Diplomacy of the Sublime: Reflections on the finer realms of India-Bhutan Relationship...

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Destiny put us here. Geography made us neighbours. History made us friends. Trust has made us brothers. And, necessity has guided us to forge a common vision and a shared destiny. What we make of these endowments and accomplishments will be the legacy of succeeding generations of leaders and citizens of honour and wisdom. 
Bhairab Kunda Templekuesnel

Laws do not set double standards, implementers do

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His Majesty said “the Rule of law begets discipline, which in turn begets order, and peace, which leads to trust and to stability. Corruption is unambiguous- there is no great or small corruption.

A Promise Kept

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At the GAVI Virtual Vaccine Summit in June last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said: “India not only has the capacity to contribute to global health efforts, but also has the will to do so in a spirit of sharing and caring”.
Bhairab Kunda Templekuesnel

The boon of monopolistic nature of Civil Service

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In the wake of His Majesty’s command to up the Civil Service on 17th December 2020, many discussions have ensued on social media, mostly blamestorming, less brainstorming.
Bhairab Kunda Templekuesnel

Staying safe and resilient is our only defense as we wait for Covid-19 vaccine

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India launched one of the world’s biggest Covid vaccination drive on January 16 with the aim to inoculate 30 million health and frontline workers. By mid this year, India plans to vaccinate 300 million more people.
Bhairab Kunda Templekuesnel

Traffic in Thimphu

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The new found time and the empty Thimphu roads due to the national lockdown have spurred these thoughts. Traffic in Thimphu is a minor annoyance during rush hours so I am questioning myself whether these thoughts are worth having.
Bhairab Kunda Templekuesnel

Lockdown – a death rehearsal 

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“Will I die too?” was the question Prince Siddhartha had asked when he saw for the first time that someone had died.  We may not have asked the question, but we all know the answer.  Yes, we will all die.  We are clueless though about when and how it might grip us.
Bhairab Kunda Templekuesnel

The state must protect tenants during emergencies

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The news of possible evictions and an increase in house rents particularly with no sign of easing lockdown is a grave concern. The slogan of stay home, stay safe would be defeated unless the government issues immediate suspension of any form of eviction including the issuance of eviction notices
Bhairab Kunda Templekuesnel

Time to balance trade-imbalance

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Over the last ten years, our exports have doubled, so have the imports; however, the quantum differs substantially. For instance, in 2019 alone, we spent Nu 68.91 billion for imports while we earned just Nu 47.48 billion from exports leaving massive Nu 21.42 billion as the “Trade Imbalance”.
Bhairab Kunda Templekuesnel

Reforming civil service: Towards a future ready government

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Anticipatory governance means different things to different people. For some, it is about envisioning, future forecasting, and scenario building in policymaking and planning. For others, it is about accelerating learning loops by engaging citizens to input real-time data and feedback to make decision-making participatory.
Bhairab Kunda Templekuesnel

Chikthuen: More than a BBS Show

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The events that unfolded towards the end of Trump’s presidency in the United States of America (USA) was at best ugly and at worst dangerous.  The world’s oldest democracy was the world’s biggest stage where the world watched in awe and disbelief, an unprecedented political drama, and wondered what on earth was happening there.
Bhairab Kunda Templekuesnel

Consistency and adherence to the rule of law

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This pandemic has defied the fundamental principles of the rule of law, democratic principles of the separation of power guaranteed under Article 1 of our Constitution.  The Executive is vested with enormous authority including legislative prerogatives.
Bhairab Kunda Templekuesnel

Significance of Bhairab Kunda Temple in Bhutan

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The monasteries and temples that dot the cultural landscape of Bhutan are woven with inspiring religious stories and mythologies find physical and metaphysical evidence in their holy sites.