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Will "horse-trading" occur in this election?

The nation went to the poll on April 23, 2013 and successfully managed to elect our representatives to the National Council at one go. And unlike in the past elections we have not heard of any accusations being thrown at elected leaders. This is a good sign of a clean process. It bodes well for the country. 
And the other day (April 28, 2013) our beloved His Majesty in accordance with the Constitution issued a Royal Kasho (Decree) declaring the dates for the National Assembly election. Bhutan will have its first ever primary round of elections on May 31 while the general election will be conducted on July 13, 2013. Well, many Bhutanese especially farmers are aware of the general election, but the primary will be a new experience. In 2008 we just had two parties and there was no need to conduct the primary round, which elects two parties to contest in the general round. This year we have five political parties!
Five parties need 47 candidates (wow, that is like 235 candidates in total…

Thinking Beyond Food

Dear readers - two months of waiting, and I am back! Sorry! I have been terribly busy with so many things demanding my attention and had no time to do anything productive on my blog (farm). And it has remained fallow since January this year.
I have nothing to share with you even today - two months later. Just that I am pleased by this sheer coincidence. Today happens (April 7) to be World Health Day. I am here at Kathmandu. We wanted to go out in the market and see some things, but there is a bandh (strike) here. So, we are literally stuck in the hotel. And just because of this bandh I could start my exercise – spent good, productive one hour in the gym using treadmill and other equipment. It was fun. So, symbolically – I launch my first fitness program on World Health Day! What a fit day to start to become fit, isn’t it?
I must admit – we in Bhutan are least conscious of our health. Of course the trend is starting to change with some educated/elite Bhutanese who have realized the …