Archive for the ‘ Commentary ’ Category

Myths and reality behind BT affairs

The first private news paper Bhutan Times was forced to go for outsourcing to ensure its regular publication after a group of seven journalists, including its editor, resigned abruptly on October 22 afternoon saying management had undue interference on editorial issues. The problem began shortly after enthronement of Wangcha Sangey as the new executive chief […]

Published on Nov 03 2009 // Commentary

Notion and motion of unionism

Disintegration of unionism and collective bargaining is one of those features that make democracy charming and adorable. Unionism not only delivers bargaining calibers to workers but helps germinate affection, friendship and joint work. Collective effort is the final decider to make things happen. The limitation of unionism bestowed by king-made constitution has been further kept […]

Published on Oct 02 2009 // Commentary

From Bhutan to e-Bhutan

The tiny Himalayan kingdom Bhutan, which is sandwiched between two Asian giants, India and China, was glad to get some computers connected with the internet facilities on June 2, 1999. With grant assistance from the United Nations Development Programme and International Development Research Center, the only Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Bhutan, Druknet started its […]

Published on Sep 14 2009 // Commentary

Refugee Leaders vs Camp Secretaries

It was just two weeks ago that some Bhutanese political leaders in exile rushed to Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs seeking political asylum and personal security. Their complaint was that they were not allowed to operate political activities freely in Nepal and felt very insecure. Personal security is important for all individuals, including refugees, to […]

Published on Sep 01 2009 // Commentary

Misconception of democracy in Bhutan

This is how the democracy in this newest democracy is functioning – if you read the recent statement by Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley made at the National Council (Upper House) session in Thimphu. According to him, no laws have mentioned that ministers have to attend question-answer hour at the upper house. This is ridiculous. […]

Published on Jul 31 2009 // Commentary

Exile groomed journalists inscribe struggle

By Govinda Rizal   For any book to survive and perform well in today’s market, when the cyber store has piles of freely accessible information, it’s content must be of  interest un-accessible through  internet browsing. This criterion is highly upheld by TP Mishra’s “Becoming a journalist in exile”.   The first of the four parts […]

Published on Jul 21 2009 // Commentary

Transition, Transformation and Vision for the Diaspora

A highly placed source at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said that altogether 16,000 Bhutanese citizens have been resettled in various developed countries so far. The statistics update from the UNHCR showed that until April 11, 2009 some 10,934 individuals have resettled in the United States of America under the third country […]

Published on Jul 10 2009 // Commentary

Quest for a new queen

The question of new Queen of Bhutan has many citizens in anxious. This is because Bhutan too had a shared of her Imelda Marcos in her brief history. Fifth King, Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck is 29 years odl and there are rumors doing rounds in country about his imminent marriage within two or three months. The […]

Published on Jun 03 2009 // Commentary

Democracy in Bhutan: a silver lining

‘Democracy is the government by the people, for the people and of the people,’ a definition taught at school level rings in my mind. It was the ICSC curriculum of Indian history and civics taught in Bhutan that gave a cursory knowledge of democracy to younger generation of Bhutan. Had it not been for the […]

Published on May 18 2009 // Commentary

Political Transparency and the Democratic Transition

With nation-wide elections on March 24, 2008, Bhutan formally stepped into democracy, ending its centuries-old absolute monarchy. There were expectations that with a written constitution being adopted, the right to free speech and the right to information would be widened and that the media would begin growing and functioning as a source of relevant information […]

Published on May 01 2009 // Commentary