global Times article mentioned Bhutan as a long time ‘vassal state’ of imperial China until the British influence in Bhutan from 1911 onwards. Forget about a Bhutanese leader, there …

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A civil discourse

After the 9/11 attacks in the United States, it’s former President coined the controversial ‘with us or against us’ phrase. This seems to be emerging social media culture in Bhutan, where there is little space for intelligent and civil discourse. Instead, it is becoming an increasingly vitriolic space with people …

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The pain of having to say goodbye

Life is really a trail that runs zigzag across the wilderness of time. It often crosses into the lives of people who become special in our hearts. But no matter how much we try to hold on to the special moments we create and cherish together, we have to drop …

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The value of silence

There are good reasons why the Royal Government of Bhutan has issued a demarche and a statement from the Foreign Ministry and then kept quiet on the Doklam issue. There are good reasons why all our political parties, that usually pounce on every issue, are as quiet as door mice, …

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Talking Racism

Bhutan is progressing by leaps and bounds, not only economically, but also socially on everything from women’s rights to the latest being accepting gay and transgender people. Many of us spent an entire election cycle condemning Trump for a lot of bad behavior, including his perceived racial bias and the …

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