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Bhutan: Kuensel’s Year Ender; An Objective Appraisal: Update No. 115

Note No. 763                                                  Dated 15-Apr-2016

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

After every year, Kuensel the semi official newspaper from Bhutan, comes out with a study and analysis of events of the past year in that country.

Though the articles in the “year ender” may seem excessively adulatory, it has over the years earned a reputation of being fairly objective. Where criticism is due, the paper has not spared.

Bhutan: In praise of Gyalpo IV - Update No. 114

Note No. 758                                         Dated 12-Jan-2016

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

Bhutan celebrated the 60th birthday of Gyalpo 4, the father of the present King in a grand manner on the 11th of November.  A series of celebrations is being planned for the whole year.  A book that is a collection of articles by various important people who had known the King with the title “The Bodhisattva King” by Tshering Tashi and Thierry Mathou is soon to be released. 

Bhutan and its Hydro Power: Update No. 113

Note No. 753                                    Dated 24-Nov-2015
 
By Dr.  S. Chandrasekharan
 
Bhutan’s fast flowing rivers, deep gradients, huge gorges and sparse population make the country ideal for harnessing hydro power potential at a very low cost with  minimum displacement of human settlements and related rehabilitation issues.  
 

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.” 

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