Bhutanese Youth – Their Aspirations, Concerns and Mandate.

Bhutan – in fact humanity – is at yet another crossroads. Today, the juncture is defined by the COVID-19 pandemic, the most devastating crisis the world has seen in recent decades. The pandemic has also stimulated thoughts about the future and there are ongoing efforts to imagine a sense of the world after COVID-19, which means reimagining national visions.

The objective of this issue of The Druk Journal is to take a look at the situation of Bhutanese youth today. What are the hopes and dreams, concerns and doubts, potential and drive of young Bhutanese today? What are the challenges that need to be overcome today for them to grow as empowered citizens of tomorrow?

The articles in this issue explore these questions so that Bhutanese society can get a clearer insight into the aspirations, anxieties – even the mandate – of youth. The journal aims to provide decision-makers, parents, teachers, youth with a sense of the needs and situation of children and youth in Bhutan.

It is important that we understand the values that characterise youth. It is vital that youth understand the world that they will inherit. The Druk Journal offers ideas and space for this discourse. We invited interested writers, particularly young minds, to share their thoughts and ideas as Bhutan plans a vision for the future.

Young Bhutanese need to reflect on questions that are as fundamental, and as important, as what does it mean to be Bhutanese? With this, they need to ask, what are the responsibilities of being the new generation? What can we do today so that our youth will be prepared for tomorrow? 


We call for contributions to the next issue of the Druk Journal on the theme Bhutanese Youth: Their Aspirations, Anxieties and Mandate. What are the challenges that need to be overcome today for youth to grow as empowered citizens of tomorrow?

1.     Synopsis: Submit before 30 June 2021 – Submit your concept or synopsis (one or two paragraphs) to the editor, which will be reviewed, and sent back to the writer with feedback.

2.    First Draft: Start writing the first draft after receiving the synopsis review. Submit the first draft before 23 July 2021 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 by end of July 2021/1st week of August 2021.

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

4.    Print: Mid October 2021

5.    Word Limit: 1,000-3,000 words

6.    Font: Adobe Caslon Pro

Note: Refer to 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 1,000 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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