Pol­i­tics not dirty: Dasho Neten Zangmo

Dasho be­lieves that pol­i­tics is not dirty if guided by al­tru­is­tic mo­tives and it is high time peo­ple change their per­cep­tion of it

Business Bhutan - - Front Page - Lucky Wangmo

Even as the for­mer Chair­per­son of An­tiCor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (ACC), Dasho Neten Zangmo, of­fi­cially de­clared her in­ten­tion to join Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP) yes­ter­day, she told

Busi­ness Bhutan in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view that pol­i­tics in­stead of be­ing dirty can be spir­i­tual if guided by al­tru­is­tic mo­tives.

“Why is pol­i­tics still seen as ‘dirty?’ Should not and can­not we change this per­cep­tion or re­al­ity es­pe­cially in a small, GNH na­tion like ours? Is it be­ing ide­al­is­tic?” ques­tioned Dasho Neten Zangmo.

Dasho Neten Zangmo, 56, said that BKP was the first party to have ap­proached her and per­se­vere for seven long years. “Most im­por­tantly, it was BKP’s un­der­ly­ing val­ues aligned with my prin­ci­ples, which made me, join BKP,” she said.

Dasho will be con­test­ing from De­wathang-Gom­dar Con­stituency.

An en­gi­neer by pro­fes­sion, Dasho Neten Zangmo has ven­tured down many ca­reer paths in her life so far. She be­gan her ca­reer as Vice Prin­ci­pal and Prin­ci­pal of Royal Bhutan Polytech­nic, De­wathang in 1987 and 1990 re­spec­tively. She later served as Direc­tor of Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and Cabi­net Sec­re­tary to the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters. Dasho Neten Zangmo be­came the first Chair­per­son of Anti –Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion in 2006.

After re­sign­ing from ACC in 2015, Dasho moved to De­wathang in Sam­drup Jongkhar and be­came the Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Sam­drup Jongkhar Ini­tia­tive (SJI), a civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Dasho Neten Zangmo said that Bhutan is ready for a woman to lead the na­tion and she said that as a woman leader, the first change she wants to see in the coun­try is “build trust and re­move fear”.

A press re­lease from BKP states: “With democ­racy as a press­ing con­cern, Dasho Neten Zangmo makes Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party her choice united by com­mon rea­son to fur­ther the cause of each and ev­ery Bhutan cit­i­zen and of­fer to serve the Bhutanese peo­ple as their elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive with­out fear or fa­vor, and in the long-term in­ter­est of the coun­try, cul­ture, dharma, econ­omy, in­sti­tu­tions and the peo­ple. ”

It also states that in­spired by His Majesty’s em­pha­sis on democ­racy as an im­por­tant na­tional ob­jec­tive, Dasho has taken on her­self to cham­pion broad-based and re­gion­ally bal­anced eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and growth, re­in­forc­ing so­cial de­vel­op­ment through equal op­por­tu­ni­ties to avoid ex­clu­sion and over­come so­cially di­vi­sive dis­par­i­ties while re­spect­ing di­ver­sity as part of the en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for so­cioe­co­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

Mean­while, so­cial me­dia was flooded with tweets on the un­ex­pected de­vel­op­ment.

Ly­onch­hen Dasho Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay on his Face­book page con­grat­u­lated Dasho Neten Zangmo for join­ing BKP. “Democ­racy just got stronger. I con­grat­u­late Dasho Neten Zangmo of BKP for join­ing ac­tive pol­i­tics and con­tin­u­ing her ca­reer in pub­lic ser­vice,” he posted.

“Tashi Delek to Dasho Neten Zangmo for join­ing BKP. Democ­racy will ben­e­fit from Dasho’s col­or­ful ser­vice in the civil ser­vice. I of­fer Dasho my good wishes,” posted Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Norbu Wangchuk.

The press re­lease from BKP also states that BKP would like to call for a re­form that will im­prove the liv­ing con­di­tions of the Bhutanese peo­ple in gen­eral, not any par­tic­u­lar groups or in­di­vid­u­als. “We need ca­pac­ity from ground up. The eco­nomic re­form must not en­gen­der greater in­equal­i­ties and breed cor­rup­tion, nor should it bring more priv­i­lege to those al­ready priv­i­leged.”

BKP also stated that the re­forms mean cre­at­ing as many jobs as pos­si­ble. Job cre­ation is as an im­por­tant task that sits high on BKP’s pri­or­ity list, es­pe­cially for youth. “We cham­pion eq­ui­table and sus­tain­able so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment to en­sure the peo­ple’s phys­i­cal and men­tal well­be­ing and are fully com­mit­ted to erad­i­cat­ing poverty and min­i­miz­ing ma­te­rial de­pri­va­tion within the next 10 years,” states the press re­lease.

For­mer ACC Com­mis­sioner Dasho Neten Zangmo with Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party Pres­i­dent Sonam Tob­gay

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