As the reck­on­ing draws

Business Bhutan - - Editoria -

We have less than three weeks to go be­fore the gen­eral polls.

The de­ci­sion will be the reck­on­ing. Peo­ple have a great re­spon­si­bil­ity on their hands. To select the gov­ern­ment of the day. And de­cide the course of democ­racy in the coun­try.

It is not only our duty to ex­er­cise our fran­chise but our moral re­spon­si­bil­ity to write the coun­try’s his­tory in a way that will leave a great, last­ing le­gacy for the gen­er­a­tions to come.

Bhutan’s democ­racy has evolved in the past ten years with quite a speed and the Bhutanese have be­come po­lit­i­cally ma­ture in a way that is rather sur­pris­ing but good.

The pri­mary elec­tion re­sults this year proved it. Bhutanese vot­ers are think­ing for them­selves and do­ing their re­search and back­ground­ing well. We can ex­pect more po­lit­i­cal shrewd­ness and as­tute­ness in the fu­ture if ev­ery­thing goes well.

Now, as the gen­eral poll day ap­proaches, we have to de­cide be­tween two par­ties: one is rel­a­tively new in the game while the other has served as both the gov­ern­ment and Op­po­si­tion.

While one boasts heavy­weights, the other has less ex­pe­ri­enced but ca­pa­ble can­di­dates.

While both the par­ties have def­i­nite ad­van­tage in cer­tain re­gions in Bhutan, we can­not say how the peo­ple will vote.

Pre­dict­ing votes is akin to over sim­pli­fy­ing a com­plex hu­man be­ing’s psy­che. Of course, some­times the sit­u­a­tion can be pre­dicted but not with cent per­cent surety.

It is there­fore very im­por­tant for Bhutanese vot­ers to think ahead. Have a vi­sion for your mother­land. We want a peace­ful na­tion. We don’t want to be at con­stant con­flict among our­selves. We would want to re­spect the sen­ti­ments of all in­volved.

Which calls for us to ex­er­cise wis­dom and judg­ment while de­cid­ing the party to vote for. It is im­per­a­tive that the coun­try’s se­cu­rity, sovereignty and sta­bil­ity be taken into ac­count by the elec­torate.

We have seen the ugly side of democ­racy as well: how di­vi­sive or ex­treme it can get. Some­times, we can get caught up with com­mu­nal­ism and jin­go­ism. The dan­ger is that ev­ery­one is prone to it: even those who pro­claim neu­tral­ity and har­mony.

Hence, dur­ing this elec­tion pe­riod let us come to­gether and ex­er­cise our fran­chise re­spon­si­bly, know­ing fully well that all in­di­vid­u­als are dif­fer­ent, en­ti­tled to their re­spec­tive choices and we must re­spect dif­fer­ences in opin­ion and de­ci­sions.

We must tide through this cru­cial pe­riod to­gether us­ing com­mon sense, wis­dom and re­spect for ev­ery­one in­clud­ing our­selves.

Democ­racy has fi­nally taken roots in Bhutan and we as du­ti­ful cit­i­zens are bound to nour­ish and sus­tain it.

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