Jurwa (Changing Times) launched
Coinciding with the International Democracy Day, Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy (BCMD) launched television series “Jurwa” (Changing Times) and a music video “Dear Prime Minister” last Friday.
The television series “Jurwa (changing time)” which showcase the struggle of a young civil servant who want to quit his government job and join politics. His struggle is related to issues that our current society is going through.
The press release stated that the Jurwa, the Changing Times is a radio drama set in a rural setting of Gakithang village, a hamlet in the fringes of Thimphu. Election is round the corner and a young civil servant Sangay Penjor sees a glimmer of hope in politics.
But his trail isn’t going to be an easy one, because skepticism looms as the news of Sangay’s wish to contest in the elections spread in a traditional village largely dominated by the elders even his girl friend Yeshey Tshomo doesn’t seem like the idea of him leaving a stable government for murky politics.
The press release stated that time of democracy unfolds; the small close-knit community is pushed to its limit. Everything is put to test. Opinions are divided even among the family members. The new times of democratic era are quite chaotic.
As Sangay Penjor ventures into politics, his political adventure highlights some of the challenges that Bhutan facing as young democracy. “Much of his experience can be related to issues, political and social ills, we face in everyday life, today.”
According to the press release from the BCMD, “Dear Prime Minister” is music video about politics, election, vote, and democracy.
The song informs people that our ties and family, relative, friend, community and nation are far more important to be divided by mere political differences.
The event was held with participation of students and political parties’ representative. The launched was accompanied by talks of five political parties and Bhutan Democracy Dialogue on the state of democracy in Bhutan.
Bhutan Democracy Dialogue Chair person Sonam Jatsho said that “Democracy is everyone’s duty. Don’t leave it at the hands of political parties.”
The General Secretary of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) Ugyen Dorji said “We have managed to lay a strong foundation for democracy and had successful participation with highest voter turnout.”
Druk Chirwong Tshogpa’s (DCT) Lily Wangchuk said that “The greatest good that political parties can do for democracy is not divided the people.”
The Vice President of Bhutan Kuen-nyam Party (BKP) Sonam Tobgay said for democracy to succeed we must have a belief.
Yeshey Dema from Khamed-Lunana constituency for Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa( DNT) said that she is grateful to DNT for giving her an opportunity to talk on the International democracy Day though she is the youngest both in terms of experience and age.
The theme for the event was “A person who stands against in politics is not an enemy.” This event highlights Bhutan as a young democracy country facing the different challenges.