Saturday, December 14, 2019

National Day Medal Tales. (Not to be taken seriously. Only underscoring an event of sad tragedy).

What it implies for National Day Steering Committee to appoint a foreign  national lady as the Chief Co- ordinator cum Director cum Instructor of Changlingmithang Programmes for Bhutanese  National Day Celebration. It matters not that she is Indian because even if she was Chinese or American, it is still a humilation for Bhutan. Why can't  our national leaderships be contented with a national Co-ordinator/Director/ Instructor? We uphold our leaders with respects and they turn around and outsource our National Day to foreign manager. Evil Omen!

This foreign directed gala is happenening in Thimphu the main venue for this year's National Day celebration.  Elsewhere in the 19 Dzongkags, it is still unadulterated  Bhutanese celebratory homage to King, Kingdom and being Bhutanese. 

HM King Ugyen Wangchuck would have to  boycott Thimphu on 17th December, 2019.  Maybe the LungtenChhenpo  Gongsar  did not attend the National Day at Samtse last year where foreign intrusion is said to have begun. The First King had no foreign jesters in his royal court. His pledge to dragon Throne was Bhutanese pure as was his barefeet. And HM the Second King could very well prefer an archery game at Trongsa than attend a foreign produced gala at Changlingmithang. And The Third Druk Gyalpo would abhor any undignified act that subverts his royally sovereign UN member Kingdom of Bhutan. 
So what medals could Palden Drukpa give to fellows at Steering Committee for out sourcing National Day? 
1. Could it be cream-white colour medals for the chairman and for the official who actually steered  the  National Day Celebration Steering Committee. 
2. And grey soil colour medals for all other members of the National Day Steering Committee.
White is the international colour of surrender. Surrendering national dignity and scorning national capacity to lead. And grey for slavish behaviour of submission by should have been nationally responsible steering committe members. 
The above medal scenarios is just a figment of imagination. In reality,  people get rewarded for doing whatever required of them by their superiors. Tsawa Sum defined as:  you, superior and superior's wanton. Such trends cannot be Gyal Lo for Palden Drukpa. But certainly it is individual gyalo culture so prevalent now. 

Here I rest my final  plea about the coming  Changlimithang spectacle ( lavish and colourful ).  But definitely not a true national doing. National Day celebration should have been a glorious indigenously organised national event truly demonstrating genuine sentiments and abilities of Bhutanese of all walks paying homage to ChhoeChangs, Kings and Progress. If only Bhutanese are not just actors but also the directors and producers of the 112th what should have been Bhutanese National Day in essence.  Not just outward flares externally manufactured.  

Sorry Palden Drukpa !  Some of us fail Druk Yul by our intents & deeds. And then some including myself fail to prevent sell out of national dignity. So all are equally shameful children and subjects of Kings and greater forefathers. Still to You Palden Drukpa ChhoeChangs, we pray for strength and courage to be united as truly Bhutanese in deeds, hearts and souls.  

Saturday, November 23, 2019

The Suspension and Termination the ugly and the unfair happenings.

I know that suspension is harrowing and and termination from service is an extreme measure . But in the name of Palden Drukpa,  Bhutanese Authority must appear to be fair in public. 

Right now, Bhutan has one law but not applied uniformly. It is no longer a perception that some are privileged above laws. This is really the norm and has become the practice. 

My thoughts:

1. Suspension should not be mandatory but it is absolutely necessary when investigating an official whose official position can influence the investigation process by way of proximity to witnesses or have opportunity to  tamper with evidence or manipulate records.  The official should be restricted from coming to office or carrying out his normal official responsibilities. But full basic salary should be paid during such necessary suspension. Not 50% of the basic. 

2. Once the investigation is completed, suspension order should be withdrawn. The official should be called back to work immediately upon the completion of the investigation.  

3. If  convicted by the Trial Court ( Lower Court ) then suspension  should be reinstated immediately from the date of conviction  and without any salary benefit. Why pay a convict?   

4. If conviction is upheld by Appeal Courts, then the convict should be relieved from the service with retrospective effect from the date of the conviction by the Lower Court. 

5. When being relieved from service, service benefits should be paid in full till the date of conviction by the Lower Court ( Trial Court ). Denial of further service opportunity should suffice for penalty from the employing Agency. All other penalties would be covered in the guilty verdict issued by the Court. Presently civil servants are penalised twice for one crime. 

6. If  Appeal Court overturns the Lower Court's guilty verdict, then the concerned official should be reinstated to official position immediately and all salary dues of past months of suspension paid in full. 

Today in Bhutan there are different application of Law/ Regulations varying upon the social and political position of an accused official. 

a) For some officials with social connection and with governing Political Party backings, the relevant provisions of the  Laws and Regulationa are suspended. Not the affected officials.

b) For Officials without social connections and with no  backings from political Party in governance, the provisions of the  Laws and Regulations are activated and the Officials are suspended and even terminated from service without any service benefits.

And these cases of blatant parliality and and uneven applications of Laws, Rules and Regulations are taking place in broad daylight and in full public view. Every Institution is aware of what is going on. 

Thus Bhutan is one tiny nation where power corruption is  huge and openly endorsed in the manner of competitive sports. There is no shame and no morality and definitely no sense of accountability.  

In the recent Trongsa Land case convictions, the sentences of imprisonment was passed for all guilty defendants. But defendants were not arrested and imprisoned. As per prevailing practice since the 2013 Supreme Court Order, all those  convicted to prison sentences are handed over to Police custody immediately upon passing the sentence by the Trial Court. But that did not happen this time. Under prevailing judicial practice,  bail is granted only by the Appeal Court after the Preliminary  Appeal Hearing. However, this time the convicts were allowed to walk free from Trongsa Court. And ignorant Media was all so silent ( Kuensel, BBS tv and The Bhutanese ). And all the Institutions acted in the manner that " all are rotten in the State of Demmark " and one such case is not an exception in Bhutan.   

By the way this judicial magnamity shown by Trongsa Court in not enforcing its own verdict had nothing to do with the main accused former Dzongdag Lhab Dorji. I believe he was not aware why Trongsa Court did not have the convicted people arrested if such was the ongoing judicial procedure. ( this clarification is for those who might assume that " former Dzongdag is too powerful". I have read such views before ).

The common people maybe wondering how come all these blatant power corruptions take place right out in the open public space.  Are democratic institutions like the Cabinet and Autonomous institution like the Royal Civil Service Commission and Judicial Courts more powerful than the Throne? I do not think so. But what stops a People's King from ensuring uniform and equal application of Laws and Rules and Regulations? Perhaps His Majesty is restrained by the necessity to preserve and respect " the Principle of Democracy ".  If His Majesty tries to set aright all the blatant wrongs, it could be construed that "Absolute Monarchy " is back. Recall that during Absolute Monarchy Reign, even red and orange scarf Officials were sent to prison once convicted.

Hereatfer, I hope that the Prime Minister, the  Chief Justice and the Chairpersons of Constitutional Bodies especially ACC and RCSC upholds the resposibility and 
collectively find the courage and will to apply same conditions and procedures  to all the people of Bhutan. If those  convicted by the Trial Courts are to be allowed to continue in service as Ministers or Civil Servants and for commoners to be free not imprisoned till Appeal processes are completed in full, then make such a right entitled by all Bhutanese not just few privileged officials. 
Bhutanese subjects of the same King should enjoy equal rights as enshrined in the Constitution.

Monday, November 18, 2019

India Loan financed flagship projects poses economic bleakness in Bhutan.

1. How did PHA I and II  mega hydroprojects fail. 

a) At PHA I,  the project killer is the sliding hill side. What causes hill sides to slide. Maybe someone should study the impact of continuous blasting of the hill base with high exlposives for long period of time. 

I know that there was suspicion of structures of ridge topTrongsa Dzong suffering damage from Mangdechu hydro project blastings. If that is true then hillsides of PHA I could also have been weakened by continuous high explosive blasting at the base of the hill. 

b) At PHA II, the project killer is the existence of a deep gorge like cavity over which a tunnel to carry water is aligned. Was it not possible to discover the existence of such a big cavity through some geo-infra- ray  techniques?  Something like dentist taking x'ray of a tooth and discovering cavity. Or maybe the cavity was a foreknown thing. 

Anyway the sliding hill side and deep cavity may very well kill Bhutan's economic prospects and our national self reliance dream. 

2. Dungsum Cement Plant, too,  was funded from loans mostly from India. It was cleared together with Tala Hydro Project by both Bhutan and Indian Governments.  The market for Dungsum cement Plant was projected to be the North Eastern States of India. But the project was delayed long enough to give time to those Indian NE States to increase their own cement production capacity. Thus today if not for Bhutan's own hydro project constructions, DCCL does not even have any assurred export market in India. And worse the teething  problems at the Plant built by Indian Companies are so disruptive that at times,  DCCL cannot even produce adequate supplies to meet internal demands. Ofcourse bad management, too , contribute to DCCL wooes. Dungsum cement plant has a very bleak future. Forget generating revenue for the Governmrnt, it is not even at break even point after several years of the  commissioning of the plant. 

Bhutan is saddled with 3 huge black hole projects PHA I& II and Dungsum that traps Bhutan in deep debt and far away from self reliance. 

Actually I think it makes good geo-political sense for India to keep dangling hopes and than dash it. That way Bhutan cannot get out of India dependence hang man noose. If I was India, I would promote joint mega projects with stated economic goals to help Bhutan. And then sabotage all such  India- Bhutan projects to defeat self reliance goal of Bhutan. Little Bhutan can get fisty if self reliant. 

