Pursuing a Passion: Making a Dream Come True

    Winter Edition , Thrinlay Dorji, 29 years old, was born in Bartsham, Tashigang, and raised by his aunt and uncle in Thimphu. His life’s journey—from struggling young student to creative professional—is a story that is often by-passed in the expectations of most youth, most parents, and by society. It is a story...

    Reflection on Modernisation and Westernisation

    Summer Edition , Words, words, words. Words define our understanding of the world. Words structure our relationships with the world and with each other. Words make the past present to us and project us into the future. Words expose us to reality and enable us to hide from it. Words are the...

    A Chasm Between Vision and Policy

    Summer Edition , Decisions have shaped human history, established the current global scenarios, and will influence the future of mankind. Decisions have created the world’s systems of government, as well as the legal, economic and social order. As a country and as a society, we have reached where we have reached because...

    Building Capacity Without Losing Capacity: Legal Change and Dispute Resolution in Bhutan

    Summer Edition , The small group of elected village leaders—or Tshogpas—sat in the courtyard of a Gewog center (local administration office) in the Paro valley. To the left, the Paro Dzong presided majestically over a patchwork of green rice paddies. To the right, the upper reaches of the Paro valley stretched to...

    An Analytical Look at Bhutan’s e-Governance Journey: Is the Glass Half-empty or Half-full?

    Summer Edition , What is e-Governance? The UNESCO definition is: “e-Governance is the public sector’s use of information and communication technologies with the aim of improving information and service delivery, encouraging citizen participation in the decision-making process and making government more accountable, transparent and effective.”1 e-Governance involves new styles of leadership, new...

    Creating Civil Society Space in Bhutan: When Citizens Become Responsible

    Summer Edition , Introduction Just out of college, 22-year old Meera Ghalley stands before a room full of Tshogpas (elected local officials), town council members, representatives from nearby villages, the police force and the business sector. She presents a waste management plan, using a powerpoint and pictures of the Bondey market in...

    Modernisation in the Service of Cultural Preservation: Discussion on Dzongkha Continues

    Summer Edition , The Magical Secret of Phonology Linguistics is the science of language. Language science describes and analyses language phenomena in order to understand how language works. In England, Sir Isaac Newton described the phenomenon of gravity and the physics of movement with his laws of motion and gravitation. He did...

    Blogging

    Summer Edition , Blogging: The Early Days The “blog” as we know it now, was started as a personal homepage by a Chicago- born student named Justin Hall in January of 1994. Credited to be the world’s first ever blog––Links.net (http://www.links.net)––it is still in existence. During its initial days a blog was...

    Bhutan’s Hand-woven Textile Cultural Heritage: A New Perspective of Conservation through Cultural Industry Development

    Summer Edition , Introduction History and Current Context of Social Change in Bhutan The genesis of Bhutan’s modernisation can be attributed to the third Druk Gyalpo His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (b.1929 – d.1972) who also initiated and instutionalised Bhutan’s Five-Year Plan (FYP) in 1961.1 The modernisation process was intensified by the...

    Bhutanese Contemporary Art

    Summer Edition , A ferocious mask with fangs, punishing eyes, and a crown of skulls fills the canvas. A set of eyes, almost lost behind the mask, peer through the gaping mouth. This painting of a traditional mask, depicting a Buddhist deity, is a modern take on what is traditional. These masks...