OPINION

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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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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