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Political maturity
Ap Tsara, March 28, 2013
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Wai! The manner in which our politics is exhibiting signs of maturity is both astonishing and perplexing. It is an indication that people have acquired the taste of the wine of politics in exercising their right to choose their own leaders.

People voting against the serving MP in favour of a much younger candidate in Paro shows that elected members are answerable to their voters. It also means that once elected the politicians are constantly under the lenses of the public. Every word uttered and every little action performed do not escape the judgment of those who voted them to power. People are now making it clear that they are willing to be led only as long as their leaders are capable.

It’s a little confusing that some use the number of years in service as a ticket to win the votes of the people. The service, no matter how long it is, revolving around development of the self and boosting personal ego may be the wrong connotation. It’s about whether one has proved to be capable and helpful to those who placed trust on you.

It’s a good sign though that people are making their choices thus. But we should not forget that we must be careful in making choices. Just because one hasn’t lived up to your expectations doesn’t make the other candidate better. And simply because the candidate is younger doesn’t make him more energetic and promising than the opponent who is much older.

Such is the nature of politics. A hard nut to crack, huh?

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