Monitoring drayangs


The public of Paro informed the National Assembly that drayangs and discotheques cause societal problems and upset the social harmony. So they suggested that strict licensing and operating rules should be developed in order to reduce the numbers of such entertainment centres.

When discussing this matter yesterday, MPs, focusing mainly on drayangs, complained that these businesses lured young women from the villages, underpaid them and subject them to sexual harassment. So a couple of MPs pushed for an outright ban on drayangs.

But, thankfully, the majority favoured developing clearer policies and regulations, and leaving licensing and enforcement to local governments.

Some of us may not approve of drayangs. But we must remember that they are legal businesses. And remember that Article 7 Section 10 of the Constitution bestows the following fundamental right:

A Bhutanese citizen shall have the right to practice any lawful trade, profession or vocation.

Incidentally, if drayangs really bother us, we should take note that cable TV operators, throughout the country, show almost nothing else on their respective channels but young students, especially girls, dancing on stage. These students are actually just participating in their school concerts. But recordings of their dance routines are broadcast almost continuously by cable TV operators.

The question is: Why?

And, more importantly, why do school concerts, throughout our country, feature so much rigsar dancing?

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