Saturday, February 12, 2011
Before our freshly minted mayors could even get on the job, accusations were filing in from the opposing camps. Whatever happened to gracious concession? In life as in politics, what goes around eventually comes around but digging up dirt where there is none sounds strange and brings to mind sour grapes. If there was no foul play and no evidence of the foul, than really, the last thing we can afford is legal wranglers just to hiss the other person.
The PM in his MTR tours stressed the importance and the paramount need to remember the fact that opposing points of views within parties and against other parties does not necessarily make enemies. Rather, these are varied paths to the same goals. Which in our scenario is making certain that we all venture forth, whether as a public entity or a private one, to realize goals that are higher than the mud rack in which we soil ourselves.
The opposition leader does not view the DPT as the enemy nor will the DPT hold the opposition as inferior. As much as the government goes about conducting business on behalf of the people of the country, one should remember the opposition party and their worthy representatives do as much, and that is also being done on behalf of the people of the country.
The truth is laid bare. As in the words of the PM, that we are all Bhutanese above everything and that we are all subjects under one benevolent king. His Majesty the King was on the expressway the other day, granting an impromptu audience to a couple and a small child. As the traffic moved, no doubt commanded by His Majesty, he was there still, talking to the family.
That was one sight of the magnanimity of His Majesty’s heart and as the traffic moved, we couldn't help but feel the touch. It’s simple. Do well and good and above all else, strive, to enrich yourself and than those less fortunate around you.
This is what we’d like to see as Bhutanese and there is no better example than the benevolent kings we have been endowed with. To err is only human and often it is the biggest mistakes of one’s life that shapes and chisels us into what we become. Acceptance of things gone wrong is the first step toward that path. In that vein and train of thought, the Tobacco Act is a collective slap on the faces of the Bhutanese, enacted on our behalf by our elected representatives. That many Bhutanese cannot be wrong when they all unanimously agree that the ban is, both theoretically and practically, an unworkable law that requires a second look and a whole new face lift.
If anything, the Bhutanese have been blessed with a number of laws that are altruistic in nature and fair in execution. Where we are lacking behind is in the implementation of those good laws. And what a pity it would be to waste so much time and energy going on and on about a law and a ban and a regulation we all know is inherently stupid and unworkable from any angle. We take so much pride in our caution and common sense. Perhaps it’s time to apply both. As for the infamous case of the loss of face that props up, well, get a plastic surgery. Otherwise stick with it – I’m betting none of you will venture out in the showbiz business.