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