Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Bhutanomics- Hilarious Website...


Heading of the Website.

With the commencement of democracy in Bhutan (since 2008), "freedom of Expression" became one of the best gift from the Throne as enshrined in the Constitution of Bhutan. We heard a lot of public voices. There were the emergence of numerous newspapers, mostly express their views and opinions through the various form of social networks. Especially blogs emerged giving new horizon for the Bhutanese writers (meaning, interested in writing). 

To be a writer, one either needs a creative mind or a big heart. Among the Bhutanese blogger, Mr. Sonam Pelden Nima was on the front line during the Tobacco Control Act online protest. He got warning letter from his Boss. Yet he continued blogging. Mr. Passu was most talked about when his blog went viral in Singapore when he responded Mr. Khaw's critical comment on GNH. And our OL Lyonpo Tshering Tobgay always writes about the hot issues in his blog. These are the metamorphosis in blogging world in Bhutan. From them I learnt that online protest is tremendously effective in Bhutan, therefore,  street demonstration is not required. Pedestrian Day too faced the same fate. 
  
Some formed groups in Facebook to protest our government, some used Twitter. JigsNews is hyperactive on Twitter during the Pedestrian Day protest. These are the gift of the democracy. It must happen in Bhutan. Bhutan is a young democracy which requires adequate criticism to grow strong. Criticism should not be taken in a wrong way, it must be the correction fluid to erase our follies. But sometimes it is sad that our senior officials themselves engage on personal attacks. Which actually should be taken as the constructive idea. For an instance, calling OL, "unpatriotic and disloyal" by our Honorable PM was the personal attack during the failed UNSC bid. 

Oh, I was to talk about Bhutanomics! Yeah, it is a website, which is humorous, satirical and hilarious. It is also the result of freedom of expression. But I feel that writers and contributors of this website need to expose their identity for the sake of credibility. And for the sake of upholding the truth that Freedom of speech exist in Bhutan. I find this website funnier than any funny caricatures. It is funny, yet truthful. But sometimes I find it over exaggerated, hyperbolic. Mostly, they write about the political figures and current issues in humorous ways. Their series of Report Cards of our MPs were very interesting. It is very active website, with high traffic. I believe that, it is maintained by those educated lot because it mostly contains matured thoughts. 

It is worth visiting this website. Click here to find its amusement, http://bhutanomics.com/ and share how you feel about it.   

8 comments:

  1. Monu, thanks for mentioning my name...I know I stand no way near Passu and HE lyonpo Tshering Tobgay. But all I am trying to do is to be an active participant in our growing democracy...We need to raise our voice so that it become audible... after that, its up to the other party to take our voices.....

    I appreciate your insight. Continue writing. ..I know what blunder my boss did when he warned me...He can defeat me...or even terminate me...but not democracy......I think he must have learned the valuable lesson by now....But I have an immense respect and regard for him as my boss.

    With regard to Bhutanoimics...its interesting....yea they should learn to balance their reporting....Max of their write ups show their dislike for our PM and DPT.....I read them but sometime I also feel its way too over exaggerated....

    any ways have a Nice day...

    PSN

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  2. I have been waiting patiently for you come up with a new article and finally an interesting one in sight..... and it was worth waiting for....Keep up!

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