As more and more National Council aspirants emerge, the moment some fresh graduate or a young person is spotted, the general tendency is to doubt their competence.
That unable to find a job elsewhere, they are giving a shot at the council seat, or that someone unable to stand on their own feet is considering taking responsibility of an entire dzongkhag, are a few of the many arguments that people pose.
If they win the election, theirs is the seat and the many perquisites that come with it, something they may never get in other jobs, even after decade or two of slogging.
If they lose, it will be just like any applications they dropped with an office and never heard from, or one of the many interviews they sat at and failed to make it.
These are some of the other views people share, particularly in the urban areas.
They believe that the council, as the house of review, should comprise seasoned and experienced people, who exhibit maturity and rationality in the way they tackle issues, raise concerns and debate at the Parliament.
Do we really have the people, though?
If we do, where are they then, and why are they not coming forth and, to use the cliché, “respond to the call of the nation”?
If they are choosing to hide behind the security of the present jobs and fear contesting the elections, forget elections, even the nomination process, then what is the difference between a young, scouring-for-a-job graduate giving it a go, and the supposedly experienced and seasoned individual, who clings to his or her job?
Young graduates apparently feel they have nothing to lose by sticking their necks out at the elections, while the latter chooses otherwise, because they believe a loss would prove too costly.
Instead of being churlish at the sight or knowledge of our young, not just council but National Assembly aspirants, we should embolden them.
As electorates, let us play our own part in guiding them through the process that has only begun, by contributing in terms of valuable views, opinions and discourses they can draw from to make decisions for the country.
That is a role we ought to play in a democracy, but something that we have unfortunately failed to nurture so far.
Rather than make unfounded scathing remarks on them and break their spirits, let us give them a go, for we never know just what they might metamorphose and bloom into.
This was evident from how some of the young existing Parliament members transformed over the years, just as it showed how some of the so-called “experienced members” then, were seen to contribute the least as members of Parliament.