3) Mangdechu Hydro Project is one India- Bhutan project recently commissioned. And the little smile on the countenance of Bhutanese economy is disappearing with phrases like " teething problems stopping electricity production is natural and expected at newly commissioned hydro projects". 

Well new Mangdechu hydroproject has " expected teething problems "  and old Chukha hydroproject naturally needs major repairs. So production is hampered at both the hydro Projects. Do not despair yet Bhutan democratic III govt.,  there is more to come.

3. Tawang to Trashigang motor road.

The first prolosal was made by Arunachal Chief Minister during early years of PDP governance. B4B!  My God what was Bhutan thinking in adopting Indian PM Modiji slogan. Fortunately that time, there was no takers for a highway from Tawang. The 2nd more recent call was made this year again by the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh during a meeting with Bhutanese Consul General ( Sell out General ? ).

Some Bhutanese travel operators and innocent businessmen of the East got exicited a little. Yes the idea is sinking in. Reminds me of Lama Drukpa Kuenlay's Saying " Insist sufficiently and consent will be granted ". 

Well Southern Bhutan Highway was discouraged because that would have strengthened internal security of whole of  Bhutan. But Tawang-to-Trashigang highway can facilitate the division of East Bhutan from the West. Afterall it was not outside nations calling Eastern Bhutanese followers of " traitor DPT Party ". We Bhutanese people and our political leaders have been branding political Parties and voters as pro- King and anti- King. If we promote division among ourselves by  region and race , then why would not an outside force assist in the physical separation of the nation? 

Thank you and No Thank you economic dilemma. Not a cruel stab in the back. But a gentle gradual dark kiss of death. Such is the stealth that the Bhutanese Caesar cannot even say " even you Brutus" B4B. Well I think Caesar is as much to blame for trusting Brutus. 

Lama Kheno. Please Palden Drukpa look after Druk Yul. And make our leaders bravely wise. 

Friday, November 15, 2019

The high profile Trongsa Land Case.

A nation can be sold out if the tsokpas ( community representatives) , Gups (head of  local governments ), Dzongda of the Dzongkhag ( Representative of HM the King  and Central Govt.), the Land Record Officer (NLC representative in Dzongkhag ) and the Drangpon of the Dzongkhag Court ( Judiciary ) colluded together  and got backing of a Political Party in governance. 

When an aggrieved Party initially  filed the case, the  case was dismissed by Trongsa Court and again rejected by OAG for prosecution even after ACC completed the investigation and asked OAG for prosecution. I recall OAG tried at all levels including through Media to obstruct ACC from filing the case at Trongsa Court. The Attorney General is appointed by the Prime Minister thus servient to the bidding of the Prime Minister. It was during PM Tshering Tobgay's time. 

The case has been adjudicated at Trongsa Court under a different Drangpon Dasho  Ugyen Tshering. A very capable and absolutely hard working judge. This Dasho Drangpon studies the cases throughly and professionally. And is intellegently sharp. Also considerate in the comprehension of human imperfectness. I hope the Drangpon does not get sidelined for his professionslism. Good and dedicated servants of the Law or in Civil Service  can be sidelined or by- passed in promotion   by forces of corrupt authorities. 

With the concurrent sentencing ( humane consideration on possible legal ground), it looks like all possible judicial considerations have been accorded to the guilty people by the Trongsa Court.  Therefore, an appeal to High Court may not reduce the sentences let alone change the verdict. 

If the appeal reaches the Supreme Court, the Highghest Court in the Land  might even look into the angle of a Dzongda   betraying the trust and confidence of the King and a former Drangpon betraying the trust and ethics of Judiciary and thereby decide to over rule the " concurrent sentencing ".  Instead of looking after people's welfare, the Dzongda has been proven to rob the people to gain wealth for his family. And a Drangpon instead of fostering justice was promoting and defending criminal deeds. 

I think we the common people owe much thanks to BBS in this Particular case. I recall a BBS journalist interviewing the aggrieved lady from Trongsa whose land was forcefully taken away under the pretext of national need priority. And later she found that her land was actually transferred to the wife of the Dzongda. When I saw that interview on BBS TV, I wondered if  Royal Secretariat would intervene. Afterall, Land issue is a Royal matter including grant of substitute land or taking away of private land for national priority needs. That did not happen. But looks like that BBS interview paved the way for the aggrieved Party to seek ACC intervention. Kudos to ACC. 

Corruption and social aggression can be rampant in a nation if and when the powerful collude and responsible check mate/ look out Agencies or Authorities practise hands off stand. 

Personally, I am sorry that a fellow Haap was so vicious in his pursuit of other people's land. And even more sorry that our nation have many in authority  who agree and endorse such ways and did much to obstruct justice and legalise wrong doings.  

When there is " Law and King " ( two bodies of Law ), justice must be allowed to triump in a constitutional monarchy nation. And justice should be served in full. Not partially. The criminals have been punished. But what about the solace to the  victims? In this case, the original land owners should be re- granted their land. The land substitute already given should be treated as compensation for punitive damages caused.  For all the losses, sleepless nights and hopeless days, the never ending  torments, anguish and the shock of uprootment from traditional home and social community that the Law of the Land and National Authority failed to prevent. The Trongsa Court has no  power to re-grant what is now government land. But the NLC and the Government could seek Royal Grant of the forcefully taken land to the original.owners. I wish the Court judgement had mentioned that along with its appeal for purchase by appropriate Agencies the " resort built by the Dzongda's wife " on the land that originally did not belong to the government. It belonged to a lady by the name of Gyalmo. 

If the lands illegally and forcefully taken possession by Dzongda and his wife are   not re-granted to the original owners after this Court Verdict, then victims remain victims. There is no social justice.  And legal justice is incomplete. There is no heart of  compassion and no material compensation for victims of unscrupulous Officials appointed by the Government and His Majesty the King. The Royal Secretariat/ NLC and the Government has a sacred responsibility to reset to original status the aggrieved familiies who were illegally uprooted by the Dzongda. Lhab Dorji without the power and status of Dzongda could not have uprooted the victims from their inherited home and land. Thus the authorities that appointed him must undo the harm and damages he had caused from his official position. 


Friday, October 25, 2019

Thank you to all at my blogs

I want to thank all of you for following my writings and sharing your feed backs or just reading the blogs. I look back to past decade of democracy and from the broader side, I am amazed by the super changes it gifted to individuals. We have cabinet Ministers who may never have had such opportunities but for democracy process. And equally many may not have missed the same boat but for democracy process. Life in many ways is quite predictable and yet it can be all so wildly unpredictable.  

Once we are born, our life and particilarly fate  may not be totally under our own or that of another person or authority's control. But what we are characterwise is in our own hands and mind to shape. Sure compellingly circumstances may oblige us to be temporarily disposed to accepting or doing things that under normal circumstances one would not want to do. But such things need not enslave our hearts. Within ourselves we can be free, honest and truthful about ourselves, our country and of our authorities. 

If we can be true to ourselves within out hearts, then we need not be divisive in nature just to survive. We can be Bhutanese and accept our fellows as same Bhutanese as ourselves. We can lead our lives, raise our children and follow our path laid out by fate without dividing the East, West and South; without differenciating our race, religion and language. Be confident in ourselves and that feeling will  erase away the complexion of inferiority and envy. There is no God segregated class of people into the servant and the master cadres. Democracy has shown the way. Anyone from amongst us can rise and there is also equal chance of falling. 

My thoughts and writings are shaped by the same process of belief I have shared in the above paragraphs. I am fortunate that I received the right kind of environment all through different stages of life. I am comfortable with different race and religion and am comfortably at home with East, West or South of Bhutan. I am not disturbed by who holds authority and who are the commoners along with me. We are Bhutanese whether prince or pauper. And without the nation Druk Yul, we are just ordinary human beings each trying best to survive in the world we are thrown into. Neither superior nor inferior to each other in blood or birth. So all us have good reasons to cherish and share this Druk Yul without trying to use it for selfish self objectives. 

May we be good Bhutanese in which ever and  whatever position we hold during the different stages of our lives. Wishing all Bhutanese peace and good life in Druk Yul that gives us our identity  and purpose to our existence. 

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Why the death sentence for brutal rape, mutilation and murder of minor child.

Rape could be just uncontrolled lust. But rape followed by torture and mutilation of the victim and finally murder of a 8 year helpless  girl child in Paro  is the acts of demon. A human possessed by devil. Otherwise why would a rapist keep slapping a little defenceless child black and blue till blood flowed out of ears and nose ?  Why pull  a child by ears till ears are torn ? Why abuse every part of the body? If the victim was a grown up woman who fought back, maybe retaliation with angry force.  But why such hate  brutality against a frightened and utterly defenceless child of 8 years? Only a devil thirsting for blood is capable of demonic acts. And demons must be got ridden of. 

It is easy and self glorifying in the eyes of NGOs and Human Rights to ask  why take life for life ? It is easy to claim we are Buddhists and must not kill. And it is even more endearing to state that a Bhutanese should not make call to undo what was magnanimously decreed the abolishment of death penalty by our great  King

Afterall, we are not the poor single mother or her child who was  mutilated, raped and murdered. We can afford to be like  tin pot journalists who are ready to kill today and whimper tomorrow according to the dictate of NGOs and flow of the majority sentiment. Unabashedly we can deceive gullible citizens and declare that death penalty is against the magnamity of our great Kings, against the Constitution and even requires amendment of the Constitution followed by national referendum. What lies and games of deception !  Looks like we have few social media personnels or journalists  who go to any length like the Paro demon rapist & murderer & mutilator,  willingly  stooping to any length and depth to manipulate  public sentiment for selfish personal gain or fame.

