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On the occasion of International Women’s Day, it is important to reflect on the importance of the inclusion of gender in academia. The goal of gender professionals is to ensure fair representation of marginalized groups in a variety of discourses – be it literature, science, history, or even current affairs and popular culture.

 

Although India has an open border with neighbours Nepal and Bhutan, the porous nature of the borders have started raising concerns on national security.

Although India has an open border with neighbours Nepal and Bhutan, the porous nature of the borders have started raising concerns on national security.

 

“Agriculture is not just an industry for Bhutan but also an important source of culture in Bhutan. If the power of agriculture were to decrease, so would the power of country”. These are words of wisdom from His Majesty The Fourth King that JICA received and has cherished. In line with the importance of agriculture in Bhutan, JICA has continued to cooperate with the Government of Bhutan in the field of agriculture since 1964. In such a setting, one astonishing fact came to light after implementing the 2015 GNH Survey conducted by the Centre for Bhutan Studies & GNH Research(CBS) with assistance from JICA. Farmers were found to be the least happy among other occupational groups.

 

Even as agriculture is one of the most important sectors in the country, it is groaning under myriad challenges.

 

People are jumping on to the Gross National Happiness bandwagon, in an attempt to capture something that remains elusive

 
We have had a few elected members resigning before completing their tenure for reasons not so convincing enough. The recent being a gup who chose to go abroad barely two months after he was elected.
 

The Fourth King, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck had bolder and broader economic vision that was proclaimed in His Coronation speech on 2ndof June in 1974:

“The most important task before us at present is to achieve economic self-reliance to ensure the continued progress of our country in the future. Bhutan has a small population, abundant land and rich natural resources and sound planning on our part will enable us to realize our aim of economic self-reliance in the near future.  If the Government and people join hands and work with determination, our people will achieve prosperity and our nation will become strong and stable. Today we are extremely happy to have with us representative of friendly countries and other guests to participate in our celebration.”

 

The government’s inability to fund the major irrigation schemes is worrying. About 80 percent of the 108 irrigation schemes across the country are yet to get budget.

 

The defamation case between DPT and Dasho Paljor J Dorji, popularly known as Dasho Benji, set a landmark precedent. The judgment raised an important legal issue on the language of the courts.

 

The goal was ambitious: making Bhutan one of the cleanest countries in the world. We’ve had a good start. But it is easier to get people to pick up garbage on a single day. It is easier because you see the results immediately. You get a sense of accomplishment within an hour or two, and therefore the motivation to complete the job is strong.

 


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