Editorial

The fight against corruption

In a recent Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) survey, the people’s perception was that corruption in 2013 had gone down compared to 2007. Though the perception may fall in contrary to the growing number of ACC and RAA cases every year, the perception comes largely in the context that corruption is …

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Internal Party Democracy

One of the key aspects of a strong democracy is the need for a strong internal party democracy among the political parties, and especially so in the ruling party. One of the key reasons as to why DPT did not do well in the 2013 Polls was the lack of …

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Improving the System

One of the biggest criticisms against the previous DPT government was of not bringing in major changes to improve the governance system. Even though Bhutan had become a democracy, but in many ways, business continued on as usual or got worse. Bureaucrats were as secretive and fearful of their ministers, …

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Yes Minister

There is a saying that the true nature of a person is revealed once he or she is given power. The next five years for the Prime Minister elect and his cabinet will be a test, both of their professional and personal qualities. In 2008 after DPT’s victory, apart from …

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Crossing the Red Line

19 July 2013 will go down as one of the saddest days in Bhutanese history as over excited DPT supporters and members, high on rhetoric and rumors and low on facts and evidence, leveled a series of untrue allegations directly or indirectly against the Palace during a party meeting held …

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Accepting the people’s will gracefully

The Bhutanese politicians, like most of their South Asian counterparts, are not good losers. Such was the reaction in 2008 and now in 2013. During the 2008 General Elections, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was considered to be the front runner – poised to form the government by a huge …

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The people have spoken

Visiting foreign dignitaries and even scholars have, time and again, commented on the simplicity of the Bhutanese people, and also their deep wisdom. This wisdom is not only seeks to bring balance in the natural and spiritual aspects of our lives, but also in the political aspect. The same political …

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Time to make the final call

After more than two months of hectic campaigning, promises, debates, politicking and even some mudslinging by some of the political party candidates, finally, it comes down to the voters to make the call on July 13, 2013 with the press of an electronic button. The race at this time and …

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Challenges for the new government

With the candidates and supporters of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) both calling a win, the results on July 13, 2013 is anybody’s call. However, irrespective of whichever party that forms the government, be it DPT or PDP, there are several challenges in store. The biggest …

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Tough economic times or growing signals from India?

The recent doubling of LPG gas price and the tripling of Kerosene price in Bhutan due to the withdrawal of subsidies by the Government of India (GOI) will hit many household budgets hard, particularly the families that survive on a shoestring budget, which would constitute the majority of the Bhutanese …

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