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BHUTAN: ON A DEMOCRATIC PATH?

DRUK NATIONAL CONGRESS, BHUTAN(Founded on 16th June, 1994).16th June, 2007  INTRODUCTIONThe Royal Government of Bhutan (RGOB) released the Draft Constitution on 23rd March, 2005, after a sustained struggle by the people of Bhutan, and was distributed globally. It was claimed that prior to the formulation of this draft, the King and Crown King (father and […]

Published on Jun 23 2007 // Opinion

Bhutanese imbroglio purposely vexed

On Sept 27, 1991, former Justice of the supreme court of India V R Krishna Iyer had aptly said: "The time has come for the people of Bhutan to liberate themselves from a tottering diadem, a tidy tyranny which is illiterate in its polity and have no rule of law". India had made tryst with […]

Published on Jun 13 2007 // Opinion

Tumultuous becomes the Thimphu politics

The Thimphu politics, expanding number of parties, is observed to going more fragmented, contrast to what the rulers say the politicians and people in the country are united. The ministers in the cabinet and members in the royal national assembly have already divided to join their near and dears in the new parties. With dates […]

Published on Jun 07 2007 // Opinion

Bhutanese democratic struggle must continue

The democratic struggle for democracy in Bhutan must continue unanimously to achieve greater democracy and to lead to democratic government where people representatives must be elected to serve the concern of ordinary citizens of Bhutan. The democratic form of government to be formed after 2008's first general election cannot be considered as legitimate democracy but […]

Published on May 19 2007 // Opinion

Women and the issue of human rights

The issues of women have been soundly raised to the level of social consciousness, theoretical conceptualization, political and development action in very few countries. In fact, women, especially in the context of developing countries, are discriminated and are made the target of the ‘discrimination’ from the womb itself. The high ritual and other values attached […]

Published on May 12 2007 // Opinion

Mock election or a scheme of establishing king&#039s party?

On the third week of April 2007, King Jigme Singe Wangchuk and his son's government (KJSWand G) completed the well-calculated drama of so-called first Mock election in Bhutan. The second round of the drama is yet to be played on 28 May 2007 by conducting another mock election. These dramas are popularized on the pretext […]

Published on Apr 30 2007 // Opinion

Denounce inhuman rule in Bhutan

Bhutan, long plagued by the absolute regimes of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, and his son now, has reached the point of critical crisis. The kings have decided to hold a general election, in 2008, to choose a 'democratic' government in Bhutan. Interestingly, the regime has formed two political parties recently with similar names as those […]

Published on Apr 08 2007 // Opinion

Indian support vital but doubtful on refugee issue

Seventeen years after having failed to persuade Bhutan, unilaterally, to repatriate Bhutanese refugees, Nepal has sought support from the Indian government. On the backdrop of the 14th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, for the first time, sought support from Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh […]

Published on Apr 05 2007 // Opinion

Bhutan&#039s Nepali immigrants Vs ruling elite

It has become long since Bhutan has an inconsistent situation emerged inside the country. Why did the Lhostampas fail in adjust in the northern Bhutanese culture? It is equally significant to know reasons behind the eviction of these people. Does Bhutan face a danger to its identity and integrity? These are some of the issues, […]

Published on Mar 12 2007 // Opinion

Refugee Impasse: A Diplomatic Failure

The King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchhuk, was on an official visit to India from February 7-12. This was his first official visit to India after assuming his responsibility as the fifth Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan on December 9 last year. The two countries have revived the Indo-Bhutan Friendship Treaty of 1949, expected to […]

Published on Feb 18 2007 // Opinion