Thursday, September 22, 2016

Celebrating REMIT Bhutan with RMA and Bhutanese residing Abroad.

Celebrating REMIT Bhutan with RMA and Bhutanese residing Abroad.

Just came across an fb post of the Prime Minister shared by fb friend regarding REMIT Bhutan. It is about Foregn Exchange Account a Bhutanese can open with or through Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan (RMA).

This is a good starting move to promote  hard currency banking in Bhutan by Bhutanese working in third Countries.

RMA needs to go much further than simply permitting opening Foreign Exchange Accounts by such Bhutanese.   It has to change its authoritarian mode of simply " granting " something like permission to maintain " foreign exchange account" under REMIT Bhutan.

The Governor and the Board of RMA has to come up with commercial strategies to encourage those Bhutanese to park all their hard currency savings with or through RMA in Bhutan.

When DPT Government of Bhutan borrowed Indian Rupees to meet shortages, the Government paid interests of 9% to 11%. On top of that the Government had to more or less beg the Government of India to arrange such short Rupee term loans.

Later the PDP Government of Bhutan used hard currency reserve with RMA to buy Indian Rupees to solve the same problem of Rupee shortage. That way Bhutan did not have to beg India for Rupee loans.   

I cite these two cases to highlight how important it is for RMA and the Government to value the hard currency source that is represented by Bhutanese working  in third countries.  You cannot express value by words only  or simply permitting opening of hard currency account.

This REMIT Bhutan Scheme must be promoted and attracted through incentives that commercial banks (normal banks like BoB, BNB,T Bank and Druk PNB) offer:  Such as Savings interest and Fixed Deposit interests.

a) Offer 5% interest on Hard Currency Savings Account and higher interests on long term Hard Currency Fixed Deposits. The interest component could  be paid in Ngultrums. A twin Ngultrum Account could be opened along side the REMIT Bhutan account for interest deposit as well as for such account holder to spend money in Bhutan from their Foreign Exchange Account through equivalent counter value transfer into this Ngultrum Account.

b) Interests income from Fixed Deposits should not be taxed. Such income must be free of PIT to encourage saving culture for all Bhutanese living inside or outside Bhutan.  Banks can use Fixed Deposits to mobilise as capital source for their loans to clients. More money would be available to plough  into the economy.   And Government can earn more income through CIT from Banks and from BIT on  incomes generated through business investnents enabled by loans disbursed by Banks . This way all three:  the Depositors, the Banks and the Government ( Revenue Department) become end winners together. The Bhutanese nation benefits in the overall scheme of things.

c) Main reason why hard currency remittances are taking place through other channels than Banks is because RMA has in place a very discouraging short sighted regulation in place. RMA pays less when buying hard currencies and charges more when selling. The difference is around  than  Nu: 2. 25 for every dollar transacted. There are valid reasons in general transactions  like Donor contributions wherein Banks and RMA are able to accrue benefits from the service facilities offered.

d) In cases of Bhutanese citizen remittances, RMA need to pay the same selling rate in  counter value. This will encourage Bhutanese residing away to remit through Banks and also induce such Bhutanese to park their hard currency earnings with RMA or Banks authorised by RMA. Bhutanese residing or working outside must be encouraged to bank their hard currency savings with Bhutanese Banks. Over the years they will grow to be reliable continuous substantial foreign exchange source for Bhutan.

e) Whilst on this subject of exchange value, RMA could also realise more hard currency if it permits re- exchange of left-  over foreign currency at the selling rate. For example: The Banks sell certain amount of dollars to a Bhutanese travelling to third Countries. The exchange  rate applied is the higher selling rate. The same Bhutanese should be permitted to re-exchange upto a third of the amount initially exchanged at the prevailing selling rate upon return from the third Country. This would enable RMA to capture almost all available hard currency within the country and such Bhutanese do not have to seek buyers in the black market or hold on to the hard currency saved for next outside visit which may not even happen. 

I appreciate the progressive step taken by RMA and this Government. Thank you for national interest. Please take further concrete steps so that both the Bhutanese nation and the Bhutanese citizens residing or working outside mutually benefit.          

Monday, September 19, 2016

Who is really sponsoring terrorist attacks and to what end? India points at Pakistan and Pakistan points at India.

