Opposition in hot water

I liked Bhutan Observer’s caricature for two reasons. One, they managed to make me look content and happy.

And two, Gyamtsho, my son, predicted my response. When his friends had expressed concern for me, he had assured them that I would find it funny. What did I do when he showed me the cartoon? I laughed. And the more I looked at it, the more I laughed.

I like the cartoon very much. But they got one thing wrong – the opposition is not “in turmoil”.

I wish we were. If we were in turmoil, it would mean that we were agitated and confused. But that we were alive. And that we were a strong opposition. So if we are in turmoil, Bhutan Observer should, indeed, be amused.

But we are not in turmoil. We are weak. Very weak. And a weak opposition is not good for a vibrant and honest democracy. The opposition has only two members – that’s hardly 4% of the national assembly. So we don’t fool ourselves. We are weak.

However, we work hard. Work honestly. And work diligently. We also work with confidence and courage. And try our very best to provide the constructive opposition that our people expect.

Bhutan observer should not be amused. They should be concerned.

Not much to cover

I have no problem that Bhutan Times featured me on its front page today. Frankly, I’m flattered.

But everybody else should have a problem with that. The article is definitely not front page news. While some readers may find the opposition leader’s New Year resolutions interesting, they are of no national significance. Not the stuff that serious news papers would consider front page material.

However, the deed, so to speak, has been done. So let’s have some fun.

First, the photograph. I’ll buy lunch for the person who can tell me where it was taken. For obvious reasons, I can’t allow the photographer, my friend Colin, to participate.

Second, the trek. Visiting my constituency involves walking. A lot of walking, as two of the three gewogs have no roads at all. And for the purposes of my New Year resolutions, visits to my constituency won’t qualify as treks – they are way too difficult to be considered that. So if you are interested, really interested, in walking, and walking with me, contact me. You’ll get to visit the house featured in “What’s decentralized?”

As for the trek, I still say “Will I ever be able to do the Snowman?”