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Archive for August, 2010

Fears of 'demographic inundation' behind Bhutan's refugee crisis

THIMPHU, Bhutan — From their isolated perch in the heights of the Himalayas, the leaders of Bhutan looked upon their borderlands in the 1980s and saw a problem. Their authority and traditional way of life, preserved by centuries of reclusion from a changing world, were threatened, they felt, by people they had allowed to migrate […]

Published on Aug 31 2010 // Opinion

First private Dzongkha weekly launched

A brand new newspaper with a reader-friendly language 30 August, 2010 – At a time when the quality of Dzongkha is being questioned and discussed in every possible medium comes an opportune attempt to apprise Bhutanese of their national language. Beginners can take a plunge into the language, starting with the alphabets illustrated in elementary […]

Published on Aug 31 2010 // Media Monitor

Kathmandu Politics in Retrospection

BY RN POKHREL: It might perhaps appear too early to say as to if the exiled movement led by RK Dorji will yield fruitful results but if his recent activities are selfless-driven, it might drive our long struggle to a good height. The coalition should have two fold working strategy one based on human rights and the other for political affairs. The first move of the coalition should be to address the problem of the people in the camp as the primary deal and future strategy should be on political achievements.

Now the matter is strategy and approach and then unity with vision and mission. United Bhutanese voice from across the globe for peace and justice in Bhutan has no alternative, thus, the leaders should coin a special roadmap to lead the movement to a successful height.

Published on Aug 30 2010 // Opinion

Kathmandu politics in retrospection

It might perhaps appear too early to say as to if the exiled movement led by RK Dorji will yield fruitful results but if his recent activities are selfless-driven, it might drive our long struggle to a good height. Dorji, President of Druk National Congress (DNC), who was in Nepal after his extradition case was […]

Published on Aug 30 2010 // Opinion

Electric train in Himalayan kingdom

At a time, the government has already failed to its commitments to begin the domestic air services by this October, yet another assumptive project has been designed. Even a day before the second tender deadline ends, the government has not received any proposal for domestic air services except few inquiries from the individual. After Indian […]

Published on Aug 29 2010 // Main News

Bhutanese regime and its art of lying

Bhutan often engages itself in telling the Bhutanese refugee stalemate is a humanitarian issue but never dared say who or what caused this issue. So far, Bhutan is very lucky as it is backed by a giant neighbour and its propaganda is sellable in the market. Why Bhutan does not dare sitting across the table […]

Published on Aug 29 2010 // Opinion

Replace Dzongkha by English

Recent political change in Bhutan has given opportunity for public debates on several issues pertaining to Bhutanese nationality, including its official language Dzongkha, which otherwise would have been impossible. Talking relevance of any Bhutanese symbols under absolute monarchy was certain to land people into jails. Discussing their usage today is the healthy democratic culture that […]

Published on Aug 29 2010 // News Analysis

TCR –A mixed bag of opportunities and miseries

After eighteen years of life in camps as a result of the failed bilateral talks between Nepal and Bhutan for repatriation, the process of Third Country Resettlement (TCR) got initiated for over 100,000 Bhutanese refugees. UNHCR deserves a big applause for its genuine effort for supporting so many refugees in Nepal and many more throughout […]

Published on Aug 29 2010 // Commentary

Bhutanese regime and its art of lying

BY Dr. Bhampa Rai: labeling citizens, whose entry into Bhutan dates back to not before the 17thcentury, as “illegal immigrants” of Bhutan is neither logical nor justifiable. The rulers, who also follow Buddhism, as commoners do, have been discriminating and suppressing other religions. A monk named Gomchen Karma from Tashigang, a follower of another sect of Buddhism Nyningmapa, was shot dead on October 27, 1997 by the district officer Lakpa Dorji and expelled many senior Buddhist monks of eastern Bhutan simply for attending a peaceful procession demanding equal rights to religions. After this incident, to appease this community and to avoid two front enmities, the regime promptly promoted Sharchop officers to the ranks of ministers. But all the ministers from other ethnic community are still under compulsion to dance to the tunes of the regime.

Published on Aug 28 2010 // Opinion

Bhutanese regime and its art of lying

It is an undeniable fact that most of the nations know that Bhutan is a country of immigrants, who entered into Bhutan through different time periods. However, the country itself is yet to admit this fact. Therefore, labeling citizens, whose entry into Bhutan dates back to not before the 17thcentury, as “illegal immigrants” of Bhutan […]

Published on Aug 28 2010 // Opinion