The Syllogism of Nepotism
Let’s be frank: Nepotism is rampant in Bhutan. And it has almost become customary.
One common reason we can establish to prove this point is to say that we live in a small society. And that people know each other. Knowing people can really give you mileage wherever you go. We know it is true.
For example, if you know a bureaucrat you can easily get access to bureaucratic system. Whether it is getting a favor to get a license or an opportunity to go for a training. If you know someone in the hospital you get preference to cross the queue and get your case checked first. This is not unique to Bhutan. It is same everywhere.
Over the years Bhutanese have silently fought the case of nepotism: those who benefit from it they enjoy the system; those who are affected vents out their anger either during the conversations or by crushing fragile objects that come their way.
It is the system that can take inherent and invisible forms. People who practice the system can manifest the behavior that will often go unseen or unrealized. Although some blatant instances have come under public scrutiny or are exposed by media, much is deeply rooted into our system.
Such behaviors can be dubbed as ethical corruption.
On the contrary, nepotism is against the law in Bhutan. More than the law, it is unethical. And the only scrutiny we have is ACC to unearth the deep seated culture in our system. The toughest question is: can ACC ethically uproot this system of unethical behavior?
If not then there is no way we can let go off this behavior from our system. So the consequence can be since it is in our system, and since we are into that system, so perhaps we are bound to that system.
Or else we need to get rid of that disease. While we strive so much to clean up the dirt and beautify our society but the biggest challenge will be washing off the stain of immorality that runs in our system.
It is such an issue that you don’t like when being talked about it but you prefer it when it comes to you.