Manifesto #3 (Health): We need more Associate Doctors than doctors!

Health services in Bhutan face shortage of doctors and modern equipment. We have only 300 doctors and around 1000 nurses. The current ratio of doctors to population is around 1:2300 and ratio of doctors to nurses is 1:300. Doctors and nurses are overworked, under-compensated and patients sometimes bear the brunt of their frustrations with long … Continue reading Manifesto #3 (Health): We need more Associate Doctors than doctors!

Election Manifesto #2 : Reaping the Demographic Dividend

About 70,000 youth are entering the job market in the next 5 years. Thats almost 10% of the current population in addition to those who are already employed. While it may seem a daunting challenge, it is also a huge opportunity for Bhutan to reap this demographic dividend: capitalizing on the vast number of youth … Continue reading Election Manifesto #2 : Reaping the Demographic Dividend

Use the Power Tillers to Break Away from the Farming Shackles!

While the recent graduates are the focus of attention and the news, we are forgetting the vast majority for whom we need to seriously look at diversifying their skills and employment options. This makes our labor productivity extremely low. Much like their graduate kins, opportunity in the future for them also lies elsewhere, not just … Continue reading Use the Power Tillers to Break Away from the Farming Shackles!

Movie Binge & Emotional Catharsis? A family time spent well.

  It’s been almost three years since I last watched a Bollywood movie. Not only are they too long, you also don't find the company who would watch them with you. Not till this week when my family joined me in a Bollywood binge on the weekend of July 11th, 2018. The movies we watched: … Continue reading Movie Binge & Emotional Catharsis? A family time spent well.

Facebook and Bhutanese tradition of free food – From Official dinners to Employee food for Bhutanese corporations?

It was truly a fascinating visit to the fb headquarters at Menlo Park in Silicon Valley thanks to all the friends who reached out and made the visit possible on June 21, 2018. However, it was their tradition of making free food available across their entire campus to their employees and visitors, that was even … Continue reading Facebook and Bhutanese tradition of free food – From Official dinners to Employee food for Bhutanese corporations?

Bhutanese Youth and an Urban Creativity Lab – An answer to Youth Unemployment?

Thank you for your extremely valuable comments and ideas on my blog on Bhutan’s economic growth and Youth unemployment. I would like to share one such idea on looking into an Urban Creativity Lab contributed by Mr. Ujjwal Dahal who is a Humphrey fellow at MIT (2017-2018) participating in their Special Program for Urban and … Continue reading Bhutanese Youth and an Urban Creativity Lab – An answer to Youth Unemployment?

Institute of Happiness (IoH)?

Vision: A socially conscious, spiritually grounded and GNH inspired think tank that is research oriented and data driven in the service of a happy humanity. Objectives: To study GNH metrics in the context of development practices. To impart training and skills for aspiring local and national elected leaders. To integrate Buddhist values into business and … Continue reading Institute of Happiness (IoH)?

Opening theatrics of the National Assembly Elections – 2018.

The week of May 13, 2018 seem to officially kick off the theatrics of the 2018 National Assembly elections in Bhutan. First, DNT made a big splash with the “resounding” general convention to a packed hall of supporters at the RIM Hall in Thimphu on May 13, 2018. Dr. Lotay took over the mantle of … Continue reading Opening theatrics of the National Assembly Elections – 2018.

Farewell to National Council of 2013-2018

As we bid farewell to the National Council of Bhutan (2013-2018), I offer my most humble Tashi Delek to all the Honourable Members led by Honourable Thrizin. Every member has left her mark and together as a House, has left a legacy that will be difficult to follow. My favourite sittings were the joint sittings, … Continue reading Farewell to National Council of 2013-2018

Recent Rapes and Housing Crisis? What about the Construction Boom?

Kuensel's editorial of April 30th, 2018 on the recent rape of a Bhutanese woman at Jaigaon was a wake up call. Its tragic. Have we failed as a society to take care of our own youth? Its even more tragic that we have forced them across the border. While it is a compelling argument that … Continue reading Recent Rapes and Housing Crisis? What about the Construction Boom?