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Editorial: Beyond the party

25 October, 2008 – As we anticipate the big party there is a need to look beyond the Coronation week to make it truly meaningful. For us the Coronation is not just an event. It symbolises a new chapter of Bhutanese history, an era that must inspire generations of Bhutanese people in the future.His Majesty the King has been repeating his vision for the future to leaders of the government, to the people, and mostly to the youth. This week His Majesty shared his priorities [... Read More]

Editorial: Who

22 October, 2008 – With visibility comes exposure. As the Bhutanese media start reporting on rural communities, we are beginning to see some problems in the otherwise peaceful existence of rural life. And we also see the inevitable reactions of a small society.Local leaders, their awareness heightened by the elections, are extremely conscious of publicity. They are keen to publicise activities that they are proud of and anxious to play down less complimentary developments in their communities. The media, being mandated to cover all issues, [... Read More]

Editorial: Who is watching?

18 October, 2008 – Our discourse is getting more vibrant. It is also getting more complex and, sometimes, more confused. But this is natural in an emerging democracy and we welcome any effort to bring issues into the public domain.The next step is to make sure that discourse does not remain just talk. As issues are brought up in parliament, in the media, within government and non-official circles, we must pay heed. We must follow up. Today the anti corruption commission tries to follow up [... Read More]

Editorial: Where are the priorities?

15 October, 2008 – We are getting more qualified. About 1,200 university graduates are doing the orientation programme this year and many more are coming out of universities around the world. Soon we will be talking about thousands graduating every year.The literacy rate is increasing so fast that employment has become a national priority in recent years. At this stage we have recognised the problem but not found a solution. Are we falling into a trap that other societies are? There are jobs for doctors [... Read More]

Editorial: Coming together

11 October, 2008 – At a time of rapid change, when we are grappling with powerful external forces to preserve our heritage, the restoration of Gangteng Goenpa is an exciting initiative. It is an important example of a spiritual legacy being preserved by a private institution with full government support.With more than 100 international devotees of the Gangteng Trulku joining thousands of Bhutanese to celebrate the consecration yesterday, it is also a symbol of Bhutan sharing its heritage with the world. The devotees have all [... Read More]

Editorial: Moving on

08 October, 2008 – The five blind men are looking at the elephant again: one is touching the tusk and saying the elephant is like a spear, one is feeling the stomach and saying its like a wall, one is holding the trunk and saying its like a snake, one is grabbing the leg and saying its like a tree, one is holding the tail and saying its like a whip.The term night hunting is even more complex than an elephant. The basic flaw in [... Read More]

Editorial: GNH : the answer

4 October, 2008 – So Gross National Happiness made it to the UN General Assembly. The prime minister of the worlds youngest democracy, Lyonchhen Jigmi Thinley, offered a Himalayan perspective of global trends. Humanity, he said, strongly reflects an addiction to Gross Domestic Product today.The message was that the unrelenting series of problems faced by humanity is our own doing. The escalating oil prices, financial crisis, climate change, emerging new diseases, terrorism, poverty can all be traced back to deteriorating values. Human well-being and survival [... Read More]

Editorial: What are we consuming?

1 October, 2008 – We have never had so much choice before. Bhutanese shops, particularly in the larger towns, are laden with goodies. Our entrepreneurs are bringing in new selections from new places every day. So it is time to take a good look at this trend.More does not mean better. We need to look at the quality of what is being sold and what is being consumed. At some stage, we need to consider steps to control the quality of items being sold to [... Read More]

Editorial: Paying for political parties

27 September, 2008 – The ECB is considering revising the Nu100,000 ceiling for contributions made by individuals to political parties. The issue, however, is not the amount. We should be looking at principles and, like everything else, ensuring transparency and the implementing of the rules governing the contributions.Both parties are in debt after the March 24 election, not a great encouragement for new parties. The parties have appealed for a revision of the ceiling and, if members are keen, why not? Elections are not cheap [... Read More]

Editorial: To understand

24 September, 2008 – There is no dispute on the need for good opposition parties in Bhutan. Thats why the current discussion on political parties. In fact, thats why the concern over the absence of potential opposition parties on the Bhutanese political horizon.We do not mean opposition for the sake of opposition. We would like to see an opposition that will question rather than just oppose. We see today that even a weak opposition today is contributing to parliamentary debate, so we appreciate the advantages [... Read More]