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Bhutan: Teacher Trouble

Totaling close to 8,000 in number, teachers make up almost 35 percent of the civil servants employed by the government. And they are the most important segment of the civil service, with the noble mandate of laying the brick and mortar work for the nation’s future. Yet, if they hold such an important responsibility, why is it that the teaching profession is beleaguered with all kinds of issues, from low morale to low satisfaction?  There are obviously problems.


Can Nalanda be revived without Buddhists?

by Kalinga Seneviratne

NalandaThe ancient Buddhist university of Nalanda in northern India is believed to be one of the world’s first residential universities. It thrived for over 700 years and had the world’s biggest library before being burned down by Mughal invaders. A project to revive the ancient university is facing increasing criticism from Buddhists in Asia.

Bhutan: A slap in the face of society


Eight deaths through suicides in eight months, or one every month is one too many for a small society like ours.

Bhutan: There’s no gettin’ away


During the recent election campaign, a few foreign journalists, who were in the country to follow the elections, asked whether the political parties were campaigning on Gross National Happiness (GNH).

India: The Great Nalanda – Then and now

 by Radha Kant Bharati

The Nalanda Mahavihara (ancient Nalanda University) had been a great seat of learning for about eight hundred years (from 5th century to 13th century A. D.) At the very beginning it was a monastic institution accommodating thousands of travelling monks coming from different regions.

Korea: Is today’s Korea really a Confucian society?

By Kim Seong-kon

 Moderation is a virtue not only in the East, but also in the West. It is well known that Confucius stressed the importance of being moderate, but so did Aristotle and Shakespeare.

Thailand: A Matter of National Pride

By Achara Deboonme

Like in the economy, national pride is a matter of planning, as it needs a collective effort for concrete results. In an interview in May, newly appointed director of Suvarnabhumi Airport, Rawewan Netrakavesna, tasked herself with urgently introducing new improvements to the airport, to "restore national pride".

Last week, after a train trip to Nakhon Pathom, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra stressed that by 2020 Thailand's rail network would again be a source of national pride, as it was over 100 years ago.

Thailand: Thai soft power in China: amulets, dramas, durian

By Kavi Chongkittavorn in Beijing

"Sawaddee kub, taiguo fo pai hen pang," said Wen Yang, a young manager, who I bumped into accidentally in Wangfujing area and told I came from Thailand. He immediately responded that "Hi, Thai amulets are great", then showed me his stamp-sized amulet, (fo-pai in putonghua), hiding behind his white shirt, hanging on a golden necklace.

Taiwan: Rallies for dead conscript not just a plea for justice, but for humanity

By Editorial Team

 In one corner of the political heart of Taipei this weekend, lawmakers were once again engaging in the scuffles for which Taiwan is infamous overseas. 

Sri Lanka: “Lessons From Black July And The Recommendations Of The LLRC”

By Shenali D Waduge

Jayantha Dhanapala one time head of the Sri Lanka Peace Secretariat and Rev. Jayasiri T. Peiris has written on behalf of a group known as Friday Forum. Given that the Forum issues periodic statements on selected topics and issues, questions emerge as to why some facts have been conveniently omitted.

Bhutan: Seeking Alternatives

What the lifting of subsidies on cooking gas showed was, better than the country’s complete dependence on its neighbours, its people’s ability to adapt to alternate sources of energy.

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