Dear Hon. Jigme Yoezer Thinley and your entourage,
I know you would be definitely reading this or maybe someone from your entourage would do it at a point in time. As a democratic country, media has the right to scrutinise every act of the government, as well as to bring out both the positive and the negative aspects of the government and its system. In this line, it is the duty of the media to convey the message to the people about what the so called freely chosen government’s progress are and what their achievements are. I personally feel that as a citizen and a rightful voter, I am responsible to keep a tab on the values of my votes and see how the government uses my trust and faith.
If a government cannot uphold itself to the criticism by its subjects, then how will the government function? I believe it is the criticism that can be used as a check and balance to see how your party is doing, and the true health of your governing system. I believe that when you take on to become a politician, it is only natural that there will be criticism – both critical and cynical, but it is up to you how you hold on to it. Now, I feel you are failing in your duty as a politician by taking away the very essence of democracy, the very essence of rights to information and the very essence of Fundamental rights. How do you expect yourself to be a forbearer of democracy? I believe you are bridging us towards an autocratic system.
The point here is we don’t want you to set up the trend of snatching rights and freedom and lead us to have seven governments in five years.
For example, if I come to your house and start taking away your belongings without even telling you the reason, how would you feel? It’s the same here.
By the end of this letter I feel “The future of Bhutan looks very bleak if you have such leaders and politician as the custodians of our freedom and rights.”
I had the complete trust in you and your government when I voted, but now at this juncture I am truly sorry to say “History is written by winners and man like you is not a gracious winner”. I do not know about my fellow citizens but I am unfortunately not going to make the same mistake again.
A very disillusioned Drukpa, Tshangla and Nanong-Shumar Pemagatshepa.
This story by JYS first appeared as a comment under our article Bhutanomics is Blocked in Bhutan.
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