Monday, January 14, 2019

BEO/ MoLHR Bhutanese youths in Japan.

1. Optismistic in Government's changing attitude towards the plights of Bhutanese youths in Japan.

2. The deferring of loan repayment to permanent job status is most constructive. Loans should not be waived off as it would be a very destructive trend that would banrupt future financing resources.

3. Would be most beneficial if government could treat the loans in the same category ( same conditions ) as " education loans " granted under PDP government. Afterall " Learn and Earn " is kind of  pay through vocational skill trainning which is part of education process.

4. BEO should immediately take over 15% of each loan of 7 lakhs and 6 lakhs  respectively as liability compensation for rosy  marketting strategy to dupe youths into joining the programme and for overcharging plus trial and error type of management of the programme in Japan.  

5. ACC/ OAG could consider dropping criminal charges against BEO Partners and Labour officials if serious regret is demonstrated in terms of BEO taking over 15% principal loan amounts and Labour officials go all out to find some relief for working conditions and terms of the youths. 

Conclusion: It is not easy to work away from home be it in Middle East or Japan. In Japan language is a huge hurdle whilst Middle East the culture is a pain. But Bhutanese youth can adjust quite rapidly. So any Agency which is serious about helping the youths, do not start with the attitude that Bhutanese youths are lazy and incapable. Some of you adults  may have had easy early life. But many of us did not. Some youths that you know possibly family members or own offsprings may be lazy but it is not correct to generalise.  It was opportunity and hard work that enabled much of Bhutanese populace to come thus far. And so will majority of our youth population succeed in life with little impetus provided at the right stage of life.

Also forget this much quoted figure of 83% of BEO youths are still in Japan and paying loans on time. It is possible that parents of such youths are either sweating more or are in position to pay out. And ofcourse there are always few exceptionals. But government and ministry must look out for the future of the  majority because the few exceptionals can take  care of themselves. 

 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Bhutan and her population.

1. Actual Bhutanese population in 2017 was declared to be around 680,000 ( sixhundred eighty thousand ). Residency population was around 735000 which includes foreigners including hydro and other construction workers. Thats what I recollect. The stand of NSB in today's Kuensel varies somewhat but camoflaged under the dubious term resident population.

2. I think Bhutanese population growth is already into negative but according to NSB, it is not so ( barely into negative ).

3. Our genius 3rd King had foreseen this problem of population decline and had discouraged birth control especially of the permanent kinds. 

4. Much later UNFPA came into Bhutan and strategically succeeded in almost forcing Bhutanese families to curtail fertility rate. Vasectomy and tubectomy operations  were carried out with much glee especially among the soldier families the most prolific population production centres ( Family Lines the accommodation provided to soldiers with families).  And in rural areas which again are the source of population growth, annual census days in geogs  were used to identify who must undergo vasectomy or tubectomy.  There were campaigns and posters proclaiming " Small is beautiful " with picture of 2 parents with one or two children.

5. In the 1980s and 1990s, vasectomy was in vogue and later tubectomy operation for mothers during birth of babies.  Birth control became the social fashion with pills and contraceptives for females. Male condom was promoted mainly to prevent contagious diseases " safe sex " which translates to care free sex. Policies on birth control and care free sex have been successful. Now the desire of high standard of living is the main impetus.

6. Even national laws were tailored to discourage birth rate.

My pubic opinion during the height of birth control campaigns was " It is hard to comprehend why UNFPA was out to eradicate the subjects of the King. And in the years to come, Drukpas will be in national zoo of Bhutan  as rare human specimen  ".  Not to be taken literally. I was highlighting the disadvantage of over zealous officials implementing birth control agenda.

     

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Bhutan mis- used as an irritant in Indian anti-China strategy?

India is not in position to militarily or economically challege China as yet. Maybe never for forseeable future. So India engages in irritating China without suffering direct repercussions by mis- using and manipulating Bhutan and her inexperienced and easily awed elected fresh political leaders.

India's anti- China activities are like sexual aggression of a frustrated partner. And the Kingdom of Bhutan seems to be just a tickle in the clitoris of Indian vagina when she demonstrates frustrations towards China. Lets review the past events since PM Modi came to power in India wherein India mis-used Bhutan to irritate China. It is not to say that Gandhi ruled India did not pawn Bhutan in her game of international politics..

1. In 2014, PM Modi visited Bhutan and he told the Bhutanese Parliament about the possible joint tourism wonders of Bhutan and the 8 North Eastern Frontier States of India which includes Arunachal Pradesh that China also stakes claim to as " South Tibet ".   The political sting came later in the proposal by the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh seeking motor road connection from Arunachal Pradesh to Bhutan's North- South Eastern Highway ( Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar ).

