Saturday, 30 September 2017

Essay

Tech. and Governance

In 21st century the scientific development has been unprecedented. Development especially in the field of information and technology has not only achieved milestones in its quest for perfection but it has drastically eased our lives and befitted our social functioning. Different levels of society have access to wide range of technologies.

Technology is a boon for humanity. As much as it has benefited humankind, it also has been a support system for humankind and its survival over the course of last one century or so. The advancement in technological development has reached the highest level ever since man entered space, drove vehicles and developed artificial intelligence through computing.

Our society has developed and for good reasons, its functioning and operation at different levels have improved. For a country to develop and for its people to enjoy happiness and good livelihood, our social system needs to be strong and efficient. So the basic rule for such changes to happen is to have a good functioning government with effective social service delivery and one that is transparent and with zero or minimal corruption. Any government with effective delivery system, transparent and low corruption is a good functioning government and that government will thrive for better in terms of socio-economic development.

Advanced technology can be used as a tool of good governance to improve and sustain a good system of governance.

For effective social service deliveries (including delivery of government to citizen services like judicial services, security services, etc…) can be achieved through online computing system. In Bhutan the government initiative called G2C online service provides online services for people to access many different government services like security services, judiciary services, passport services, marriage certificates. There are about 34 services, which are provided, online through this system. Technologies used in this way provide timely and easy service to citizens without having to stand in long queue or wait for hours to avail such services if not through such technology assisted online services.

What is a transparent government? How can technology increase government transparency? Transparency in government basically refers to making information about government like government processes, budgets and public officials available and accessible to general public.

As our literacy rate is improving and as social medias are reaching out to more users the demand for transparency in government is growing. But transparency in government can only be achieved by active citizens participation in matters of national importance. Government should invest in technology that would help general public to access government information precisely, easily and timely. For instance if governments use technology like live-video or live-audio streaming of government meetings to citizens, it would not only make information available but it would also enable citizens to take a bigger part in economic and democratic process.


Corruption in any form is detrimental for proper functioning of government. It widens the social gap between rich and poor. It favors the privileged groups in the society. So how can governments use technology to prevent corruption? As technology advances there could be many ways of its use in curbing corruption at different levels. One way and probably the best possible way could be use of technology in “deterring corruption”. The government could set up a whistle blowing system and using a mobile app/phone people could report corrupt officials to the authority concerned. The institutions can be linked online with auditing system especially with regard to billings and financial disclosure. Other methods of reducing corruption used by different institutes or government are automation of tax collection thereby reducing discretionary practices in tax related issues.

In a nutshell, technology if used properly and for right purpose can be the best tool of good governance for smooth and successful functioning in any country.




Daisy!


Daisy.

I found her flirting on the Sea,
With lights and water,
In that cool breeze she lay at ease,
Her dark eyes closed and slender legs cross'd,
I lay on golden sand, right across the beach,
I wish I could swim across.

An evening in lights and clouds,
Lot of songs to dance to...
She danced like a fairy, 
Her fleshy lips...gently parted,
And her ravishing body in those slinky dress,
The sensuous feelings from all things fair...shh!!


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

"Magic money tree"

United Kingdom is a developed country, ranked as the sixth richest country in the world as per World Bank GDP ranking. While Bhutan on the other hand is a small, landlocked Himalayan kingdom sandwiched between World Economic giants; China and India, and we are a low-middle income country. But the issue of how well our nurses and doctors, and other healthcare professionals (for that matter) are payed matters to Bhutan as much as it does in UK. 
Low wage isn't good at all, especially for these group of professionals who commit and give in so much; getting faced with enormous workload and work-related stresses. Experiencing burnout to the extend of contacting compassion fatigue thereby hampering patient care. In a nutshell, it's a vicious cycle and the quality of health care deteriorates. That's bad for country's growth and welfare.
Our economy's been growing and that means we are growing money adequately so. And as we find it, the issue isn't whether we can grow money or not, it's where the money goes once it's been grown. From a distance we can see (as an observer like a political watchdog), many countries in the world are in the same boat and facing the same (if not identical) issue. The truth is that the governments just make a choice not to...pay nurses, doctors and teachers properly. And that's outrageous.
Healthcare Professionals at Dochula, 2017

Monday, 22 May 2017

To my late Aunt.

Dearest A-ney,

It has been almost one and half year since your lovely soul departed this world. Nothing much has changed yet everything has been different. I hope your soul's in Nibbana taking a long needed rest.