From attacks at Parliament in Delhi to Mumbai attacks, the terrorists from Pakistan have been blamed. Whether Pakistan Government intelligence agencies or Pakistan Army are or are not behind such heinous attacks against soft targets in India cannot be determined with 100% certainty. That is because Pakistan not only denies involment but also refutes evidences presented by Indian agencies. Many countries condemn such attacks but no third nation or intelligence agency stepped forward to directly blame Pakistan Government or Pakistan Army for the Pathankot or Uri attacks.

There are terror groups both in Pakistan and India and both nations have themselves been victims of home grown terror groups. Are the two nations using terror groups to achieve their political objectives  both at home and against each other? 

Afghanistan, India and even United States have at one point or another have accused Pakistan of sponsoring terrorists attacks in the past. As for India, till now only Pakistan has accused her of terror attacks. However, now there has appeared a tacit public admission that India  is not totally innocent. A former Indian Chief of Staff has called for creation of Sucide Squads.  The senior General would not have  publicly called  for such a drastic state sponsored terrorism organization if such is not already in existence. And no official entity is ridiculing his call.  

This year terrorists have been blamed for two daring attacks. One against heavily fortified Pathankot air base of Indian Air Force in Punjab sector facing Pakistan. The other being the more recent attack carried out on the said to be heavily fortified Indian Army Base at Uri in Kashmir sector. India has blamed Pakistan for these attacks. And the evidence they cite is that the equipments and other materials used in the attack have " Pakistan markings".

On the Pakistan side, they express their disbelief in terrorists having the capabilities to execute such attacks against heavily fortified and sensitised Indian defence establishments without some sort of Indian Government/ intelligence agencies' connivance. 

There are several serious thought provoking matters regarding the Uri attack that killed 17 soldiers and gravrly injuring over 30 ( death toll could increase).

1. Would a terrorist attack sponsor ( if Pakistan) so willingly show its involvement by providing equipments and other materials with " Pakistan markings". It should be possible to arrange equipments and materials from other sources.

2. Why the attack now just when General Assembly of United Nations is about to begin? India is at a very defensive position in the international political arena due to her heavy handed use of military force in Jammu  Kashmir state. So many civilians have been killed and the state has been under military seizure for over 2 months and no end in sight. The latest attack on Indian Army Uri Base shifts the villian spotlight away from India to terrorists whether Pakistan sponsored or otherwise. The aggressive Indian Army in Kashmir is made to appear the victim. 

3. How could Indian Defence Forces be so weak and helpless that even its most sensitised and fortified Army and Air Force Bases at the  Line of Control be so easily infiltrated and successfully terror struck by terrorists even " Pakistan sponsored"?

4. Pakistan is declared to be number one enemy of India and yet India appeared so ill prepared at both Pathankot and Uri. How is that possible? And if outside sponsored terrorists have been able to carry out such terror attacks inside highly fortified prime military establishments, shouldn't those in command be held responsible. Till now no Indian Defence Minister, Chief of Army or Officer-in- Command of such terror struck defence establishments have been publicly held accountable for military humiliations.   And most strangely the Defence Minister of India has been silent on the Uri attack while the Home Minister and Finace Minister have been publicly vocal. 

Prime  Minister Modi said that the " perpetrators will not  go unpunished". The Home Minister said " Pakistan should be identified and isolated". And the Finance Minister said it was an  " act of cowardice".  The Indian Army spokesman stated that the equipments and other materials had " Pakistan marking". Indian Media thinks that these are very strong statements. But such statements have been oft stated in the past and are very general in nature.

Pakistan Government and the Army flatly denies their involvement and in fact seems to be accusing India of staging. 

Other nations including United States and United Kingdom condemned the Uri terrorist attack but not Pakistan. As usual there will be fire works between India and Pakistan at the United Nations General Assembly. One thing for sure is that Jammu Kashmir is becoming an international issue. And many lives including that of soldiers are being unnecessarily lost and families so sadly bereaved. RIP. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Politics in Bhutan is more than unpredictable. It is becoming strangely alien democracy

Recently on 10th September, I blogged on north Thimphu bye election and said that we would see what would be there in 2018. But now this sudden resignation of DPT candidate Chencho has brought forward 2018 scenario to 2016. I feel sorry that this is happening.

I do not know either of the  two candidates of the  opposing Political Parties but anyone who knew the DPT fellow " would they  ever have expected the candidate to withdraw so soon after earnestly seeking the Party ticket and getting it?" I am told that there was quite a competition for the Party Ticket. .

