OPINION

My Classmate the Fourth King

I was among the eighteen boys privileged to attend school with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Jigme Singye at the Ugyen Wangchuck Academy (UWA) in Paro, over thirty years ago. I would like to highlight a few of the many qualities that I recall seeing in the young Prince, which, …

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What makes us Bhutanese

Among others, I believe, it’s our deepest gratitude and love for our kings that makes us who we are. It’s that special bond between our kings and our people that sets us apart from other countries. As November 11, the 60th Birthday of our beloved Drukgyal Zhipa, approaches, we can …

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More lessons from the India-Nepal crisis

The diplomatic crisis between India and Nepal and the ongoing unofficial fuel blockade of Nepal is generating some interest in Bhutan, and rightly so. Bhutan, led by a practical and able Monarchy, has historically been very good at drawing practical lessons from the diplomatic mistakes of its neighbors and taking …

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What Makes You Not a Bhutanese?

What does it mean to be Bhutanese, or not? Is there more to it than just being born in Bhutan of Bhutanese parents? I have a friend who was not born in Bhutan and whose parents are not Bhutanese, but who speaks Sharchokpa fluently, who is totally loyal to Bhutan, …

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The Nepal crisis and four lessons for Bhutan – Part 1

There is now little doubt that Nepal is undergoing an effective trade blockade by a combination of protesting Madhesi groups in Nepal’s southern border and Indian custom officials at the border who have used the excuse of the protests to strengthen checks and slow down or even stop trucks moving …

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Communal joke on WeChat

The context of this post is the communal joke that was widely circulated on the badly abused social media platform, WeChat. Yes, WeChat has been already used as the launchpad for the three worst things to happen in Bhutanese social media which are leaking private movie clips, spreading hoaxes, and …

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BoIC’s perception problem

Though the main focus of the current debate around the Business Information and Opportunity Centre (BoIC) is on its legality, the main heart of the controversy around BoIC is political in nature. It is this political element that has brought up BoIC before discussions in the Parliament, where even its …

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Plastic Won’t Be a Problem in Bhutan

I n school we were told plastic was among the worst things that could pollute our environment because it would not disintegrate in 800 years, just say forever. It means the very first batch of plastic mankind produced, which was in 1862, hasn’t yet disappeared and in the last many …

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