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Relations with India: Where Bhutan gains, Nepal has lost: Update No. 112

Note No. 752                                    Dated 20-Nov-2015
 
By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan
 
If the Prime Minister of a neighbouring country makes an open accusation in his televised address to the nation, then it is something serious and needs to be examined.   In the instant case, Prime Minister K. P. Oli in his address to the nation accused India of imposing a blockade which he described as cruel, inhumane and beyond imagination. 
 

Bhutan: The Need to tackle recent problems of Corruption with a firm hand: Update No. 111

Note No. 743                                     Dated 10-Sep-2015
 
By Dr.  Chandrasekharan
 
For a young democracy that is moving along in a stable environment with all its institutions doing reasonably well, it is surprising that corruption has started rearing its ugly head with many seniors involved.  Unless this is met with a firm hand there is the danger of the problem getting out of hand as it has happened in other neighbouring countries of the region.
 

Bhutan: Consolidating its democratic credentials: Update No. 110

Note No. 738                dated 17-June-2015
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
One may wonder why Bhutan is moving forward and consolidating its democratic credentials, while  Maldives which introduced a democratic constitution at the same time is failing and in fact sliding backwards towards a full scale dictatorship?
 

Bhutan: Economy, Corruption and other Issues: Update No. 109

Note No. 735                                    Dated 10-Mar-2015

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

Kuensel in one of its recent issues has a given a detailed account of the performance of the government in the past “year of the horse.” 

Bhutan: The tale of Three Secretaries and other Issues: Update No. 108

Note No. 731                                 Dated 17-Jan-2015

By Dr.  S. Chandrasekharan

It should be conceded that Bhutan as a young democracy is still on a learning curve and mistakes do happen.  There will be teething problems.  Except for the entrenched bureaucrats all the rest involved in the administration directly and indirectly like the politicians, parliamentarians, ministers and the National Council members could make mistakes and these should be taken in the stride.

Bhutan: Smooth Transition and commendable Governance by Tobgay: Update No. 107

Note No. 728                                     Dated 18-Nov-2014

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

In August this year, while listing the achievements of his government, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay claimed that the fact that his government did not indulge in any witch hunt was itself an indication that democracy is getting strengthened in Bhutan.

Bhutan: One Year After the Elections: Update No. 106

Note No. 723                Dated 1-Aug-2014

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

The Elections to the National Assembly took place on July 13, 2013 and it is now more than eleven months since Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay took office in Bhutan.

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