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Editorial: The cost of democracy

3 March, 2007 – Scholars seem to share one view about democratic
systems of government. Going by the historical
development of democratic governments and societies democracy was established, and was able to stabilise, only after struggles and conflicts, often violent conflicts.Most conflicts were caused by the opposition among interest groups as well as the process of replacing existing systems, systems meaning not just regimes and people but entire processes of thought. Conventional wisdom says that [... Read More]

Editorial: Challenges ahead

28 February, 2007 – When we look back at the past year we see a
year of historic change. When we look
forward, we see another year of historic change. The element is fire and the theme will be political reform as we move into the year of the pig.Looking back we realise that, as painful as the royal transition was to the Bhutanese people, it now enables us in fact it forces us [... Read More]

Editorial: Another year

18 February, 2007 –
When the year of the dog began we were reminded that we are happy people, and Bhutan is one of the happiest nations in the world. As the year unfolded we were reminded that happiness has to be earned; that it is not a gift but a reward for clear vision, good policies, and hard work.It was a reflective year and a number of important challenges came through with growing [... Read More]

Editorial: Media as a service

15 February, 2007 – For Bhutanese journalists who attended a meeting of
the SAARC editors in India last week it was an
interesting and educative experience and, more important, it was a reminder of our own priorities.A meeting of senior SAARC journalists, like the meetings of senior officials of the region, tends to be politicised. The gatherings particularly issues – are usually dominated by existing tensions, mostly among the larger countries. As journalists we [... Read More]

Editorial: Meeting new times

10 February, 2007 – Times have changed. The world has changed, India has
changed, and Bhutan has changed. By signing the India-
Bhutan Friendship Treaty this week Bhutan and India have responded to phenomenal changes in both countries and ensured that their unique and mutually beneficial bilateral relations will continue to grow into the future.As treaties go, the 1949 treaty has always been a symbol more than a real basis for bilateral relations. Bhutan and [... Read More]

Editorial: Towards reasoned decisions

8 February, 2007 – The consternation over the price of sand, with its
direct impact on the construction industry and
broader impact on the economy, raises many questions. It is worth looking at because it is or will be – representative of important trends that we will see in the near future.For example, do we know what we are getting into as we venture into the world of capitalism? Do we study the implications [... Read More]

Editorial: Information as a service

5 February, 2007 – It is encouraging that the government is determined
to reach the benefits of information technology to
the rural population. While the bigger goal of creating a knowledge-based society may be out of reach until computer literacy improves in Bhutan some practical steps would be of great benefit to our farmers now.We have already found out that installing computers in the gewog offices is not necessarily providing access. What we need is [... Read More]

Editorial: Keeping up with change

1 February, 2007 – The appointment of a new Gyaploi Zimpon and
the reorganisation of the office is an important
element in the evolution of Bhutanese society. It is yet another symbol of transition as one generation of people hand over responsibilities to another. And it is also a gesture of confidence of the new generation in accepting the responsibility.We know that new times have new needs and we are reassured that our system is [... Read More]

Editorial: A healthy evolution

29 January, 2007 – The RCSC has sent out a good message to the
civil service by decentralising the authority for
recruitment, training, and promotion of some civil servants to ministries and dzongkhags. It means that a system based on the assumption that these agencies could not be trusted with responsibility will now be based on the assumption that they are trustworthy.The biggest advantage is that the government has the flexibility to go ahead and [... Read More]

Editorial: Disclosing wealth

21 January, 2007 – Is a public official up to something if assets and
property owned is far beyond what the monthly salary can afford?This suspicion has long been on the minds of the Bhutanese public. Concrete buildings in the centre of town or the latest four-wheel drive zooming past in a cloud of dust are very visible assets.

In fact the rule that public officials should declare assets has existed since the 1980s. But the [... Read More]

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