The Politics of Apoliticality: In the Conflict between Political Rights and Political Neutrality, Facelessness Wins

The edited version of this article is published by Bhutan National Legal Institute in Bhutan Law Review, Vol. X – special release celebrating 10 years of successful democracy in Bhutan.  2018 marks a decade of successful democracy and the constitutional regime in Bhutan. It is also the year for another round of national elections. In […]

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Politics and I

According to Aristotle, “man is a political animal”. Every man therefore, is political by nature. Politics is derived from “polis” meaning city-state – all-encompassing term that denotes interdependence or connectedness. “Political animal” means that a man cannot live in isolation, he cannot be self-sufficient and survival is impossible if one doesn’t live a collective life. […]

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The Legality of the Election Commission’s Interrogation Incident in Tsirang

On April 9, 2018, Kuensel reported that officials from the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) had allegedly interrogated Kalay Dukpa, a member of the DPT party in Tsirang, for five hours and confiscated his cell phone. According to the article, Kalay Dukpa claimed that the officials interrogated him about a December 2017 group discussion he […]

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In the pursuit of happiness

After reading over seven books and 30 plus articles on happiness, I am still looking for a definition of happiness. However, I found happiness in looking for a definition of happiness, and the happiness I found cannot be defined. I must, therefore, keep looking for the definition of happiness, even if happiness is not something […]

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The Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the King: the day for us to celebrate and reflect

On 21 February 2015, His Majesty the King granted the Royal Charter establishing the first law school in Bhutan. Today marks the third anniversary of the legal birth of Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law (JSW Law). His Majesty dedicated the law school to the Great Fourth (the father of the Constitution and democratic Bhutan) […]

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Exchanging stones of allegations: the particles of colliding stones are blinding the people

Very lately, both media and social media platforms in Bhutan have been flooded with the exchanges of corruption allegations, and threats to sue each other between government and the Opposition. Both accuse each other that their allegations are politically motivated, which I agree they are. Otherwise, I don’t see any reason for such exchanges of […]

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Can ACC take up prosecution role as per Section 128(3) of the ACC Act?

The Office of the Attorney General draws its powers from the Article 29, and Anti-Corruption Commission from the Article 27. Section 5 of Article 29 states that “The Attorney General shall have the power to institute, initiate, or withdraw any case in accordance with the law.” Please note the expression used, “in accordance with the […]

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Search for the first batch of law students for the first law school of Bhutan – My mixed experiences through the journey

On the 9th day of August 2016, we started our journey – the historic journey in search of our pioneering batch of students for the first law school of Bhutan. We were very excited that we are going to meet our prospective students, and yet nervous because we were doing it for the first time. […]

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