Bhutan’s ranking in the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index in 2008 was 45 out of 180 countries and number one in the SAARC region.
The media really took off during March 2008 Parliamentary elections, as for the first time a grueling election process between the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) saw the once mighty pre-democracy ministers going around in the most humble homes and villages begging for votes.
For nature lovers and those interested in politics, Bhutan is a special place. I can think of few countries that are better suited to observe — at close range — the contest of tradition and modernity as well as the coexistence of the old and new.
This is not often that a country gets to host a President and the Prime Minister of the same country in the same year. Rare is it to receive them within months of each other.
When the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s airplane lands in Paro on Sunday, the new Indian Prime Minister will be stepping on the soil of the only country in the SAARC region that does not hold any anti-India politics and where there is the genuine warmth towards India from both the leadership and the people.
Six years after Mao Zedong declared the establishment of the People’s Republic of China and as concerns mounted in Delhi as to how the Himalayan kingdoms would reconcile with changes in the region, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru wrote a note to then Foreign Secretary R.K. Nehru dated July 17, 1955.
The elections in Bhutan that began in spring and are due to culminate in a run-off this week show that democracy has taken root in the country. This is election season in Bhutan. On April 23, elections were completed to the National Council (the Upper House of Parliament). On May 31, another election was conducted, this time for the first of two phases to elect the National Assembly (the Lower House).
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Over the Years, a collection of 106 short articles, offers us interesting sidelights on the currents and cross- currents in the public life of India during two distinctive periods: (I) 1987 to 1991 and (II ) 2010 to the present.