For long, it was a dream for thousands of Bhutanese for an internal road network, connecting Daifam in the east to Sipsoo in the west. There were all the reasons for such a big dream, an alternate route connecting the length of the country. Travelling along the Assam-Bengal highway was not safe, reliable or convenient. Ruffling through old files, chimis, then members of the national assembly, had repeatedly voiced the need for a road. It was not only people’s representatives from the beneficiary dzongkhags or [... Read More]
Before we know it, we are already in the third month of the year. November 11 is not very far, and the nation has already gone into a celebratory mood. There are a lot of events dedicated to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, who will be turning 60, by the Gregorian calendar, on November 11. It is a historic year for Bhutanese. A year for paying tribute to one of the greatest leaders Bhutanese have seen, a moment to honour the service of a [... Read More]
Voice. One voice. That’s what we needed. And that’s what we got when Bhutan played Sri Lanka on the home ground Tuesday at Changlingmethang National Stadium in Thimphu. We saw our worth, for the first time, in the mirror of our national soul. We are worth more, much more than we think we are. That’s what we learnt that day. The World Cup is a big event. And we will fight tooth and nail if we have to, to get there in 2018, in Russia. [... Read More]
The national football team made history again. And for the right reasons this time. As the lowest ranked team in the FIFA ranking, we are known more for the 20-0 drubbing we suffered at the hands of Kuwait years ago than as a footballing nation. Yesterday, the national team shocked the world and redeemed national pride, as we comfortably beat Sri Lanka, a nation ranked 35 places above us on the FIFA ladder. With a slim advantage from the first leg in Colombo, all eyes [... Read More]
The national football team came home on Saturday to a heroic reception. The big win in our first World Cup qualifying match against Sri Lanka has suddenly turned the attention on the national squad. There is a feel of togetherness at home, at least among those who follow football. Wishes are overflowing on social media for the Dragon Boys. Beyond the mountains, our first win made headlines. There were many rave reviews of our first game. But the match is not over. There is a [... Read More]
For the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender informal community in the country, it was history in the making when one of them spoke openly about his identity. It was a huge achievement. Was there a reason for celebration? The answer is yes and no. Unlike in many countries, homosexuality is not a big issue here. It is considered taboo because it was not talked about or discussed as much as today. With a movement for gay and lesbian rights in many countries, it is through [... Read More]
The much talked about helicopter service in the country is soon going to be a reality. By the end of the next fiscal year, the country will boast two choppers and 40 helipads. This would fulfil the promise of the government, whose inability to start the service, was even mocked in some quarters, whenever a chopper hovers around the city. Given our rugged terrain and scattered settlement, a helicopter would come handy for search and rescue operations, a requirement stressed by the International Civil Aviation [... Read More]
Bhutan won 1-0 against Sri Lanka on the first day of the team’s bid for the World Cup in 2018. There can’t be better news than this for a nation like ours. We must congratulate our footballers even as they are so far away from being considered professionals. We have today what we can call a team of national footballers. And they have given their best. Football in Bhutan could be big if thoughts and intents are put to good use.
“I’ll make you bask in the sun for days.” This is not a well-intended line. Villagers often say this when they quarrel or have disputes. It is rather a threat, as litigants have to report to court and wait, and wait in the sun more oft than not.
A visiting editor kept asking if it was true that most Bhutanese journalists have the mobile numbers of the prime minister and his cabinet, and that reporters chat with ministers on social media. It is true. And reporters call the prime minister or his ministers at odd hours for information or clarification. Most of the time they are successful. Such a thing would be impossible in many countries. It takes weeks, even months, to get an appointment with a minister. A French journalist was shocked [... Read More]