Sunday, January 8, 2012

Controversial controversy...

State funding for political party. Is it necessary or not and constitutional or unconstitutional? This is the most controversial issue deliberated by first parliament of Drukyul. It has been year long. Still, National Assembly could not come on consensus and postponed for Joint sitting discussion. They deliberated on it with heat-generating submissions from about 20 parliamentarians including Prime Minister Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley. Now, hoping for it would come to meaningful conclusion after Joint sitting deliberation on January 19. Committee formed mainly to study the necessity of state funding concluded that they could see the financial problems faced by political parties but could not see necessity of sate funding for political parties.

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Constitutionally, Article 15 section 4 states that the political parties are allowed to accept contribution only from registered members. However, Article 15 section 4 also states the sources from where political parties are not allowed to accept contributions but never mentioned the word "State." This is from the Constitution of the kingdom of Bhutan.

It is near to impossibility for our political parties to survive from the membership contribution. It should be learnt from the past lesson. Haven't we seen most of the part members resigning membership when their party could not do well. As per me I feel that most of our people won't join party membership because of they had tough time during the Local Government election when they couldn't  get apolitical certificate easily. Looking at less populace of our country, it will be very difficult for political party to survive, in a way we may lose those good leaders just because of financial constraints. And another possibility is that as our PM mentioned, this would lead to the division among the small Bhutanese society. And other thing is that, if there is no party funding from the state, party need to beg those rich patrons. When they beg those patrons, it would lead to the corruption because when they commit mistakes parliamentarians need to keep quite. We don't want the parliamentarians controlled by some rich people. We don't want rich playing lead role in democracy. We need the democracy which is based on fairness and equity. When we can boast of having unique democracy, unlike other countries, we need to look at the ways on how to sustain this good growing democracy. We need vibrant democracy, not the democracy influenced by rich people.

This is my views on political party funding by state. Do share yours too. Youth are the leader of the future. So, guide me if I went wrong in my opinion. But I strongly feel that state funding is necessary for the vibrant democracy. This is my second article on state funding, go through my first article also which I wrote last year.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Mathematical secrets of Beauty

Beauty fascinates all. This is the truth. Poet defines it poetically, writers define it literally and different people defines it differently. So, mathematics defines it mathematically. This post may not make you all satisfied but will make you all excited to explore its hidden truth. I am writing this post based on Prof S Sundararaj's article.

Angelina Jolie

Try this out....

Early Greek  Mathematician found that the rectangle with its length 1.6 times the breath looks most attractive to the human. This is called golden proportion. So, you all can try this out with the group of friends or with the students. It will be more interesting when you are in large group. Ask them to draw a free-hand rectangle which they consider is most attractive to their eyes.After they finished, ask them to measure the length and breath, and divide the length by the breath. It will surprise you when most of their answer comes 1.6 or closer to it. Prof s Sundararaj tried this experiment with 60 students and was surprised when average came 1.6. 1.6 is called golden ratio. Taj Mahal has this proportion.

So, coming to the beauty in human face, one with golden proportion is considered beautiful or good looking. Face of many movie stars has this golden proportions, like Leonardo Di Caprio, Angelina Jolie and Emma Watson has this measurement. Golden ratio is not only found in face but whole over the body. Check this out:
1. Ratio of distance from navel to knee and knee to feet is 1.6.
2. Length of the ankle to tip of middle finger is 1.6 times the length of the arm.
3. Distance from the shoulder to top of head is 1.6 times the length of the head.
4.Width of the mouth is 1.6 times the width of the nose at nostrils
5. Height of the person is 1.6 times the distance from the navel to the feet.
6.The distance from the head top to chin is 1.6 times the width of the face.

Most of the flowers' petals exhibit this golden proportions. Try looking out in the garden. But please don't pluck it off just to measure it. Let it bloom there, hehe!! After reading this post, I would like to request you all not to try this with your girlfriend and boyfriend because they may find it weird measuring them unless both have mutual understanding. Till then, have fun with this and find it out whether it works with you all too.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Eighth Parliamentary session begun.

Eight parliamentary session was graced this morning by His Majsty king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. His Majesty was accompanied by Gyaltshuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck. 

In this session, National Assembly would deliberate on Tobacco Control ( Amendment) Bill 2011, Druk Gyalpo’s Relief Fund Bill 2011, Disaster Management Bill of Bhutan 2011 and Education City Bill of Bhutan 2011. National Council will deliberate on  the Bhutan institute of medical sciences bill, the national flag bill, the tobacco control bill and the consumer’s protection bill. And in joint sitting would resolve the differences between two Houses on Child Adoption Bill of Bhutan 2011, Sales Tax, Customs and Excise (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2011, Public Finance (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2011, and Election (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2011.

Voters would judge the MPs performances in next election which is not too far. So, would be expecting more of silent MPs to speak out during the deliberations. Of course, being only vocal does not necessarily mean a good representative but our people would love to hear their representatives speak out on their behalf in National Assembly. 

May this session be fruitful and successful!

Monday, January 2, 2012


Along the timeline of democratic history of Bhutan, it is immensely triumphant news to know that Bhutan developed so greatly. Last year has been the year of tremendous achievement for our democratic government. domestic airline made top news. It always bring the joy in our face to know that our new government is doing well. Prime minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh laud for the achievement  of Bhutan. Amongst all the achievements, I would like to highlight on how my village developed, because I know more about my village.

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Despite being a student studying in foreign land, India, I always make a point to update happenings of my home. I do call my parents and close ones frequently to know about them. One reason could be that they used to tease me saying that I would forget them on going abroad because of my pride in becoming somebody. So, even if it is not possible to call them I just missed call them. That keeps me connected to my homeland. to, come to my point of this post. I would proudly say that recent news of my village being electrified brought immense smile on my face. I could clearly feel the joyous smile of my mom through the call.

I feel that electricity and road is the mother of developments. Our village was connected by farm road several years ago. And our next wish is to have black-top on it as it becomes stable. In summer, landslides and erosion block the road making it difficult for transportation. We hopefully hope, it would be much better when it is black-topped. So, our village got electricity. It brings extreme joy in me. I can't wait to see my village glittering with light. Before, it was very difficult to charge our mobile phone. We use to go to Health staff's house to charge it where they would have 7-10 mobiles daily. They too do on Solar light. So, electrification would have freed them from frequent knocks on the door. I well remember that my mobile use to remain switch off for day or two just that it use to rain in summer. So, I found my beloved mom almost smiling when she said that she charged mobile in home and called me.

So, while going for summer vacation to my hometown, which would be probably in May, I am planning to take laptop to my village and use data card for connectivity. I am just waiting for how immensely they would smile when their son show them movies in home, since they always go to Gewog center for movies. It would have improved their hygiene too. And tears rolled down my cheek when I heard that my grandma no more search for "matchbox" while going out at night to toilet rather she started searching "switch box." This is the metamorphosis.

In conclusion, I would like to express my gratitude to the government for they are succeeding in delivery of their promises. It is to be noted that developments comes but slowly. Development works do not come overnight but it do surely come. If it is what all people are saying, there is a reason for our government to smile with satisfaction. And we are seeing it with the passage of time. May same spirit keeps our government up and successful.


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