Jurwa (Chang­ing Times) launched

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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.

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