Bhutanomics is a pertinent illustration of something that can motivate young Bhutanese since it reveals that criticising is simply much more than recommending – actually, it’s more about encompassing the negativism and the potency to keep on writing dingy things, i.e., warts and all.
The most visited website known to be ‘Bhutanomics’ since 2012 become a stinging satire on Bhutanese politics and even bureaucratic, something that the whole enchilada has gained readers’ momentums not only in Bhutan but in other countries as well. Because of this website, there is a huge chance to inspire and motivate the readers, both insiders and outsiders, about existence of unbridled corruption in Bhutan. Most of the time, the contents of Bhutanomics is customised one, some are true, some are written out of surge of anger, some for vengeance to our politicians, and some just scripted for making laughing stock to our political bigwigs. The elite and incumbent politicians who served the nation for many years are kept behind the bars, and it seems that the administrator/editor has known ins and outs of past ruling party, whistling the negativism most of the time. These days, the website is swarmed with photoshopped fat cats, defaming their hard work and has become a fine kettle of fish.
If Bhutanomics is considered to be satirical then its target ought to be fair and just; its constructive criticisms must be focused not only to politicians but also to the big fishes in corporate world, and to the leaders of private sector. As of today, the sad point is that the Bhutanomics has invariably published dingy information about past ruling party in which it may result serious repercussion in future. It may create incredible hitch like regionalism and division of our close-knit society.
While the intention and aim of the website might be to criticise to whoever comes to the power yet the gamut and content is appalling, and the photoshopped images are simply crossing the limits of fundamental rights and duties enshrined in our Constitution. Time has arrived now for every one of us to act against it before we become the victims.
On the other hand, I feel this satirical website is of great use and could function as a tool to fight against the burgeoning corruption in Bhutan. But, let’s forget the negative roles that Bhutanomics had played during second round of historic national election, because it cannot be changed either.
And whenever I tend to bend rules for good purpose I fear that Bhutanomics might post our image and would sabotage the image that is just growing and just the beginning. At any time, we could become victims even if we do not get corrupt by bending rules. In our society, we have to bend rules most of the time not because we get benefit from doing it but rules itself is unclear. For instance, if you are civil servant working in Dzongkhag, you will have to carry out activity which is not there in the rules but so much important for public through writing note sheet. You would be lucky if your note sheet is signed it immediately otherwise some boss keep checking grammar and sending back thereby hampering the progress of work.
From the very onset of this website, I found myself being entertained by the crazy views expressed by Bhutanomics. In some cases, I even commented on the article, but the satirised editor had published the comment with photoshopped image. I wonder why and even worried that I might charged for defamation. At last, no one did it.
Now the present ruling party is full of chicken-hearted people, I think Bhutanomics, being big fan of PDP would bring less negative issues unlike it did for DPT. Whatever may be, Bhutanomics must continue her works and let’s not hear news about Education city Project. We are fed up with that news and now please dig about Shingkhar – Gorgan road. Will the present government continue building the road? Whatever present government opposes at this moment will be lifted in 2018 that is only if new government comes to power.
So, Bhutanomics, good luck and continue with your work. Please inform BADPATH we have arranged a dinner at Lhamu Restaurant, which is on top Building of Guup Sonam Drukpa. We would love to eat and bills would be settled by Sonam himself.
>> Contributed by Dorji Lhamo
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