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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Will democracy blossom in Thimpu?

[b]Will democracy blossom in Thimpu? [/b]

By Sankar Ray

When the 50-year old King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuk announced in the remote Trashiyangtse district (in Bhutanese, dzongkhag) on December 17 on the National Day of the Kingdom that his son Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck would move into his shoes as the fifth Druk Gyalpo in 2008, there was a show of shock.

There was a widespread wailing among nearly 8,000 people, comprising farmers, herders, bureaucrats and of course army men, but thereafter, there was an expression of joy, as if to reiterate the hackneyed feudal adage – The king can't do any wrong. The King said, "It is my wish and prayer that, during the reign of Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the Palden Drukpa will remain strong and glorious, that our country will achieve greater prosperity with the sun of peace and happiness shining on our people who will enjoy a greater level of contentment and happiness" .

But the conscientious section of the Bhutanese and their sympathizers in the neighboring countries like India and Nepal that still dreams of a popular democracy in the sleepy Himalayan state lament that the innocent people of Bhutan have to submit to the hypocritical King with a canine subservience.

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