Double vision

The editorial in the Dzongkha edition of the Kuensel this morning confused me. The editorial denounced the National Council’s decision to legalize the sale of tobacco through high taxes. And, it called on the National Assembly to overturn the Council’s decision and endorse the Tobacco Control Bill.

Why was I confused? Because yesterday’s English edition of the Kuensel carried an editorial applauding the National Council’s decision to legalize the sale of tobacco products through high taxation policies.

Editorials represent a newspaper’s stand – their point of view – on important issues. So, obviously, a newspaper’s opinion on a particular issue, especially if conveyed in different languages, must be consistent. Otherwise, they risk confusing the reader. And, losing their credibility.

 

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  1. crazy girl says:

    This is really confusing. Maybe the english editor and dzongkha editor had different stands but like OL says an editorial is a newspaper’s stand (editor’s actually) and giving two different views is not expected be it in different languages. if one of the oldest newspaper conducts such a mistake what can we expect from the others. lets just hope there are more professional people in the other papers who take care of such things

  2. Yeah, i too noticed that but personally i support Dzongkha editions. I feel it should not be easily accessible to our kids. As of black market, i am quite confident it will still be very difficult to curb with our porous border. We should not aim to increase revenue by importing such “killing substances”…. The present ban anyway doesn’t forbid one from consuming cigarette and one can always import it by paying tax for personal consumption……so, i strongly feel that the ban should still remain!

  3. Black Pearl says:

    Samdrup, I really doubt if there is even 10% of the smokers who are paying taxes. I firmly support the NC on their stand.

    • Black pear

      Even after lifting the ban, am quite sure that the black market will remain same as it is today….it will always be cheaper to buy from jaigon, dadgari and melabazar…..so people will still smuggle tobacco products without paying tax from these places!!….

    • Black pear

      Even after lifting the ban, am quite sure that the black market will remain same as it is today….it will always be cheaper to buy from jaigon, dadgari and melabazar…..so people will still smuggle tobacco products without paying high tax from these places!!….

  4. OL sorry for the diversion but what is your opinion regarding the govenment paying USD 9.1m to a global management consultancy firm, McKinsey and company? I thought with all the hydro projects coming up Bhutan was in the right track of economic development but it seems like the new government is wanting a faster pace of development. If things go as planned it would be good else 9.1 m USD is a huge some of money to waste for a country like ours.

  5. what is your stand on this la OL?

  6. Black Pearl says:

    samdrup,
    just think it this way. isnt getting something out of the taxes better for the govt. than nothing at all and let the blacket flourish.

    • My argument is, people will still prefer to buy from black market….so, there won’t be much income from tax…..meanwhile, government will have to do something to curb the black market….

      For that matter, the number of drug abusers are also increasing every year and drug dealers are there everywhere….If we justify in terms of black market, then we may even have to legalise import of drugs and levy tax!!!…..So, i still prefer ban!!!…just my opinion,

  7. Yangchen says:

    what is kuensel anyway? It is owned by the government. How will it point out the mistakes of the government? It has lately been singing the praises of JYT and his government

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