It was not just about road connection. It was getting Bhutan to side with India in border dispute between China and India. Bhutan is in no position to side with any party.

2. Then the Arunachal ploy to entrap Bhutan was followed by India preventing  Bhutan from constructing the South Bhutan Highway citing Indian security misgivings.

3. The PDP leadership of Bhutan meekly  accepted the Indian manufactured security dictate and cancelled the ADB funded South Bhutan Highway construction Project. Nevertheless, the PDP government did go about trying to connect pockets of settlements in South Bhutan by constructing local road networks in few Southern Dzongkhags.  And also despite enforced snail pace, did manage to complete the Amochu bridge at the end of her tenure. So today Samtse and Chukha Dzongkgags are connected by road network built inside South Bhutan.

However, sadly the South Bhutan Highway is long way off awaiting a true Palden Drukpa hearted PM in the future. Right now,  South Bhutan lies dangerously under indirect control of India and looks like the well heeled  anti- national forces settled out in the West, too, is angling to separate part of  the South from rest of Bhutan. Such anti-nationals do not want South Bhutan Highway because the Highway  strengthens the overall physical control and security of the Kingdom. Why PM Tshering Tobgay of PDP Party was and why PM Lotay Tshering of DNT Party is against South Bhutan Highway baffles me.  I presume that the wise leadership at the very summit of authority is aware of the precarious path the nation is treading upon.

4. Then there was that new electricity power import bully regulation introduced  by India in December, 2016. It was actually to put a brake on Nepal- China hydro projects and ofcourse to intimidate Bhutan to further concessions in hydro ventures. At the same time, India back tracked on her commitment made during  DPT government to assist Bhutan in contructing  a total of 10,000 megawatt hydro projects. PDP government also had given in to Indian objections to 2 major projects including Amochu hydro project agreed to by India during DPT government. 

Recently India did away with the hydro-bully regulation of Dec, 2016 because :

i). The threat did not stop Nepal- China joint hydro-ventures and co- operations in all other economic and political spheres.   Infact Nepal even went on to have a joint Nepal-China Army exercise after cancelling a scheduled similar exercise with Indian Army.

ii). The political scenario of Bhutan 2018 election also jolted Indian political pandits in New Delhi. So India in addition to doing away with her bully hydro regulation, hastily reconfirmed this time her commitment made to the 1st Bhutanese democratic government's  national goal of 10,000 megawatt hydro projects. ( By the way the white gold national vision was set by the Institution of Monarchy. DPT Party was just translating it into deeds).

5. India finally took a huge political gamble in June, 2017 to domicile Bhutan once and for all time by invading Doklam and telling China and the world that Bhutan asked for help. Ofcourse that Indian claim was a blatant lie. No King of Bhutan would ever stoop so low or be so reckless to hand over his Kingdom to one foreign Army to prevent takeover by another " supposed aggressor ".  To do so would be the beginning of a quick end to Bhutan as a Kingdom. An India instigated war with China over Doklam or Bhutan would have made Bhutan the battle ground. The consequences of such a war cannot be all good for India, Bhutan and even the institution of Monarchy. The Bhutanese people would be shattered by the betrayal.

5. This time during Bhutanese PM Lotay Tshering 's maiden visit to India, again Indian government converted the visit to a collusion pact against China. At the Joint  Press Conference of the two Prime Ministers of Bhutan and India, the Indian PM Narendra Modi declared  that ISRO ( Indian Space Research Organisation) was about to complete a satellite receiving station in Bhutan.  And slyly later had  Indian Media construe that the satellite receiving station in Thimphu was ISRO counter measure to the one in Tibet.

The satellite station is for getting datas from the  SAARC Satellite put in the orbit by India for all saarc members. It is a small station built in Thimphu with assistance from ISRO.  And despite the international political ramifications that Indian Prime Minister tried to promote, many knowledgeable agencies must be laughing out aloud. Surely ISRO has far bigger and better equipped satellite stations in the Indian States of Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh or elsewhere in India to counter China. Why did the Indian PM try to convey the impression that Bhutan was colluding with India to counter China in the satellite spying game? It was another Indian political ploy to misuse and manipulate the presence of " over- awed  and politically naive Bhutanese PM " at the press conference in New Delhi.

In conclusion, I would as a sincere well wisher for respectable and sound Indo- Bhutan relationship, humbly offer the following  advice to Indian leaders. 