It's early summer, and weather's been fine since last few days. It's cool in the mornings and evenings, with chill breeze and mostly sun-drenching during daytimes. Blossoming season is almost over, beautiful flowers and their fragrance have given way to fruiting, rhododendrons are wilting graciously. The river down the gorge started swelling, it's turbulent waves are becoming wrathful. The hillock on the other side has already shed it's winter coat and now with summer time it has become lush green, and the gardens are rich again; greens growing luxuriantly.

Everyone's been good. Some are doing excellent and good, yet some are just doing okay and not-so-okay. But this is nothing new or surprising and certainly not agonizing. Dechey will be going to college very soon. She will be attending Jigme Singye Wangchuck Law School, the first one in our country. You should be really proud of her. Others are doing good as well.

Today's a fine day and as usual I had a busy morning. But since I have night shift today afternoon was free. I needed to use it for relaxing and to loosen up myself a little. I went for a walk, more of a hiking. I walked for almost 2 hours. On my way as usual I thought a lot; about work, people and their habits, and also about life and it's uncertainties. And I thought about you; how I grew up playing around you, how we enjoyed your fine dishes. You used to get hold of us and clean our ear waxes one after the other, gently and affectionately. Even though you left us in the prime of your life, what you have been to us and everyone who have had come across you would know what a great soul and a caring woman you had been all your life. All the great memories we have had together are warmly cherished and cared for. All these thoughts made me cry a little. I am so sorry. I was not lamenting. I was celebrating.

I thought of you today, but that is nothing new. Rest peacefully in Nibbana A-ney!

Wangchu
Yours'  Nephew.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Medicine!!

"Because so much of what doctors are subject to is incomprehensible. The hours. The pressure. The exams. The culture. The training. The politics. Every single day. It is unrelenting." 
~~ Georgina Dent

Well, this is the truth. The fact. What's there to hide about...it is indeed a tragedy waiting to happen. Everyone's aware about it including people who have gone through these....the hardships, the trainings, the bullying and the brutal work conditions. As much as it remains as the story of the past, it is a reality in today's world too. 
Scientific evidence has shown that overworking, stress due to excess workload and exhaustion (both mental and physical) can lead to severe stress, burnout and compassion fatigue.This could lead to work-arounds and errors potentially compromising patient care. Health care is changing and for all bad reasons, it is becoming stressful. It is a well known fact. Health care providers are getting stressed and over-worked. Suicides among health care providers including doctors have happened and will happen. 
Medical training is pitiless right from the very beginning, and will be the same until you reach the very top. Is it the price that one pays for a prestigious vocation? Are we going to let this known fact, but less-cared tradition be allowed to continue? Or are we prepared to confront it? If so, at what cost and how are we going to do it?

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Power for Peace.


“I am privileged by fate to live here in Princeton…In this small university town the chaotic voices of human strife barely penetrate. I am almost ashamed to be living in such peace while all the rest struggle and suffer.”
This is what Albert Einstein said in 1933, after escaping to US and seeing his fellow Jews struggle and suffer under Nazi's. That was a time. A time when humanity survived.
What do we see now? Well, we see that change; the demeaning of humanity and it's values. There has been drastic deterioration in respecting human lives and upholding human rights. It is a time, this very indefinite progress of existence where we see people who talk more and do less, the hypocrisy. We foresee something very apocalyptic and sinister looming large upon humanity. It is precarious. It is so when the very democratic and open government gives way to tyranny and issues "executive order barring Syrian refugees from entering US until further notice" so blatantly. 
It is very unbecoming for a democracy and a modern civilized world. For a government and country as resourceful and capable as US, a time for explicit reckoning has come. The entire world need that America's leadership founded by your great leaders of the past. Show to the world that it still exists and lead the world by examples, good and befitting examples. Let those examples embolden other nations, and let humanity revive.
Let there be peace on our beautiful Earth!

                                                   Dochula pass. December, 2016.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Think or think not!

Thoughts!

I think and think, think so deeply,
What's so profound in deep thinking; I think,
It makes you think more, and just more,
It hops from a summit to the next, far and near.

Thoughts entangle you and your mind,
It's in thoughts you discover and re-discover,
All good ones and not so-good ones,
It makes you play, run and eat.

Your mind is like an empty slate,
You scribble as you think, slate after slate,
The slates get mucky and sully,
And yet you think.

Under the bluish clouds of sky and shadows of sun-rays,
2016 went by and 2017 just came by,
Obama's gone and Trump's sworn in,
I think and still think.

May the prayers be heard and songs be sung,
Let peace perpetuate and hatred plummet,
May I live and my inner being sustain,
And let my thoughts make me think. 


Drolang Goenpa, December 2016.


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