Tuesday, April 13, 2021

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What we must learn and remember during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 is in full speed. It seems as if it is everywhere. You hear that your neighbors are seriously ill, your relative or a friend in another city or state is in hospital. People in your neighborhood are dying.  The daily death toll in the U.S. has surpassed 2,000. Projections...

The Trajectory To Education

From New Horizon Academy (a refugee camp-based school in Nepal) to Harvard --  what a startling journey! Soon after I finished watching the interview, I received a message from my colleague Rochelle Frounfelker, a Harvard graduate inquiring whether I knew the interviewee. She was as much excited and inspired...

All eyes on OBCA Convention !

With ABA (Association of Bhutanese in America) still nowhere and seemingly in deep slumber despite much hue and cry from some quarters of our community, it is OBCA (Organization of Bhutanese Communities in America) that appear to have woken up and listen to the call of a general mass....

Is Bhutan’s Media Freedom Really Slipping?

Vishal Arora regularly sneaks into Bhutan out of his love for this country. It is indeed Vishal's foster- country, for he derived his name Tenzin Wangchuk, to show affinity towards welcoming brothers of another breed. Rightly pointed out by him, Vishal has written about Bhutan both as critique and as...

Modi’s speech reveals skeleton in cupboard

The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has recently addressed the parliament of Bhutan, the youngest democracy in the world. Bhutan, the only country in the world without traffic lights, is very proud to set green lights on to receive Mr. Modi as a guest in that this was his...

Viewpoint: Bhutanese community grateful for welcome in Springfield

The U.S. government offered to resettle 60,000 Bhutanese refugees living in Eastern Nepal in early 2007 when the 17th rounds of bilateral negotiation between the governments of Bhutan and Nepal did not yield any compromise on repatriation or local assimilation. Within six years, more than 70,000 Bhutanese refugees have arrived...

Election aftermath: A milestone or a millstone?

I arrived in Bhutan a few days after the second general elections – a milestone in the journey of our country’s fledgling democracy. A milestone unfortunately marred with ugly accusations hurled at each other from both sides of the two political parties that had contested – The People’s Democratic Party...

Bhutan, China and India on border, fuel and economy

Bhutan, China and India share several outstanding issues and the border issues top the list. Earlier this year in August, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin led a delegation to Bhutan for the 21st border talk. He also talked on opening Chinese embassy, increasing tourist flows, increasing exchange visits,...

What do we do? Sublime Hopes of Elderly Bhutanese in America.

“What do I do? I cannot speak English. I am 56 years old. I cannot go to work, I cannot do anything. I want to work. I want to do what I have been doing all my life. I want to be active. But all I do is stay...

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