True that death penalty has been done away by a Royal Decree. But protection of child has not been done away by Royal Decree. The last death sentence by firing squad was carried out in 1964 in Bhutan. It was several lives for one life. The traditional method was simple blind fold  walk over a plank that jutted out into the void space far above a monsoon river raging below.  Acts of treason or sacriledge met with death. Those days such brutalised rape and murder acts against children were unheard of.  So the Royal Decree abolishing death sentence needs to be viewed  against such a prevailing social back ground. Unfortunately the behaviour of people have undergone drastic changes. And so must laws to counter. It is no longer treason against the State or Monarchy Institution for which a magnanimous King was willng to abolish the death penalty. Now the treason is against our defenceless children. A Guardian cannot recklessly show magnanimity when faced with cruel deaths of children because such kindness will be taken as weakness and will surely pave way for similar acts,  hereafter.

Rape out of lust is unacceptable and certainly reqire to be punished with severe imprisonment. But rape as an act to torture, brutalize every part of a child victim's  body and finally strangling perhaps an already  lifeless body is unforgivable. When the very Devil walks the valleys of the Kingdom, the godly King and Parliamentarians must rise to protect. My appeal is not for public sentiment. The lawmakers must endeavour heart and soul to counter such demons. The protection and preservation of safe environment for child life must take precedence over all our fears of world infamy and Buddhist sentiment. To simply neglect to even attempt to do our rightful parental and guardian duty is forsaking social and political leadership.

The Constitution under Article 7 clause 1 states:

" All persons shall have right to life, liberty and security of person and shall not be deprived of such rights except in accordance with due process of the law".

Thus Constitution requires our leaders to protect the life, liberty  and security of our children. And frame laws so that humans who are possessed by the Devil and are perpetrators of demonic deeds against minors can be assisted along the path to the Devil's hell with due process of the law.

Death penalty is not against the reverred  Constitution. It is not against the sacred Monarchy Institution. And it certainly  does not require national referendum. The process is like any legislation formulation.  The Parliament can institute it with simply majority and royal assent.

The protection and preservation of Bhutanese child life is the core of royal prerogative because our children are the hope and vision of future  and foundation of sovereign Bhutan. The citizens and especially the  Parliamentarians must support our King to  find ways and means to counter the growing national  crisis to safe child environment.

Death penalty cannot be an absolute solution to curb devilish thirst for blood. But then there is no absolute solution for many things. Centuries of development in education methods and still no absolute formulae for automatic learning by all. There are still failures. But we do not stop education process. Likewise no deterrent is absolute deterrent but there is the absolute necessity to come up with the most extent  possible deterrent to demonic acts.

People write and make reference to studies where death sentence has not reduced rape or murder incidents. Please dig further and find out how and who and for which objectives the studies were conducted. A team with a pre conceived agenda will always find statistics to support their cause.

However, if a layman wants to know the effectiveness of " deterrent ",  let me give a simple easy to comprehend example. Watch the motorists behaviour at spots where a lone traffic police stands and at another spot where there is no police.  Now you might say thats because there is someone with authority  watching. OK but how many drivers have lost driving licence due to repeated traffic violations. Hardly any significant numbers. Yes "deterrent " works to a great extent though not absolutely.

Few public executions of demon rapists ( not humans who rape to satisfy sexual lust  but devils who rape to queench thirst for blood ) would go a long way to deter such would be demons. Sure,  not everyone would be deterred but anyone still retaining some semblance of morality would not succumb to devilish temptations if such deterrent is publicly demonstrated at times.

Most of us are Buddhists but we are neither Buddhas nor do we live in Zangthopelri. So shed that fake  cloak of innocent purity and sensitivity.  Buddhists too kill to  protect themselves. And executing few demon child rapist cum mutilators cum  murderers would be a deterrent to protect larger life interest especially the preservation and promotion of safe child environment.

I, too, value and cherish life and living. And like the majority of you all,  I am of no relation to the family of the little girl victim in Paro. And like you all,  I am also a staunch Bhutanese and Royalist and also afraid to pull the trigger to excute death sentence. But despite all that I am and have been, I am willing to do what it takes to support safe environment for our children. What happened to the 8 years old girl child  in Paro haunts me to no end.

I never knew the  child  or her family  when she was alive but in her brutal death, the little soul of Paro haunts me even in my  sleep. If children cannot have safe and secure environment to grow up then all is lost and nothing and nobody is relevant in our Kingdom. Not even His Majesty the our beloved King is relevant to our children if they are simply raped, mutilated and murdered at will by demonic humans. The little girl in Paro is beyond our cruel world. But for the many like her, the society in Bhutan must be made more saner and less of a  hell for our children. So the need to act seriously and earnestly  against such  perpetrators.

Yes to Death Sentence to Rapists cum Mutilators cum Murderers of children.  

Monday, September 9, 2019

Who really cared about the Dengue outbreak !

Dengue case numbers should be single digit next year onwards says PM (courtesy Kuensel ). A tall order considering the figure nearing 4000 this time and still counting.

I feel we need to thank our stars that Dengue fever  disease is not contagious. Otherwise our hospitals' indiffererence would have the nation facing an epidemic.

" Many cases could not be detected". How could detection be possible using " insensitive rapid test kits " . Pray what does " insensitive " mean in common man language?   Expired or outdated testing kit or inferior  ?  Why use expired testing kits which should have been thrown away?

" Although the report would " clinically " point towards a dengue fever symptom, the result was negative. However, the result came as positive in the private diagnostic centre."

See the difference between paid for medical service at private Diagnostic Centre  and the free medical service at government hospitals. Seems Private centre used valid testing kits and our hospitals used invalid testing kits.

It is a case of homicide when patients die due to incorrect diagnosis derived through deliberate use of  expired testing kits. Dengue fever is not a killer disease though there is no  antidote to treat it. So plenty of bed rest and fluid seems to be the answer.  But if you are tested negative dengue fever by hospital using expired testing kit, you might think it is influenza and therefore take things lightly thereby further endangering your health condition. Thus correct timely diagnosis is so critical. And knowingly using " insensitive rapid testing kits" tantamounts to criminal negligence.

No one individual can be blamed but there seems to be an inherent weakness in the health system and approach. The civil authorities like Thromde and Dhungkhag are left out  from the loop and though doctors suspected about testing kits being insensitive yet same were used anyway and ofcourse wrong results were declared to patients. 

I think PM the surgeon needs to make some " scapel sharp precision "  management decisions to awaken the slumbering and lumbering health delivery system.  We need to prevent such outbreaks and treat right the patients. Both candy and cane are required dosages towards motivating  health personnel's approach to patients and illness.

One ray of hope for better attention in the future is that this time a doctor at Phuentsholing hospital admitted that " insensitive rapid testing kits " were used. Till now Hospital authorities never admitred their own shortcomings even when a kind of infanticide happened at Thimphu General Hospital. The system can be so inhumanly cruel  and be so damn irresponsible.

And another change we desperately need to adopt at all hospital is stop issuing naked medicine tablets especially anti-biotics. There is no way of determing the validity of such tablets. If hospitals can knowingly  use " insensitive rapid testing kits" during an outbreak of disease, a medical storeperson could easily issue expired medicines in naked tablet form. The best doctors and most diligent patients can be defeated  by expired naked antibiotic capsules or  tablets issued without the cover foil wherein the validity is noted.

Thank you national health service people but there is a flaw in service at critical times. At times sincereity and due deligence is sacrificed and perfunctory ( doing for sake of appearing to do ) have set in.  With respects to many dedicated professionals.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

BHUTAN has someting to cheer about or what?

Indian PM Shri Narendra Modi coming to Bhutan and also inaugurating the space research station unit set up in Thimphu by ISRO ( Indian Space Research Organisation). 

Thanks to Kuensel, we are also informed that United States will be providing $4.5 million for STEM education to support royal effort in the nation's science and technology upgradation. Along with this the Deputy Secretary of State Sullivan who is leading a 8 member delegation from United States also said that United States was looking to implement NASA programme as discussed with His Majesty.

So we have both ISRO and NASA treading into Bhutanese high Himalyan Space. Bhutanese are not planning to go to the moon. But both ISRO and NASA can magnify their  views of the Tibetan Plateau at close range from Bhutan.

Whatever this means, I am happy that His Majesty the King is exploring steps to improve relations with United States. There are quite a number of fellow Bhutanese citizens  working in United States who could directly benefit besides the overall other national interests of Bhutan.

A deep political implication could be in the American Deputy Secretary's declaration " I have come here to underscore the US support for Bhutan and commitment to defend Bhutan as a fellow democratic country- providing support to Bhutan's sovereignty". 

And yet America was mum during Doklam in 2017. And Japan which also act as a political stooge of America in Asia region had supported the Indian military transgression. An indication of American approval of Indian invasion of Doklam which could have spelt disaster for Bhutan but for the grace of Pelden Drukpai Deities.

I just hope that vists of American Deputy Secretary of State with soon to be followed by  Indian PM visit has nothing to do with what United States term as " Asia Pacific Strategy to Contain China ". Imagine green dragon missile against red dragon.

No worties for China. China  seems damn capable of taking on South China Sea policy enforcement  as well as conducting trade war with America and keeping India within sensible parameter in cases of Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan's economic corridor.

It is little Bhutan which must remain alert because a political pawn never wins in the end game

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

To Indian PM Shri Narenda Modi With Respects.

Welcome Hon'ble PM Shri Narenda Modi to Bhutan for 2 days visit 17th and 18th August, 2019.  I reproduce an email ( also posted as a blog ) to former ambassador P Stobdan after he wrote the article  "  India's Real Problem lies in its Foreign Policy, Not Borders " on 14th July, 2017 at the height of Doklam invasion by Indian military. That was 2 years ago during Doklam Stand Off between 3 nations. China and India versus Bhutan.

