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
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