The long electoral campaign of 2018 is behind us. The winners have been declared and everyone involved have gracefully accepted the results. Or so it seems, living far away from the scene. However, I might point out that the scars of the bitter campaign will remain no matter what. And political parties, whether they intended it or not, are responsible for the communal divisions, which were inexistent before 2008.
Still, the issue here is not to say who was right or who was wrong. We can never fully establish that. It would boil down to another chicken-and-egg story. The dominant public discourse now should rather be to mend broken friendships, and heal divided communities before the next election comes to town.
In Italy, and in several countries that I know of, including India, the ruling party often concedes the post of the deputy speaker, and even the speaker, to the Opposition Party. It has been done as a part of reconciliation efforts by political parties. Every democracy faces the brunt of ugly campaigns and no one wants to see a divided country. It is impossible to govern one in that state – to begin with.
Perhaps this is something that we might want to look at.
DNT’s convincing win has meant, many things to many people. What I haven’t seen or read is yet another perspective. And there can be many. We are all entitled to them. Among other reasons as to why the Bhutanese people voted them in, is perhaps that we are bit tired of this divisive politics planted by the two old parties – for ten years now. The bickering never seemed to end. Across the country, there is actually the subconscious yearning for the “good” old days and a sense of nostalgia that perhaps someone outside the Parliament could restore some communal harmony and the national unity.
I may be wrong. But still, it won’t hurt if the DNT offers to establish a tradition of healing – after an election – at this embryonic stage of our democracy. There is no need to follow the winner-takes-it-all dictum.
And in any case, may our nation heal.
2 thoughts on “Time to heal?”
I was going through your posts and came across the following:
From the set (AUGUST 20, 2016)
The photo on the book done by you: Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel The legacy of the Founding Father…. is mine and was acquired for TCB and later given to RTA by me.
Unfortunately the image is not of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. I labelled as such based on what I was told by Lopen Samten then the Principal of Tango Monastery. He gave me access to the statue that is in the monastery.
Much later — when the RTA was about to launch an exhibition, they were told by some one that the statue was not that of Zhangdrung. I think they managed to correct the mistake in time — not sure. Or may be they made the mistake as well …. I remember TRA asked me about it and I told them that Lopen Samten told me it was that of Zhabdrung —- he gave me the statue to photograph —- I had an assignment from the TCB to photograph Zhabdrung’s statue.
I don’t know how this will help — but thought that I would let you know.
Bye and take care
Thanks ata. I did the documentary but the book and DVD were done by the RTA later. I will check with them and make sure that they correct. I am aware that many confuse between Tempai Nyima and Zhabdrung quite often