Hung Yegcha Gesa? Jawai Lablo Shi? Keh Bhandai Cha?

Business Bhutan - - Editorial - YESHEY DORJI

Three elec­tions later, we are still stuck at the point where we be­gan – in the pud­dle of con­fu­sion.

The on-go­ing Com­mon Forum de­bates on the BBS TV is a shame­ful ex­am­ple of how un­rea­soned we are as a so­ci­ety - of mo­ronic pro­por­tions. Where is the sense is re­quir­ing a can­di­date to speak in a lan­guage in which he is so poorly skilled? And what mean­ing can there be for a bunch of au­di­ence hav­ing to tol­er­ate a blabbering politi­cian who is un­able to co­her­ently pass on the mes­sage that he is ap­par­ently strug­gling to pass on?

What is the point of ask­ing a math­e­ma­ti­cian to speak to a gath­er­ing en­tirely com­prised of ge­ol­o­gists?

Can­di­dates should be al­lowed to speak in a lan­guage in which they are pro­fi­cient – so that they are able to pass on what­ever mes­sage they want to pass on to prospec­tive sup­port­ers. And the sup­port­ers – if they are one – why should they be made to tol­er­ate a blabbering ses­sion about which they are clue­less?

I think the Dashos at the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion or who­ever, must start to un­der­stand that Com­mon Fo­rums and Elec­tion Cam­paigns are oc­ca­sions when can­di­dates have the op­por­tu­nity to get out their mes­sages to the vot­ers. This can hardly be done by re­quir­ing them to speak in a lan­guage that they can­not speak - and to a gath­er­ing for whom Dzongkha is Greek.

The vot­ers must be given an op­por­tu­nity to make an in­formed choice. This means they have to un­der­stand what is be­ing said by the can­di­dates - the can­di­dates must be judged on the ba­sis of what they say and promise. How can an ed­u­cated judge­ment be made when the vot­ers are clue­less as to what the can­di­dates are say­ing?

Our elec­tion rules are full of ab­sur­di­ties. Take the case of the civil ser­vants re­quir­ing to re­main “apo­lit­i­cal”. How is that pos­si­ble? The mo­ment a per­son casts his vote, he can no longer claim to be apo­lit­i­cal. The only way to en­sure that a civil ser­vant re­mains apo­lit­i­cal is to dis­al­low him/her from vot­ing. Ex­pla­na­tion: Since I have a large fol­low­ing out­side the coun­try, I would like to ex­plain that the ti­tle of the post is an out­cry of ex­as­per­a­tion ex­pressed in Shar­chop­kha (lan­guage of the Eastern) fol­lowed by Khengkha(lan­guage of the Cen­tral) and lastly in Lhot­shamkha (lan­guage of the South­ern) Bhutan. Ex­pressed in English, it means: “What the hell is the man talk­ing about?” Yeshey Dorji is a Char­ter Mem­ber of the Ro­tary Club of Thim­phu and an ar­dent blog­ger who blogs at http://yeshey­dorji.blogspot.com.

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