Monday, December 17, 2018

The significance of our National Day

111 years have passed since Bhutan emerged out of the dark shade of its history and embarked on a new political journey. The enthronement of Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck as the first hereditary monarch of Bhutan on 17th December 1907 sealed off an era of political turmoil and civil wars, and opened a new chapter in the history of modern Bhutan. Since then, we have been enjoying uninterrupted peace and harmony under the leadership of our visionary kings. Today, we have a nation in our hands which we can hand over to our children as proudly as we have inherited it from our forefathers. As the people of Bhutan are celebrating the 111th National Day today throughout the country with the main event being held in Samtse to commemorate that historic moment, it is time for us to revisit our past and pay respect to our beloved kings who have successfully guided our nation through some of the most critical junctures of its history and transformed our lives. Had it not been for their selfless contributions and wise leadership, we could not have reached where we are today.

Monday, December 3, 2018

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018

It’s unfortunate that I can’t physically see the world around me, but I always find a great comfort in the thought that the world is seeing me leading a meaningful life everyday. The painful experience of having to lose sight at the age of 9 and the ensuing years of hardships and struggle added a new meaning to my life and shaped my future. Among all the factors that have played a part in making me who I am today, I should say that education was the most important tool that actually crafted my destiny. Had I not been given the opportunity to go to school, I can’t even imagine how pathetic and painful my life would have been today. It is education that has widened my horizons and unlocked my door to independence and freedom. Today, the world sees me as a happily married man blest with a beautiful family and a successful career. But not all persons with disabilities are as fortunate and privileged as me. In many communities, disability is still seen as a major barrier to social inclusion and mass participation. As a result, there are many persons with disabilities who are still locked up in their homes, deprived of the right to participate in the mainstream social, economic, political and public life. If we can break all the social barriers and give them the voice they are entitled to, they would definitely be able to come out of their closets and contribute to nation-building. This was the gist of the theme for International Day of Persons with Disabilities observed throughout the world today.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The academic year for my eldest son ends with a tea party

Photo of me with my eldest son Thukten Subba and his teachers

With the closing of academic sessions for this year, my eldest son, Thukten Subba and his classmates at Changangkha Middle Secondary School had hosted a tea party day before yesterday to celebrate their friendship as well as to thank their teachers and parents for their continued support and guidance. I was one of the four parents present at the party to share the happiness of our children. When I and my friend reached the venue at 12:30 pm, the atmosphere outside Class 6B was already charged with excitement. As children ran in and out of the classroom, fetching extra desks and chairs, I and my friend waited outside, surveying the whole environment that was brimming with life. It was really amazing to see young souls in action. Even my son who is otherwise reserved and quiet, was actively engaged in making the arrangement. As soon as he saw me, he came to me and respectfully asked me to go inside the classroom and take a seat. But I told him that I would wait outside until they are done with the preparation.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

How drugs can ruin your future if you let it take over your life

Journey through life is not always smooth and peaceful. Regardless of who we are and what positions we hold in the society, we all have to pass through the bitter taste of time at certain junctures of our life. We cannot evade the obstacles that come our way everyday. But we can always find more peaceful solutions to the problems if we can just take a break, rejuvenate ourselves and come back with renewed strengths to continue the ordeal. Just as nothing is permanent in life, so are our problems. With time, we can definitely find the light at the end of the tunnel. When you fall upon the thorns of life and bleed, using drugs to numb your senses to evade the pain would never solve the problem. Drugs can only ruin your life and destroy your family. Here is the story of a young teenager whose future has been shattered and ruined by drugs.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Only clean politics will give way for healthy democracy

After almost four months of vigorous battles of ideas and ideology amongst the political parties, the people of Bhutan have finally voted for change. Despite the political turbulence that we had for the past couple of months, the nation as a whole has now come together to respect the decision of the mass. This is the true spirit of a healthy democracy. Druk Nyamrub Tshogpa (DNT) has now been entrusted with the sacred responsibility of serving the king, country and the people of Bhutan for the next five years. But while we embark on another leg of our political journey, there are certainly some lessons we can take from our past experiences.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Linking positivity and negativity: the two opposite sides of human life

Life is not always rainbows and daises. When you flick through social media profiles, you would mostly see people wearing big smiles on their faces as though they have never been through the darker side of their life. But the reality is different. As human beings, we all are bound to go through numerous challenges as we move on with time. Life is not always a bed of roses as it should be. In fact, it is often tough and unfair. Nobody achieves success in life without battling through a crisis. Even the most successful, beautiful and wealthy people on this planet have their own share of problems to deal with. But if we look at life positively, the challenges that we face today all contribute to our overall development. They constantly test our patience and perseverance, and make us stronger every day. They add meaning to our experiences and give us a new life if we really have the courage and willingness to swim through them.

Friday, September 21, 2018

I have always been a lover of peace and will be so forever

Having never indulged in violence in my life, I would like to believe that I have been a peaceful person since my early childhood. My family-members and close friends might have seen me sad or desolate, but I think they have not seen me aggressive and violent so far. I don’t know whether I should call it my weakness or strength, but I have realized that I have not learned to be assertive and aggressive in my entire life. Many people who have crossed paths with me have even taken me for a ride, but I have always chosen to remain quiet and positive. I know that any retaliation would indeed do more harm than good. I am a kind of person who loves to live in harmony with everybody in the society but I have realized that things do not always happen as we wish.