Tuesday, April 13, 2021

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Challenges of Bhutanese Non-Profit Organizations

As I was drafting this piece, the Federal Government announced an amazing grant opportunity. Should the organization you work or volunteer for is eligible to apply for this grant opportunity, it is worth a try. Well, good luck with it! Now let us face other facts: Many of the Bhutanese non-profit...

Bhutan Politics: Surprises and Suspense before Third Election

Bhutan is warming up to go to the polls for the third time. The atmosphere is one of hope, excitement, heat, anxiety, and curiosity. Past experiences indicate the voters love ‘change’. Come October 18th and they will speak that ‘change’ again through the ballot. Of the four political parties competed...

While the big and the small dragons tryst in Dok-la, the elephant trumpets loud

By: Govinda Rizal In early June 2017, Indian defense intelligentsia found Chinese People Liberation Army (PLA) active near Doka-la plateau at the four-state junction between Bhutan, Tibet (China), and Sikkim and West Bengal (India). Between November 2015 and June 2017 about 10 kilometers of roads were constructed in the region...

In search of a Nation

Movie Desh Khojdai Jaanda literally “In Search of a Nation” is based on chronology of historical facts about the ethnic Nepalese in early history of southern “Bhu-utan” now known as Bhutan. Historical evidence lavishly suggests that the theocratic ruler of Bhutan, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal consolidated Bhutan. His visit to southern...

Petition and Politics vis-a-vis the Roar of Thunder Dragon

On some individuals of interest Interestingly and coincidentally, both writers have mentioned names of senior civil servants, some 'dashos' and 'lyonpos' who played roles in the state of affairs. Some names appear just for personal matters, while others are mentioned to value their contribution to nation building. Notable are Dasho...

Petition and Politics vis-a-vis The Roar of Thunder Dragon

Editor's Special In a span of one year, two books came to my reading shelve - one came from Bhutan hand delivered to me by a visiting official, another came from Nepal, distributed in the US for sale promotion. Om Pradhan, a former minister and diplomat for Royal Bhutan government published...

Census and Citizenship in Southern Bhutan

The issue of pending citizenship and census status for many southern Bhutanese has once again surfaced in the media. It was during the last parliamentary election that candidates of both DPT and PDP vowed to solve the problem being faced by people in the south for over two decades...

Why DPT lost to PDP?

Whether people of Bhutan looked for a real change or not, the change of a ruling party has been brought about in the second election.  How efficient will the new government be able to fulfill all its promises remains a test of time. Whether people understand the values of...

Landscapes, Memory and Identity

"When honestly narrated, memories can become a source of identity. It offers an understanding of the landscape and the people – and they are never meaningless. People remember the landscape names, important events, location of houses, trees, roads, trails, etc." For the last almost two decades, Southern Bhutan has remained...

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