Is this Chencho fellow immature or of dubious character or simply spineless in face of possible defeat or whatever threat and sweetener ? Or was the DPT candidate a " gomchen" in previous life, I just wonder.  ( gomchens are not allowed participation in politics). So I am made to presume that strange politics have taken  hold of the nation. Now, national politics is  a real "SUSPENSE".

However, on the International Front, a suspense has been removed today. On 6th September, I blogged on China and G-20 Summit. And said that American and Japanese pressures on British Prime Minister to dump China on nuclear deal seemed to have failed. Today Prime Minister May of Britain  approved the French, Chinese and Britisn nuclear project of $ 25 billion.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

By Election or Bye Election whichever and whatever.

It is political sunshine time for Taba. The candidates of the two Political Parties are both from Taba. Tshering of PDP and Chencho of DPT. And if you combine their names it is Chencho Tshering who might someday represent from Paro Shaba. Just a humour to ponder nothing serious.

Talking of seriousness, Thimphu the Capital has not taken PDP seriously in the last 2 General Elections. And now DPT has also amply proved that it cannot be taken seriously by north Thimphu voters.

This constituency bye election has far reaching implications. I wonder how the two vying  Political Parties are viewing this contest?  In north Thimphu constituency bye election, we will find out,  how fares Bhutan in 2018 Politics.  

This is a by-election only in name. It is a national battle that will indicate the winner of 2018 political war. PDP has every chance of making a success in this bye election. Both the Prime Minister and Finance Minister have strong residential roots in north Thimphu constituency. In addition the former PDP Foreign Minister Lyonpo Rinzin Dorji has wide family roots in the same constituency. Then there is the unmistakable advantage of being the Political Party in reign.

On the other hand, DPT Party is in the  Opposition seat and their MP of north Thimphu recently dumped the same constituency opting for personal gains.  And worse, it seems that the Party is not in lively communications with its former Party candidates and former MPs let alone grassroot voters and registered supporters. So it is not at all an ideal situation for DPT to face a by- election at this particular juncture. 

Against this political scenario, if PDP loses this by-election, it could very well be goodbye 2018. This is also the time to witness how fragile or tenacious DPT is as a Political Party. And this is also an election that holds equal stakes for non participating Political Parties of Bhutan. Do they or any other new Political Party have a chance to dislodge the two main existing  Parties in 2018?

The result of Bye Election will hinge upon the  Party stalwarts who may or may not join the campaign to support the candidate of their Party. Both the Political Parties have their aces who can work the magic charm today and in 2018. And it all depends on how the active  Party top brasses have positioned themselves  and how the inner Party  working setup has been managed( exclusively or inclusively) during the last 3 years.

There can be decisive impacts from the former Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley and the former Minister Sangay Ngedup the two Founding Presidents of the two main Political Parties. Whether they still are technically Party members or not, they are respected founding fathers who command wide political influence or public sway. So even a photo opportunity with their Party Founder would prove to be the magic wand to capture the votes for the candidates.

Good Luck to Taba Tshering and Taba Chencho. Either way Taba will surely win.  Sweet deals Taabas !

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

China after G- 20 Summit.

The Summit was held in Chinese city of Hangzhou. And if you have been listening to BBC and CNN people, all you would recollect would be the disparaging remarks and conclusions of the western media people. They said nothing important gets done in such meetings.

The western  news channels were in their own way most frustrated. At G- 20 Summit in China, the foreign  journalists got no special  treatment. And worse they were not really briefed on what really went on at  one to one talks between leaders. So though they know a lot had to be achieved during such gatherings yet they as news channels did not have much to report. The world leaders are wary of their media distorting everything to excite their audience.

The G-20 Summit confirmed the crucial role of China at the world order.

1. China and United States made a joint statement to ratify the Climate Change Agreement.

2. Turkey which had been jolted by the attempted coup leaned towards China and Russia. 

3. Britain was coerced by United States and Japan to deny Chinese involvement in the nuclear energy projects but Prime  Minister May refused to buckle. She deferred her decision on the nuclear investments but confirmed that her government wanted to take relation with China forward. It is clear that the joint trio nuclear project of France, China and Britain will take off by end of this month.

4. United States has been encouraging Philippines to resist China on the South China Sea issues. Unfortunately, things went haywire and Obama ended up cancelling a pre-scheduled meeting at Loas with the President of Philippine. They may still meet but the antagonism has become public.

