Editorial

From Request to Right to Information

The initiative of the new government to introduce the long awaited Right to Information Bill in the first session of Parliament will be another important step forward for Bhutanese democracy. The government of the day must of course be appreciated for such a move and for keeping one of its …

Read More »

The value of austerity measures

The latest draft 11th plan is around Nu 213 bn, of which around Nu 121 bn will be spent on current expenditure like salaries, TA/DA, vehicles, fuel, stationeries, etc., of the government machinery. Only Nu 92 bn will be spent on capital or developmental works and socio-economic works like roads, …

Read More »

The rise and fall of independent journalism in Bhutan

The Bhutanese media scene is currently experiencing a strange paradox. Despite the challenges and odds, it has achieved much since the inception of democracy in 2008, to the point of being a major factor in Bhutanese democracy. Scams have been exposed, wrongs have been righted, broken systems have been fixed, …

Read More »

Fulfilling the promises

The newly formed PDP government has the onerous task of incorporating its promises into the 11th Plan document. The new government will find that while many of its promises are in sync with the plan, however, many other promises will have to be incorporated into it. The task for the …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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, …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »