From Mongar to Thimphu via London : On My Way to Mayul

Published In: 2022
ISBN: 978 99980-59-05-4
No. of Pages: 228

Book Overview

Bhutan is a late entrant into the global world. Nationwide modern-western education did not start until the second half of the twentieth century. Television and the internet were introduced in 1999, and mobile phones in 2003. Most of the things understood as modern in western sense of the word were relatively new to Bhutan until then. In From Mongar to Thimphu via London: On My Way to Mayul, Dechen Rabgyal recounts his experiences made possible by his educational journey. In what appears to be a travelogue, the compilation is part literal, part metaphorical and part aspirational consisting of commentaries on, inter alia, education, taxation, wages, gender, technology, leadership and governance situated in the author’s lived accounts and observation of socio-cultural, economic and political environment starting from the countryside of Drepung to cosmopolitan London and that of the intervening years. Is it time for Bhutan to start thinking about Universal Basic Income? Can Political Parties agree to have minimum per cent of women candidates if women are not adequately represented in the Parliament? Are our educational contents relevant and up to date? Who are affected by minimal daily wages? Dechen tries to probe and offers his perspectives on these topics.

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