The feelings and views I have expressed then still stands. India needs to adopt a broader and more enlightened geo- political attitude than just dominating Bhutanese sovereignty from head to toe, from King to Subjects.   In yoga your favourite physical and mental exercise, the mind must be free from evilness.  In Himalayan geo- political strategy, Indian mentality must be free of suspicion and domination.  And India should  honour friendship at genuine equal equation level.   I hope you will kindly take time to read the following reproduced email of 14th July, 2017.

" Dear Sir,

I went through your feeling and views. You are a sincere well wisher of Indo-Bhutan friendship. Hopefully there is room for such understanding and accommodation in the power halls of New Delhi.

I could never fathom why Indian leaders and advisors still suffer from the subjugated trance of British Raj Era ? In almost all dealing with her dependant neighbours especially the two landlocked, India is not satisfied with " Namas-te" greetings. One is required to bow from kneeling position. A copycat attitude of British Raj to Indians.

I suppose you realise that if the push comes to shove as they say,  it is not possible for India to takeover Bhutan without China claiming over half the Kingdom. It's a touch and go situation. Presently Bhutan's status as a buffer nation actually guarantees the security of the oft quoted "chicken neck " of India and her North Eastern Frontier States.  A divided Bhutan can place the whole of Northern India in peril.

However, if India does not obstruct/ hinder Sino Bhutan Border Agreement, this will guarantee the security of all of Northern India. It is therefore,  actually in India's interest to encourage Bhutan to sign the Border Agreement with China. Instead the successive Indian leaders have taken out their British Raj era humiliation upon the only nation and people that they can safely bully. To allow Bhutan to sign Agreement and have relation with China is elevating the national status of Bhutan and Bhutanese people which Indian cannot stomach. It seems that the Indian ego which is so badly bruised under Whitemen subjugation, cannot accept Bhutan as an equal neighbour. Thus it is not Indian national security priority nor the fear of Chinese invasion or competition that prevents India from giving Bhutan the go-ahead to friendlier ties with China. It is the psycological burden of accepting Bhutan as an equal neighbour that haunts the false Indian elitist pride. 

I suppose Indian experts are well aware that what was once part of Bhutan like the Duars and Doklam was wrested away by British India. Doklam may have been originally that of Tibet before Bhutan took over. At one time in Bhutanese history, Bhutan had land in Ladakh , Nepal, Tibet and Sikkim and in north eastern India the Duars. But British India changed all that.  Bhutan was given a yearly cash annuity for the 18 Duars as the tax collected from those domains was important revenue for Bhutanese heiracy. The other domains  had more to do with religious purpose than revenue. So probably these were simply written off.  Anyway British India sold  Doklam back to China.

Bhutan cannot get back the Duars or Doklam or the other religious domain in Nepal, Sikkim or Ladakh.  In the revised 2007 Indo-Bhutan Treaty that " annuity clause " regarding the 18 Duars  was taken off and so was the clause " foreign affairs to be guided by India". In other words an exchange was concluded though never highlighted or publicly stated for claim against Duars in exchange for freedom in exercising foreign affairs by Bhutan.   

Can you imagine what such an  "annuity clause " be worth to a mighty nation in the modern era when everybody is claiming something off another?  That may be the reason why India removed it when Bhutan insisted upon self auhority in foreign affairs as a member of UN. You may be aware that India did not willingly back Bhutan's admission to UN. India had no choice when she realised that King Jigme Dorji Wangchcuck was prepared to go broke on that score. 

Bhutan is too small and weak to assert her historical domination and have wisely chosen peace and sovereignty within the physical space that we have as of date. We have no alternative but to choose peace and friendship with India. Likewise we have no alternative but to forget Doklam as we have foregone the Duars and other religious domains and sign the Sino- Bhutan Border Agreement so that what we have now remain ours for eternity. 

There is much affection and respect for India within the larger Bhutanese community. However, there is resentment and fear, too, as you pointed out. I do not know what secret magical  hold India has over the Wangchuck Dynasty but whatever it is, that is wearing rather thin. I feel Bhutanese can accept and live with their King no matter what India may say or reveal about our deeply respected Dynasty.

Democracy has been introduced by the King and the process cannot be halted. And with democracy comes more free thinking and more questions that can be uncomfortable to answer. And as amenable as the last two Kings have been with Indian approach to Bhutan, 34 years and 24 rounds of delay tactics in negotiations with China in compliance to never ending dictates of India upon Bhutan, can wear out the utmost patience of China with Bhutan and that of Wangchuck Dynasty of Bhutan with Indian leadership. Afterall their Majesties are the true son and grandson of the King who once declared, " would rule as a sovereign King or not at all ". And probably the people of Bhutan ,too, would be exhausted in search for a chance for dignified peaceful existence. And take matters off everyone's table. 

I feel for sake of durable genuine love and frienship between the people of India and Bhutan, India should wisely and generously permit Bhutan with adequate leeway in signing the Border Agreement and have diplomatic and trade relations with China. This will not change fundamental basis of Indo Bhutan friendship and reliability. It will only enhance the political status of Bhutan as a more strengthened Sovereign Buffer State and enable a less stressful China and India relationship.

May there be more such thinkers like you and may Indo- Bhutan friendship reach a healthy level of equal love and respect. 

I wish you well Sir. 


Wangcha Sangey "

I Wish Your Excellency pleasant visit to the Kingdom of Bhutan and good health always. Congratulations upon yours and your Party 's stupendous Election Victory.  Respectfully Wangcha Sangey.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Who could have benefit from bringing Sonam Home from Japan?

Not Sonam. She cannot benefit. And certainly Sonam's family who would want her to live and receive the best available medical care cannot benefit from bringing Sonam home. I think only the Japanese Insurance Company under insurance  obligation to foot 70% of Sonam's medical treatment would be relieved if Sonam's case is taken off their liability.

Why are few Bhutanese with some dubious social media influence knowingly or unknowingly serving the interest of a Japanese insurance firm now footing major portion of medical bills of Sonam's treatment in Japan. They want to bring Sonam home. Why?

The Japanese insurance firm is not going to foot the transhipment cost. It is crazy in term of financial cost plus gravely too risky. Sonam could be killed in the process.

If bringing Sonam home is so easy and without liability, our governmrnt would also readily do it. Footing 30% of treatment bills plus all other related expenses in Japan is a huge amount for a resource constraint nation. But the government cannot bring Sonam home because the process entails prohibitive financial costs and worse it could kill the patient.

However,  any  insurance company would be delighted if someone else took the initiative to move medically insured Sonam out of their hand and liability. Infact, if I was the CEO of that insurance company, I would be very grateful to have few Bhutanese social media figures manipulating the  gullible Bhutanese public and raise social media hell to pressure the Bhutanese government to bring Sonam home. Thankfully the Bhutanese PM is a sound medical professional himself and cannot be fooled into taking rash action.  

Why do few Bhutanese want to  bring a seriously brain damaged patient from an advanced nation where medical facilities and professional expertise are readily available (Japan ) to a Least Developed Nation ( Bhutan ) which lacks proper medical facilities and professional expertise to treat such patient?

Why play the role of a Saviour Angel for the Japanese Insurance Company? If Sonam dies in the attempt to transfer her, it is all the better for the insurance company. They are saved from further treatment expenses.

Sonam and her family does not benefit by moving her from well equipped hospital in Japan to Bhutan. What an irony? Bhutan spends millions every year to send patients outside to receive proper treatment because such is not available within the nation. And few Bhutanese who are well aware of the inadeqacies of health facilities in Bhutan are deliberately manipulating  public sentiment and calling for brain damaged Sonam to be brought home to Bhutan. How cruel and sickly motivated?

Why the attempt to kill Sonam? To save financial stress on the Japanese insurance company? Or does the family want Sonam back home dead or alive? Or is it an opportune moment to highlight self grandeur displaying the devil's sympathy for Sonam and her family? 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Politics of Cooking Gas Subsidy.

In India gas subsidy politics worked because cooking  gas set ( gas jar and gas stove ) was distributed free in some regions by BJP government and such receipant housewomen were supposed to have voted for BJP candidates in General Election.

In Bhutan PDP government too made available  cooking gas cylinders in rural area. But people had to pay. Thus receipants were happy but not obliged. The 100 unit electricity subsidy, supply of power Tillers, tax free Boleros for  rural dwellers  did not garner that much  votes for PDP in the 3rd General Election primarily because the first two were campaign commitments for which votes were given in 2013 and as for tax free  boleros, it mainly. benefited rural well offs and urban smarts.

It is a very good begining that DNT government has decided to do away with distribution of subsidised cooking gas in 4 Thromdes from January, 2020. Now one has to ask why only the Thromdes?  Afterall so many Thromde residents live hand to mouth. In fact as some people have voiced out,  the rural people are better equipped than most urban poor to deal with non subsidised gas because there are alternatives like  fire wood and some relief by way of free 100 units of electricity in rural areas.

One unstated reason for excluding rural areas maybe at the request of Gas Dealers. If government goes for nation wide non subdised cooking gas, three things would immediately happen:

a) gas consuption will reduce.

b) electrical cooking stove will become popular.

c) Owners of subsidised gas jars would want to return extra  empty cylinders and reclaim.reimbursement. Afterall they may not want to own several cylinders  because it would be expensive to block money.   And moreover, it does not make commercial sense to stock up for what should be readily available. And this may create both fund and other problems for present gas dealers.

All these above factors will dent the
profit of gas Dealers.