It is high time that Indian PMs and Indian government agencies realised that the Wangchuck dynasty has to stand for Bhutan not for India.  And that contrary to the presumptions of Indian policy makers, the Kings cannot always serve Indian national and regional goals.  Wise, polite, friendly to India but not at all a willing pawn of India in her China strategy. Everytime India attempts to portray the Kingdom of Bhutan as hers to rule, the Monarchy would be more wary of such aggressive domination and take silent counter measures. The 5th King is young in health but not a first timer or just a 12 year reign experienced Royal. Political education starts from as young an age as the present Crown Prince and survival instinct is groomed in the womb itself.

Kingship in Bhutan is hereditary but position of crown prince is by destiny only ( the 1st born prince). That ensures a born leader. So India, do not treat the Kingdom of Bhutan as a tickle for your passion whilst courting or challenging China. Enough is enough.

Bhutan's last two PMs Tshering Tobgay and Lotay Tshering maybe fresh and gullible from the start. But King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck has over a century of royal leadership experience  behind him and unlike 5 year term PMs, the King has generations of future reasons that destine him to stand up for Bhutan. Bhutan cannot be the surrogate Indian general against China. India must settle her own border disputes and regional power tussle with China directly and not behind shadow of the little Kingdom of Bhutan.

Footnote:
The government of India may tread less recklessly, hereafter, in her dealings with Bhutanese people's aspirations despite a combination of two pro- India political Parties ensuring a win for DNT Party in the Bhutanese General Election of 2018.   Regardless of assurrances from PDP and  DNT leaders that Indo- Bhutan serf-master relationship is still valid, the government of India and her political pandits have realised that general Bhutanese people aspired for sovereign dignity.   So  sooner or later, India would have to deal with a DPT or DPT like Bhutanese democratic government who has the courage and determination to seek more economic and political independence for Bhutan. It is a belated awakening but political think tanks in India have now understood that there is a simmering political steam underneath the gnh lid awaiting to cook dead this serfdom mentality of PDP and DNT leaderships. I also think that our political leaders cannot forever bury national aspiration and self determination choice in a political environment exposed to democratic and economic breeze of the outside world.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Mandechu electricity sales tariff to India.

1. The rate of Rs 4.12 per unit is said to be highest compared to Chukha and Tala. How come the comparision came about?  The figure maybe high but value is low. To understand it, compare the cost of construction per megawatt for Chukha, Tala and Mangdechu. Economy is all about inflation and rising cost of living. So why make a fool of oneself by drawing irrelevant comparisions and reaching false conclusions? 

2. To evaluate the reasonability of export tariff  accepted by India for Mangdechu hydroproject electricity export, Bhutan needs to look into the repayment of hydro loan and interests. The initial worked out loan repayment period was 15 years. Now it is deferred to 17 years. The culprit is low export rate. If rate was fair as per investment incurred, Bhutan would have repaid loan liabilities in 15 years. But the expirt tariff is low  so now Bhutan will take additional 2 years to repay the full hydro loan + 10% interest.

3. It is said that India is giving Bhutan this time a  Rs.1 billion to compensate for the lower export tariff.  Why could India not give a fair rate for Bhutanese electricity that she imports. Why force Bhutan into a position of accepting alms instead of giving Bhutan a fair electricity tariff?  India wants Bhutanese leaders on their knees begging so that Bhutan is easy to manipulate.

Please note revision of export rate after 5 years  is based on Rs. 4.12 per unit. Does this mean that India will give additional sum of more than present Rs.1 billion after every tariff  revision to compensate for the loss Bhutan will continue to  suffer in export tariff ?   

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

What is the take of Royal National Day Address?

To each his or her own seems to aptly describe the conclusion drawn by various agencies and even individuals. Some have taken the speech as praising the political parties and reprimanding the civil service. Thus quite a few have capitalized the occassion to hype their prejudices against the civil servants in social media.  Others are dumb founded by the ratio of 1 public servant to every 13 Bhutanese citizens.  Public servant is a wider term. Whereas,  civil servants are those under Royal Civil Service Commission.

I would say we need not be dumb founded with statistic. The reality is much different. For example not every public servant is directly in attendance to immediate needs of 13 Bhutanese. The area of service is far wider including past, present and future of Tsawa Sum not just 680,000 Bhutanese citizens which form one pillar of the three Tsawa Sum. 

