A most passionately charged Lyonchhen during the recently concluded National Graduates Orientation Program (NGOP) lambasted the media in relation to news stories on Gyelpozhing, Denchi land cases and the Trowa Theater land case.
The Prime Minister, Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley defended his government and names of the certain high officials who were reportedly involved in the land cases, the PM himself included.
In his outburst of an address to the more than 2000 graduates at the orientation program the PM dubbed the whole situation as a misreporting by the media.
The Bhutanese spoke to the graduates following the PM’s address
A good half seemed to be sold for goods with Lyonchhen’s perspective on the media in general and his views on this paper in particular.
Nonetheless, there were also those who chose to reserve their convictions for their own and to unearth events as they gradually revealed themselves, in true light, with the passage of time.
Transpirations from the interviews offered majority consensus that graduates who studied in colleges in Bhutan were more or less convinced of Lyonchhen’s fiery monologue.
“We believed and still believe what the PM said, he is our leader and he should be competent,” said a Sherubtse College Graduate, Tshewang.
Rinzin Dema, a political science student from the Royal Thimphu College (RTC) said that the allegation stories in The Bhutanese did not have enough proof.
There were a few of those, who drew fine lines of reservation to take in every word from the nation’s Premier, it stemmed from simple reason or from analyzed ground rules.
An IT graduate from Raipur, India Tandin Penjor said, “The government should have had some flaws which made the media go about writing about these issues”.
“Whatever the Lyonchhen says may seem convincing but at the end of the day he is a politician,” said an RTC graduate while an in-service NGOP participant said he believed the Lyonchen except the part about ‘government’s support to media’.
He said the government supports media for its own interest.
Sonam Penjor a B.com graduate from Delhi University said if a government really supports media it should endure the allegations as they should realize that the media is an entity bound to make critical analyses of the governments’ part.
A group of graduates from the RTC said it’s inevitable that the graduates will comment in favor of the government and the PM, as they fear being black listed for civil service.
Wangchen a Delhi university graduate with a good media background said he felt that the graduates were in some way indirectly compelled to believe whatever Lyonchhen said about the allegations.
Sippy Das a journalism student was skeptical about the PM’s address being informative on the state of the country but thought of it as more of a campaigning glee.
Some of the graduates expressed their disappointment on not being able to meet the OL during the sessions.
A Rangsit University graduate, Tashi Namgyal Dorji, 25 said he did not think the private media was doing wrong reporting and he definitely did not think the paper ‘The Bhutanese’ was being biased. “They are just doing their job and keeping people like us updated,” he said.
A Bangalore graduate, Tshering Doma, 21 said it was good to have the private media around and did not think that ‘the paper’ practiced biased reporting.
A Sherubtse graduate, Bidhur, 22 said he did not think of ‘The Bhutanese’ as a biased paper, “their reports are not to topple the government especially the ruling party, but, in some instances the reporters might not have done enough reporting,” he said