The government can bail out present monopoly favoured Gas Dealers with a smart solution in regards to excess gas cylinder repurchase fund. Set up a new company and float 100% shares to the public. Let this new company buy the excess empty  cylinders at prevailing rate. And the new company can exchage these subsidised cylinders with non-subsidised gas cylinders by just paying for filling the gas and sell to Bhutanese customers.

This way the government can implement its goal of nation wide  ban on subsidised cooking gas grant from India as of January, 2020. It will be a fair decision. Not a discriminatory action  between urban poor and rural residents. 

Monday, July 22, 2019

His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck the King I saw through my heart lens.

At every death anniversary of the late King on 21st July, I struggled with the gnawing emotion " to write and not write ".  But life is unpredictable. Today you are sailing well in good health and next day you could be on the pyre at the crematorium ground. I do not wish to carry the burden of my feeling of what the King was. So here I share an insight into the heart of the Father of modern Bhutan.

I look back to my early years and still feel astounded with the rare occassions of holding substantive national discussions with the King. Why did the King take me a young student into confidence and in all seriousness? Perhaps it was my frankness free of inhibition and pure matter of fact approach. I am like any ordinary  Bhutanese but minus the fear for self preservation. Fear is good caution but quite meaningless when it comes to Death and King. If the two forces wish to end your life or cause misery, they need no valid cause. There is nothing one can do. I guess His Majesty was able to gain royal sight directly into my sub- conscience.

The King loved his Queen Her Majesty Kesang Choden and genuinely cared of Her Majesty's concerns in regards to the Crown Prince. In his first reference to the queen, I was for awhile baffled. " Kesang " who could HM be referring to I wondered. Then it dawned upon me that the King need not address the Queen as I needed to in honorific terms.

The celebration Day of Bhutan's entry to United Nations was not complete until the Queen of Bhutan joined the King in person at the celebration ground. " I must go to ..... ' HM said as he turned to walk towards the approaching car to receive Her Majesty. For me it was such an emotional moment on a very proud and emotional national occassion. The sight of King and Queen hand in hand was so very rare those days.  So imagine my emotional whirpool on the day of  Bhutan becoming member of UN Family of Nations and our King with our still beautiful brave Queen walking hand in hand !

His Majesty was a Bhutanese Leader of extraordinary calibre who seemed  endowed with  leadership courage and insight at birth itself. Bhutan was his only priority.

For him India and China were neighbours of Bhutan. Other less responsible and more reckless might tag one as friend and the other as enemy. But the King of Butan had the ultimate  national obligation to value correct relationship with the two giant neighbours. It cannot  be reduced to simple mathmatics based on a matter of  weighing scale on volume of monetary gifts or number of handshakes. The crux is the end goal. Who was more sincere in respecting sovereign status of Bhutan without that  dangerous all embracing affection of a Protector of a Protectorate?

In 1962 during Sino- India war, His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck was determined to protect his Kingdom and even more importantly demonstrate Bhutan's neutrality in the war between China and India. The Indian PM Nehru had come to Bhutan on a state visit in 1958. And had warned Bhutan about  China. And in 1959, many Tibetans fled to India via Bhutan. Some stayed within Bhutan as refugees.This Tibet China episode ofcourse haunted Bhutanese society.

However,  His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck never under valued the Bhutanese  national need to  preserve sensible relationship with China. And that paid off handsome dividend in 1962 when Chinese troops did not cross into Bhutan from Arunachal Pradesh.  And the visionary King with inborn political astuteness granted passage to the fleeing Indian troops through Bhutanese territory down to the  Indian plains only after arms were surrendered. It was clearly a humanitarian gesture not at all political. Such a gesture was made easier because the fleeing Indian soldiers were not carrying much of military hardwares or fighting will.  And unlike the 2017 Doklam intrusion, India in 1962 had no intention  to use Bhutanese soil to renew the fight against Chinese troops. 

The King also deftly tided over the mid 1950s southern uprising and began modernising Bhutan. Further the greatest internal.challenges to Bhutan's stabilty was wisely managed with out-of-norm patience,  candour and diplomacy when his able Prime Minister was assassinated. The King wisely refused offer of any help from India in such internal political turmoil as grave as those were. Strangely, there were insinuations planted here and there that pro King forces had the Prime Minister Jigme Palden Dorji killed because they deemed that the Dorji family was out to overshadow the King's authority. If so then  who had incited and helped the two uprisings from southern Bhutanese  during the reigns of both  3rd King and 4th King calling for democracy and ouster of absolute Monarchy?

The 3rd King commanded absolute dedication of his subjects from East to West of the Kingdom. He never felt insecure about the Throne and the rabin crown. He was one great King who felt he was there to serve the nation not his dynasty. He did not order the conscripted soldiers to fight for the King and Country. He asked them to join him to " defend our country and way of life ". But recognising the danger of foreign induced internal strifes or rivalries, HM  did secure the dynasty reign before his untimely death. He was convined by people of all walks of life that Bhutanese people believed in the leadership of the Wangchuck Kings. And His Majesty was very confident that his son the Crown Prince would not fail the demands upon Kingship to serve the Kingdom.

History will confirm that His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck the 4th King served the nation with exemplary Kingship.  But as a son,  it is hard to say for sure how far he fulfilled royal.personal wishes if any passed down in some kind of form by the 3rd King. If there were mistakes by a very young King under the political storms that haunted his early reign,  I feel that a father like the 3rd King would understand and surely forgive.

All I want to say and wish our 4th and 5th Kings is that may their Majesties be served by such selfless Faithfuls as were those unwavering Tha-Dhsmtse-Chen officers and Palace  staffs  who served the 3rd King. They were not highly educated and sophiscated. Simple and cultured were thrir ways. And their love and respect for the King was beyond extra- ordinary. For few of them the call of duty had no limits to personal and family sacrifice for a King who had passed into another world.. Incredible Bhutanese whose spirit matched royal valour!  True respects and faithfulness can be tested  when the King is without the sceptre and especially if the King was dead like the 3rd King. I humbly bow to such great  spirit of relationship of King and his men.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Are you Thimphu bio social literate? Try these.

Well what is bio resilient? In case you need to think, it means the ability to keep a relationship going.

And what is bio relationship? Could be man & woman; man & monk; woman & nun  or simply mating with whatever or whoever in our animalistic fancy.

What is bio democracy? Oh! There was just today a conference about it in Thimphu.  Still if you need to ponder, it is voting right for trees and animals because humans  vote  stupidly- You know like voting proudly and later cursing viciously the Party voted in.

What is bio rights? Lets jointly figure out starting with phallus and baka nuisance of grievances and equalities of natural differences.  

What is bio authority? That must be simple because we live it. But lets spell it right. It is exercising equal authority by the couple. Like husband becomes a PM or a General and wife is Madam PM or Madam General. Also like wife becomes office boss and husband turns home boss.

Along with "bio "  the other ongoing fancy high class term is " resilience or resilient ". Do not be fazed out. It just means shut up and put up like a tree silently bearing the axe chopping till fall.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Never doubt Faith. But curiosity raises questions.

Faith is miraculous for its single minded trust. It should not be questioned but for curiosity of the human mind.

I am deeply religious though deviate much from paths taken by other religious people. I am not a spiritual person like those who attend so many riligious events and even are part of sponsoring committees. I just  trust in the goodness and the  power of the unknown to help me to tide over obsticles in order to preserve home harmony and health. And at times seeking the courage to accept and tide over what naure, man made and vicious laws mandate.  Maybe this kind of faith in the unknown  came about because I had to do my own battles like most kids without backups.

I am a born Buddhist but I do respects the goodness of other religions. Only I draw a line between faith and imagination. And that may trouble so many who are ardent believers of imaginations.

1. I do not belive that Buddha was born from the arm pit or from in-between ribs of his mother or that he took seven steps upon birth. If Lord Buddha really desired for human beings to believe that an ordinary person can attain Buddhahood then he had to follow the normal path of birth and death. During Buddha era, there is no findings of caesarian birth. In any case he was born in a forest and his mother may have lost her life because of loss of blood which reflects upon lack.of proper medical care.

However, my belief in the goodness of Buddha greatness is unshakable. My life at my present place took root only with the blessings of one Buddha statue. A man came three times to sell the same Tempa Ku. We were in no position to make such a purchase but 3 times in one year was too much of a fate of coincidence.

2. I cannot believe Guru Pema Juney was born from a lotus. Could an erring Prince had his offspring from a lady left on a lake like baby Moses among the reeds of River Nile to be found by a royal house and cared for?

However, my belief in the powers of Guru and eight manifestations is unshakable. From an early age of my adulthood when I was able to  stand on my own feet economically, I had an extremely talented scholar paint the Guru Tsengye on one side of the wall in the alter room of our traditional home in Haa. Then I repeated that when I was able to build my present  family home.

3. I do not belive that Joseph was not the father of Jesus Christ. But I do not doubt that God chose to have that offspring of holy Mary and holy Joseph to be His Son on earth. I base my reasoning on the fact that Pope of Rome treats marriage between man and woman not just a very  serious commitment  but also very sacred union. King Henry the VIII of England  broke rank with Rome because the Pope would not recognise his divorce.  If divorce is almost treated like a blasphmey how wrong would it be to be falsely married? If only christians believe that married man and woman do have sexual intercourse and that mothers can be virgin in  pureness of mind but not virgin physically,  maybe the Catholic Priests would not have assulted so many choir boys.

I also do not believe in the resurrection. A Son of God would ofcourse be able to rise from dead. But why die in the first place? If Roman soldiers had failed to take his life after nailing him on the cross, that itself would have proved that he was no ordinary human being. And Christian faith would not be reaching an eroding phase now in the belief that it will resurrect at another time. 

