This is a new argument, yet to pick up. As we see democracy through after every five years, at least over new 40 MPs will be seen as well as more then five new ministers will be out in the public while some may retake the ministerial post if the same party wins. if the party losses 47 MPs will be out as well as 10 ministers and how may orange kabneys and blue kabneys do we see in a small population. going by this Bhutan at some point will be full of dashos all wearing all sort of colored kabneys.
At the same time, Dzongdas, Dzongrabs, Drangpons and Drangrabs, share the same issue. In my view as some also share the same, only red scarf awarded by the king shall be allowed to wear and retain else…. the positional scarfs i think should be folded when one is out of that position…..? What do you think….?
Voicing and making Noise i thought is two different things. Media and people in general sometimes make noise in the pretext of voicing, while some media in my view also tend to create noise instead of providing a forum for voices….. Do you think making noise is a good culture practice over voicing……?
Everyone knows that Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan. It is filled with bright lights and people rejoice seeing it especially in the evening where it brightens the whole town. Moreover, Thimphu has all the facilities for entertainments like swimming pool, Basketball court, Public Libraries, Pubs and restaurants. Students have access to such luxuries. Basically, people staying at Thimphu are exposed and educated.
But it is not the case in rural area and this can be seen in eastern side where development is limited and students make use of limited facilities.
The Head (Anyone in Government) ask people what should be done to bring development, then development should be focused in improving the life in rural-make them available to some entertainments where they can refresh after their work in the farm.
- Connect Cable TV
- Educate GNH (I think, it is village people who is indirectly maintaining what GNH really is. I think, government should make rural people realize how much they are contributing to a Nation. Why can’t they be included in upbringing the welfare of Bhutan? They are always in the first place to live within GNH and not live with it.
It would be a productive initiative to do a workshop on how to let Rural people have fair share of Entertainments after their heavy and tiring farm work and discuss on what can be done to improve further infrastructural facilities. And also raise the issue of GNH, which is now the essential pillar of Bhutan known to the outside world.
Numerous issues emerged at the Bhutan Media Dialogue 2012 that just ended on May 10th. Participants were asked to identify the one burning issue or question conerning media in Bhutan. Some of them included:
• How can free expression be enjoyed and taken advatage of by the illiterate? • Mistakes made by young media, is that justified?
• How can media be accountable to its readers if they don;t depend on them but on the govt for viability?
• What are the limitations to free expression in Bhutan?
• Impatient news-breaking leads to half-baked information causing panic and confusion in society.
• Media need to bring up stories on poverty ore frequently .
• How strong is Bhutanese media as a watchdog? Cut down on the process of getting information in the bureaucracy,
• How can we open up society to speak up on national issues?
• while the press enjoy freedom of expression, they find it exceedingly difficult to get people to exercise their free speech in a small society.
What are your views on the one burning issue/ or question concerning media in Bhutan? Feedback is needed to keep this conversation going. We have dedicated journalists in Bhutan wanting to serve the public interest, how can we get the public to talk to media more?
Democracy is based on the idea of free, thoughtful, and independent citizens who considers issues, makes decisions in cooperation with others, and hold themselves and their leaders accountable. For this idea of citizenship to be fully realized, an enabling environment – or a culture – must be woven into the very fabric of society.
How successful has Bhutan been in creating a ‘culture of democracy’?
How far does it have to go?
What role should civil society play in deepening the culture of democracy?