5. Philippine may not be prepared to throw off the red dragon. But to placate America, Philippine maybe prepared to agree to an increase in  American naval base.

6. The young Prime Minister of Canada publicly critised China on human rights records.  And then to the chagrin of United States,  signed up to Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank spearheaded by China. AIIB is Chinese equivalent of World Bank spearheaded by China.

7. China and Russia had the meeting of minds on the issues of Middle East especially Syria. But United States and Russia could not make much headway in their talks on how to go about the wars in Syria.

8. India and United States signed a logistic agreement to assure the service of their defence facilities to each other's forces. And Prime Minister Modi signed a $500million aid to Vietnam to buy armaments and United States is giving Loas $90 million to destroy US bombs dropped on Loas decades back and still lying unexploded.  In other words India and United States are propping up the immediate neighbours of China. But nothing really much can console either United States and India. It is not in the national interests of Vietnam and Loas to be anti China.

9. Pakistan is so crucial to United States and India in their quest to contain China policy and the war in Afghanistan.   And here both are badly disconnected. The $ 46 billion economic corridor of China and Pakistan that includes Pakistan occupied Kashmir is simply a political tsunami and cannot be resisted. Prime Minister Modi found no softening of Chinese Policy in backing Pakistan. 

10. Iran is partnering with Russia in the Syrian war. And Iran is turning to Chinese investment and technology in revamping her economy that was shredded under many years of sanctions imposed by United States and allies.

11. China did not hesitate to pay off the protocol snuffs of the United States security teams when XI Jinping visited visited America. The missing red carpet for Obama may have been a mishap rather than deliberate plan. But protocol hostility was a payback which even President Obama also acknowledged gamely.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Forget selective treatment of few at specially catered education facilities. Promote one for all and all for one nation schools.

Why have several Central Schools or think of few more well equipped schools? What is the national objective? Special political interest groups to cater to or vote banks or well to do or less to do? Do not segregate youths and do not create barriers and different levels of Bhutanese young generation. 

All youths of Bhutan need and deserve the best that the nation can afford to give. Education service among all national services must be fair and equal. You cannot distinguish poor and rich kids, political kids or army kids or farmer kids or businessmen kids or bureaucratic kids or male kids or female kids.  The whole concept of segregation is morally and strategically wrong. And nationally most disturbing and disintegrating in nature and philosophy. Too far and under GNH.

Let us go for good and adequate for all youths Central Schools. And not limited numbers of  the kind that this Government is promoting for certain percentage of Bhutanese youths. It is financially not feasible to provide total free education. And definitely wrong to cater to just preferred groups.

Bhutan just does not have the means to provide  School facilities to all Bhutanese youth in the manner that this Government is proposing to do in few Central Schools. National resources  for education must be fairly accessible to any and all Bhutanese youths. Not just to Eastern, or Southern or Western youths or different social or economic or political youth groups.

Please realise that there is a constitutional national responsibility to provide education to all youths till Class X. No Bhutanese official  authority / Agency can arrange separate and unequal equipped schools or varying education services or facilities for  Bhutanese children. The Constitution does not segregate which Bhutanese child deserves to study in PDP promoted well equipped Central School types  and which child can only avail poorly equipped and run Day schools. The Guardians of the Constitutions must guide the Government and the Education Ministry.

Therefore, the Bhutanese nation must go for well administered Boarding Schools for all students.  Such Schools must have adequate hostel facilities and good fooding arrangements. There must be adequate sports areas and facilities.  There must be adequate classroom space, books and skilled teachers. Such must be the central responsibilities of the Government and the nation.

Let the parents provide the hostel beddings and other personal needs of the students. Let the parents provide the school uniforms and sports wears. And for those really poor and orphans, the Royal Kidu system could graciously step in. 

Education system must be overhauled but not in the way that is being done presently. Please think nationally not regionally or politically or group society. Think of the right of every Bhutanese child. Do not take into considerations  the  status of their parents or communities or varying clouts. One Bhutanese child has the same equal right as the next Bhutsnese child. This must be the guiding philosophy in catering to the education need of all children of the Kingdom.

Encourage development of Private Schools to meet demands and conveniences of those that prefer such schooling. But such  private schools should be par choice not forced choice because of lack of school seats or sub standard education quality in Government Schools.