Lord Buddha, Guru Padma and Jesus Chirst had to be extraordinarily great Teachers. But we human beings may have been responsible for the added on colours about their lives. Humans love blowing almost  everything out of proportion.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Too much air balloon of international research on learning and children aptitude.

Well !  Royal Thimphu College provides adult classes for those working adults to get a college degree. I presume the ratio of pass percentage among these are higher than those among  young college kids. Why? More mature so more brainy maybe the conclusion of MOE based on research statistic and output.

Haha !  Fools must so think. But do you know what those college kids would be doing at the age of the adults now labouring to get a college degree?  Very possibly some of them may be leading the nation by then. 

Sure there would be a difference of tackling a particular learning task between age 5s and age 6s. But it is silly to assume that children of age 5 are less capable  to be in PP than children of age 6.

Not just traditionally but even today, there is a tendency to assume that men are more capable than women. Perhaps so in majority of beast of burden task. I do not compare men and women because each have different endownents by natural birth.  But intellectually and leadership wise, such assumptions of men being more capable are proved false beyond any doubt.

Do we know the real reason why for adults computer is a necessary implement and for the young computer is a play mate? Versatile is the reason. The younger the age more versatile the mind/ brain  to adapt and learn without  undue pressure and therefore more retention and more information and more joyful the learning process.

Growing up and nuturing is multi task. Not
just nursey rhymes and pampering. Do you know why I never had guard railing around my bhukhari despite kids crawling or playing nearby in the same room?  No one among my eight kids got burns from touching the hot bukhari. They adapted fast to the warmth and also the danger that bukhari presents from early toddler stage. I do not believe in cocooning children from the " hazards "  of outside environment. Real life of joys and challenges lie in the real natural world outside. Rather I got them interested in the environment outside the security of home and encouraged them to do more than just  stand and walk out into the outside world. Its like learning to drive a car. Far, far easier and joyful at a younger age than waiting till you can buy a car.

Love your children in the right way. Give them time not just toys. Watch them literally and learn to appreciate the stumbles in the process to walk on their own rwo little feet. Care for them but do not direct your love and efforts to make them dependent on you. You are in no position to be their guide and crutch throughout their life.

You have a mighty influential role when they are helpless in the cradle but once they start crawling in the 8th to 9th month, they not only have a mind of their own but also have the physical ability to execute their thought. Once they cut their teeth in around the 8th month, gone are days of soft and crushed meals. Step in with the biological transformstions of your child. And  you will not have to wring your head in helpless frustrations when they reach puberty age. 

Majority of the Bhutanese young children receive more love and care than their counter parts elsewhere because the extended family system is very strong in Bhutan. And moreover our children's growth takes place in a social and community  environment which is so free of racial, religion and colour prejudices. Our children can handle more because they grew up in a bigger world of  tolerance and appreciation. 

When you religiously delve into so adulated international researches,  find out what kind of upbringing the researchers had and what kind of environment they live in. Through what lense they look at the world?  Many of these same people and society do not believe in equality of life or blacks, browns, yellows and whites living in same community environnent or be carefreely comfortable in schooling together. Bhutan has had a far richer and broader social perspective. Do not be indoctrinated to outsiders' lesser tolerance.

So please get that shit of an idea from your adult system that gives you that stupid righteous dictum that a wholesomely nutured physically fit Bhutanese child of aged five is unfit to attend PP schooling.

Instead do a better parenting job and responsibility. And more important learn to be a less sheparded adult because I think you are transfering your adult insecurity upon those children of five years age.  I assure you such aged children are better in coping with PP environment  than we adults in coping with each other even after sleeping in the same marriage bed for decades. And dear fellows of anti PP aged 5s children,   please take a walk out of your memory of helpless childhood. Not your fault but shortcomings of alike adults that you have now  turned into.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Bhutan Education scene.

Over 800 kids ousted from Pre Primary Classes at mid academic year.  Heartless new Education Ministry out to flex authority. Even the appeal by parents and schools to spare the kids of this academic year has been spurned.

Nobody doubts the power of authority in Bhutan. It is compassion that is so  scarce where dividends are not immediate..

No repercussion at all for the governing Political Party.  These kids are too young to vote for a long time to come. Seemingly and decidedly more  beficial to pamper those who will be voting in 3-4 years time like the unqualified class 10 passouts. Politics is razor sharp with rules when fringe benefit is nil.

I thought the PM was really being rightly considerate when I read an indication that already enrolled kids could be considered but making a new rule for age 5 and above was totally another matter.  

Considerations could have been.made for this year kids already with half academic year gone. And from next 2020 academic session, Educatiin Ministry could have come up with free or subsidised care centres for children between ages of four and half to five snd half.

That stand by the Cabinet about waiving off  cut off marks this year instead of next year because so many class 10 students were affected is most laudable. But the very same stand now sounds hollow because the Cabinet now cannot consider another half year reprieve for 890 Pre- Primary students.

Surely the Nation has a conscience to encourage population growth. Assisting young parents to care for their offsprings during difficult pre- primary period is one additional way that would beautifully suppliment the proposed  noble initiative of providing six months stipend to young mothers. One step forward and next step backward is more than just regression in terms of time and investment wasted.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

BEO and its Youth employment escapades in Japan remains a dark blot on national landscape.

Once again the parents and youth victims of BEO attempt to seek justice. According to Kuensel,  yesterday on 26th June, 2019,  the Royal Bhutan Police has accepted the Appeal of Parents and youths for review though the applicants sought registration of a criminal case.

This sad case has scarred the employment scene for almost 2 years including the time of  investigation conducted by ACC. And there is still no hopeful light at the end of the tunnel. It is near impossible to surmount the daunting obstructions that confront the victims of BEO. Even ACC is unable to push  the criminal case past beyond OAG and the associated government Agencies and Ministry.

I do not envy the position of Royal Bhutan Police under the present circumstances. However, I congratulate the Chief of Police in his tactful handling of the case yesterday.

He could have received all the applicants in his office or meeting hall or out in the open space and  heard out the written appeal. Such broadness of mind and sympathy from a authority can heal a lot of accumulated hurts. But looks like only the lawyer was able to see the Police Chief and present the appeal letter.

I guess the Police Chief had to walk the tight rope of not rejecting the aggrieved applicants and also not infuriating the several  authorities that have been dealing or rather stalling this very same case.  Considering the varying circumstances, I applaud the decision of the Chief of Police to forward the case to Thimphu Police Superintendent under whose jurisdiction the case falls and have the case reviewed.

Already this huge dark case is spread over the ACC, Attorney General., Ministry of Labour, RCSC, the Cabinet and the main stream media and social media of two nations. The OAG, Labour Ministry, RCSC and Cabinet have kept the case at arms length.  These authorities are unable to bury the case and do not seem to wish to proceed forward.  Meanwhole some Officials and detractors  have shamelesssly tried to shift all the blame from BEO Partners& associates and Labour Ministry Officials  upon the youthful victims by such sweeping declarations as  " Bhutanese are lazy and irresponsible ". The lazy and irresponsible youths are to be blamed for being hoodwinked by BEO Partners and associates and taken advantage of by Japanese mafia in Japan.

The public of two nations Bhutan and Japan and the two Governments have a fair idea of what went on. But it is for Bhutanese authority to act or bury the case. If they wish to bury it, now is the opportune moment to get RBP to throw out the case. And if the Government wishes to help the nation to see through the case then RBP must be encouraged to filter through the documents submitted and forward the relevant evidences to OAG where the same case submitted by ACC awaits OAG's decision to prosecute or shelve. I do not feel another police  investigation is warranted through a complete new registration of a crime but  new facts can be added on to the ongoing ACC forwarded case lying with OAG. 

The present Cabinet and particularly the Minister of Labour and Human Resources have nothing to do with the past deeds of BEO and Labour Officials in regards to Youths sent to Japan. But the present Government have to shoulder the responsibility to clean up what seems to be quite a confused and messy handling of the Youth Employment Vision of the Royal Govrnment of Bhutan which also includes the hopes of the Royal Person, " Youths are the future of the nation ".   

Friday, June 14, 2019

Cooking gas shortage solution.

This government seems to possess the capacity to do what is necessary for overall good of the nation.

Dump subsidised cooking gas. Make non- subsidised gas available in required quantity.  And reduce electricity cost for home use ( non- industrial ). Not just in rural areas because many poor people also reside in urban centres. Either reduce the rate per unit or provide 200 units free for home consumption. But again do not repeat the heartless game of overcharging for units consumed over and  above the free 200 units. This shameful trick is presently in practice to recoup the cost of 100 units provided free in rural Bhutan.

The system of nationwide non subsidised gas will reduce drastically the quantity of gas imported. Further hoarding will be eliminated due to cost but more so because then gas is readily available.  And the nation will become more healthy as more families go for clean energy electrical power cooking habits.   The government must not be shortsighted and only be guided to earn high revenue from domestic sale of electricity. Go for comprehensive overall national benefits.

Presently Bhutan gets less than Rs 2 per unit for export to India. And domestic average rate is around Nu: 3 to 4 per unit.  BPC should seek soft loan to reach exteme less populated areas to reduce electrification cost.

Many CEOs related to electricity production and distribution in Bhutan  have received red scarfs. In return each of them have come up with different calculations of high domestic power rate to oppress the Bhutanese home consumers. These thoughtless leaders have forced Bhutanese voters to be slaves to Indian cooking gas subsidies. It is time to act sincerely in deeds  instead of always vouching lip service to Tsawa Sum and stop oppressing the people in different silent forms.

