Bhutan election: The politics of fear

It is not clear whether it is self-afflicted or designed but political parties have been indicating that the upcoming national election is gripped with fear. The Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP) president, Neten Zangmo, first raised the issue on... More

Bhutan Elections: Four parties campaign for the primary round

Voters in Bhutan will head to the polls on September 15 to decide who among the four political parties will contest for the general round on October 18. The National Assembly of the second Parliament dissolved on... More

Modi Holds Bilateral Talks With Leaders Of Thailand, Myanmar And Bhutan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday had a series of bilateral meetings, including discussions with his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha and Myanmar President Win Myint, on the sidelines of the 4th BIMSTEC Summit here. “Mr Prayut Chan-o-cha... More

Bhutan’s tryst with democracy turns 10

The third general election in the Himalayan nation, to be conducted later this month, will see a four-cornered race, bringing to the fore the complexities of a multi-party democracy. The deafening sounds belted out at Thimphu’s most popular... More

GCF to assist Bhutan build climate resilience

Bhutan is the world’s only carbon negative country but that doesn’t mean the country is free from the impacts of climate change. Recognizing the threat of climate change, the country is working towards building climate resilient infrastructure,... More

Bhutan, Japan holds 13th annual economic consultation

The 13th annual consultation between Bhutan and Japan on Economic Cooperation was held in New Delhi, India on August 28. A press release from the Bhutan embassy in Delhi stated that the two sides discussed the achievements of... More

Bhutan’s problem of distrust as elections near

The stakes are high this election period - for the country, the political parties, and for the people. It is one of those times when the Bhutanese cannot be trusted. We become distrustful and suspicious of each other. We vent... More

Can free expression and journalistic freedoms thrive in Bhutan?

On August 6, a Bhutanese journalist was sentenced to three months in prison for libel. The journalist had written a post on her personal Facebook account about a woman mistreating her 6-year-old stepdaughter. The post went viral,... More

Bhutan gearing up for national elections

The Second National Assembly of Bhutan was dissolved in the afternoon of August 1, 2018 as mandated by Article 19 of Bhutan Constitution. By a Royal Order, an interim government under the leadership of the Chief Justice has... More

Bhutan-India relations at Litfest

The first day of the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival on August 23 brought ambassadors of Bhutan and India – General V Namgyel and Jaideep Sarkar to talk about Bhutan-India relation. Bhutan and India established formal diplomatic relationship in... More

Greatest mistake Bhutan can make is to live in isolation: Environmentalist

Conservation of the environment is one of the four pillars of Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness philosophy but “the greatest mistake” the Himalayan nation can make is “to live in isolation”, Daniel C. Taylor, who has been engaged... More

438,663 voters on Bhutan electoral roll

More than 60 percent population of Bhutan will cast their votes during the primary round of the National Assembly elections of the third parliament on September 15. The election commission has registered 438,663 voters for the elections as... More

Bhutan NA polls: All four parties in to contest primary round

The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) issued the letter of acceptance to Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa, and People’s Democratic Party yesterday to contest the primary round of the national assembly elections next... More

India keeping a cautious eye on Bhutan elections

National Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in Bhutan on September 15 and October 18, and the Himalayan kingdom’s relations with India will be an important issue where India must exercise caution, according to an August... More

Bhutan EC releases schedule for 3rd NA elections

The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) released the election schedule for the third National Assembly elections at a press conference Saturday. The registered political parties intending to contest the Primary Round can now start submitting its Letter... More

Doklam a year on: Bhutan more worried about Indian than China

Last week, an Indian parliamentary panel fluttered the dovecotes in Thimphu – Bhutan’s capital – by recommending New Delhi encourage Bhutan to deploy more soldiers in the disputed Doklam area, where a year ago several hundred Indian... More

How Bhutan’s monarchy is unique

Responding to one of the graduates' question on the form of monarchy in Bhutan before it was reinstated as the constitutional democratic monarchy at the ongoing National Graduates Orientation Programme (NGOP) in Thimphu, former chairperson of the... More

Bhutan’s LDC graduation likely to be deferred to 2023

Bhutan has sought a deferral of its LDC (Least Developed Country) graduation year to 2023 from 2021. The United Nation’s Committee for Development Policy and the Economic and Social Council have approved the proposal. The proposal will now... More

Bhutan -1 deployed into low earth orbit

Bhutan’s first satellite CubeSat Bhutan-1 was deployed from International Space Station (ISS) into the low earth orbit Friday. This comes after the release of Bhutan-1 along with CubeSats of the Philippines and Malaysia into ISS on June 29. Officials... More

Interim government appointed in Bhutan

The King of Bhutan granted a Kasho appointing the interim government Thursday. According to the Article 19 (1) of the Constitution of Bhutan, it states, “Whenever the National Assembly is dissolved, the Druk Gyalpo shall appoint an Interim... More

Modern technology is slowly killing the mood in the ‘happiest country in...

For years, the small Asian nation of Bhutan has defined success not through its economy, but through happiness. The Buddhist nation pioneered the idea of “Gross National Happiness” to measure the country’s well-being, and supposedly, its prime minister... More


Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

A matter of shame

That the wolves would soon be at the door should not have surprised anybody.What is surprising is that Imran Khan’s people were not better prepared to deal with the hungry pack left out in the political cold. Despite the losers’ calling for mass rejection of the alleged July 25 election rigging, they failed to mobilise the streets. Though Fazlur Rahman vociferously fulminated that the new National Assembly (NA) would... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... More



The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More