Please join hands in good will and  prayers so that the nation succeeds in thinking for all Bhutanese and cater equally to the education of all Bhutanese children.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Idle minds and frustrated ambitious are easily excited with malicious thoughts. Defamation?

Do not feel out of depth or oxygen just because a second defamation case is in the process in Bhutan. GNH is a philosophy that the successive governments  try  to incorporate in developmrnt activities but the nation itself is governed by laws not emotions. And this defamation  case is  just between an uneducated businessman who feels wronged by a journalist strongly backed by fellow colleagues in the same field. 

Bhutan accords same right to all:  a commoner, journalist, an elite or a national Political Party. Do not forget that  the first defamation case is still not over. The Opposition Party ( DPT) sued an elite ,  Dasho Benji Dorji for defamation for his one liner fb comment against the Party. So do not so derisively  think that elites are protected by the Court.  

The law must treat all citizens same. If a citizen  can be subjected to a defamation suit in a court of law  by a major Political Party for his one liner fb comment then certainly a business man has to be given  the right by a court to sue a journalist who circulated in mass media several pages of malicious allegations  against him and his family members. Are journalist above ordinary citizens? They are the pampered lot but laws are for everyone, pampered or otherwise. 

Defamation is worrisome only to those who made false allegations and untruthful accusations. Why are journalist groups (some members of JAB) so worried if they believe all that  they have written or supported are facts beyond any stain? They should welcome such a judicial forum wherein they can crucify the businessman they so hatefully despise and get at the Institutions that they so deeply disrespect.

Now why the attempt to hide behind freedom of speech and fundamental rights ? No body has fundamental right to attack so maliciously another individual in mass social media especially when that uneducated person cannot react in the same manner.

And why are some again maliciously making it appear as if freedom of speech is at stake? And further  attempting  to make this defamation case appear as if to protect the elite. What bullshits!  If anyone genuinely believes that  this is a fight between "honourable" journalists and "intolerant" elites then " Please journalists go all out to prove your characterisation of the businessman in the court of law". You can get all your foreign contacts to share your evidences that you submit to the court. Continue to make it a public trial. But make sure your feet are not in dirty waters and your finger tips not swollen with pus.   

For too long some irresponsible writers under the guise of journalistic profession  have had heydays in social media. It is time that we substantiate in a court of law what we so freely dish out especially when it affects adversely the lives and reputation of others  in a small society like the one we have in Bhutan. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The possible stories of Sonam Wangmo and those other unfortunate absconders.

The last few weeks may have been devoted to a case of one money lender and one money borrower.However, there are others also. One hears about similar situations and circumstances and at times also come across the real people involved. Neither the lenders nor the defaulters are indecent or irresponsible people. No money lender would want to end up in a Court and even more so no borrower would want to default or least of all deny financial obligations. Circumstances and situations gets out of hand. And we are imperfect human beings. So things happen without the intent to let these happen. 

In case of Sonam Wangmo though I do not know who she is, I do not expect Sonam Wangmo to have absconded if she had not issued those receipts. And  I do not think she will deny having issued those receipts.  From 2014 to 2016 she had all the luxury of time to appear before the Court.  And even her family if they really believed she did no such things as borrowing money and issueing receipts, they could have coaxed her to come. You may say anything outwardly but it is near impossible to believe that an innocent person would hide away from such an important life welfare impacting court case for so long. She had to know what has been happening here and her family has to be in contact with her. 

To humour those who still question, let me say aloud the answer you know to the question you raise.  That person is not going to deny that she issued the receipts.

I have talked to people in similar situations. They do not deny that they owe money. They just are unable to pay and they do not want to go to prison. They are not morally rotten  people who think they can get away with borrowed money. They abscond to buy time, hoping to find ways to repay loans and also avoid public shame and imprisonment. They are bankrupt money wise, not basic qualities of a human being. There is decency still remaining in their bones.  

Sonam Wangmo's mother and younger sister on one hand denies knowing what she had been doing and at the same time claims that she did not issue those  receceipts( I am referring to stories in public domain).  Their claim that she did not issue the receipts and their stand that she Sonam Wangmo kept them in the dark about what she was doing just do not mingle well.

By the way, banking in Bhutan started only in the 1960s. Private money  lending was and still is very much part of Bhutanese economy though to a much lesser extent now. Private lending is not illegal. Those who do not have bank acceptable mortgage usually seek loan from private sources. And those who have plots in urban area or buildings go to Banks to get loan. Definitely they will not seek high interest loan from private sources. Banks charge less than 15 % interest annually whilst minimum charge from money lender maybe 36%.