It is time for a people friendly PM and his Cabinet to subsidise power rate instead of begging India for subsidised cooking gas. Do not mix rate of subsidised and non subdidised cooking gas cost to come up with a uniform gas  rate. Such a policy prolongs our slavery to external manipulation and dependency.

Use wisely the resources we have at hand and introduce sound sovereign policies where ever and in which ever way. 

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Age of Consent issue a lost cause already.

Seems that both the heads of government and Opposition are against lowering age of consent ( courtesy Kuensel ). Thats a lot of  Parliamentary  effort for nothing. Why then even bother to make it Parliamentary agenda to vote on?

1. Age of consent applies to both sex. Not just female. So please self named women advocates stop those crodidle tears.

2. If harsh penalty was the only problem related to age of consent than Parliament Committee should have put effort to reduce penalty for illegal but consensual sex. Why even bother taking up the matter for lowering the consent  age to 16 years.

3. Bhutanese Court of Law follows the definition of age as calculated by western method. By Bhutanese tradition, legal 16 years age would still be 18.

4. Traditionally by Bhutanese age 15 for male and 18 for female, the citizens were subjected to conscripted labour as well as defence duty.

5. Therefore, there is the traditional historical background that demonstrates  that Bhutanese youth at Bhutanese age of 15 and 18 equivalent to Western age 13 and 16 have shouldered national responsibilities. As such our youths have the right to expect the age of consent to be lowered to 16 age.

6. Bhutan is a nation of mostly youth population  dictated upon by elderly people. This course of administration by the minority older generation must be rectified. And the only way and correct means to enable the  majority youth population to have a say in the affairs of the nation is by lower voting right to age 16. Lowering age of consent is the beginning of dawn of youth empowerment.

7. Lowering age of consent to age 16 is empowering the youth. Sex is only a minor part though inhumane penalty imposed ( 9 years jail term ) for offender has exposed the social hellish side of the law that converted consensual sex to rape status which called for a relook at the age of consent.

8. Age of consent is simply the legal age when a youth has the legal right to make decision for oneself free of consent of the  guardian. And because the body is the closest and dearest possession of any living being, that right must begin with the right to decide over one's own body. And when you are 16 years old by Western standard and 18 years by Bhutanese tradition, surely a youth should have right to decide about sex.

9. With the age of consent regarding one's own body lowered to 16 years old, the path is cleared for youths to gradually  receive the legal rights to vote and own property in their name and have their own bank account upon completing 16 years age. This is empowering the youth and giving them a say in their future and that of the nation.

The people who oppose lowering the age of consent to 16 years are not protecting the youth whether girl or boy. They are denying a legitimate birth and biological right of a youth. And thereby obstructing all other empowering process for youth population to have legitimate say in their affairs and that of national affairs.

The people in power are afraid to empower the  unknown force the youth population of Bhutan..That is why the Political Parties both Ruling and in Opposition are out to resist the critical amendment in lowering the age of consent. They know what would follow. Age of consent is the key that will open the door wide open for youth empowerment. And that frightens leadership of the older generation..

If PM, Opposition leader and all the loud women MPs are sincere in the  protection of girls then legalise abortion. The worst exploitation of a girl's body is being forced upon to keep nursing unwanted pregnancy and then forced to raise the baby thereafter without a father. Otherwise please  refrain  from holier than god attitute and all these loud false concerns for girls.

If these people really think sexual activity is a taboo for 16 years old youth then stop promoting safe sex nation wide particulatly in schools. Why distribute condoms and promote safe sex? If it is safe for both body and moral to have sex using condom for high school students then why is is not acceptable to lower the age of consent to 16 age?  Away with false concerns and using such pretensions to deny youth the power over their own bodies and other civil rights that would follow upon lowering the age of consent.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

The ugly truth of boulder export corruption system.

1. The rule was that trucks can carry 15 tonnes in addition its own nett weight of 10 tonnes making the total weight 25 tonnes.  That means the exporter pays royalties on 15 tonnes only. And their business income tax would also be calculated on income from 15 tonnes per truck load exported.

However, the exporters and truck owners are  publicly disclosing that their truck load is 35 tonnes including the 10 tonnes nett weight of the truck body. This means till ACC caught them red handed, the exporters were exporting 10 additional tonnes per truck in the black without paying royalty and without reflecting the income from sales for BIT purpose.

2. Moreover, the dollar income from boulder export is also partially hidden to the tune of American dollars $ 290 per truck load. The cost per tonne of boulder exported is said to be $ 29. So there is a generation of black money of Nu: 290x75= Nu; 21,750 per truck load flowing into the country ad ill gittrn wealth of few criminals. 

3. For small fries, ACC would have charged the exporters with criminal/ fraud case. And demanded double the tax and income  evaded with 24% surcharge for every year. But here both the exporters and truckers are let go scot free of past criminal.deeds. And are required to only  stop defrauding the State by sticking, hereafter,  to actual permissable weight per trip.

But the  truckers and exporters do not agree. They want the black money. Such blatancy only proves that they think the government of the day is in their pocket. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. Lets see how far this Cabinet and Parliament gives in.

4. Presently he collective political clout and influence of exporters and truckers are so blatantly accepted by the concerned regulatory agencies and the Ministries that the nation allows itself to be held hostage. This just demonstrates how corrupt Bhutan is from head to toe. Now even the Parliament has endorsed such corruption by increasing the tonnage allowed to be carried without calling for accounting of past misdeeds/ frauds. 

5. This corruption system is not just related to boulder export. The under- invoicing happens in all other raw mineral export and probably in most imports. The State is short of financial resources only because there is a collusion through out our governing system to enrich few at the expense of the nation and the majority of the masses. This is the main readon why there is a call for nationalisation of all export of minerals and boulders. And the  same national collusion scheme to enrich the few have prevented every Democratic Government from nationalising the mines.

Friday, May 31, 2019

The Cabinet of PM Narenda Modi.

The Cabinet of PM Narenda Modi.

On 20th May in my blog " The General Election of India " I wrote that Arun Jaitley might be ousted and that Amit Shah could be Deputy Prime Minister cum BJP President / Deputy Prime Minister cum Home Minister ".

Well Jaitley is out. Seeing the writing on the wall, he asked not to be included in the new team. Nirmala Sitharaman who replaced Jaitley as Defence Minister after Doklam, has now replaced Jaitley as Finance Minister who leaves behind a legacy of highest unemployment figure in 45 years and much slower growth rate.

And Amit Shah has become all I said. His title is not Deputy Prime Minister but he is now the number 2 in the Indian government. He and Modi chose the Ministers. I guess he is superstitious about the Deputy Prime Minister title considering the fate of Shri Advaniji. But Amit Shah is the undisputed no: 2 + Home Minister and as of now he still is the BJP Party President.

I feel sorry for Madam Sushma Swaraj. I felt she would go but I could not bring myself to write so. She seems to be a great person and I liked her for the way she conducted herself with our Royals during her visit to Bhutan. But it was Jaishankar the foreign Secretary whose tenure was extended and trusted by Modi to handle external crisis especially the Doklam fiasco even whilst Shushma was the Minister. So the political signal was very clear.

The new External.Minister Jaishankar is praised by all. He is an experienced diplomat and a seasoned trouble shooter. But he did cause the biggest Indian blunder with Nepal. I kind of recall that it was Jaishankar who went to give Nepal the ultimatum about Nepal's new constitution followed up with Nepal blockade by India which pushed Nepal towards China. Maybe, he was only executing the bidding of the PM Modi and Ajit Doval at that time. He visited Bhutan during the height of Doklam crisis. So our respected Kings would know how feriously impactful the new External.Affairs Minister of India can be.

Ajit Doval the National Security Adviser who advocated the anti-Nepal and anti-Bhutan policies i.e. economic blokade of Nepal and Indian military trangession on Bhutan side of Doklam on false pretext of protecting Bhutan, may be on his way out. His policies backfired badly. He angered China, pushed away Nepal and shocked Bhutan numb.  And now in any case with Jaishankar as External Minister and Amit Shah in Home Ministry, Ajit Doval is hemmed in to suffocation by two figures who enjoy much more personal rapport and trust with PM Modi. I just hope that Bhutan has a leader who can fare better during this 2nd Modi term.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

What Age of Consent means.

Looks like some view the lowering of age of consent from 18 to 16 a grievous error. Maybe if you are only looking at it from a narrow perspective of sex. Try not have have your minds clouded by sex and rape emotions unless you were born into such a life. There is more to life than sex. Life is not about sex though it is part of it. Life is about living. And age of consent is the right to self determination. Yes, " Self Determination " is what is being ultimately. decided upon  when lawmakers are discussing " the age of consent ".

1. There is the critical biological factor. How developed a human body is when one completes the 16th birthday and begin the age of 17. And then the factor of mental maturity and the stage to take responsibilities.

2. By the 16th birthday, a student would have captained a team, house and school. Helped teachers to manage over one thousand fellow students. In fact young boys and girls as school captains would have helped school authorities to run the school,  handled responsibilities in class, in school, at home and in communities. They would have gone out of home and schools on assignments or just social gatherings. They takeover responsibilities to manage their lives. They decide what profession to go for and what they wish to do in life.

3. The young people are ready to define and dictate about what matters to them. They are old enough to make decisions about their life and likewise own properties. Why should they be treated as helpless adolescents and totally subject to the whims of teachers or parents?

4. None of us even at old age can perfectly decide about life and love. So there just does not exist a line in our life when we can be a perfect human being. Life is a journey of trials, errors, triumps and failures. A lot of our adult likes and dislikes, wants and yearns are in fact sown into our self being at an early age. Once you have completed the 16th birthday, you are as prepared as one can be. As you turn the age of 17, you better be able to participate in life as a wholesome individual. Sure you may not be in position to  support your livelihood. But you are in position to make choice based upon  rational reasonings.

