Good for nothing parties
The writer of the article ‘After the elections’ expressed her concerns about the confusion prevailing in Bhutan’s political parties after the elections. “Looking outwards to the rest of the world, there is a sense that they (Bhutan’s political parties) are supposed to contribute to social discourse and also have some say in foreign and economic policy,” writes Ms Ali. I want to ask her how are political parties in South Asian countries (especially those which are out of power) contributing to ‘social discourse’ etc? In Bangladesh, for instance, the political parties are entangled in a bloody fight – which has claimed several lives and caused much harm to the country’s economy – just to get into power. The recent elections in Nepal were marked by incidents of violence and ugly fights among political parties.
Perhaps fanciful notions such as ‘having some say in foreign and economic affairs’ are not applicable to our part of the world where the sole aim of political parties seems to be getting into power by hook or by crook.