Tuesday, June 30, 2009

“My parliamentarians are scaring me”

My goodness! What is it boiling down to? For the first time in my life, I’m scared to be a Bhutanese, much less proud!

I’ve not tuned into BBS. They commanded, with a thumping majority, that television was bad for us. So I read the papers. That is where it gets even more frightening!

Yesterday’s Kuensel edition had the MPs of Trongsa, Wangduephodrang and Punkaha come out with audacious sound-bites such as “useless discussions” (the Punakha MP). The Wangduephodrang MP went a step farther and lambasted the Opposition Leader for his lack of “discipline” and the Trongsa MP took the “In-House Cake” for actually saying this: "This Saturday there was a Kuensel story saying that MPs will misappropriate CDG but if we were against the media then this reporter would be thrown in prison.”

Who is he to assume that the reporter is a felon-in-disguise? What makes him blatantly disregard the reporter’s profession by presuming all the media does is concoct fictitious stories? Where does he get the gut and the guile to sit so smugly on that moral high chair? And really, who the heck is he?

Our Prime Minister says, “The constitution is not a stick.” Our Housing Minister says the government keeps getting attacked. Our Trade Minister presumes the media is already compromised because it has commercial motives and objectives.

Whew! There really is neither room nor cause for debate or deliberations if the house feels so strongly negative about the whole kingdom and its stupid inhabitants.

The Opposition Leader getting the brickbats in a closed-door session is of little astonishment. In light of a media backlash and black-out, I guess the goings on is really none of our business.

If that be the case, then I’m scared. I’m scared that the culture of sycophancy is gaining more ground as it gets espoused in the most auspicious of houses. This kind of blatant pleasing should be nipped; cut and dry by the party’s leaders.

I’m scared that more and more decisions will be made, presumably on our behalf, by the government as it sees and deems fit; leaving really no ground for us to get a toe-hold, much less a foothold.

I’m scared that in light of the media black-out and backlash, the fourth estate will weaken; leaving no room for transparent broadcasts or objective reportage.

I’m scared that the government is beginning to bully not just the Opposition Leader but the very citizens that elected them.

If these are scary-times for us; we must hold firm and mirror their actions back to them and let them see how scared they look and sound.

Their decision to cancel the live coverage smacks of skeletons in the closet.

Their unhappiness and surprise at the National Council’s decision to go ahead “live” sounds like sour-grapes and tantrums.

Their pointed attack at the National Council for its supposed dabbling of the Constitution sounds like they are doing things “Un-Constitutional.”

People did think there were cracks on the wall but that certain lights were still shining in.

Now it looks like they unwittingly opened up a “Pandora’s Box.” Now it looks like they’ve lost the plot. Now it increasingly looks like they want to have things their way with fear and favor.

Now it looks like the DPT’s huge surge in popularity pre-poll is a long and distant memory.

Now it looks like the next elections might be the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s to lose.

All for want of a camera, a reporter and a few constitutional observations.

Ps: YourLustForLifeStartsRightNow!

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