5. I agree that citizens who have completed their 16th birthdays should be declared as adults. They must have right to consent, right to vote, right to have properties registered in their names, right to open and operate bank account and right to work to lead a self supported livelihood. And ofcourse the right to love and have sex to their individual liking.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The coming of the much promised pay raise.

In reference to an article on Pay raise by The Bhutanese, I find the Cabinet decision quite sound.

Also this should be a Money Bill as decided by the Speaker. DNT Party as a whole must be given the credit of getting the Cabinet the Party nominated to give the pay raise as committed during election campaign. Neither NC nor Opposition can be allowed to dilute or take credit/ blame for the Pay raise. But as usual both the Oppositon MPs and NC MPs will equally benefit along with all others covered by the pay raise.

The Cabinet is very sensibly considerate in enhancing lower pay raise percentage and not reducing the mileage rate.

I cannot help suspecting that the Pay Commission designed the drastic reduction in mileage rate and introduced the Nu: 10, 000 for red scarfs as a dagger to stab DNT Party's future aspirations.

Further, leaving aside the quota entitlements of elected MPs, it would benefit both the recipients and the nation if vehicle quota is monetised. The government will have no resource problem for quota monetization. In fact government will get more income from duties levied on otherwise duty free imports under quota.  Right now poor civil servants are forced to sell quota to get some benefit out of the entitlement. The number of vehicles imported could also be reduced.

I guess there will be still dissatisfactions expressed. There is no end to both envy and greed of we people. . Non-civil servants do not want civil servants to get pay raise. Many do not want elected people to get more despite inflations. And some want national honours that they received subsidised further with life long exorbitant  monthly payments. I guess it is also a GNH pillar albiet a sad one.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Indian politics without Gandhi Dynasty.

Rahul Gandhi has learnt in a very regrettable way that whilst it was easy tearing off an Ordinance proposed by Prime Minister ManMohan Singh Cabinet, time has past for him to make good the damage he had inflicted upon the Congess Party.  There was a spurt of glow last December but it turned out to be a candle flicker.

I do not think Gandhi Family should leave politics. But Rahul must share authority and spotlight with a fresh figure in the forefront. Perhaps Shashi Tharoor's calling has come. Maybe few others should be given a free hand  to reshape and revamp Congress. Not necessarily young hot bloods. But seasoned experienced hands to chalk out strategy now for the next election.

Congress Working Committee needs to have open positive environment and not be dominated restrictively  by Gandhi personalities. Party  Politics cannot progress without adequate money.  And Congress needs fund therefore a number of well heeled patrons is most desirable. Most importantly, Congress needs fresh members and not just youths but all ages and gender irrespective of race, religion or political colours.

Name calling is not an election strategy. And worse was addressing PM Modi as chowkidar thus endearing him to the masses who are in chowkidar position both financially and socially. And last minute rabbit from the hat such as NYAY cannot replace sound and tested manifesto formulated over the years.

Raghuram Rajan should have been brought in 2 years before to work under the supervision of former PM ManMohan Singh on this NAYA Scheme. Everything smacked of hurried reactive response and thus had no substantive impact. There was never the time to promote NAYA to the grass root.

A political Party must have money to attract cadres in the field. A Political Party must have innovative ways to sell new relevant ideas to attract the masses. Congress has to start from the start. So must many of the regional political parties of India. From Trinamol, SP, BSF, CPI, CPM etc. The leaders must not desperately yearn for PM Post for their individual glory. But rather think of the Party and national interest. The Opposition Parties could not unite mainly because each and every Party Leader harboured PM ambition. Maybe they should all start from the tea stall and thereafter spent decades to understand and also.recognise the common people.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

War drums once again in Middle East.

United States have issued ultimatum to Iran and the British Government has once again blindly sided with United States as she did in conducting the Iraq war upon  the fabricated allegation of Iraq possessing Weapon of Mass Destruction. And Israel the spearhead of American war column and Policeman in Middle East must be rearing to receive the goahead to bombard Iran.

For sure a super power United States  can destroy a regime in Iran. But at what cost? United States interests and her allies in Middle East too will suffer in proportion. Israeli and American forces can inflict maximum damages upon Iran but still the nation Iran will survive though the regime would not. Regimes have been toppled along with thousands of citizens  killed and precious national assets and infrastructures destroyed.  But despite suffering unimaginable devastations, nations like Iraq and Libya still stand. In like manner so will stand Iran. And Americans and Israelis will never be free of survival anxiety.

American multinational corporations may be making money out of oil fields in Iraq and Libya but American people in general have not benefitted. Instead they lost their sons in the battle fields of Middle East. In case of Iran too, the shale oil companies of America would benefit from wider world market if Iranian oil export is frozen by American imposed sanctions.

But illgotten wealth will not end American woes. Because wealth and dream of better life attracts deprived and the destitute. Already both Western Europe and United States are facing unprecedented invasion by refugees. There are more than 500,000 people gathered at the border of United States and Mexico struggling to get into the richest and most powerful nation of the world. Unlike refugees swarming Western Europe, these people may not be direct result of wars.  But for sure all regions of the world are affected in mostly adverse ways when parts of the world forever up  in inferno all the time because of American hegemonic conquests.

If America continues to raise hell in other countries, America herself will be inundated with more hungry and distraught people seeking sanctuary. Rich and the powerful can never enjoy their life in peace unless and until the minimum needs of less fortunate are met.

I hope America and her allies will not make it impossible for Iranians to survive  in their own nation. The source of refugees and origins of diehards are created when circumstances make it uttertly difficult to live a normal life in a particular social and political environment. And ripple effects from Iran war will multiply disasters in different regions of the world. Even United States, Britain and Israel will not be celebrating victories they initial would win.

Wars will lead to more wars.  What Israel and America  should realise is that there is no war to end all wars. No religion that can supersede all other beliefs and no race ointed to rule all other races.

There is only peace to end all wars. And harmony to counter all unrests.

Monday, May 20, 2019

General Election of India.

Whoever comes to power in India, the fundamental policy of India towards Bhutan will not change. Our Kingdom will be treated as a " Protectorate " though less aggressively by non-Congress Indian government. It is up to Bhutanese leadership to define our national priority in our national sovereign interest. 

Yes, Doklam transgression under a non- congress Indian government is fresh on my mind. But no Indian government will repeat the ill advised Doklam blunder again. In the Indian mis-venture, Bhutan suffered deeply partly because we had our share of misplaced faith in India. It is never ok to presume that our national interests aligns with that of another nation including India.

Who comes to power in India is not as important to Bhutanese as how our own leaders proceed, hereafter. It is for Bhutan to have our own " Jinnah " Wangchuck who can lead the Kingdom to  develop and preserve our nation as a proactive relevant  buffer state  between India and China and have sovereign relationship with both of our south and north neighbours.

The exit polls in India shows BJP back in power. I guess it was kind of foregone conclusion though the win may not be as solid as predicted. I remember calling Amit Shah an election wizard. He has not lost his magic.  Modi is King Arthur and Amit Shah is Merlin the genius wizard. I am just wondering what would  Amit Shah's portfolio be in the 2nd inning. Will he be Deputy Prime Minister cum Party President or Deputy PM with Home Ministry portfolio. Will Jaitley be ousted? Not important to an outsider but just playing a game of speculation.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

A Distress Call to Education Ministry.

1. Rule was there regarding minimum age for PP admission. One reason for the rule was pressure of admission in government schools prior to Private School comings. Another reason was young children demanded more attention therefore more teachers which government schools could not afford. But now Private schools charge the fees and provide the needed care in PP classes.

2. The former Cabinets, education Mimisters and Secretaries did not strictly enforce  the rule on PP admission age for valid reasons and circumstances. Thus  restriction rather than complete ban was exercised.

3. What proven exercises and practices  made education ministry decide that the children of 5 years age are unfit for PP standard?  I think it is based on old fashion thoughts. The children of today are far more savy at 5 years age than we were at age 8 during those feudal rural era in Bhutan. Are we referring to international standards?  Well there was an incident in an  American school where a gun wielding 13 year student shot down several colleagues. That is the product of the most  developed nation's schooling standard. Bhutan can do without such standards.

Do not think our 5 years old are too young or retarded to begin PP standard. Wake up! We have as elected MPs and Cabinet Ministers who are just few year old graduates. Please repay in same terms that trust and confidence you received from your country men to our 5 year old children to qualify them for PP standard.

Dear Education Minister and Secretary,  in what standard would our beloved Gyalsey be upon completion of 6 years of age. In PP? I read private tutoring began at three and half. Apart from man made social and political hierachy differences, inborn natural talent is not differenciated by birth. We are all human whether born a  prince or a pauper.

4. Please conduct a field study/  research of student progress in the past years. How have these supposed early PP students fared in schools ( primary, junior and high schools) . Study Police delinquency records and examine if any at all among early PP students are among the lists of Primary, Junior, High or even college delinquents. It is very unlikely that such early PP students  had brush with laws in their academic years.

In fact this stupid blind sighted education policy of age 6 and above only  admissions in PP have caused mainly over aged poor children into the goonda culture . This sick education policy is responsible for most of the ill  fates of many of our have-not-youth population today.

5. At one time,  it was a necessity to administer institutions based on adhoc rules. But now such rules based on presumptions, assumptions, temporary respite, anti- poor, whims and arbitarial idea must give way to substantive reasoning and public need basis.

This Education Ministry is into appointing teacher teams set to sexually abuse  students and Inspector teams to victimise PP students already at home in their education environment. Pray what is it that make you people at Education Ministry act so violently towards your wards?