Editorial

The105th National Day Message

The 105th National Day is a milestone not only for the five year old Bhutanese democracy but also for the 105th year of a cohesive and politically united Nation under the Enlightened Bhutanese Monarchy. His Majesty the King’s speech as well as the awards given this year had several important …

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From a Monarchy to an Autocracy

In the last five years some physical infrastructure, especially in the rural areas has been strengthened but the same cannot be said for the democratic fabric in Bhutan. Through a combination of factors Bhutanese democracy has now become ‘too unique’ to be called a normal democracy, and rather is headed …

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White Gold

The discovery that the run of the river 1,800 MW Kuri Gongri project can now become a 2,640 MW reservoir project generating the revenue of around three Tala projects is a welcome development in Bhutan’s 10,000 MW story. While there have been some minor hitches, the 10,000 MW projects, as …

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The Judiciary

With the Gyelpozhing case in the courts, Bhutan’s judiciary and judicial system is under the microscope where every move is being carefully watched and analyzed by the public. The Judiciary will be under tremendous pressure and scrutiny like never before in its history. On one hand stand’s the most powerful …

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Passing the buck

Recent instances have proven how this government is highly allergic to accepting any blame and is also intolerant of criticism especially when the fault lies within. The OAG, acting on a cabinet letter asking for legal clarification on the ACC’s prosecution and suspension has now even questioned the right of …

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The Youth vote

The newly formed Druk Mitsher Nazhoen Tshogpa (DMNT), a youth political organization with the main agenda of lobbying for youth employment with political parties has garnered a mixture of reactions but has managed to get everyone’s attention. This is mainly because in 2013 around 30 percent of the voters will …

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How PDP lost in 2008 and what DPT should learn for 2013

With the 2013 race only seven to eight months away a series of predictions are being made of the future results, some depending on facts and some on ‘feelings’. What the final results will be, nobody can truly say, though the current opinion of Bhutan’s ‘chattering classes’ would suggest that …

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A lesson to be learnt from the OAG situation

The conduct of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG),  has been controversial to say the least, from giving a clean chit to all the accused in the Gyelpozhing land case to now defending two private cases against the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), a government agency, which in the opinion …

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Role of Conflict in Bhutanese Democracy

The last four years of Bhutanese democracy has seen an evolution in the roles of democratic institutions like the Anti Corruption Commission, Judiciary, Media, Election Commission of Bhutan, Royal Audit Authority and the Parliament. A lot of the evolution would not have been possible without conflict, either with the executive …

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A true Patriot

The flare up between the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader on the issues of the Security Council bid and Bhutan’s foreign policy is a welcome debate on important issues but it has become controversial for the strong language used by the PM. Though a hard and clean fought campaign, …

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