OPINION

Local government matters

The recent Thromde elections saw a general trend of lower turnouts at Zomdus and difficulty in getting candidates for various posts. This has also been observed in past local government elections. While at one level it is understandable to see higher turnouts for General Elections the much lower levels of …

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Saving the Bangkok trip

Come winter and Thimphu along with other major urban areas empties out a part of its population. A large portion heads down to the Indian plains or to Nepal for mainly pilgrimage. We all know about this, and the numbers have been documented and talked about especially in relation to …

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The rise of Bhutan’s vegetarian right

India is undergoing some domestic political turmoil over the issue of consumption of beef and meat. It is motivated by religious sentiments that have been stoked, emboldened, exploited and overtly politicized by various politicians for getting votes and political power. This politics has now come to West Bengal as the …

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India s beef sanctity

The polarisation around food consumption has created a culinary war where people’s identity is defined by what they eat. Beef has become an incendiary issue in India. Last monthaMuslim teenager was burned alive in Kashmir for the unproven sin of transporting beef in his truck. It was one of a …

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The Enemy Within

We don’t need India to wreck our country, Nepal’s politicians are doing it just fine One aspect of the 18-week-long Indian blockade of Nepal that has always baffled us is why New Delhi would want to inflict such harm on a little neighbour, and to a lesser degree, on itself. There are …

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Bhutan and the Fourth King

When His Majesty the Fourth King ascended on the throne His Majesty was not yet sixteen years of age but had already displayed qualities of leadership that inspired confidence and gained him unchallenged support. The Fourth King carefully initiated re-examination and reform of the major state institutions, which became a …

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Moments

When His Majesty the Fourth King was there at my darkest hour Memory is what we have to re-live moments and there are those moments, which critically mould life. And as I re-live that particular moment, it is one of mixed emotions, as it always will be. 19 May 1992 …

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I Pledge to Live Like The Great Fourth

Of course how could we help not making the celebration so grand for the King as great as His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck whose vision for the country and compassion for his people are only comparable to the God himself. But when I see so much of sound and fury …

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Traditional Bhutanese Toilet Habits

The oldest form of toilets in Bhutan were in strange ways comparable to the most advanced toilets today because they didn’t need to be flushed, they never got blocked, and at the end human waste wasn’t a problem. The typical traditional toilet hung from the first floor with a wide …

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