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His Eminence Lama Nyingkhula, alias Kunzang Wangdi (1942-2018)

Born (1942, water horse year) to Jurminla and Thinley, he was raised in Pangthang village in Bartsham in Tashigang. In the tradition of non-formal education in villages, his grandfather Nyoendola taught him when he was a child. He retained his parent’s beloved pet name for him, Nyingkhula (སྙིང་ཁུ་ལ). He grew …

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A light at the end of the Maokhola River?

Whether or not the Mao Chu locally known as Maokhola in Gelephu will have a motorable bridge over it at any point of time; nobody is certain about this quandary, yet too much water has flown down this river ever since the maiden episode of the bridge over the Mao …

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International Day for Older Persons

In Bhutan the Royal Society for Senior Citizens (RSSC) has been observing October 1 as the International Day for Older Persons along with the rest of the world. Senior citizens and members of the RSSC would meet and discuss issues affecting the elderly people on the day. This year we …

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The Iron Chain Links Of Bhutan

In 1433, the people of Paro forged 7,000 iron chain links for Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo. The Tibetan adept had travelled to Paro to mine iron ore and to forge iron chains, which he used to build numerous suspension bridges in Tibet. Even after 585 years, most of these iron chains …

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Making our political conversation meaningful and relevant

If we want to make our democracy meaningful and relevant, our political conversation will have to be meaningful and relevant. Democracy should be about the competition of ideas – ideas to make our country better. But our political conversation is a far cry from that. The pervading tenor of conversation …

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Self-reliance as state of mind

At the very outset, I would like to put forth a disclaimer that the views expressed in this article are my own and do not in any way reflect that of my organisation. Self-reliance is the ability, commitment, and effort to provide the spiritual and temporal including the economic necessities …

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When education and entertainment blends

This week I had the pleasure of attending the premieres of two Bhutanese films: The Legend of Pemi Tshewang Tashi and The Next Guardian. They gave me some respite from the political frenzy which has gripped the nation. The Legend of Pemi Tshewang Tashi, a project of the Loden entrepreneur …

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Building climate resilience crucial to halt rise in hunger

For the third year in a row, there has been a rise in world hunger. The absolute number of undernourished people has increasedto nearly 821 million in 2017from around 804 million in 2016. These are the same levels as almost a decade ago.  We are therefore witnessinga worrisome erosion and …

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Development for development sake? 

The word ‘development’ has become a household terminology and everyone associates with it one way or the other. On the other hand, ‘development processes’ have confused us. ‘Development results’ are often articulated in numbers, indices and abstract terminologies, and presented in glossy pile of documents, which are almost always distant …

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