It seems even the Prime Minister and the RCSC Chairman have different takes about the implication of Royal thoughts about the civil servants ( reference an article in the The Bhutanese Newspaper ). One takes it as civil servants needing improvements and therefore changes in civil service organisation. The other takes it as royal trust and confidence in the civil service and therefore the impetus to endeavour harder. I respect both their views because the two are central figures in governance and HM was talking about governance. Also their official positions and proximity to " Gokha " would place them at an advantage over others in interpreting the implication of the royal address.

My own humble take of the royal message is very positive for Royal Civil Service Commission and the civil servants. His Majesty the King have praised the dedication and service of civil servants in the past. And at this jucture, royal faith is renewed in the trust and confidence upon the civil service organisation and its role highlighted.

I have read together not just the words but
the inter- related essence of His Majesty acknowledging the manifestos and goals of Political Parties as ways of nation building  and at the same time highlighting the vital role of civil servants in the service of shaping the nation. Therefore, the national day royal address could also be conveying to political parties that in their pursuit to accomplish respective party goals and ambitions, the elected political party in governance should not make light of the national role and responsibility entrusted to civil servants. By the same token, the civil servants are reminded to not astray from their duty to Tsawa Sum. His Majesty commanded that in 10-15 years down the line if the national interests are found to have been undermind, it will be civil servants who will be held accountable not the gone bye successive governments of elected political parties.

To me the message is clear. The civil service is trusted to serve the Tsawa  Sum above political party goals. Perhaps the elected government must provide room for civil service to function to serve the Tsawa Sum. It would be healthy if elected Political Party formed governments refrained from overhauling civil service organisation to suit their political convenience. PDP Cabinet had  vanquished 3 government secretaries to cower down the line the whole of civil service heirachy. And ill effects will continue to haunt the Tsawa Sum even after PDP government term is long over.  

The principle of democracy is ofcourse a guiding light of governance. However, Bhutan lies in a very sensitive position and age. Our hearalded democracy is getting younger in terms of experience of elected leaders. Thus the danger from a ruling political party of turning civil service to party machinery apparatus and cajoling the Bhutanese media to become party propaganda outlets cannot be under estimated. When fresh leaders are hard pressed in managing affairs through democratic process, it is tempting to bull doze and dismantle established structures and adopt dictatorial trends.



Saturday, December 22, 2018

The legal aspect of BEO Agreement with Youths sent to Japan.

It is said that there are two Agreements according to information shared in fb on this much debated and hellish " Learn and Earn programme " sold by BEO in collusion with officials from Labour Ministry.

Usually Agreements are valid if signed by both Parties and witnessed and the terms do not contradict prevailing laws in force. All Agreements must have legal stamps in Bhutan to be considered legally binding. 

However, it is possible to nullify the 2nd Agreement executed between BEO and youths on the basis of it being executed  under " duress " if the same was indeed presented unexpectedly by BEO and compelled to be hurriedly executed by the youths on the day the youths were boarding the flight to Japan under the Learn and Earn Programne.

Based on the 1st Agreement executed between BEO and youths, the youths had taken loans and paid to BEO for Learn and Earn Programme promoted by BEO. In doing so, the youths had also foreclosed all other avenues for seeking different  job opportunities. All their relatives and friends were aware that the youths got employment opportunity in Japan  through BEO. Thus the youths were already fully committed to go to Japan having terminated all ties of job opportunities and other livelihood possibilities in Bhutan their home country.

These youths would have bid farewell to all including near and dear ones by the time it was the day to board the flight to Japan. Then BEO presents the departing youths with a 2nd Agreement. Unless it was agreed to and signed, the youths cannot take the flight to Japan. Such an ultimatum of no choice can be likened to a bride being presented with a fresh demand half way through the marriage ceremony. There just isn't the fraction of time and chance to look over the terms. One is already chained to consenting position. The storm hits the ship when one is already aboard the ship. To jump overboard is kind of sucide. Only under BEO terms, to cling onto the BEO ship turned out to be a course of gradual sucide.

Thus whatever the financial burden that youths have to bear and whatever profits BEO derived under the terms of the  1st Agreement, such would be legally binding as unholy as it so apoears. But the terms of 2nd Agreement cannot be binding upon the youths as the environmental circunstances governing the execution of the Agreement qualifies the  Agreenent executed under extreme " duress ". Inatead the BEO Partners and colkuders should be charged  for committing a crime of financial and moral rape in forcing such grievous terms upon their caged victims. 
 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Blessings come in abundance when the heart, mind and spirit meets.

