Wai! The meeting of the representatives of the five political parties for a party introduction at Royal Thimphu College on Wednesday gave a new dimension to the maturing Bhutanese politics.
It was just introduction of political parties, not debate. But we will soon have debates.
What we saw on Wednesday was a good precedent.
When time comes for the party leaders to debate, it must be welcomed. That’s what democracy is about in simple terms. Democracy is debating and arriving at the best possible option.
Until very recently, we were alien to such things as debate. To debate was to point finger at someone. It meant rubbing someone the wrong way and out talk the other.
A debate does not necessarily mean one should chat away with the loquacity of a parrot. Talking less but talking sense will better inform the people.
Just because you are offended by what the other has said doesn’t mean you have to show that you are out of temper. We must learn to accept things in grace. There is much to learn from the US Presidential debates we have watched on television. They debate with dignity without tempering each other’s image by making personal attacks on petty issues.
The smiles and courteous behaviour with which the representatives conducted towards each other was a very pleasant thing to see. We are maturing fast. It is a hope that such gestures of friendliness do not vanish amid the political heat which we will soon feel.