Wednesday, March 7, 2012

'Idyllic' Bhutanese nature........Says the Presenter!!

I was going through some research on trying to find out about the resettlement of the Bhutanese refugees to the third countries and I came across this news programme of CNN of the day the country had staged its first democratic election. It is indeed a matter of joy how the outside world sees Bhutanese  nature as an exemplary to the rest of the world.

In a period of time when the world has witnessed one of the largest collective reprisal against tyranny and repressive leaders and governments in what has been widely called the 'Arab Spring' its almost imaginable that the King of Bhutan could have clearly foreseen what was to come. Perhaps it was clearly predictable that everyone will fight for freedom one day. What is interesting is that a transition was passed inside a nation unasked and unsought, while, in fact, people were still strongly attached to monarchy.

What struck the most to me in the above video was the stress the presenter puts in the word 'idyllic' while describing what has happened in Bhutan. It was a gesture of the most peaceful and exemplary way of giving people what they actually need. Much before the Arab Spring started, we could have perhaps never imagined that a tiny country located in remote Himalayas will set an example of a peaceful transition. Imagine if all the countries in which we have seen these 'awakening', had done just what Bhutan did, we would had none of those accounts of bloodshed and atrocities in the daily headlines.

It is still surprising for the presenter here, and the rest of the world, how an ideological system of Gross National Happiness can be even measured? What is the yardstick? Perhaps what matters is the fact that people are happy.

I couldn't help take deeper notice of the mention of the 'ONLY WRINKLE' that Bhutan suffers from in the otherwise 'idyllic' impression of the outside world. One hundred thousand Nepali-Bhutanese, in early 1990's were somehow made to leave the country in the ever growing tension of the cultural and religious friction between the Aboriginal Bhutanse and these ethnic minorities who share roots to Nepal. Why did this happen????

Its indeed dead and gone.  Those refugees are now resettled in a western country amid never-before-known comforts. But lets face it, this incident alone is going to be a serious dent on the image of this otherwise 'idyllic' exemplary and beautiful country. What was the need for this fight? Why couldn't the aboriginal Bhutanese and the Nepali-ethnic minority compromise and in fact celebrate the difference they had? Why did  the Government of Bhutan fail to understand that this difference is what makes them a society defined by diversity and unity?

It was always a pressing need for Bhutan that the development should be seen in terms of the 'happiness' of the citizens. These Hundred Thousand people, at least at that time, were citizens too. Was 'conserving' the cultural heritage so important, that Bhutan could not compromise with a slight digression? Why did these people have to flee from the country they quite 'happily' called their own?

Its interesting to note that perhaps 'happiness' has its own way of coming round. I have spoken to few people among the first 100 Bhutanse refugees resettled here in the UK. And you know what??? They say they are HAPPY! In other words, every one even slightly associated to the citizenship of this nation is happy. This is what the country is all about!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Plan to Produce a 4 to 7 min long Radio- Photo-Slide-Show Package on ‘Bhutanese Refugees in the UK – resettlement or displacement?’

Plan of action
4th March – 11th march
Research (library and online) on the topic
Pages of research documents
12th march – 18th march
Further research, Find different past researches (videos, articles etc). Post some facts in the blog
Research Findings, blog posts
19th March -25th March
Researching on potential interviewees for my feature. Contacting them and asking them for interviews
Contributors sorted
26th March- 1st April
Preparation for Manchester Visit, logistics, Voice recorder, camera, questions to be asked
Preparation done
2nd April – 8th April
Manchester Visit, Recording, Taking pictures
Unedited version ready
9th April – 15th April
Scripting, Sound edit and production of the Radio package
Radio package ready
16th April – 22nd April
Editing the package with the photo slide-show. Preparing the poster
The final product ready. The poster ready
23th April – 29th April
Writing the final evaluation of 2000-2500 words. Accumulating all the works for the final submission
Project complete

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Commemorating the Pearl Harbour

This was a TV feature I produced as a part of my assessment for the first Semester. It was supposed to be handed in on 8th December and i was getting increasingly tensed not knowing what to do. It was by a pure chance that 7th of December ( a day earlier) happened to be the date in which Pearl Harbour was attacked by the Japenese in 1941 which invited the USA into World War II and changed the course of history. It was also an igniting event that eventually led the devastating atomic-bomb attack on two cities of Japan that silenced the fury of WAR - once and for all. So the Pearl Harbour is historically important and I thought I should do a small feature on that. 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Dyslexia report

Another one of my projects, I and my friend thought on investigating the status of Dyslexia in the UK. This is my version of the report. 

Friday, March 2, 2012