This surprising snowfall today seems to be the " Jinlap "  of the happiness and blessings shared with the people by the Lung Ku Chhoe Sum of the Kingdom yesterday at Samtse.

For the first time His Majesty the King and His Majesty Drukgyel Zhipa and His Holiness Je Khenpo graced together in united spirit, heart and mind the National Day Flag Raising Ceremony and Offering of Marchhang to Palden Drukpai ChhoeChhangs. True essence of the Ku Sung Thuk Mendril offering and true form of Pel Luk Nyi Tyen Syi practice of Druk Yul. 

Blessings come in abundance when Palden Drukpa is truly pleased with the pureness of the Marchhang Offering. Great achievement come by when Palden Drukpai ChhoeChhangs are truly pleased.

Now I feel that it is possible for His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck to avail the resources of wisdom and fortitude to succeed in the goal of establishing a proper normal  relationship with China and sign the Sino- Bhutan Border Agreement and at the same time develop genuine and  equal close  friendship with India. Hail to Indo- Bhutan equal and genuine Friendship, hereafter.

His Majesty the People's King just needs to love all  his people without reservation and make offering to the Deities in the most open and pureness of heart, mind and spirit. We need to have pure Trust, Love and Confidence within ourselves and in Palden Drukpa ChhoeChhangs. And a King must be at peace within himself and with  the Tsawa Sum to lead a nation in sovereign internal and external affairs. Yesterday on the 111th The National Day the  royal deed and address hearlded such a dawn of national self peace, unity and vision. Thank You Your Royal Majesty.  

The Kingdom of Bhutan may yet be destined to have a greater Wangchuck King who might just ultimately achieve the legacy that both His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and King Jigme Singye Wangchuck aspired to secure " the essence of true sovereign dignity " for the Kingdom of Bhutan and her people. Time is ripe now.

True love, respect and trust within the Kingdom is the absolute strength of our nation and of our King. Words and fine speeches are like glamour without virtue ( just like insincere election campaign rhetorics)  in absence of pureness of intent, heart, mind and spirit. Practice, Deed and Action builds a united society and a formidable nation.

May the powers of Guru Rimpoche bless our King on the Throne. May Lung Ku Chhoe Sum grace the Kingdom. Palden Drukpa Gyel Lo !

Saturday, December 15, 2018

National Day a Unity Day.

National Day is that of every Bhutanese. Not merely a celebration of the crowning day of the Wangchuck Dynasty on 17th December, 1907.  No Dzongda or National Day Celebration Committee should be worried about expenditures for the celebration being held this year at Samtse. Just make sure the accounts are clear and honest. I hear of Dzongdags trying to make expenditures appear less than actuals. No need to do that. National Day Celebration goal is not paying homage to the Monarchy. It is to celebrate our national life and our own national stories of achievements under the Monarchy. Just as generousity from India should not make DNT Goverment switch allegiance so must Dzongdags not forget the overall importance of National Day to Druk Yul. 

Ku- Sung- Thuk Mendey offering should be symbolic offering of gratitude to the Palden Drukpa Deities. His Majesty the King is the symbolic physical representation of our Deities who are invisible except in their protective deeds for the Druk Yul . The event should not be viewed as the Bue Day for the King nor rewarding of few deemed only the loyalists or most sincere servants to Tsawa Sum. Bhutan would be hard pressed if only so few are loyal and sincere.

National day must be viewed as a National Unity Day. Any and all genuine expeneses for the celebration are investment into the future. Do not ask people to contribute in labour or in material. The most precious offer from.people of all walks of life is affection for the unity of one people and one nation under one King.

The objective behind the success of celebration should be directed towards brightening the nationhood. Do not worry about the Royal mood. The King has to be happy if the nation has bright secured future. Do not expect invidual rewards for collective efforts though the past trend was in rewarding the individuals.   Few individuals do not make a nation. Together the people of Druk Yul make the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Everything and all Gifts for India prior to Bhutanese PM Lotay Tshering's visit to India.

1. " With our hands stretched out to India for alms,  Bhutan cannot dictate ( Kha tala ma laap ju- mey tub )  " declared the PM in the 1st Friday Meet the Press session.  Bhutanese Print Media was so silent about it. Pehaps the significance could not be registered with dormant minds. Thank you BBS for airing the clip. BBS camermen   have a way of zeroing on beauties from amongst a crowd and BBS News producers have a knack of selecting video clips that conveys the crux of issues.  

