Bhutan After the COVID-19 Crisis

Living with the Coronavirus

On March 5, 2020, a tourist tested positive for COVID-19 in Thimphu. Sensing the growing threat of the pandemic, quarantine was introduced for all travellers entering Bhutan from March 14. Bhutanese schools were closed on March 18 and the international border was sealed on March 19. By the end of March, Bhutan was treating four people infected with COVID-19. 

Thus began a surreal year. Physical distancing, face masks, hand sanitisers, contact tracing, became a social norm as the government stocked food and assisted in the distribution. August was a taxing month with a nearly month-long lockdown as we saw the first cases outside quarantine facilities – the much-dreaded local transmission. Workplaces, offices, and businesses closed. Tensions and stress led to health problems including mental health. 

As countries across the globe suffered socio-economic and political upheavals with millions of COVID-19 cases and hundreds of thousands of deaths. The Secretary General of the United Nations defined the situation as a “developmental disaster”. Governance was transformed as the “normality” we knew was dissipated by the unprecedented menace. 

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1.     Synopsis: Submit before 31 January 2021 – Submit your synopsis (one or two paragraphs) to the editor, which will be reviewed, and sent back to the writer with feedback.

2.    First Draft: 8 March 2021 – Start writing the first draft after receiving the synopsis review. Submit the first draft 8 March 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 31 March 2020.

3.    Final Draft: 31 March 2021 – The writer finalises the article with necessary editorial inputs and changes and submits it to the editor for final editing before 31 March 2021.

4.    Print: Mid April 2021

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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