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Quality of education has not deteriorated

Bare to the calves with dirty knees, uncombed hair with its colour hardly natural, dirty nose that bubbled with mucus now and then, and with decaying teeth that needed the service of a dentist, life was harsh. The school was not a homely place either. Knees were bent to serve as desk for slates that were mostly broken. Standing was sometimes, better than sitting on the cold broken floor. Quite often, bunking a class to escape slaps for losing a chalk was neither a better [... Read More]

Best and worst year in Asia in 2014

There goes the Year of the Horse.  As 2015 and soon, the Year of the Sheep, unfolds, it’s time for one last look at the year we left behind. A year ago, taking a page from Washington Post political columnist Chris Cillizza’s awarding U.S. President Barack Obama the dubious distinction of  “Worst year in Washington,” we took to the digital pages of Fortune Magazine.  The challenge – naming who had the “Worst year in Asia” – and the “winner” then of that least desired of 2013 prizes: Obama [... Read More]

The Fourth King and our ecological health

དགའ་བའི་ཚལ་ན་ལྷ་རྣམས་རྩེ་བ་བཞིན།།  ཁུ་བྱུག་མྱོས་པའི་གདངས་སྙན་གླུ་ལེན་ཅིང་།། དུས་རླུང་བསེར་བུས་མེ་ཏོག་འགྲིམས་པ་བཞིན།། སྤྲིན་གྱི་གླང་པོ་དགའ་བའི་སྒྲ་འབྱིན་ཅིང་།། ཆར་གྱི་སྣང་བ་རབ་བཟང་བསིལ་བསིལ་བཞིན།། རྩ་བ་ལོ་མ་འབྲས་བུའི་ཁ་ཟས་ཀྱང་།། སྡིག་དང་མ་འདྲེས་ནགས་ན་དུས་བཞིར་ལྡན།། ཉོན་མོངས་རྣམས་ཀྱང་ངང་གིས་ནགས་ན་འགྲིབ།། མི་སྙན་བརྗོད་པ་སུ་ཡང་མ་མཆིས་ཤིང་།། འདུ་འཛིའི་གྲོང་ལས་རྒྱང་རིང་གྱུར་པས་ནི།། ཞི་བོའི་བསམ་གཏན་ངང་གིས་ནགས་ན་འཕེལ།། དམ་པའི་ཆོས་དང་མཐུན་ཞིང་སེམས་འདི་དུལ།། ཉེ་བར་ཞི་བའི་བདེ་བ་ནགས་ན་ཐོབ།། མདོར་ན་ནགས་ཀྱི་ཡོན་ཏན་མཐའ་ཡས་ཏེ།།   Like the gods dance in an enchanting forest,   Cuckoo sings sweetly in a heady note.    Like the flowers sway in a gentle season’s breeze The five-headed elephant of Indra trumpets delightfully. Like a shower that freshens our consciousness Those edible roots, leaves and fruits of four seasons, Uncontaminated by sins exists in the woods. Many mental toxins naturally wane in the woods. There is none to say any [... Read More]

NC going overboard in criticism of mining sector?

During the course of discussions on the Royal Audit Authority’s (RAA) report on mining and quarrying sector, both in the National Council (NC) and talk-shows on the national television (BBS), the proponents and management of the mining and quarrying units came under a barrage of criticism and condemnation from the NC.  The relevant government agencies were also not spared from the wings of their condemnation. There was a palpable feeling of passion on the issue amongst the honourable members.   While it is desirable to [... Read More]

Is the world today a better place for children?

When world leaders signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), 25 years ago, they made a promise to children: that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make their voices heard and to reach their full potential. This year as we celebrate 25 years of the CRC, it is a time to stock-take on where we are and to ask our-selves: Is the world today a better [... Read More]

Let us engage constructively to put our values into action

Few days ago, an ordinary conversation with a friend turned into a heated debate: I realized that he is open to the idea of hitting his future wife “under certain circumstances”. In other words, he does not oppose domestic violence. My opinion on the matter is that domestic violence is wrong – plain and simple. I think domestic violence is wrong regardless of the gender, class, race, origin, social-status, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, etc. of the both the perpetrator and the victim. Meaning that I [... Read More]

Act fast to control growing diabetes

About half of diabetic cases in South-East Asia Region are undiagnosed World Diabetes Day- November 14: The number of people in the world suffering from diabetes is increasing. Nearly 87M people with diabetes live in the WHO South-East Asia Region. India alone accounts for 65M, the second highest in the world after China, which has 98M of the total 392M diabetics in the world. It is projected that the number of diabetics globally will reach 582M by 2035. It is estimated that 5.1M deaths occurred [... Read More]

Fourth Druk Gyalpo: Making of a new Bhutan and blossoming India-Bhutan ties

November is a blessed month in Bhutan, marked by joyous fervour and festivity celebrating the birth anniversary of the country’s beloved leader, Jigme Singye Wangchuk. The 34-year-reign of the fourth Druk Gyalpo (1974-2006) saw a defining all-round transformation of Bhutan into a modern renascent nation that has embraced modernity on its own terms, while staying true to its centuries-old Buddhist heritage. This year is special as it paves the way for the 60th birth anniversary celebrations of the enlightened leader, the progenitor of Gross National [... Read More]

Shared Prosperity: A Goal to Reduce Inequality

We have made tremendous progress over the last quarter century in the fight against poverty. In 1990, 36 percent of the world’s population, or 1.9 billion people, earned less than $1.25 a day. By next year, we estimate that the rate will have declined to 12 percent – a two-thirds reduction in 25 years. This means that, by next year, 1 billion fewer people will be living in extreme poverty than in 1990. That’s major progress. However, helping the next billion escape poverty will be [... Read More]

India & Bhutan: All-weather friends, Ancient Bonds – New horizons

It’s set to be a unique year in the annals of the all-weather friendship between India and Bhutan. As President Pranab Mukherjee heads on his maiden trip to the strategically located Himalayan state on 7th November, the timeless and exemplary relationship between the two fraternal neighbours will once again be in the spotlight. The presidential visit underlines a confluence of civilisational, economic and geostrategic imperatives that grounds special ties between the world’s largest and youngest democracies. 2014 is, therefore, set to be a watershed year [... Read More]

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