Editorial

Urbanisation in Bhutan/Urbanisation in a Mountain Kingdom

At the turn of the century, 2002, the Bhutanese government had a dream – to build Thimphu as “the city of our dreams”. The vision for our capital did, indeed, sound like a dream. It was to be a reflection of our hopes and aspirations, a reflection of Bhutan and the Bhutanese people. The basis was a professional structural plan that talked about intelligent urban development balancing nature, tradition, heritage, and spirituality. The open space concept would convey the scents and colours of nature, the rustling of the river, chirping of the birds; in fact, the valley would be a clean river garden along the burbling Wangchhu river.

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Timeline

1.     Synopsis: Submit immediately before 6 July 2020 – Submit your synopsis (one or two paragraphs) to the editor, which will be reviewed, and send back to the writer with feedback.

2.    First Draft: 15 August 2020 – Start writing the first draft after receiving the synopsis review. Submit the first draft within 15 August to the editor. Early drafts will have the advantage of more detailed comments. The editor reviews the first draft and sends it back to the writer for further improvement before 7 September 2020.

3.    Final Draft: 7 September 2020 – The writer finalises the article with necessary editorial inputs and changes and submits it to the editor for final editing before 7 September 2020.

4.    Print: 15 September 2020

5.    Word Limit: 1,000-3,000 words

6.    Font: Adobe Caslon Pro

Note: Refer our style guide thoroughly before writing to orient with the writing style of The Druk Journal.

Style Guide

Style Guide for The Druk Journal (TDJ)
1. The structure of the journal

  • The Theme: Each issue of the DJ will carry a theme that is contemporary, relevant, and important for Bhutan and Bhutanese society. It will be a journal of analytical, thought-provoking articles (between 1,500 and 3,000 words) looking at the theme from different perspectives.
  • Each issue will contain four broad sections on the theme: 1. Main Section of serious articles on the theme; 2. Section from the perspective of Culture (focusing on the arts and literature); 3. Section looking at similar issues in other countries; 4. Section of interviews and book reviews on the theme.

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