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For free and fair election

Inasmuch as we are ready to make it happen, our elections will be free and fair. In the months leading up to the primary round of National Assembly election, we have witnessed some worrying incidents unfold even as we are duly reminded about our more urgent civic duties as citizens …

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Counting achievements

Political parties and candidates are on a campaign marathon covering as many place as they can in the short campaign period. With them are promises of better roads, water, health facilities, salary revisions and many more, to woo voters. Politicians, like a voter said, are painting a rosy picture of …

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Who should take the moral responsibility?

The death of babies at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Thimphu was unfortunate. But that was sign of complacency that cannot be tolerated. An investigation has found that the failure to institute infection control measures is found to have caused the bacterial infection outbreak at the Neonatal …

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The common forum

A mid the flurry of election activities the country is witnessing, several reports on the common forums have surfaced. Some dzongkhags reported low attendance while others raised concerns on the language. For some, the talk time provided to the candidates was limited. Issues were raised on why question and answer sessions …

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Some saving graces to count

At a time when political candidates and party supporters are busy digging into their opponents’ well-kept secrets and making the whole election process dark and dizzyingly unpleasant, there are also, although few and far between, some saving graces that sadly go unnoticed in the heat of the moment. All’s not …

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Self-reliance, an elusive goal

Bhutan’s aspiration to become a self-reliant country is becoming a myth. Political parties, desperate to woo voters with their promises have no qualms accepting that the funding to fulfil their pledges will be sourced from donors. The people see the contradiction of borrowing funds to become self-reliant. The political parties …

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Taking our responsibility seriously, each individually

As the processes leading up to the elections are gathering pace, there is the real danger of inviting unnecessary disruptions in our society. Giving fecund grounds to such eventualities could cast a long and dark shadow over the culture of democratic governance that we have been trying so hard to …

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A tragedy

It was a preventable tragedy. But complacency of our health workers at the national referral hospital resulted in the death of 11 babies in 19 days. This tragedy should have jolted the conscience of the nation, which is quick to light butter lamps on the demise of foreigners but offers …

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Politics and agriculture

A farmer from Lobesa had long decided which party he would vote for. Having spent sleepless nights trying to irrigate his fields, he had made up his mind to vote for the political party that promised irrigation water. Now he is confused. All the parties have promised to uplift agriculture. Some …

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Language and politics

Politics has given the biggest push to promote Dzongkha. In the process, we have all gained respect for the art of public speaking and the elegance of the national language. But for some aspiring politicians the national language is proving to be quite a hurdle in getting their messages across. …

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