Actually no Bhutanese leader has ever dictated terms upon India. Except maybe by the Third King of Bhutan in His Majesty's  absolute pursuit of UN membership for his Kingdom. And His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck achieved the goal. And yes the same King was not thrilled about seeking alms from India. Indian PM Pandit Nehru had it on record upon his return to India after his visit to Bhutan " The Maharaja of Bhutan is reluctant to accept offers of assistance ". 

2. " No further relationship development  with China " says Foreign Minister Dr. Tandin Dorji. 

3. " BBIN Transport Agreement ratification will be considered "  declares the new Government.

Read all these policies against the background of:

1. " External affairs of the Bhutan will be guided by His Majesty the King " the PM elect had declared before DNT cabinet was sworn in.

2. The DNT Political Party publicly announced that the " Party was submitting to His Majesty the list of all DNT elected MPs for the King to appoint the Cabinet Ministers ".

The message from DNT Party was clear. That His Majesty the King is in charge of foreign affairs like relationships with India and China. And that Cabinet Ministers are chosen by His Majesty. So it is pre- democracy Royal Government and therefore,  pre-democracy status quos with India and China will be maintained.

If His Majesty is really in direct charge of governance especially in matters of relationsips with China and India and the PM and FM are simply announcing  royal decisions, there is nothing to comment about. Any expression of different views can be construed as an act of sacrilege. Baby Bhutan better be left in the secured comfort of Indian arms suckling Mother India Breast if that is the Royal Majestic desire.

Let me only repeat here an old famous Bhutanese  proverb of caution. 

" Not advisable to predict the weather and the ways of a King "

My own thought is that the institution of Bhutanese Monarchy, too,  has all the compelling reasons to wrest away the Kingdom from day to day domination from India. A vision that many ordinary Bhutanese may also be  harbouring. I am one such humble subject of Druk Gyalpo.

Great friendship with a long time development Partner India  is desirable and important. But total subordination spells doom for national sovereignty if not for the welfare of common Bhutanese people and the leaders. And if PM Lotay has priority for alms over sovereignty " laab fa chang dey, kha ta lama laap ju- mey - tub ",  then Sikkim is an outstanding example to follow.

Let India take care of Bhutan. Why does Bhutan even need a namesake Royal Government, a Prime Minister or even a King? Just a situation of overburden of pile of bosses over Druk nation which seems to be  ultimately at the mercy of New Delhi.

PDP cabinet spent 5 years to push BBIN supremacy over Druk Yul and now DNT government's 1st priority is to pursue the same goal. Both PDP amd DNT Prime Ministers said that they are guided by the same King. If His Majesty the King is behind the push for " BBIN Supremacy " and " No Deal " with China then BBIN Transport Agreement should have been a Done Deal by now.  And Bhutanese Army  should have also  joined Indian Army at Doklam to invade China. But both did not happen.

So who is masterminding the affairs of Druk Yul? Is Bhutan an open prison captive of India,  having the right to move only within an allotted parameter? This could explain the dithering and withering policies of the not so majestic Royal Governments of Bhutan since 2013. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The status of the nation during this Lombo.

Relieved to learn from "The Bhutanese " Paper that:

i) Royal Bhutan Government intends to stick to Rs.45 billion aid from India in the 12th Plan. The amount is similar to the 11th Plan.

ii) Also it seems the Bhutanese Cabinet will adopt the 12th Plan and the 5 year budget after the draft finalisation by GNH Commission before our Prime Minister visits India.

iii) Also I learned from a Samtse resident in a chance meeting that the National Day Celebration arrangements at Samtse is being supervided by the last Interium Government. In absence of Interium Goverenment the next time, it will be advisable for Royal Secretariat to be fully involved in National Day Event, hereafter. Because with Bhutanese Political Parties leaderships under Indian captivity, there is the possibility of Tri- colour ( Indian national flag ) flying above the Triangular orange and yellow colour national flag of Bhutan on 17th December.

There is already confirmation that this  Bhutanese Government will kowtow Indian wish to keep relationship with China at bay and also get further sucked into Indian orbit by pushing BBIN through Parliament.

So instead of Sino- Bhutan International Border Agreement and diplomatic ties, BBIN Agreement will be ratified during DNT tenure. The Bharat strangle hold tightens further.  

Should I be disheartened? Not really! Whats beyond is futile to be anxious about. Anyway, it was not my forefather who solely  accepted the task of maintaining sovereign dignity of Bhutan. Sorry thats no solace to most Bhutanese. But even in despair, I shall continue to pray and invoke the Deities of Palden Drukpa and the Triple Gem. Prayers are powerful force though not immedeiate or outright visible.