So people with quality assets go to private source only for two reasons: a) they have exhausted loan facility from banks on their mortgage and b) The loan maybe for illegal activity like gold smuggling or gambling.  Also quite often people try to pay of financial institution loans on constructions through other means. They are caught between two hard rocks. The rent from building they worked so hard to  construct does not meet repayment instalment. We are not supposed to but we do construct the whole building with loans and that pushes loan capital up and the interest charge  though far,  far lower than that of private lenders, comes to substantial amount because the loan capital is huge. And unforseen delays during construction period adds on liability burdens.

I feel sorry for people like Sonam Wangmo. They must have tried  hard to achieve success for themselves and their family  but may have lacked financial discipline or  just got  unlucky.  Some of them lead  high life styles and they are also generous with family members and friends with the money at hand. And when they go bust, those parasites condemn them instead of showing support and understanding.  Thus in desperation and partly to avoid public shame and other consequences like imprisonment, they leave the country. 

But it is not possible to make past disappear and worse life of an absconder in another country, another strange environment must be very lonely and difficult. A kind of open prison. They would want to come back and unlike some family members they would want to keep their side of the bargain with the money lender if at all possible. I pray that the Courts are lenient in some ways if absconders  return. 

I do not condemn Sonam Wangmo. Circumstances must have caught up and her plans may have gone astray at some point of life. But the way she had borrowed money from two banks and other private people shows she was doing something intensely. I wonder if it was she who was the responsible family member constructing the buildings for which loans were availed. Very often the plots may be purchased during parents' time but it is one of the elder capable child that takes up the onerous task of developing it. House construction is a very tedious task evem if you have money in hand. It ages you considerably. 

In Sonam Wangmo's case, maybe she had to be the field active member. That could be the reason why she was the joint owner along with her mother.  Her father had died earlier ( Shacha Wangmo states they were brought up by a single mother). If the buildings were constructed by the mother or by the late father, the property would be only in the mother's name or all three  ( The mother and two daughters). The fact that Sonam Wangmo is a joint owner along with the mother points to the fact that she was the active one who did the actual work among family members.  And most probably she was given the power of attorney to carry out necessary transactions with banks.

For all such people now in dire  situations  and their family members and  money lenders, I would appeal for support and understanding among themselves. Work out an arrangement so that such absconders  can come back. Money lenders cannot be expected to run at loss because they too would  have financial obligations to banks and others. But it should be possible to reach arrangements  whereby the money lenders  recover gradually over a respectable time period  a substantial part of their investment and the borrowers can avoid prison terms. There is a Bhutanese saying in regards to loans (you cannot run away from an arrow stuck on your back). Loans must be paid back sooner or later. Such ingrained sense of social and financial responsibility helped to maintain order and harmony of traditional community life. .

Integrity was never the monopoly of the rich or the educated or the intelligent. You can be poor and uneducated  but still  rich in integrity and have pride in meeting committed obligation. It is not at all advisable for family members and colleagues to attempt to walk off the loan repayment obligations by gambling upon publicity stunts or performing high social media drama of accusing and maligning all else. In the end those absconding family members who are the  actual borrowers and bears responsibility for repayment are made to suffer more than ever by such facades. Do not create a social or legal environment that makes it more difficult for absconders to ever return to the country and the society that they would want to return to.

Monday, August 15, 2016

To former annonymous Ja Dha Waii now self revealed Kuenga Tenzin Dorji

Kuenga Tenzin Dorji. You sure write a proper grammar piece but as is your character, no substance. Let me tell you and your colleagues what is anti national. A person or a group who subverts the authority of the King.

His Majesty was  approached with the appeal of Sacha Wangmo  and consequently the  Supreme Court was  commanded to judicially process the case. The Supreme Court in due deference to the Royal Command was judicially processing the appeal according to Sacha Wangmo.

And so far,  again according to Sacha Wangmo and Namgay Zam, the verdict has not been issued by the Supreme Court.  This means it is still under judicial process. Maybe since the King had issued a direct Command,  the Supreme Court's 3 Justices  may have to submit their judicial finding to His Majesty.

Then all of a sudden Namgay Zam and Sacha Wangmo and possibly few the likes of you decide to take the matter in your own hands. You subvert the Command of the King and declare that you do not trust Supreme Court to impliment the Command. In other words you indirectly state very loudly by your action that you do not trust the authority of the King.

