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Our future is in our vote

In about a quarter of a year from now, our national landscape will be lined with political motif as politicians of all colours begin stirring a political ruckus canvassing for votes. The heavy wheel of democracy will be turned once again in our tiny nation, for the third time, as …

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Building Resilience through Cardamom

In the eastern Himalaya, climate change and its impacts are making farming a less predictable livelihood for mountain communities. Generating extra income to make up for potential shortfalls is more important than ever. Fortunately, through some hard work and innovation, large cardamom is proving to be a potential boon for …

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“Bazaar Inna?”

This infamous greeting, redundant as it is, was made infamous during a time of innocence. But not easily gone, the greeting still greets the streets. With the new millennium, a crop of so-called educated-elite began ridiculing the obvious. But stubbornly, the greeting persists. The once informal and polite marketplace greeting …

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Golden Jubilee: The establishment of the High Court of Bhutan

Introduction The High Court of Bhutan completes 50th years of its glorious existence this year, the year of Fire Female Rooster, 2017.  His Late Majesty the Third Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, among many institutional initiatives and reforms, established the National Assembly in 1953 and an independent judiciary with the …

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Can Hindus in Bhutan do better?

One man’s view on why Hindus in Bhutan are becoming an embarrassment to themselves, and why the Hindu Dharma Samudaya must aim to cultivate a ‘one Hindu’ community Generally, I strictly avoid both private and public meddling in the matters of religion because I consider myself too secular to dig …

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Searching for Development

As we go through the fog of modernity, confused by threats of war, toxic politics, terrorism, tech-led job disruption, natural and human disasters, what is the right development model going forward? In the post-Second World War period, development was defined by the US led Bretton Wood multilateral institutions framework, comprising …

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Community sustainability at high risk: JICA survey

JICA has been working for long with the Royal Government of Bhutan in the decentralisation process, placing strong emphasis on human resource development. Currently, JICA cooperates with the Department of Local Governance (DLG) in implementing “Support for Community Engagement in Local Governance (SCLG) Project” with three target dzongkhags. In order …

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Smart phones, new media, and ignorant users

Whether you live in cities or in a rural Bhutanese village, the ability to shift through information and evaluate media messages is an important skill in 21st Century. Digital revolution has made it even more critical. The explosion of digital media and social networking platforms has transformed citizens into publishers …

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Dasho Wangchen

Aum Sangay Choden was in labour that night. Fire broke out on the second floor of her house. Before the blaze spread, she found time to gather just the clothes she wore and haul herself out of her bed to a neighbour’s house.

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