Namgay Zam and Sacha Wangmo allege that Supreme Court Chief Justice is favouring  his father in law and unlike His Majesty,  they do not trust the Supreme Court to uphold justice.

Next you in the guise of " Ja Dha Waii " post a photo of the Chief Justice and demand his removal. You have dictated what the King must do after subverting the Royal Command. I was wondered who the hell was " Ja Dha Waii " until you reacted to my charge of anti national ( it is necessary to build a fire to smoke out the sly fox).  I knew that person will have to react when faced with the crime of his doing. 

I believe that Namgay Zam has been charged with a defamation suit by Sonam Phuntsho. Actually that is the least of her and your worry.  When people subvert the Royal Command and issue public dictates to the King, they need to be charged under the articles of National  Law and Order Act.

Now you can get drunk or plan more anti- national stance.

Defending supposed victim of injustice and calling for removal of Chief Justice says a lot about the depth of characters of the individuals.

It is stated that the verdict has not been passed. So was the posts on injustice an attempt to pre- empt or black mail in acquiring a favourable verdict.

The adversary happened to be the father in law of the Chief Justice. The Chief Justice is not a party to the case. The  Supreme Court has not yet issued it's verdict. Yet the Chief Justice is condemned to be guilty of favouring his father in law.

A photo of the Chief Justice is posted with the demand that he be removed. On what grounds?  Have anyone really come across such similar malicious attack against any Chief Justice and Judiciary of  any Country?

No one has presented any proof/ evidence of nexus in the judicial duty of  the Chief Justice with that of his father in law. You choose your spouse but in laws come as package. And no father in law can be subjected to the likibg of his son in law or daughter in law and vice versa.

It was magnanimous on part of His Majesty the King to order Supreme Court to review once again the High Court verdict. And what gratitude is shown. Even before the Supreme Court has concluded the judicial process, the King is indirectly told to remove the Chief Justice.

This is dangerous both socially, politically and in the callous exercise of freedom of speech. But if it is proven that all along the Chief Justice has been aiding unscrupulously his father in law to deny justice to others then the Chief Justice is guilty of acting against Justice and national interest. However, if he is not guilty then those that cry out for him to be ousted just because they want to ensure their friend/ assumed victim to escape justice, then these people are working against the national interest. The detractors are not prepared to let the Supreme Court  wind up the judicial process of the case and issue the verdict.Why?

His Majesty the King has entertained the appeal of Shacha Wangmo and commanded Supreme Court to re-examine the High Court verdict. But Namgay Zam and Shacha Wangmo do not have the basic human courtesy forget respect for  the  very magnanimous King,  to await the verdict from the Supreme Court. They cried foul and called for removal of the Chief Justice.

Why was the King approached when they had no faith in the working of the King? What is anti national ? Anyone is welcome to define especially the light weight glib writers who have questioned my usage of the term.

I have initially cautioned innocent people from being seduced by sad story. Then there was a post with Chief Justice Photo calling for his removal.

Only then I called for a Open Public Hearing to really get to the bare bone of this huge controversy. Naturally,  Namgay Zam has lot of media colleagues like all other journalists who have the professional power of the pen. They can if they wish create public impression. Thats not to say that there would be seasoned journalists who would not have their own take of the sensational and grave allegations and acted accordingly. It is necessary to determine who is working against the national interests: the Chief Justice or Namgay Zam and her vocal supporters. I do not agree that those who deliberately fuel  controversy and fan malicious allegation can deny responsibility for their deed.

Why are those making cries of justice  not supporting the call for Open Public Hearing for them to substantiate their allegations against the Chief Justice? Afraid that they cannot in person face their own shadows? Afraid that their anti national sentiment will be dug out?

I do not know Sonam Phuntsho. And for that matter I know the Chief Justice only as a public figure. And as for all others you are strangers that I come across in social media. There is no personal likes or dislikes. It's a waste of time.

Let me conclude by asking " Could hecklers for  ' their kind of justice ' awaited,  at the least,  the verdict from the Supreme Court".  Afterall His Majesty the King on behalf of Shacha Wangmo and in the interest of leaving no stone unturned to dispense justice, had magnanimously Commanded Supreme Court to judicially process the case whose appeal had  already been  rejected by the Supreme Court.